Pitch Perfect 3

At college, twittering damsels assemble to a singing group to raise a middle finger, and say: “aca-abolish the patriarchy!” They go by the name The Barden Bellas, which—especially in the kind of climate we’re living in now—is about as superhero-like as it sounds: The Bellas, lady knights of beatboxes and hums and girl power.

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Deadma Walking

On its surface, Julius Alfonso’s “Deadma Walking” resembles Jun Lana’s hugely successful “Die Beautiful”. The former features two gay best friends, the latter has transgender women as leads, but both have a storyline heavily anchored by the idea of death. In both films, the protagonists give specific instructions on how to hold their extravagant

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Ferdinand

Despite being a bull, Ferdinand’s story is relatable to many of us. Growing up, he’s weighed down by the expectation to be a tough and competitive fighting bull just like his friends and all the other bulls raised in Case del Toro. But Ferdinand is different from everybody else. He doesn’t dream of becoming

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Gandarrapiddo: The Revenger Squad

I feel utter disdain in having “Gandarrappido: the Revenger Squad” close my MMFF experience.  It exemplifies everything that is deplorable with the current MMFF: it has minimal substance (if any), motivated solely by profit, and does not contribute whatsoever in cultivating moviegoers’ tastes in local films. Directed by Bb. Joyce Bernal, “Gandarrappido: The Revenger

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Siargao

Romance films seem to have long decided where broken hearts go. The consensus point to the vermilion warmth of a bonfire, in the company of good music and nature-greased bodies, sitting cozily on bean bags, and tasting the salt coalesce into summertime breeze. In the new Paul Soriano film, “Siargao,” broken hearts litter its beach,

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Haunted Forest

Being the only horror film entry in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival, Ian Loreños’ “Haunted Forest” has the advantage of catering to a certain niche of moviegoers. With this naturally comes the expectation to rake in millions of earnings, yet, all that Regal Films could offer us in this film is a hodgepodge

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

“Let the past die. Kill it, if you have to. It’s the only way to become what you’re meant to be.” – Kylo Ren It may be Rian Johnson speaking through Kylo Ren in the quote above, as it is exactly what he did directing “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”. He essentially killed off

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