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It's not often that we get a serial killer movie from Pinoy filmmakers. So if there's anything going for Smaller and Smaller Circles, it is novelty. A serial killer handpicks pre-pubescent Payatas boys as his victims. He castrates their genitals and peels off their faces - as if "stripping them off of what makes them human". Two Jesuit priests help the NBI in finding out who's behind these gruesome murders. Smaller and Smaller Circles works best as a procedural with the two priests trying to make sense of the killer's motives and trying to discover his identity. However, the translation from the page to the screen lacked tension. This is most evident in how anticlimactic and rushed the ending came out to be. The stilted dialogue, especially when the characters speak in awkward conversational English, doesn't help their case.
Two socially awkward individuals find out that they share the same dream. As they try to interpret what it all means, they must learn how to break out of their solitary lives and reconnect with people. An eccentric love story, taking place in the most romantic setting a slaughterhouse. On Body and Soul is filled with tenderness and awkward charm.
Alien invaders assume human bodies and try to understand humans view on life and the world. More conceptual than action-packed. Interesting premise, but gets too repetitive. All the build up for a conclusion that has been staring us in the face since the ten-minute mark.
Thelma is a reserved, religious, young student who started experiencing violent seizures. As she investigates the root cause of her seizures, she uncovers secrets from her past and hidden supernatural abilities. Thelma is a change of pace for Norwegian director Joachim Trier. He combines a coming-of-age story with slow-burn thriller to create a portrait of repression, self-acceptance, and female sexuality. Thelma is Carries cooler, lesbian cousin.