#MMFF2020: ‘Suarez: The Healing Priest’ Review

SUAREZ: THE HEALING PRIEST (2020) ReviewDirected by Joven Tan A good biopic depends largely on the effectiveness to of its lead star. Whether he or she portrays the character as close to the particular person he or she is playing, or you get drawn to his or her character because of the performance. John Arcilla …

‘Lingua Franca’ Review: Sensible and Sincere Transgender Journey

LINGUA FRANCA (2019) ReviewDirected by Isabel Sandoval She’s an OFW, she’s fighting for her work, she’s fighting for her identity, she’s fighting for herself. You may say that Isabel Sandoval’s Lingua Franca is an essential viewing. Not just because it’s a terrific drama but because of the issues and themes it addresses, through the journey …

‘Hayop Ka!’ Review: Awesome Animation, So-So Story

HAYOP KA! THE NIMFA DIMAANO STORY (2020) ReviewDirected by Avid Liongoren Even the details in the visuals are humorous, we could really say that ‘Hayop Ka! The Nimfa Dimaano Story‘ is a leap in Philippine animation. It’s just that the themes the story wants to tackle, they’re too familiar and the film felt like it …

‘A Whisker Away’ Review: Crazy, Magical Love

A WHISKER AWAY (2020) Review Directed by Jun’ichi Satô, Tomotaka Shibayama Growing up watching Japanese anime after school and being delved into Studio Ghibli’s works and recently, Makoto Shinkai’s masterpieces. While they may be animated or fiction stories, they still mirror our lives in some way which still make them or their stories relatable. That’s what …

‘The Willoughbys’ Review: Old-fashioned, Fun Family Adventure

THE WILLOUGHBYS (2020) Review Directed by Kris Pearn, Cory Evans In essence of Lemony Snickets and a bit of Roald Dahl’s family novels, Netflix’s latest animated film stays true to its tradition of being playful with its story and how they tell it. The Willoughbys is old-fashioned, fun family adventure that captures the spirit of longing …

‘Little Women’ Review: A Marvelous Movie Experience

LITTLE WOMEN (2019) Review Directed by Greta Gerwig There’s no other way of saying this, Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of a timeless novel is sensational. Well, at least for me. It’s just that it’s amazing how these characters are coming to life, all of which, are written beautifully and richly. And add the actors that portrayed …