Rappler

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Rating Title/Year Author
The Grudge (2020) Oggs Cruz The film badly needs an edge, one that isn't borrowed from a film from more than a decade ago. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Oggs Cruz Jojo Rabbit is lovely from start to finish. It is unflinching in its allegiance to joy and mirth, no matter how depraved and depressing human beings and their actions tend to be. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
Cats (2019) Oggs Cruz Clearly, Hooper's film, while riddled with glaringly awful mistakes, is not bad at all. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2020
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Oggs Cruz All in all, The Rise of Skywalker is more like the fall of the saga and everything it once stood for. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2019
Marriage Story (2019) Oggs Cruz Marriage Story is a tremendous achievement. It balances the requirements of a stirring relationship drama and its bold statements on the corrupting system that preys on the misfortunes of failed lovers. It is brave and poignant. It is undeniably precious. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
Charlie's Angels (2019) Oggs Cruz Charlie's Angels will undoubtedly be more memorable for its clever subversions than its sparse pleasures. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Oggs Cruz While the film doesn't really absolve the franchise from its many greed-fueled entries, it at least allows the franchise a bid at some redemption. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2019
Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Oggs Cruz It's undeniable that Double Tap is still amusing, but now that the gimmick has lost its novelty, all the fun feels slight like punchlines you've heard a long time ago but can't really remember. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Oggs Cruz Like the appendix and the male areola, Joachim Ronning's Maleficent: The Mistress of Evil is an unnecessary creation. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2019
Gemini Man (2019) Oggs Cruz Gemini Man mistakes somberness with seriousness. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
Joker (2019) Oggs Cruz Joker indeed flourishes in abject vileness. It fetishizes the full extent of human savagery and rationalizes hate in a society that has become too crowded for its own good. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
Madilim ang Gabi (2017) Oggs Cruz Madilim ang Gabi is the most expansive of Alix's very many films, and in a way, it is this sprawling and almost meandering quality that makes it coercive in its motives. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten (2016) Oggs Cruz At the hands of first time feature film director Petersen Vargas, Laxamana's screenplay blossoms into a work of gorgeous sentimentality. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) Oggs Cruz It isn't a film that you admire from afar, since its effect and affect are universal. It reaches for the stars only to arrive at the very hopeful point that even the dangers of the universe cannot disrupt or distort our imperfect but invaluable humanity. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Oggs Cruz It Chapter Two is comparably a lot less focused and vastly more distracted effort, with Muschietti clearly having difficulties in cohering all of his film's scary parts to tackle his daring take on trauma. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Oggs Cruz The film is an unadulterated ode that only Tarantino can make, one that blends cynicism with reverence to form a portrait where beautiful faces are never at odds with grime, alcohol and giddy murder. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
Hello, Love, Goodbye (2019) Oggs Cruz Nevertheless, Hello, Love, Goodbye is still fine entertainment, one that doesn't dumb down the issues it puts forward for the sake of a standard happy ending. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
Parasite (2019) Oggs Cruz The journey from the first scene to the end is perhaps the most intricate, most scathing, and surprisingly most accessible portrayal of class struggle put into film. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Oggs Cruz Hobbs & Shaw will inevitably be forgotten once the next and more outrageous Fast & Furious entry comes along. Its wit and charms are temporary, and as light and generic as buttered popcorn. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Oggs Cruz It disquiets and disarms. It bursts with bizarre beauty, blending it with the odd and the absurd, enunciating that the world and the humans that inhabit it are more mysterious and complex, and that is scary. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Oggs Cruz In a market full of unnecessarily expensive things like Supreme-branded red bricks and Jesus-shaped Cheetos, Jon Favreau's The Lion King is king. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2019
Aurora (2018) Oggs Cruz Aurora had promise. Sadly, it ends up dead in the water. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
Sunday Beauty Queen (2016) Oggs Cruz It is celebratory of the simple pleasures that remind us that in a world of inequality, there will always be that one day of the week when ordinary people can be queens. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
Respeto (2017) Oggs Cruz It is all exquisite bleakness, a portrait of words falling and failing resulting again in an act of violence that is both warranted but empty. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
Apocalypse Child (2015) Oggs Cruz It is deliriously beautiful film, deliberately paced so that its idyllic vistas of small town familiarity can breed acute emotionality. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
From What Is Before (2014) Oggs Cruz What Diaz has done is to distill centuries of the country's sorrows and agonies into a fascinatingly fractured narrative that will never ever leave you. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery (2016) Oggs Cruz Diaz's 8-hour opus could be a meditation on love, on its permutations and defining role in the eventual formation of the nation. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
Ang babaeng humayo (2016) Oggs Cruz Ang Babaeng Humayo is a bleak and blistering portrait of the human condition. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
Balangiga: Howling Wilderness (2018) Oggs Cruz This is a film that can only leave you in awe of how it manages to be stunningly beautiful without betraying the hard truths and ironies it ingeniously cultivates. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
Neomanila (2017) Oggs Cruz There are times when the film becomes overindulgent, but still, Red always goes back to his commitment to the humanity that has been made obscure by all the vulgarity and violence that has become woefully prevalent. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
Ma' Rosa (2016) Oggs Cruz The horror of Ma' Rosa lies in its ability to unflinchingly portray a shocking universe. It tops the cruelties already dealt with by a society forced to accept economic inequity. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
Alpha: The Right to Kill (2018) Oggs Cruz Sadly, Alpha, despite all the advances in Mendoza's craft, feels old. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
Season of the Devil (Ang Panahon ng Halimaw) (2018) Oggs Cruz Diaz may be using the Martial Law as a metaphor for the country in a state of strife, but it is as obvious as day that his call to arms is for the present. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Honor Thy Father (2015) Oggs Cruz As it is, it is a marvelously engineered film, one that is carefully paced to give way to an ending that is as emotionally wrenching as it is oddly elegant. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Heneral Luna (2015) Oggs Cruz What is most fascinating about Tarog's Heneral Luna is that it does not place its intent ahead of its craft. The film is beautiful to gaze at. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral (2018) Oggs Cruz Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral is rich and elegant work EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) Oggs Cruz Dark Phoenix ends a franchise's fairly successful run in an exasperating note. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Men in Black: International (2019) Oggs Cruz Men in Black International is a film that won't have people begging for a continuation. It just pales in comparison to its livelier and more ingenious predecessors. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Oggs Cruz Rocketman is not the film that will send the genre into orbit. Its pleasures, however, are enough to give its audience a long-enough high. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Oggs Cruz In a world where bonds, roles and stereotypes are being broken, the film's fervent preoccupation with characters realizing that there is more beyond what they originally perceived as their purpose of being feels timely and relevant. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Ma (2019) Oggs Cruz Ma isn't a bad film. It just isn't very convincing. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Escape Plan: The Extractors (2019) Oggs Cruz It is all set-up and no follow-through. While there is action, it is too late, too few, and too unremarkable to make any dent. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Oggs Cruz Far From Home, beyond its veneer of comic book goofiness, bears realities that are worth pondering. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
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
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