‘Nocebo’ Review: Stress-inducing psychological thriller

NOCEBO (2022) ReviewDirected by Lorcan Finnegan There’s something wrong with Christine. Lorcan Finnegan’s latest horror thriller isn’t the most horrifying movie out there. But it takes its time to build something that’s creepy enough for the viewers to be stressed out. The way the film introduced Philippine witchcraft or black magic is kind of impressive …

‘Topakk’ star Arjo Atayde talks about his latest action thriller movie, reinventing himself

“Topakk is a movie about camaraderie. It’s definitely tackling something very important, it’s tackling PTSD. It has a very interesting story,” shares lead star and producer Arjo Atayde. “This is a project of director Richard Somes. All credit goes to him, this has been his baby project,” he continues. Describing his director Richard Somes, “sobrang …

‘Nanahimik Ang Gabi’ Review: Intense, slick, sexy house invasion movie

NANAHIMIK ANG GABI (2022) ReviewDirected by Shugo Praico Heaven Peralejo in a career-defining project. This isn’t your usual movie during the Metro Manila Film Festival. This isn’t even your usual movie from the Philippines. Nanahimik Ang Gabi is one intense, slick and sexy house invasion movie. The film looks gorgeous. You can see and feel …

‘Roald Dahl’s Matilda: The Musical’ Review: Jaw-dropping musical numbers, familiar heartwarming story

MATILDA: THE MUSICAL (2022) ReviewDirected by Matthew Warchus It’s a hard knock life for little Matilda, isn’t it? Right, wrong musical. But Matilda: The Musical is such a delight. From jaw-dropping musical numbers to its familiar heartwarming story, it’s a win for the whole family. It’s the type of film you watch if you want …

‘Deleter’ Review: Delivers atmospheric chills

DELETER (2022) ReviewDirected by Mikhail Red If you’re hoping to get chills this Christmas, you should consider watching Mikhail Red’s latest horror thriller Deleter. The film delivers atmospheric chills through its setting and cinematography. It felt like Red, together with Nadine Lustre as its star, revived the 2000s Asian horror like Ju-On: The Grudge and …

‘Family Matters’ Review: Beautifully moving, existential family drama

FAMILY MATTERS (2022) ReviewDirected by Nuel Crisostomo Naval Have you reflected on how you treat or value your family lately? Do you sometimes take something for granted because you feel like there’s always another time? “Your phone will always be there, but I won’t,” one of the lines in Nuel Crisostomo Naval’s latest family drama …

‘My Teacher’ Review: A decent feel-good homage to educators

MY TEACHER (2022) ReviewDirected by Paul Soriano What do you get when you cast Toni Gonzaga as a teacher and Joey de Leon as her student? If you’re from the 90s, you might think the product will be like Iskul Bukol, but My Teacher has a different approach: a heartwarming story about the struggles of …

‘My Father, Myself’ Review: Pushing the uncomfortable truths

MY FATHER, MYSELF (2022) ReviewDirected by Joel Lamangan Probably one of the most controversial films to be released on the big screen, Joel Lamangan’s family drama tackles not only just infidelity but also gay love. It’s not the usual story we see in cinemas during the holiday season but like what Lamangan said, these stories …

‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Review: James Cameron offers another epic cinematic experience

AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER (2022) ReviewDirected by James Cameron If there’s one thing that is sure in all of James Cameron’s films, it is the grandness of the scope. It’s the very thing that’s constant in all of his movies. And that’s because he wants his films to be experiential, either it’s big visually …