Movie review: Cold Pursuit

February 16, 2019
LIAM Neeson, still the late blooming action star at 66, stars in yet another revenge drama, this time laced with dark humor, in “Cold Pursuit”. He plays Nels Coxman, a snowplow driver in a resort town, Kehoe, in the Rocky Mountains. He lives a quiet life and was just awarded as Citizen of the Year for keeping their snow-filled roads clear even during blizzards.

Movie review: The kid who would be king

February 14, 2019
OUR grandchildren thoroughly enjoyed “The Kid Who Would Be King” and we liked it, too, as it’s a well-made fantasy-action-adventure flick for the whole family. The title roler is Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis, son of Andy Serkis who played Gollum), a boy who is bullied in school, along with his best friend, Bedders (Dean Chaumoo).

Movie review: Alita: Battle Angel

February 12, 2019
“ALITA: Battle Angel” is an adaptation of the Japanese cyberpunk manga by Yukito Kishiro that came out in 1990 and has a devoted fan base, including “Avatar” director James Cameron who now produces and co-writes it for the big screen, directed by Robert Rodriguez who previously directed “Spy Kids”, “From Dusk Till Dawn” and “Sin City”.

Movie review: Mary Poppins returns

January 15, 2019
JULIE Andrews started appearing in stage musicals at London’s West End in 1948. She made her debut in Broadway in “The Boyfriend” in 1954 and popularized the role of Eliza Doolittle in Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady” in 1956. When Warner Bros. made “My Fair Lady” into a movie, they bypassed her and got the more established film star Audrey Hepburn to play the lead role, using a ghost singer, Marni Nixon (who also sang for Deborah Kerr in “The King and I” and Nathalie Wood in “West Side Story”).

Movie review: Bumblebee

January 12, 2019
FIVE ‘Transformer’ movies were made from 2007 to 2017, all directed by Michael Bay. They were all critically-panned but still made lots of money. We now have a new Transformer movie, “Bumblebee”, directed by Travis Knight of the acclaimed animated flick, “Kubo and the Two Strings”, in his first live action film. This is still produced by Michael Bay, but it’s definitely the one with the most heart of all the Transformer flicks which are mostly robot versus robot carnage.

Movie review: Rainow's sunset

December 22, 2018
EDDIE Garcia won international acting awards in 2012 for portraying the role of an old gay man caring for his dog in “Bwakaw”. He’s now predicted to win more acting honors for playing another aging gay in “Rainbow’s Sunset”. We also won’t be surprised if the film would run away with most of the awards come Metro Filmfest awards night simply because, content-wise, it is the one with more significant substance among the 8 entries. This is the only serious family drama and also addresses other valid issues such as love in its various forms, acceptance, interpersonal conflicts between family members, forgiveness and reconciliation, promoting fundamental family values in the process.

Movie review: Ben is back

December 21, 2018
JULIA Roberts was once America’s Sweetheart who shone in “Pretty Woman”, “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and her Oscar-winning film, “Erin Brokovich”. But just like other top stars who get on in years, she now plays mother roles. After playing the mother of a little boy in “Wonder”, she is the mother of a grown up kid who happens to be a drug addict in “Ben is Back”.

Movie review: Robin Hood

November 28, 2018
There are also TV series and animation versions. The last big movie on Robin Hood starred Russell Crowe in 2010. It was a critical and commercial disaster. Now comes the latest version, “Robin Hood”, starring Taron Egerton of “Kingsman” in the title role. It’s meant to be an origin story, just like the last “King Arthur” movie by Guy Ritchie which was so boring, so the narration at the start warns us: “Forget history. Forget what you think you know”.

Movie review: Ralph breaks the internet

November 23, 2018
OUR grand children saw “Wreck It Ralph” on video several times so they’re excited to see the sequel, “Ralph Breaks the Internet”. We went with them on opening day, not expecting we’d get to like the movie that much, with this sequel being better than the original. It was in 2012 when Wreck It Ralph (voice by John C. Reilly) was introduced to us. He’s a digital character in a video arcade game who starts as a bad guy trying to destroy an apartment building with happy residents, but who later turns out to be good and saves the arcade. It also shows how the sweet friendship between him and the feisty but lonely Vanellope (voice by Sarah Silverman) develops. They’re a mismatched pair of characters from two very different video games who find endearing company in each other and this gives the first film its considerable heart.

Movie review: 'Kung paano siya nawala'

November 22, 2018
BOTH Rhian Ramos and JM de Guzman give excellent touching performances in “Kung Paano Siya Nawala”. JM plays Cecilio, a young man afflicted with face blindness, a real life disorder (scientific name: prosopagnosia) in the brain that causes inability to memorize faces. Since he has difficulty to recognize faces, he is withdrawn, quiet and finds it hard to relate with others, even with colleagues in his own workplace.

Movie review: The handmaid's tale

November 15, 2018
HULU’S ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is an acclaimed drama series that has won awards and we watched it upon the recommendation of a friend. Set in a dystopian hypothetical future where women are so oppressed, an extremist fundamentalist group has overthrown the U.S. government and renamed it the Republic of Gilead that will out-Quaker the Quakers and out-Amish the Amish. They spouse a religious ideology that debunks all other religious groups and comes up with a totally patriarchal and fanatical society where human rights are curtailed and women’s rights are seriously trampled. Civil rights are allowed only in favor of men, who are pictured here as heartless, merciless villains.