Taken 3 Review

This time, the only thing getting taken is your patience. While Olivier Megaton’s Taken 3 is much better compared to its very disappointing predecessor, it is still largely mediocre. The film is nothing but a haphazardly edited race to franchise death. Like Megaton’s Taken 2, Taken 3 suffers from the dilemma of squeezing content out…

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That Thing Called Tadhana Review

That Thing Called Tadhana is a breath of fresh air in an industry filled with uninspiring romantic comedies.  It strips away the excesses of the genre and sticks to its essential (but forgotten) core: genuine human connection. As an avid fan of Jadaone, I was lucky enough to attend a Q&A screening of the film…

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Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2 Review

A complete hoot Shake, Rattle, & Roll anthologies aside, MMFF sequels are generally terrible cash-grabs. They may be much larger than their predecessors but they’re certainly hollow. Fortunately, Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2 is another clear exception to this problem. Kubot begins where Tiktik left off: Makoy (Dingdong Dantes) and Sonia’s family flee Pulupandan after…

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English Only, Please Review

A fun future for romantic comedies English Only, Please is the exclamation point to a banner year from Antoinette Jadaone. As I’ve repeated time and time again, Jadaone should be given more mainstream projects. She manages to make clichéd local romcoms fresher than new each time. Her characters are always full of life. The dialogue…

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Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo Review

Ang Unang Siga Biopics are a tricky business, especially in regards to our national heroes. Like other forms of art that channel our history, it often boils down to a needless battle between the goals of reverence and entertainment. Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo manages to fail at both. Gat. Andres is perceived to be one…

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