2018

Rampage

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Primatologist – Davis, shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla who has been in his care since birth. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry mutates this gentle ape into a raging creature of enormous size. To make matters worse, it’s soon discovered there are other similarly altered animals. As these newly created alpha predators tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend. Rampage is directed by Brad Peyton under Warner Bros. Pictures.
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jake Lacy, Joe Manganiello, Marley Shelton, P.J. Byrne, Jack Quaid, Will Yun Lee, Urijah Faber
Genre: Action, Adventure, Science-Fiction

WHAT I LIKE?

Rampage offers enough popcorn entertainment you have come to expect from 3 giant animal creatures trying to destroy Chicago. Somehow, it served its purpose to be an entertaining film with non-stop campy fun and visually-engaging action sequences that will bring enough thrills throughout its screening time. With the plot, it started very direct and simple. It need not to be complicated at all in the first place. The science part were used well and executed properly. Production-design was also impressive. I loved all the location and the Chicago scenes were done brilliantly. It is also visually-engaging in most parts. Visual effects were really great. The animal creatures were near to be realistic. The massive destruction scenes in Chicago was done well too. I am really entertained with the action scenes. It is as big as its predators. I mean, what would you expect from a B-movie offering a decent popcorn extravaganza. Acting-wise, Dwayne still delivers the same aura and acting needed for a destruction film like this. Plot material may not be as technical as it should be, but the presentation of the whole movie perfectly fits its title- Rampage!

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Well, it is forgivable. Plot could have been technical and more scientific. But then again, it has an enormous entertainment value from its smashing scenes.

RATINGS:

9/10 Popcorn

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2018

A Quiet Place

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A family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival. This modern thriller is directed by John Krasinski under Paramount Pictures.

Cast: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe & Cade Woodwand

Genre: Drama, Thriller, Suspense

WHAT I LIKE?

A Quiet Place is a one-of-a-kind thriller movie with an interesting and familiar plot gearing towards aliens and apocalypse. It was direct with its cinematic approach and invested towards the idea that it is already happening. Its a doomsday film that focuses on the survival of a family against the creatures that kills and hunts on anything they hear. Plot-wise, it is direct and the sequences were placed into thin chops in order to give way to giant chunks of suspense and thrills especially on the climax part. Yes, the movie is successfull in all angles as a thriller movie. I have never imagined that a movie with less than 10% of actual human conversation can be so scary and disturbing. A Quiet Place creatively played around its premise of science-fiction along side with edge-of-the-seat scenes that kept me holding my breath almost all the time. Majority of the scenes were intense and brilliantly-executed. Since the demand of the film means that the characters can’t create any noise or sound, the build up of tension on every scene is just effective and nerve-wracking. With that, I commend the film. Production design was good since scenes were sort of isolated. Sound engineering is impressive as well. The creature was realistic and for me, an original masterpiece. The creature is actually scary too. Acting chops are impressive. Being a silent film and with the use of sign language most of the time, all the characters were able to portray fear and a variety emotions very well. I must say that this is one of Emily Blunt’s best performances to date. John Krasinski, being the Director as well, was also impressive in the movie. I also commend the child actors. I highly-recommend A Quiet Place. This is not your ordinary thriller movie.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

I can hate what I love. A Quiet Place is definitely a must-watch.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorn.

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2018

My Perfect You

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The film centers on Burn, a broken-hearted man looking to start over and Abi, a hostel owner whom he meets while on vacation. As the film progresses, the two will fall in love with each other despite differences and circumstances surrounding them. My Perfect You is directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina under Star Cinema.

Cast: Gerald Anderson, Pia Wurtzbach, Tonton Gutierrez, Dimples Romana, Janus del Pardo, Wilma Doesnt, RJ Ledezma, Marlann Flores, Paolo O’Hara & Darwin Tolentino

Genre: Romantic, Comedy

WHAT I LIKE?

Star Cinema never fails to produce quality films with the new addition of My Perfect You. Generally, the movie has the typical RomCom Formula which Star Cinema is heavily investing lately. What differs it from other movies is its twist. Without spoiling the twist, My Perfect You is a light-hearted yet inspiring film about second chances in life and gives us a better understanding of depression. Its message cuts deep as it creatively engage its audience with laughter and charm while creating a slow pinch as the movie progresses and as the twist and turn around is unfolding. The movie is utterly inspiring especially for those who are undergoing depression. Moreover, My Perfect You imparts a very basic lesson of smiling and being brave in facing life’s challenges. Indeed, a SMILE could change the world. The movie is successful in letting its audience laugh and feel a little romantic especially on Gerald and Pia’s scenes. The movie’s premise is simple but your whole perspective will change after the twist. Wish I could discuss the turn around and share thoughts about but I guess I have to give a little bit of mystery for the audience. Production design is good. I loved the location of the Happy Sunshine Camp. The underwater scenes were done well too. Gerald and Pia has a good chemistry. They both gave impressive performances and acting chops fit for the film’s dynamics and demand. Gerald shows an improvement on his craft. He was effective in portraying a man defeated by life and challenges. His physical appearance down to his facial expressions – I can almost feel in his eyes that he is tired and wanting to give up already. Pia’s quirky and bubbly portrayal also made the movie light and likable.  Pia’s performance was impressive too given that this is her first lead role in a movie. Aside from his comedic timing, she was also convincing during dramatic scenes. Supporting Characters such as Janus, Wilma, Tonton and Dimples also gave justice to their roles. Wilma’s portrayal was the best. I really commend Dimples’ scene with Gerald, it was heart-wrenching for me. Overall, the movie depicts many social values and realizations especially on the battles all of us are facing. I salute Star Cinema for this bold risk in producing eye-opener movies like this.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Some of the outdoor scenes were a little bit overexposed in my eyes. Some of the song choices were a bit off too. But still, this is worth-watching.

RATINGS:

9/10 Popcorn.

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2018

Game Night

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Max and Annie, whose weekly couple’s game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents. Over the course of one chaotic night, the friends find themselves increasingly in over their heads as each twist leads to another unexpected turn. With no rules, no points, and no idea who all the players are, this could turn out to be the most fun they’ve ever had. Game Night is directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein under New Line Cinema.

Cast: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Sharon Horgan, Kyle Chandler, Billy Magnussen, Lamorne Morris, Kylie Bunbury, Jessy Plemons, Danny Huston & Michael Hall.

Genre: Comedy, Thriller

WHAT I LIKE?

Game Night offers a very dynamic plot that successfully mixed up Comedy, Mystery & Thriller formula into one exciting ride. What I like about Game Night is its variety and the inclusion of unexpected twists and turns piled up into a once crazy set. It was pretty much loaded with everything but in the right amount. Comedy was on-point and the cast need not to be exaggerated to be funny. Script is impressive as well and conversations are naturally entertaining. I consider Game Night is an Adult Comedy type offering decent laughs and enough thrills and mystery to keep you guessing and doubting even until the end credits. I never imagined how a chaotic and a little messed-up story-telling can be this fun. Despite this impression, I still see a cohesive and solid foundation of the movie. Acting chops are also impressive. The comic tandem of McAdams and Bateman is pretty charming and very effective. I find them adorable at most scenes. The chemistry of the other couples are also great. The variety of personality in the circle of friends added to the movie’s engaging plot. Game Night also offers a unique plot material that is quite new in Hollywood. Overall, it was clever, fast-moving and generally-entertaining.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

The plot has the tendency to bounce off many times and may not be pleasing with other audiences and it has also a formula to be a little bit forgettable.

RATINGS:

8.5/10 Popcorn

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2018

Black Panther

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“Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk. This is directed by Ryan Coogler under Marvel Studios.

Casts: Chadwick Boseman, Michael Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Sterling Brown, Angela Bassette, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, John Kani, David Lee.

Genre: Action, Fantasy, Adventure

WHAT I LIKE?

Black Panther is perhaps the most solid superhero movie in the Marvel Universe in terms of source material and story-telling. The foundation of this movie is its Modern African-inspired fictional country named Wakanda and a very compelling storyline of King T’Challa and some of Marvel’s dynamic supporting characters. What I liked about Black Panther is its superb Production design especially the Wakanda scenes. By far, this is their best in terms of a fictional superhero country portrayal. I fell in loved with how modern technology and African culture mixed well in this country. Costume-wise, Black Panther never failed even an inch. The costume choices were very creative and very much apt to the whole concept of an advanced world. Aside from visually-engaging setting, the movie also boast of impressive and well-executed action sequences. Every action scenes were great. It was great to see less CGI effects during fight scenes. What I also loved is the involvement of women in the movie. The movie actually showed women empowerment. With great narratives and sequencing of events, Black Panther seems to be flawless and engaging scenes that will keep you on your seats for the whole of its running time. If it is Marvel, there must be humor. Although Black Panther has less humor compared to other MCU movies but the comedy parts were in perfect timing on most scenes. Acting chops from talented actors and actresses were amazing and impressive to say the least. Glad to see a celebration of African-American culture without being too racist. Chadwick is such a good lead actor. Michael Jordan was a great Villain too. Lupita and Chadwick’s chemistry is quite strong. Danai and Daniel were also a good support to the talented cast. With the balanced amount of romance, drama and action, Black Panther is truly my most favorite MCU movie so far. WAKANDA FOREVER!

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

The fact that I won’t be able to see WAKANDA in real life is the only negative review I will be giving.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorn

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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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