Rappler

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Rating Title/Year Author
Halloween (2018) Oggs Cruz Green's Halloween is a prime example of a sequel of a canonical horror film done right. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Oggs Cruz Fallout is a great action film... where humanity trumps spectacle. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Miss Granny (2014) Oggs Cruz It piles all of its pleasures randomly, resulting in a film that is lovelier in parts than as a whole. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
The Meg (2018) Oggs Cruz Clearly, The Meg is a limp monster movie, one that has all the rotten teeth to be so bad, it's terribly good, but doesn't have the will to bite. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Storks (2016) Oggs Cruz Thankfully, the silliness gives way to many layers that not a lot of other cartoons would dare tread. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
The Purge: Election Year (2016) Oggs Cruz The film's narrative never really matures into something that is worth its hollow attempts at being a potent social commentary. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Teen Titans GO! to the Movies (2018) Oggs Cruz Sure, it is simple and its twist can be predicted a mile away, but even those criticisms, it gamely acknowledges by plugging the hole with punchlines about them. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
BuyBust (2018) Oggs Cruz It is best seen knowing that there is a grander motive to its savagery. Simply put, the film's discourse is heftier than its very many pleasures. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) Oggs Cruz The color, the relentless slapstick and the frenetic pacing will undoubtedly endear the kids. The strangeness of it all, its wit, and its audacity to just let go and be ultimately inane will be what's most charming to the adults. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Billionaire Boys Club (2018) Oggs Cruz It has all the ingredients but everything is half-baked. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Oggs Cruz While it doesn't need to exist simply because the original film doesn't have a narrative that begs for a continuation, it is a welcome addition to whatever obscure lore the Abba musical offers. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Oggs Cruz All of these connections, nuances, histories and complex class structures are enveloped within the confines of a charming and very amiable romantic comedy, styled after the uncomplicated screwballs of old Hollywood. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Skyscraper (2018) Oggs Cruz Clearly, Skyscraper wants to be a rollercoaster ride. The only problem is that this rollercoaster ride only has one trajectory and it gets redundant very quickly. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Love, Simon (2018) Oggs Cruz Love, Simon is rife with cliché, which isn't exactly a bad thing considering the film uses the clichés to drive a more progressive point. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Isle of Dogs (2018) Oggs Cruz It is first and foremost a fable of its time. That time is now, and is one where childlike innocence is no longer sacred to the hideous reach of vicious politics. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Oggs Cruz The attempt to add weight to the otherwise overplayed rollercoaster ride makes Fallen Kingdom a bit of an inelegant adventure. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Deadpool 2 (2018) Oggs Cruz It plays like a stand-up comic's well-rehearsed sketch, with each joke hinging on a collective cultural obsession... At the same time, it burrows itself deeper within the superhero canon in the hopes of creating a series out of the surprise hit. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Blockers (2018) Oggs Cruz In a way, it works because it is unafraid to comedically depict the adult characters as both immature and misinformed, deserving of being schooled by their children when it comes to living their lives. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Tag (2018) Oggs Cruz [Jeff Tomsic] fails to separate his film from the rest of its ilk. At best, it is a witty variation of the boisterously indulgent examinations of American privilege. It offers nothing novel of note. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Ocean's 8 (2018) Oggs Cruz It overdoes the statement, but underdoes the fun. While there is still a lot in the film to enjoy, it has too many bumps and ponderous moments. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Oggs Cruz The biggest problem of Solo is not its being a mishmash of repeated narratives. It is its refusal to be anything more than a redundant piece in the puzzle. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Incredibles 2 (2018) Oggs Cruz Jumps from an action scene to a domestic squabble with astounding ease, never letting one overpower the other in terms of heft and spectacle. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Hereditary (2018) Oggs Cruz From start to finish, in its moments of ample fear and to those like its divisive ending that seem to project a perplexing joy, the film never affords its audience a second of comfort. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Iñigo de Paula Blade Runner 2049 is an art film masquerading as a neo-noir cyberpunk drama. Its almost-3 hour run time and glacial pacing gives you just enough time to take in the derelict grandeur of its cinematography and set design. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2018
Bright (2017) Iñigo de Paula Bright could have been a better movie if Ayer stepped on the brakes for a second and showed (not told) us a bit of the world we're exploring. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2018
Annihilation (2018) Iñigo de Paula It's a puzzle box meant to inspire deeper inquiry, but whether the viewer leaves with something is largely up to their tolerance for ambiguity and uncertainty. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2018
Paranormal Activity 4 (2012) Oggs Cruz The found footage from the unique camera is riddled with hilariously awful computer graphics which renders the film reliant on shock tactics than burgeoning terror. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2018
The Jungle Book (2016) Oggs Cruz Without changing things much, he contemporizes the material, allowing the animals of the jungle to become even more human by appropriating personalities that are familiar and commonplace within the current state of pop culture. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2018
The Theory of Everything (2014) Oggs Cruz Its tale is still unsurprisingly uplifting, mainly because Hawking's perseverance against his disability, even if left un-filmed, is something that can only be admired. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2018
The Age of Shadows (2016) Oggs Cruz It is a thoroughly plotted film, carefully constructed to make sense most especially when the plot explodes all over. It climaxes at the right time, with twists and turns are perfectly placed to produce all the apt emotions. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2018
The Gallows (2015) Oggs Cruz Sadly, the film has taken the path of least resistance, and has decided that it wants to be the annoying show-off instead of the discreetly smart wallflower. It ends up as dead and soulless as its bland characters. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2018
Spectre (2015) Oggs Cruz he film clumsily ties the 3 previous films' gritty escapades in this current adventure that has Bond succumbing to genre-specific tropes whose culmination can be smelled from a mile away. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2018
Suicide Squad (2016) Oggs Cruz The awfulness of Suicide Squad is symptomatic of how broadly repetitive things are when it comes to the profitable business of making films about superheroes and worlds in distress. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2018
American Sniper (2014) Oggs Cruz It is what it is - a film whose very own confusion about its position about war, about its main character, about America, has elicited various reactions. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2018
By the Sea (2015) Oggs Cruz Along the way, it lost itself, turning into something that is neither here or there. It is a film that is as confused as its barren characters. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2018
Fifty Shades Darker (2017) Oggs Cruz When the film isn't peddling those romantic fantasies, it gracelessly plods its story forward, maneuvering itself through conflicts that feel more like diversions from all the empty sex and materialism than anything else. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2018
Happy Death Day (2017) Oggs Cruz The film's ploy still resounds, lessening the chances of whatever ambition it has to be anything more than a novelty act. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2018
Saban's Power Rangers (2017) Oggs Cruz What the film does for the franchise is to finally depict its heroes not as unachievable idols but as fractured teens who suffer the same familiar persecution from a world where normalcy is an unreasonable demand. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2018
The Secret Life of Pets (2016) Oggs Cruz The whole thing ends up feeling like a staggered joke rather than an imaginative exploration of what pets actually feel and do when their beloved owners are not around. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2018
Flatliners (2017) Oggs Cruz Sleeker than the original yet despite the obvious in sheen and gloss, the film manages to be consistently dull. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2018
The Boss Baby (2017) Oggs Cruz It wastes its very clever concept by reducing it into just a running gag instead of being a subtle commentary on current events or even contemporary corporate society, but that is probably too much to expect out of children's entertainment. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2018
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Oggs Cruz The film works best when it lampoons the opportunism of politicians, portraying extreme governmental policies with dystopian weight. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2018
Trolls (2016) Oggs Cruz It feels like the entire movie is told from bits and pieces of an unearthed scrapbook from the '80s, with town and forests seemingly crafted from cardboard and felt paper and a soundtrack curated out of a list of favorite songs. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2018
Me Before You (2016) Oggs Cruz Simply put, this is escapism at its worst. But who cares? Some tear ducts are in need of cleaning, and if it takes a possibly offensive and badly directed melodrama to do the job, then let it do it. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2018
Kong: Skull Island (2017) Oggs Cruz Kong: Skull Island, while never abandoning the need to astound and create wonders out of the classic beast overpowering humans plot, shapes its drama more diligently around the skewed affairs of its human characters rather than the titular monster. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2018
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) Oggs Cruz The film has all the charisma of a close relative whose quirks would otherwise been gross and grating had you not lived with him for the past few years. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2018
The Big Short (2015) Oggs Cruz The film is subtle on the comedy, relying mostly on the overt ridiculousness of everything that has happened that caused the financial crisis. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2018
Ben-Hur (2016) Oggs Cruz A thematically confused and misdirected effort to reduce Wallace's story of faith and redemption into a Hollywood blockbuster in an age where the market has become desensitized to violence elsewhere that entertainment must go to a further extreme. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2018
Geostorm (2017) Oggs Cruz Geostorm ends up magnifying the glaring faults and excesses of the genre rather than enriching it with current world relevance. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2018
The Mermaid (2016) Oggs Cruz Sure, The Mermaid is loud, crass and crazy, but there are truths in the film that are sure to remain once all the laughter dies down. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2018