2018

Sin Island

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“Sin Island” tells the story of a picture-perfect married couple David and Kanika whose paradise in each other’s arms will be put to the test as she enters into a dangerous affair shortly after his career tanks into a downward spiral. As David discovers Kanika’s transgressions, he flees to Sinilaban Island where he meets and engages in a carnal affair with a girl named Tasha (Nathalie Hart). Despite their mistakes, the couple decides to rekindle their marriage, but Tasha refuses to let go of David. This movie is directed by Gino M. Santos under Star Cinema.

Casts: Xian Lim, Coleen Garcia, Nathalie Hart, TJ Trinidad, Bernard Palanca, Dominic Ochoa, Thou Reyes, Desiree del Valle, Nikki Valdez.

Genre: Romance, Thriller

WHAT I LIKE?

I really admire Star Cinema for taking a bold risk in producing an R-16 movie about infidelity and love with a very surprising and shocking twist in the end. I was really impressed with how the movie tackled love, sex, marriage and everything in between. For me, its still one of their finest masterpieces so far. With a beautiful cinematography especially on the introduction part, the movie perfectly set the mood of a fruitful marriage. The bump on the marriage came in just the right time too. It was pretty realistic given the circumstances of David as thriving Photographer and Kanika as an ambitious flight attendant. Dialogues were good. The conflict material is strong too. The movie’s twist begins when Tasha enters into the picture. The whole Sin Island scenes were shot perfectly. All scenes and angles are beautiful. The intimate sex scenes were done professionally though expect some R-16 content. Acting-wise, I had some high respects for Xian and Coleen. They have a good chemistry too. Coleen’s acting with Nathalie is quite impressive. The biggest revelation of the movie is Nathalie. She was just impressive on her characterization. Overall, the whole cast were good. I love the contrast of the characters. What I love about Sin Island is its disturbing and suprising twist. Well, you just have to watch the film to find out. For me, it was brilliantly-executed and the climax is pretty entertaining.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

My expectations for Sin Island was low so I have no disapppointments. The movie has some R-16 content and disturbing scenes not suitable for younger audiences.

RATINGS:

9/10 Popcorns

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2018

Fifty Shades Freed

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Newlyweds Christian and Ana fully embrace their married life and life of luxury believing that the have left behind things in the past. But just as they are starting to be Mr. and Mrs. Grey, a new threat arises that could jeopardize their lives. Fifty Shades Freed is directed by James Foley under Universal Pictures.
Casts: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Callum Rennie, Arielle Kebbel, Marcia Hayden, Kim Basinger
Genre: Drama, Romance

WHAT I LIKE?

Fifty Shades Freed is a beautifully-wrapped gift for Valentine’s for some few fans of this lackluster Franchise. With the effective depiction of an ideal millionaire living a luxury life and marrying an ordinary woman, the movie will lure you with its fantasies and glitters. Cinematography-wise, the movie is just right with its expensive wrapping from clothes, houses, cars and many more. If you are in for some soft porn, Fifty Shades Freed offers an R-18 with no cuts offer that will surely please a certain audience. All that is left is cluttered story line better off in the books.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Fifty Shades Freed is better off in the books than a Trilogy. I was expecting the last franchise to somehow elevate the lackluster installment but I find the movie very weak and uninteresting. Sure enough that I wanted to see a naked Christian Grey but the movie has no identity to begin with. More than just those pornographic fantasies, Fifty Shades Freed is nothing but pure obscene and at some point offensive. The final movie focused more on SEX rather than the soul. For me, the whole thing don’t sell at all. My curiosity was not even sparked. Characters-wise, the movie still a bit lost with cluttering with unnecessary and underdeveloped characterization. All I see is a beautiful and luxurious packaging with no added value at all. You can watch Fifty Shades Free with your own discretion depending on what do you want to feel after.

RATINGS:

4/10 Popcorn

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2018

The Greatest Showman

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With his strong dedication and love for his family, Barnum opened a wax museum that soon became a circus stage for unique and peculiar individuals all wanting to be accepted by the society just like him. With his drive to free his family from poverty and prove himself to the world, Barnum reached the peak of success. As the road gears toward his lifetime dream, he will be challenged to redefine the most important aspects of his life from all the blinding fame and spotlight. The Greatest Showman is directed by Michael Gracey under 20th Century Fox.

Casts: Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Paul Sparks, Gayle Rankin, Tina Benko, Fredric Lehne, Keala Settle

Genre: Musical, Drama

WHAT I LIKE?

The Greatest Showman is truly one of Hollywood’s finest in the Musical Genre with impressive song performances, choreography and a very inspiring plot that will take you to a one of a kind journey of fulfilling your dreams and risking everything for your loved ones. I really loved the movie. Plot-wise, the movie stood ground with PT Barnum’s humble beginnings and hungry for affirmation. It was a perfect setting of the whole film’s premise. With the right timing of romance formula, the movie effectively set an atmosphere of dedication rooted within a family setting. This aspect has truly gave the whole film its soul and purpose to begin with. With a very inspiring plot material, the movie never failed to live up with its Genre – Musical. For me, all the song choices were great and very relatable. I can almost sing along with all the song numbers. I would like to also commend the choreography which is spot on and very creative. The film’s strength is most attributed with the Musical Formula that the Greatest Showman has impressively invested. Both the group performances, solos and duos were memorable for me. Jenny Lind solo performance got me chills in my spine. The Zac and Hugh tandem numbers were such a joy to watch too. The whole circus thing is well-executed and it was really done with precision and even near perfection. It was like a spectacle on the big screen. Hugh Jackman delivers along with all of its talented cast. More than a good musical masterpiece composition, the Cinematography and production Setting really stood out as well. I really liked the Circus Setting and the even the scenes shot within the city setting. Aside from that, the movie’s inspiring soul also got me. I am moved by the lesson the movie wanted to impart to us. The movie will bring you to a world of your dreams and will challenge you with those dreams. I was smiling until the end. The movie is truly worth-watching.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

You can’t dislike what inspires you.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorn

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2018

Meet me in St. Gallen

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Meet me in St. Gallen is a story of Celeste and Jesse who have found each other during the trying times of their lives. They spent a memorable night together and became separated for how many years. Their second chance of meeting again became special until they met each other at St. Gallen years after. This movie is directed by Emma Villamor under Spring Films and Viva Films.

Casts: Bella Padilla, Carlo Aquino

Genre: Romance, Drama

WHAT I LIKE?

Meet me in St. Gallen is a good addition to the quality conversational Pinoy films ever made since “That Thing Called Tadhana’. I really loved that Filipino Film-makers are now taking risks with this kind of genre which usually brings out a well-produced and creative cinematic masterpieces to date. Overall, I fell in love with the movie. What I like about the movie is that its simplicity in terms of story-telling technique and overall plot material is supported with superb cinematography, great dialogues and a story that is deep, raw and very heartfelt. First of all, the plot is pretty much understandable. Its a story of two strangers met at a very random moment and eventually shared a nigh they won’t remember. As a whole, it is a story of chance encounters, timing and missed opportunities. I really like how the Director laid out the sincerity of the plot with the timelines presented in the movie. I would also like to commend the film’s Cinematography and sound engineering. The whole movie was done with artistry especially on the camera angles and shadows. The best part was of course the shot at St. Gallen which is by far my most memorable scene in the film. The whole backdrop was majestic and impressive. Of course, I also loved the Soundtrack especially the one with Moira’s. Since its a conversational film, the film usually invests on dialogues which the film did not disappoint from beginning to end. I was literally driven into a whole new kind of emotions listening to the words that come out from Jesse and Celeste. They were speaking on behalf of their souls and experiences. It was heartfelt and moving. The lines are relatable and engaging to the whole audience. Without spoiling the ending, I think the whole sequences were just right to give way to the climax. Despite three separate timelines, the movie never failed to create connections from one scene to another. Moreover, I also commend Bella and Carlo for such a strong chemistry together. Carlo being a musician and an aspiring Doctor was just so ideal for me. Carlo still has the charisma and the quality of acting that is worth your cinema ticket. Bella on the other hand never fails to impress me with her portrayal of a troubled artist wanting to be free of her own world. Bella was both charming and convincing for her role. Both of them both delivered their best performances and their connection with each other is undeniably strong.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Meet me in St. Gallen falls short in providing cohesive attachment for each scenes especially in the character developments of Jesse and Celeste. I think their was not much of the intensity given and invested on how the values and choices of the characters affected their confusing decision at each timelines they will meet again. Also, the climax will somehow let you question if what is the film trying to say to us? Well, it might be different with yours. Despite this forgivable flaw, you should go and see Meet Me in St. Gallen.

RATINGS:

9/10 Popcorn

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2018

Mr. & Mrs. Cruz

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Mr. & Mrs. Cruz is a heart warming film about two individuals learning to love after a heartbreak. They both share memories and wonderful experiences in the wonderful island of Palawan. This movie is written and directed by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo under Idea First Company & Viva Films.

Cast: Ryza Cenon, JC Santos, Yayo Aguila, Dennis Padilla, Dido Dela Paz, Lui Manansala, Bong Cabrera, Sophie Rankin

Genre: Romance, Drama

WHAT I LIKE?

Sigrid Bernardo never disappoints with Viva’s latest offering – Mr. & Mrs. Cruz. I am really quite impressed with the turnout of the movie. JC and Ryza are such charming together on-screen. Mr. & Mrs. Cruz offers a realistic and relatable premise about heartbreaks and moving on. It invested on tourism with Palawan as the major backdrop. More than just the wonderful and amazing shots in the island, I was actually more compelled with the story and its soul. Palawan is given. The movie showcased the place with justice. Cinematography is spot on and color grading was the best for me. Drone shots are utilized well and did not overpower the continuity of the shots. The movie’s theme song and sound engineering was great too. I loved how the hugot music was utilized on some major scenes. Plot-wise, the movie won’t play around subplots. It is direct and sincere. Most of the scenes were like a mirror to all of us. The drunk scene at the bar was my favorite. It was raw for me. The pain is lingering within the movie. As the characters find the answers to their questions, Sigrid effectively created an atmosphere wherein all emotions are smoothly flowing within the characters and their choices of words. The tight shots and slowmos were creatively used and applied. The narration and metaphors were spot on. More than an impressive cinematic approach, there is too much happening in the movie that will truly glue your interest from beginning to end. I was smiling even after the film. Overall, the film geared towards a realistic ending. An ending that will make you crave more. JC and Ryza both gave award-winning performances. Finally, I am glad to see JC landing on a lead role. He was amazing in the film. His comedic timing and his charm really blended well with Ryza. He’s just too hot to handle at some point. Ryza was just amazing as usual. I am also happy that she landed on a lead role in a film like this. I was really impressed with her acting and her bubbly attitude in Mr. and Mrs. Cruz.
What more I can say. The movie made me smile and it landed in one of my most fave Romantic films to date. Congrats Viva Films and Direk Sigrid!

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

No hate. Just love.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorn.

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2018

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

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 Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze. This final installment of the Maze Runner Series is directed by Wes Ball under 20th Century Fox.

Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Sangster, Rosa Salazar, Giancarlo Esposito, Dexter Darden, Aidan Gillen, Ki Hong Lee, Barry Pepper, Patricia Clarkson, Walton Goggins

Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller

Here’s my latest Movie Review of their 2nd Installment: The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials

WHAT I LIKE?

Maze Runner: The Death Cure ended on quite an impressive note with highly-entertaining sequences and a finale that will bring you to a rollercoaster of emotions making way for a heart-wrenching and memorable finale that fans will truly remember for years. Being a fan of the Maze Runner Franchise, I must say that the movie has pleased me on so many ways. Plot-wise, The Death Cure smoothly presented the final chapter with engaging scenes and well-executed and high-octane action chunks that will truly keep you entertained from beginning untik the end. It pays to be familiar with the whole plot as The Death Cure will pick up where it all started and you will be meeting a handful of returning characters. Being familiar with the whole premise will give you that emotional connection between the characters especially those who have started this journey in the beginning. I was emotionally-engage with all the scenes especially on the twist and turns and some deaths as well that will truly leave a mark for all the fans (No Spoilers here). Hats off to the Production design since the Death Cure has the best among its predecessors. Visuals are way much improved this time and sound engineering is spot on. The climax is well staged and I was nearly at the edge of my seat most of the time. For the characters, I still see a very talented roaster here. With the effective portrayal of their roles, the Director was able to pull off the chemistry and camaraderie of its diversed cast. For me, Maze Runner: The Death Cure is one of the best finales staged for a Trilogy. Its hard to say goodbye to one of my favorite Trilogies in Hollywood. So long Maze Runner.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

You can’t hate what you love.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorn

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2018

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

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When four high-school kids discover an old video game console, they are immediately drawn  into the game’s jungle setting, literally became the avatars they chose. Aside from the game itself, they must all figure out how to survive and beat the game for them to return to the real world. JUMANJI: Welcome to the Jungle is directed by Jake Kasdan under Columbia Pictures.

Casts: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Bobby Cannavale, Madison Iseman. Morgan Turner, Alex Wolf, Missi Pyle

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Previous Movies of Dwayne Johnson: Baywatch; Central Intelligence; Fate of the Furious

WHAT I LIKE?

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is by far the best Jumanji Franchise ever adapted on the big screen and is one of the best family-adventure movies of all time. I admit, I was apprehensive on the first time I saw its trailer. After watching the film, I was literally blown away and entertained. The movie gave justice to this well-loved video game material and offered a visually-stunning and highly-entertaining masterpiece worth every price of your admission ticket. The movie started off with 4 different high school students with unique characteristics. Their discovery of the Jumanji Console paved their way to be actually inside the game. What I like about the film is that it is very direct. With a few introductions, the movie’s premise revolved around the world of Jumanji which is really a great thing. In Jumanji, the 4 teens play their chosen avatars. I really loved the mixed of characters of the 4 main acts. They are lead by Dwayne Johnson which is at his normal best. Kevin Hart’s comedic timing is still impressive. The charm of Karen Gillan and her bad-ass character is such a perfect fit. Most of all, I was entertained with Jack Black portraying Bethany. The whole Jumanji world for me is very impressive. It showcased lots of visual spectacles and edge-of-the-seat thrills especially on most parts. The animal scenes and even the man-to-man fight scenes were all executed adding to the film’s dynamic plot and a very engaging storytelling techniques. Of course, with a little touch of mystery and treasure-hunting formula, Jumanji could easily pleased adventure-junkie audiences. Overall, I really like the whole packing of the movie. It has the perfect timing of comedy mixed with romance, thrills and even an inspiring message. Yes, the movie is inspiring for me. Knowing that they have limited lives inside the game, they must worked together to fight for survival. On the other hand, you begin to realize the value of your single life as well. I was really impressed and I was glued from beginning to end. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is truly worth-watching many times.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

I will leave it blank though.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorn

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