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MY REVIEW | Re-released in limited Philippine cinemas, the 2013 action-thriller KILLING SEASON stars an accented John Travoltra and a grandfatherly Robert De Niro. STILL SHOWING!
The opening of “Killing Season” is promising: a sepia-colored flashback to the Bosnian War in the early ‘90s, giving us a clear snapshot of its atrocities. Then the film fluidly transitions to the present-day, to a foreign-looking John Travolta with an accent, in a secret meeting, retrieving a secret file. Travolta is Kovac, a Serb …
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I belong to the SMALL % that wasn't swept away by critic favorite "LA LA LAND."
“LA La Land” takes us to an enchantingly retro Los Angeles, to the City of Stars, where skies are perpetually lavender and pink, and freeway motorists break into song and dance during traffic jams. It musically tells a modern-day tale of romance between two dreamers: Mia (Emma Stone), a barista and aspiring movie star, and …
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A tale about a grieving father. My short, spoiler-free review of heavy drama COLLATERAL BEAUTY (starring Will Smith and a bunch of A-listers): http://ow.ly/T0vx307SSCD
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My MMFF REVIEW - "Die Beautiful"
PAOLO Ballesteros’ famous celebrity makeup transformations are cinematically utilized in Jun Robles Lana’s (“Anino sa Likod ng Buwan”) award-winning transgender drama “Die Beautiful.” Ballesteros is Trisha, a beautiful transgender whose dying wish is to look like a famous celebrity every day of her 7-day wake. Why is she dead at such a young age? What …
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MMFF REVIEW | Erik Matti's 'Seklusyon,' which garnered the most awards, including Best Director & Best Screenplay.

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CELEBRATED filmmaker Erik Matti uses Catholicism as setting for his horror flick “Seklusyon.” And why not—as filmmakers normally exploit Catholic imagery for that eerie effect: wooden statues with bleeding eyes, religious icons, mysterious miracles, candles, dark rooms, and Latin prayers. And, of course, the Devil. The Devil that dwells within the confines of the Church. …
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REVIEW | Shinkao Makoto's sci-fi love story "YOUR NAME" (Kimi no Na wa). NOW SHOWING in Phil cinemas!
JAPAN’s high-grossing fantasy film “Your Name” (Kimi no Na wa) takes the term “long-distance relationship” to a whole new cosmic level. It’s a coming-of-age love story made complicated by time warps, body-switching à la “Big” or “Freaky Friday,” all set against a celestial event. Teenagers Mitsuha (Mone Kamishiraishi) and Taki (Ryûnosuke Kamiki) meet in a rather …
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HORRENDOUS FILM: "Collateral Beauty." My review:


WILL Smith is Howard, an ad agency exec imprisoned by insurmountable grief over the death of his 6-year-old daughter. Switching from depressive to suicidal to whimsical, he goes through life either in lethargic sorrow or accomplishing his new hobbies: emotionally biking at night through oncoming traffic, building elaborate domino structures, and mailing scalding letters to …
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Smiths yearly vanity project...his attempt to be taken seriously as an actor. He would sacrifice his child to get an Oscar.
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MY REVIEW | Critic favorite 'La La Land' has been sweeping awards and leaving moviegoers starry-eyed and stunned. I saw it with zero expectations, and here's my experience, spoiler-free:


“LA La Land” takes us to an enchantingly retro Los Angeles, to the City of Stars, where skies are perpetually lavender and pink, and freeway motorists break into song and dance during traffic jams. It musically tells a modern-day tale of romance between two dreamers: Mia (Emma Stone), a barista and aspiring movie star, and …
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MMFF REVIEW | 'Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2: Forever is Not Enough'

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In “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2: Forever is Not Enough,” Eugene Domingo, who plays a fictionalized version of herself, argues that moviegoers will not pay 250 pesos to watch “suffering” in the big screen. They clamor for escapist movies, i.e., mainstream flicks. Specifically rom-coms. ]Well, I paid 250 pesos to see this indie flick …
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REVIEW | 'Passengers', starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. Opens Jan 4 in Philippine cinemas.

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MMFF REVIEW | 'Sunday Beauty Queen' (BEST PICTURE!)


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THE plight of Pinay domestic helpers in foreign countries may not be new to us, but Baby Ruth Villarama’s riveting documentary “Sunday Beauty Queen” puts a different and tender spotlight on the lives of OFWs. “Sunday Beauty Queen” takes us to the iconic skylines of Hong Kong, right in the center of the colorful hustle and …
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Spoiler-free review of ROGUE ONE! Now showing in Philippine cinemas!
In “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” our heroine is Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), a jaded criminal recruited by the Rebel Alliance to help hunt down her father, Galen (Mads Mikkelsen)—the brains behind the Empire’s super-weapon, Death Star. And when Jyn receives message of the Death Star’s weak spot, she races to steal the design …
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Freelance writer and copy editor. Regular contributing writer for Family Matters magazine. Has written movie reviews for CinemaGeekly.com, InterAksyon.com, PinoyExchange.com, OrangeMagazineTV, and FlipGeeks.com. Visit my movie blog at www.FilmCheckph.blogspot.com and my personal site: http://tepmayo.wix.com/portfolio
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