2019

Spider-Man: Far From Home

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Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent. This movie is directed by Jon Watts under Sony Pictures.

CAST: Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal, Cobie Smulders, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Matin Starr, Tony Revolori, Marisa Tomei, Angourie Rice, Numan Car.

GENRE: Action, Adventure

WHAT I LIKE?

Perhaps, this is the best Spider-Man Franchise ever. Far From Home is a visual spectacle that delivers everything you wanted from an MCU Film along with impressive cinematography and performances from its lead actors. First of all, the Plot picked up after The BLIP (The Thanos thing) and after the death of Iron Man. What I like about Far From Home is the connection it created in dealing with the loss of Tony Stark and the pressures it placed on Spider-Man. Given the fact that Peter Parker is literally young, I really commend the arc of the film where he fell in love with a girl and his vulnerability being a young teenager and an Avenger as well. It shows a great conflict of his character and the situation he’s into. Setting was also great. I loved the scenes in London and in Prague. Visually-speaking, Far From Home never disappoints. It was truly a spectacle of top-notch editing & action sequences worth every penny of your admission ticket. Acting chops are also satisfying. Personally, I am starting to let go Andrew Garfield as the best Spider-Man because of Tom Holland’s performance in Far From Home. Moreover, I really the chemistry of Tom & Zendaya here. Their charm and cuteness are all over the screen. I also loved Peter’s Squad in the movie. Spider-Man: Far From Home delivers a decent amount of entertainment, thrills and comedy we should be enjoying from a good Spider-Man movie. For me, this is highly-recommended to everyone who is either a fan of MCU or a fan of Spidey.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Well, the shirtless Tom Holland deserves a longer screen time MCU! C’mon!

RATINGS:

10/10 POPCORN

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2019

Annabelle Comes Home

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Determined to keep Annabelle from wreaking more havoc, Ed and Lorraine Warren bring the possessed doll to the locked artifacts room in their home, placing her “safely” behind sacred glass and enlisting a priest’s holy blessing. But an unholy night of horror awaits as Annabelle awakens the evil spirits in the room, who all set their sights on a new target — the Warrens’ ten-year-old daughter, Judy, and her friends. This is directed by Gary Dauberman under New Line Cinema.

CAST: McLena Grace, Madison Iseman, Katie Sarife, Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Steve Coulter, Michael Cimino & Samara Lee.

GENRE: Horror

WHAT I LIKE?

Annabelle has that solid scares & thrills you will probably enjoy on a average Annabelle flick. But….

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

From all the disappointing Annabelle Flick in the Conjuring Universe, Annabelle Comes Home has some decent and redeeming sort of thing but for me, this latest installment is tiring, lazy and very formulaic. What I don’t like about this film is that its actually empty. Full of unnecessary scares and dangling plots that actually don’t make sense at all. Aside from its very limited setting and point if view, Annabelle Comes Home is just some random shit wherein Annabelle was able to set free from the room and do some horrific things for the next minutes of its screening time. Aside from The Warrens’ less screening time, the scares are becoming too predictable. For me, its now time to put Annabelle to its long deserved rest.

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6.5/10 POPCORN

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2019

Child’s Play (2019)

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Child’s Play is a story about mother who gave her son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature. This 1980’s remake is directed by Lars Klevberg under Orion Pictures.

CAST: Aubrey Plaza, Gabriel Bateman, Brian Tyree Henry, Mark Hamill, Tim Matheson & David Lewis.

GENRE: Horror

WHAT I LIKE?

Child’s Play Modern Remake is truly a worthy masterpiece for a Horror Classic I loved since childhood. Wit a handful of disappointing installments, the 2019 Child’s Play was able to introduce a whole new playing field without sacrificing the comedy, thrills and gore we enjoyed on a Child’s Play film. First of all, it was a bold move to re-introduce Chucky in a modern world wherein there are no supernatural powers who will let him kill people. I really loved the idea of a talking doll wired into Internet or Cloud for instructions. It was truly timely in a era where everything is accessible online. The movie started with a premise that Chucky was a whole new different device. It was more intelligent & very vulnerable. At least, we are spared with supernatural background that made it a little bit goofy at times on its previous installments. What I like about Child’s Play is its signature kills and death scenes. For the 2019 version, it really did not disappoint in delivering enough gore & violence to showcase how deadly Chucky can be. Also, the recent Child’s Play still have those comedy blended well with horror and thrills that made the whole movie experience entertaining and frightening as well. They may have unknown Actors and Actresses but I believe they have done a great job here. I admire the lead child who played Andy. Gabriel Bateman was perfect for the role. With a great serving of humor, gore, inventive kills and thrills, Child’s Play is truly a worthy modern adaptation of this Classic Killer Doll.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

As a die-hard Chucky Fan, I am really pleased & satisfied.

RATINGS:

10/10 POPCORN

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2019

Toy Story 4

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When Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip excursion, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts). After years of being on her own, Bo’s adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. As Woody and Bo realize they’re worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they soon come to find that’s the least of their worries. The 4th Installment of Toy Story is directed by Josh Cooley under Disney Pixar.

Featuring the VOICES of: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Bonnie Hunt, Don Rickles, Jeff Garlin & Jodi Benson

GENRE: Animated Feature

WHAT I LIKE?

Toy Story 4 truly honored its roots especially to the service they have rendered to Andy down to their new kid Bonnie. Aside from that, they were able to send a heart-warming message and a very sentimental turnaround of the whole mission and life of Woody. What I like about the 4th installment is that it never get tired of going through the same plot and conflict thus presenting it in a very calm manner this time. It may be less adventurous this time but the movie gave a worthy resolution especially to Woody. I really loved how the contrast of stories from both “toy worlds” complimented on the final scene. Everything was just smooth and light to carry. I loved how they used a Semi-Villain in the film. At least, there were no exaggerations this time. I think they focused purely on emotions paving way for that resolution we all wanted. It still have the characters we loved but “Forky” as the newest Toy character is just adorable & funny. Aside from an impressive visuals and Cinematography, Toy Story 4 really maintained its branding to be one of the most child-friendly Animated Films Hollywood has ever made serving a decent and generous amount of comedy, thrills & lessons that could appeal not only to younger generations but across mature audiences as well.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

If you are expecting some epic adventure this time, Toy Story 4 may not be your cup of tea.

RATINGS:

10/10 POPCORN

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2019

Clarita

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After learning that a group of doctors were killed by super natural forces, Fathers Salvador and Benedicto will have their faith tested when they are tasked to perform an exorcism on a possessed woman named Clarita. Meanwhile, a photojournalist investigates the truth about Clarita’s possession and helps the two priests perform the exorcism. In their journey to help Clarita, they will encounter demonic obstacles that will prevent them from performing the exorcism. This movie is directed by Derick Cabrido under Black Sheep Films.

CAST: Jodi Sta. Maria, Ricky Davao, Arron Villaflor, Alyssa Muhlach, Yayo Aguila & Nonie Buencamino

GENRE: Horror, Mystery

WHAT I LIKE?

Inspired by true events, Clarita invested on the fact that somehow it happened in the past and it can happen even up to now. Clarita benefits mostly on the impressive acting performance of Jodi Sta. Maria alongside with brilliantly-executed prosthetic & sound effects. This is very similar with Aubrey Miles’ Sanib in which the exorcism scene is really haunting & memorable. It has some pretty good jump out scares and some spine-chilling moments that is quite unique too. I really commend some transitions in the film. The director creatively played well in blending the present situation as it slowly transitions to the past. Clarita is one of those Pinoy Horror films you should be proud of.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Clarita’s storytelling is a bit messy & cluttered. How I wish the narrative content was given emphasis since we all wanted to know the real story of Clarita and her dark past. It did deliver some chilling moments but I think the whole movie is stretched. I expected so much considering that the story of Clarita is really a good material to begin with. For me, they haven’t utilized much the story line especially the back story. What is also lacking in the movie is the classic horror feels and the terrifying moments you should be feeling during the exorcism scenes. Though, I still must give it to Aubrey Mile’s SANIB on this one. But, Clarita is still a good flick after all.

RATINGS:

7/10 POPCORN

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2019

Men in Black International

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The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest, most global threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization. This movie is directed by F. Gary Gray under Columbia Pictures.

CAST: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson, Rebecca Ferguson, Emma Thompson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rafe Spall, Spencer Wilding & Marcy Harriel.

GENRE: Action, Adventure

WHAT I LIKE?

What I like about MIB International benefits from a very effective onscreen chemistry of Hemsworth & Thompson which actually had its debut during Thor Ragnarok. Aside from that, there were some interesting MIB scenes that are truly unique for the franchise. At least, there were some notable highs for the film.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Men In Black International is quite a big a disappointment from a franchise that has been one the best classic sci-fi spy-adventure films ever made in Hollywood. The latest installement is uninspiring & forgettable. In as much we wanted to fall in love of Tessa & Chris together, they are consumed with a lackluster plot & predictable conflict material. Moreover, they failed to fully utilize comedy and action sequences in most parts. It felt like they could have ventured into the fun & adventurous side even more just like what the old MIB Franchise promises to deliver. In their extreme effort to relive the classic feels, MIB International falls flat in so many ways. The plot didn’t developed well because it is shallow to begin with, Everything seems to be in rush.

RATINGS:

5/10 POPCORN

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2019

The Secret Life of Pets 2

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Continuing the story of Max and his pet friends, following their secret lives after their owners leave them for work or school each day. This 2nd installment is directed by Chris Renaud & Jonathan del Val under Universal Pictures.

FEATURING THE VOICES OF: Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Harrison Ford, Patton Oswalt, Eric Stonestreet, Jenny Slate, Lake Bell, Hannibal Buress & Bobby Moynihan.

GENRE: Animated Movie, Comedy

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WHAT I LIKE?

The Secret Life of Pets 2 delivers the same entertainment we loved from the first installment. What I like about this film is its consistency of the setting and the fun brought by a great variety of pet characters. I really commend the Visuals & the Cinematography. Plus, the Musical Scoring is still as good as the first one. At some point, I felt like a kid laughing over some scenes in the movie. For a kiddie movie, The Secret Life of Pets 2 is entertaining & visually-compelling.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

I may adore the Visuals and the Entertainment but The Secret Life of Pets 2 offers nothing new on the plate. With its 2nd installment, I expected the storyline to go a notch higher. It was pretty shallow for me. At some point going that lousy climax, the whole movie is forgettable and will only be as good as your first round of popcorn. It also lacked an inspiring content that the first movie nailed. Moreover, the scene on the farm with Rooster could have been developed even further as it is essential in the overall plot. It felt like the Rooster Scene was placed to fill in the movie’s running time. If you are in for some kiddie popcorn entertainment, you can watch The Secret Life of Pets 2. Or you may not.

RATINGS:

5.5/10 POPCORN

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