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Movie Ratings and Reviews

The Innkeepers

A for build-up. F for climax.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past (Bryan Singer): The most awesome film of the franchise and made even better by 4DX.

All Is Lost
All Is Lost(2013)

All Is Lost (JC Chandor): Having no backstory was its boon and bane. 3/5

Ilo Ilo
Ilo Ilo(2014)

Ilo Ilo (Anthony Chen): A beautifully observed family drama set against the backdrop of the Asian Financial Crisis. 4/5

Snowpiercer
Snowpiercer(2014)

Snowpiercer (Bong Joon-Ho): Bong doesn't know how to disappoint. Not as technically polished as other Hollywood blockbusters, but his vision of a dystopian future is grossly menacing. If you can take the graphic violence, go see it in cinemas. It's an exhilarating ride! Watch out for Tilda Swinton's shape-shifting supporting turn. 4/5

The Congress
The Congress(2014)

The Congress (Ari Folman): Part Hollywood satire. Part acid trip. Reminiscent of the best works of Satoshi Kon.

August: Osage County
½

August: Osage County (John Wells): This is an actor's film no doubt. Featuring the best ensemble cast of 2013 led by Meryll Streep, Julia Roberts, Margo Martindale, and Chris Cooper.

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

All The Boys Love Mandy Lane (Jonathan Levine): Generic, predictable teen slasher flick.

The Heat
The Heat(2013)

The Heat (Paul Feig): Loud and obnoxious. An utter waste of three Oscar luminaries: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, and Demian Bichir.

Don Jon
Don Jon(2013)

Don Jon (Joseph Gordon-Levitt): Feeds into our fantasies of what we consider a perfect romance: mind-blowing sex and love that will sweep us off our feet. This sex-comedy's true star is not writer/director/star JGL but Scarlett Johansson, who shows us her many assets. 4/5

Captain Phillips
½

Captain Phillips (Paul Greengrass): A dizzying, chaotic cat-and-mouse thriller that doesn't let up. Greengrass balances high-octane action with the human drama. Tom Hanks' great range at full display, especially at the highly charged climax.

Side Effects
Side Effects(2013)
½

Side Effects (Steven Soderbergh): Don't expect Soderbergh to make statements about the pharmaceutical industry. He's just out to give us an unapologetically straightforward thriller.

Blackfish
Blackfish(2013)

Blackfish (Gabriela Cowperthwaite): A riveting docu on the state of killer whales performing in water parks like SeaWorld. Arguments are supported by both scientific data and emotional testimonials. 4/5

Alps
Alps(2012)

Alps (Giorgos Lanthimos): Absurd beyond logic. So out there, it makes Dogtooth mainstream.

3-Iron
3-Iron(2004)

3-Iron (Kim Ki-Duk): This almost wordless love story is original, evocative, hypnotic, frustrating, and endlessly unpredictable. Not quite sure if I really get it, but what's important is that I felt it.

Blancanieves
Blancanieves(2013)
½

Blancanieves (Pablo Berger): A dark fairy tale that pays tribute to the Brothers Grimm original as it does to European silent cinema. Magnificent production values and score. Way better than The Artist.

Metro Manila
Metro Manila(2014)

Metro Manila (Sean Ellis): Despite the ridiculously cliched and melodramatic first half, the film suddenly turns into a morally ambiguous crime procedural with a climax that will leave you breathless. 4/5

Extraterrestrial

Extraterrestrial (Nacho Vigalondo): An oddball romcom about a love triangle set against an alien invasion. Pretty clever ideas, but the humor is too dry for my liking.

Gravity
Gravity(2013)
½

Gravity (Alfonso Cuaron): An immersive experience. Must see in 3D. Tense, nerve-racking 91 minutes of jaw-dropping CGI, highly effective score, and memorable central performance. Sandra Bullock is locked for a nomination at the Oscars.

This Is the End
½

Random, incoherent, sloppily made, but hilarious (and that's all that matters, right?).

The East
The East(2013)

The East (Zal Batmanglij): An engrossing espionage thriller about a band of eco-terrorists targeting major corporations that are harming the environment. A film of conflicting ideals and principles. An intriguing look at capitalism vs. environmentalism.

The Devil's Backbone (El Espinazo del diablo)

The Devil's Backbone (Guillermo del Toro): Schoolboy ghost story that turns into a tale of survival.

Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys)
½

12 Monkeys (Terry Gilliam): A convoluted dystopian tale with elements of time travel, lunacy, and post-apocalypse. Inventive but messy.

Girl Model
Girl Model(2012)
½

Girl Model (Sabin & Redmon): Docu that shows the unglamorous side of the modeling industry where youth is both a boon and a bane.

On The Job
On The Job(2013)

On The Job (Erik Matti): Taut crime noir with parallel stories of hitmen and cops caught in a web of corruption and betrayal. Layered storytelling, gritty, and tightly paced. Matti is Philippine's answer to Johnnie To.

Pacific Rim
Pacific Rim(2013)

Pacific Rim (Guillermo Del Toro): This is why blockbuster movies are made. Robots vs. monsters extravaganza!

Only God Forgives

Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn): Everyone moves at such a glacial speed, I forgot this is supposed to be a revenge thriller.

Byzantium
Byzantium(2013)

Byzantium (Neil Jordan): Nearly 20 years after Interview With The Vampire, Jordan revisits the vampire lore with just enough violence to please Tarantino fans and a tinge of romance to appeal to Twihards. Gemma Arterton is the sexiest vampire since Aaliyah (Queen of the Damned, 2002).

Keep the Lights On

Keep The Lights On (Ira Sachs): An addict, a lover in denial, and the 10 tumultuous years in between them. Raw, honest, and painful account of a relationship that's bad for you but can't get out of.

Ted
Ted(2012)
½

Ted (Seth MacFarlane): Rude, crude, & funny. Best seen with friends while drinking beer. Bonus points if you and your friends grew up in the '80s.

The Conjuring

The Conjuring (James Wan): Familiar elements of demonic possession and exorcism spun together to chilling effect. Didn't really care for the "based on a true story" claim though.

The Purge
The Purge(2013)

The Purge (James DeMonaco): Stupid characters make horror movies possible.

Oblivion
Oblivion(2013)

Oblivion (Joseph Kosinski): Filled with post-apocalyptic cliches derived from sci-fi films of the past. Read: unoriginal and derivative.

Mud
Mud(2013)

Mud (Jeff Nichols): A coming-of-age story of a 14 and 40-year old. A film about innocence lost and growing up.

Europa Report

Europa Report (Sebastian Cordero): Moody and claustrophobic space thriller with enough build-up but not quite a satisfying pay-off.

Spring Breakers

Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine): Candy-colored, synth pop-laced teenage debauchery.

V/H/S/2
V/H/S/2(2013)

VHS 2: Can't quite keep up with the found footage schtick, but who cares? It was bloody amazing! Safe Haven segment (directed by Gareth Evans & Timo Tjahjanto) is a horror gem. 4/5

The Place Beyond The Pines

An ambitious intergenerational drama that may have been better as a mini series than a 3-hour film.

Antiviral
Antiviral(2013)
½

Twisted story of celebrity obsession where rabid fans pay to get infected with the diseases of their idols. High-concept premise with a tedious middle.

Before Midnight
½

Most mature installment of the series. Surprisingly funny. Filled with sardonic banter and invigorating conversations. Now that the fairy tale is over, will Jesse and Celine experience the "nine-year itch"?

World War Z
World War Z(2013)
½

Contagion meets Dawn of the Dead. Smarter than your average zombie film, but with a little less gore.

Evil Dead
Evil Dead(2013)
½

Exactly what you were expecting. A gory, blood-drenched homage to the Sam Raimi original. A little too serious for my taste though.

Trance
Trance(2013)

This psychological heist thriller may be trippy to a fault, but Boyle's trademark visual panache saves the day. Reminds me of Inception and Looper.

Bully
Bully(2012)

Well-intentioned, one-sided documentary on school bullying. Not as compelling as it ought to be. Lacks a strong emotional core.

Premium Rush
Premium Rush(2012)

Not much plot or character development, instead we get a whole lot of action.

Oslo, August 31st
½

Perhaps, the biggest demon of all is the inability to forgive yourself. Minimalistic, but emotionally potent drama about a recovering addict.

Mother (Madeo)
½

A madcap fusion of revenge and a mother's unconditional love.

Heathers
Heathers(1988)
½

The blackest of all high school black comedies. Still relevant after more than 2 decades.

Smashed
Smashed(2012)
½

Down the rabbit hole called alcoholism. Sincere and heartfelt.

The Sessions
The Sessions(2012)
½

Despite its "racy" subject matter, it wears its heart proudly on its sleeves. Impressive turns from John Hawkes and Helen Hunt.

May
May(2003)

May (Lucky McKee): Shot like a film school project.

The Imposter
The Imposter(2012)

The Imposter (Bart Layton): Some stories are just stranger than fiction.

The ABCs of Death

This 26-part horror anthology has very few standouts. Most segments are silly, gross, and just plain awful.

The Master
The Master(2012)

A work of a true cinematic master. The technical brilliance of Anderson, intensified by the maniacal performance of Phoenix.

Stoker
Stoker(2013)

Gorgeously lensed, thinly plotted moody thriller.

The Impossible
½

A tad heavy-handed. With directorial choices more fitting to a horror film. Nonetheless, it's impossible not to get carried away.

Warm Bodies
Warm Bodies(2013)
½

Nowhere close to George Romero's zombie films. More like Shaun of the Dead, but targeted to tweens.

Zero Dark Thirty
½

We're all aware how this ends, but we still watch with bated breath & clenched jaws. This is elevated by Kathryn Bigelow's deft direction, Mark Boal's absorbing screenplay, & Jessica Chastain's quiet intensity as Maya. One of the most important films of the year.

De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone)

Complex drama about two troubled souls. Not as compelling as I hoped it would be. Emotionally flat too.

Django Unchained

This slavery revenge fantasy is fantastic in all levels. Well-written dialogue and action-packed scenes.

Les Misérables

Les Miserables (Tom Hooper): For a musical with so much emotional bombast, I'm surprised I wasn't moved as much as I expected. Live singing & extreme closeups take some time getting used to. They worked best in intimate solos, but inappropriate in most cases. The film's strongest asset is the cast. Hathaway is a showstopper. Her emotive rendition of I Dreamed A Dream is the film's only real "moment". How I wish I can turn the volume off every time Crowe sings.

Lincoln
Lincoln(2012)

Long, boring, generic historical drama. Daniel Day-Lewis disappears into the role.

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Squalor with a little bit of whimsy. Tale of magical realism that hasn't been told before. Six-year old Quvenzhane Wallis' acting is way beyond her years.

Silver Linings Playbook
½

Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell): Shouting matches threw me off a bit, but the sweetness won me over.

Life of Pi
Life of Pi(2012)
½

Best 3D film of all time. Way better than Avatar. A meditation on life and one's belief system.

Holy Motors
Holy Motors(2012)
½

Holy Motors (Leos Carax): A peculiar tribute to cinema. Not everything is supposed to make sense, so just enjoy the ride. 3.5/5

Sinister
Sinister(2012)
½

Sinister (Scott Derrickson): Murder mystery with hints of boogeyman & snuff. Edge-of-your-seat thriller. 3.5/5

Sinapupunan (Thy Womb)

An intimate story of unconditional love and sacrifice, that also happens to be a showcase of Badjao culture. Thematically rich and visually arresting. Gorgeous seascape in every frame. Nora Aunor gives an understated, but magnetic central performance.

Graceland
Graceland(2013)

Gripping crime thriller with exceptional performances across the board.

Pitch Perfect

Fat Amy is hilarious. The world needs more of Rebel Wilson. Glee meets Mean Girls, Pitch Perfect delivers both the laughs and the music. This year's Bridesmaids.

The Queen of Versailles
½

There's more to this couple than meets the eye. This documentary unravels the many different layers of the Siegel couple who plans to build the biggest house in America.

Amour
Amour(2012)
½

Amour (Haneke): True to its title, this film shows us what love really is - in all its tenderness and brutality. 4.5/5 #Cinemanila

Barbara
Barbara(2012)

Barbara (Petzold): Slow burn drama with great rewards. A work of elegance & restraint. 4/5 #Cinemanila

The Pact
The Pact(2012)
½

Nail biting thriller that effectively mixes a murder mystery with the supernatural.

Bring It On
Bring It On(2000)

Sassy. High school classic.

Damsels in Distress
½

Odd but entertaining. Felt like I was watching a witty sitcom.

Excision
Excision(2012)

Darkly comic and disgusting. Directed with clinical precision by Richard Bates Jr.

On the Road
On the Road(2012)
½

Remarkably well made, but emotionally vacuous.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

Vampires with superpowers? Is this Twilight or X-Men? The first half was a drag. But I must admit, the big fight was a nice touch.

Paperman
Paperman(2012)
½

Opening short film of Wreck-It-Ralph. This is gorgeous and heartfelt. One of the best animated short films EVER!

The Descent
The Descent(2006)

Intense and frightening, horror fans will surely rejoice.

Wreck-it Ralph

Touching story. Adorable characters. Comedy gold! With numerous video game references. Multiple geekgasms guaranteed!

From Dusk Till Dawn

Plot is as basic as you can get. Lackluster direction. Well-written, albeit humorless, dialogue.

Superstar
Superstar(1999)
½

Dumb, nonsensical, but hilarious. Can't get enough of "Supermodel Documentary Hour".

Before Sunrise
½

A fleeting affair that is both optimistic and tragic. Together with its sequel, Before Sunrise is easily the best romantic film of all time.

Before Sunset

Before Sunset gives new depth to the love story of Celine and Jesse. A richer and more fulfilling experience than the original. Filled with natural dialogue and the right balance of idealism and pragmatism. Must see!

Sound of My Voice

Indie cult-infiltration thriller that doesn't offer easy answers. Co-writer/actress Brit Marling is on her way to the top. Thoroughly thought-provoking and mesmerizing.

Argo
Argo(2012)

Tense historical drama that marks Ben Affleck's arrival to the director's club.

Looper
Looper(2012)

Friggin' awesome! Best of the year so far. Effectively mixes action, time travel, and superpowers with devastating results. Director Rian Johnson is the next Christopher Nolan.

Cosmopolis
Cosmopolis(2012)

Too sleek, too philosophical for its own good.

Game Change
Game Change(2012)
½

Julianne Moore is spot on as Sarah Palin.

Love in the Buff

Love In A Puff was so much better.

Give Up Tomorrow
½

Stirring docu about the Philippine justice system, but its intentions are a little fishy.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
½

Small indie film that will go down in history as one of the best coming-of-age films. I was blown away by the level of sensitivity the author/director has for his characters. I was on the verge of crying from the second half onwards. Props to Lerman, Watson, and Miller.

Compliance
Compliance(2012)

You may think the characters are stupid but let's see how you will fare when placed in a similar situation.

Resident Evil: Retribution

A sloppy excuse for yet another Resident Evil installment. Special effects and story might be better in the video game world.

Bachelorette
Bachelorette(2012)
½

Bridesmaids is a tough act to follow. But the girls of Bachelorette, with their snappy dialogue and hilarious script, came roaring. There's no way but up for raunchy female comedies.

Chronicle
Chronicle(2012)
½

Completely unnecessary camera gimmick. Would be better if shot the conventional way. Nonetheless, it's an interesting depiction of superpowers sans superhero aspirations.

V/H/S
V/H/S(2012)

V/H/S is a found footage anthology directed by six independent horror directors. It's actually a lot scarier when you don't know why things are happening. The scariest shorts are: Amateur Night (David Bruckner), about a one-night stand gone wrong; The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger (Joe Swanberg), about a couple talking via Skype while malevolent 'spirits' haunt the girl's room; and 10/31/98 (Radio Silence), which is a twist on the haunted house story with jaw-dropping special effects.

Run Lola Run
Run Lola Run(1999)
½

One situation, three possible outcomes. "Run Lola Run" is elevated by the stylized, hyper-kinetic direction of Tom Tykwer, Bad ass soundtrack.

Mamma Mia!
Mamma Mia!(2008)
½

Campy, fluffy entertainment. Essential viewing to fans of ABBA & Meryll Streep.

The Echo
The Echo(2008)

Call me biased, but there's only one reason to see this film - Iza Calzado.

[REC] 3 Genesis

A step in the wrong direction. Nothing but an unnecessary deviation. Puts [Rec] from revolutionary to generic. Hope they bring back the steady handicam in [Rec] 4.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

Might be better as a TV-movie on Nickelodeon. Falls short as a movie.

The Bourne Legacy

First half's a bore, but the Manila chase scenes are top notch.

The Fly
The Fly(1986)
½

Sci-fi body horror, '80s style. In the same league as The Thing, although the latter is better.

Rosemary's Baby

If I were a woman - a pregnant woman, this would have been scarier. Too much buildup, not much of a payoff.

Margaret
Margaret(2011)
½

Like its troubled teenager protagonist, this film has so many issues.

The Dark Knight Rises

Epic conclusion to Hollywood's best superhero movie.

Batman Begins

Best seen before watching The Dark Knight Rises.

The Healing
The Healing(2012)

Sloppy special effects, messy story, but well acted.

Suicide Club
Suicide Club(2002)

A tween pop group as the Pied Piper of Tokyo.

The Mist
The Mist(2007)

More than a creature feature, The Mist is a study of human behavior. Marcia Gay Harden is effective as the Jesus freak villain.

The Raid: Redemption

The year's most action-packed film so far. No pretense, unadulterated violence.

Magic Mike
Magic Mike(2012)
½

Not your ordinary stripper movie.

Project X
Project X(2012)

Project X teaches us how (not) to throw a party.

Rock of Ages
Rock of Ages(2012)

An extended episode of Glee featuring cheesy covers and bad singing. Mash-ups galore!

Prometheus
Prometheus(2012)
½

This Alien prequel boasts of dazzling 3D graphics, but the story doesn't come together like it's supposed to be (maybe that's intentional). It's more interested in setting up another franchise than answering questions about the Alien mythology.

Snow White and the Huntsman

Classic example of style over substance.

Little Manhattan

Reminds us how awkward and sappy first love is.

The Cabin in the Woods

A horror film made by horror fans for horror fans. If you thought you're getting a typical slasher flick, you thought wrong. Try not to read spoilers. It's best enjoyed if you know nothing about the plot.

Final Destination 5

More of the same, but in 3-DEE!

The Secret World of Arrietty

Minor Miyazaki. Put him back to the director's chair, puhleeez!

Immortals
Immortals(2011)

Tarsem Singh directed this? I only saw Zack Snyder and the same tricks he employed in 300. Total rehash!

Margin Call
Margin Call(2011)
½

Who would have thought that a movie about financial crisis will be this thrilling?

Fright Night
Fright Night(2011)

Enjoyable, but doesn't bring anything new to the table.

Incendies
Incendies(2011)

Typical heavy drama that makes the oldies in the Academy shit in their pants. Elaborate, overcooked, and overlong. The stereotypical entry in the Best Foreign Language race.

Like Crazy
Like Crazy(2011)

This year's Blue Valentine. Like Crazy captures the determination and fickleness of love.

50/50
50/50(2011)

I was in the mood to cry and JGL made me cry. I was in the mood to laugh and Seth Rogen made me laugh. His annoying character isn't too annoying this time. Noteworthy to mention Anjelica Huston and Anna Kendrick as well.

Life in a Day
½

The snippets were interesting, but it could have been more cohesive to achieve the impact it was aiming for.

The Help
The Help(2011)
½

Palatable to general audiences, but lacks the extra oomph to make it compelling. Great ensemble cast featuring Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Emma Stone, Bryce Howard Dallas, Allison Janney, and Sissy Spacek.

Friends With Benefits
½

Better than your average romcom but not at par with Crazy, Stupid, Love which gets my vote for best romcom of the year.

Toomelah
Toomelah(2011)

Samson & Delilah > Toomelah

Pina
Pina(2011)

Paying tribute with style.

Another Earth

This low-key indie sci-fi boasts of a perfect mix of pathos and mystery. The discovery of Earth Two serves as the backdrop for a painful love story. Mike Cahillâ(TM)s confident direction and Brit Marlingâ(TM)s convincing lead performance will take you to sci-fi wonderland.

The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)

I have a high tolerance for gore and grotesqueries. Let me watch Martyrs, Antichrist, Pink Flamingos, A Serbian Film, etc. and I won't even cover my eyes. Like every other horror fan, I'd be happy to watch films that push the envelope. But they are called films for a reason. There should be an accompanying narrative. That sets them apart from "false snuff films". Unfortunately, The Human Centipede 2 is nothing but a sloppily made false snuff film.

Monte Carlo
Monte Carlo(2011)

Are you sure it's not Disney?

The Kid with a Bike

Poignant, yet unsentimental. A masterclass in drama.

Retreat
Retreat(2011)
½

More of a character study than an apocalyptic movie. Great performances from Jamie Bell, Thandie Newton, and Cillian Murphy.

The Silent House

This Uruguayan single-shot horror film is all style and no substance. I would forgive the lull, but the stupefying twist is just too much.

In Time
In Time(2011)

Interesting concept. It could have been more, but the writers gave up trying.

Midnight in Paris

This charming Woody Allen film is an ode to the arts and to the City of Lights.

The Adventures Of Pureza: Queen Of The Riles

Is it destined to be a cult classic? Or is it just plain bad?

Brick
Brick(2006)

This teenage noir thriller left me uninterested and unmoved. Why in the world are these teenagers trying to act like Mafia members?

A Single Man
A Single Man(2009)

A bereavement tale that is empty and slow. Tom Ford is a better visual artist than a storyteller.

Shaun of the Dead

This zombie parody is not as clever as I thought it will be, but delivers a good time nonetheless.

The Last Exorcism

A horror film that breathes new life to an overused style (faux documentary) and trite sub-genre (exorcism).

I Saw the Devil

A revenge thriller from Korea that has enough gore to make you squirm and enough thrills to leave you breathless.