She’s Dating the Gangster

Shes-Dating-the-Gangster-Movie-PosterVerdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.25 (6 ratings)

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Director: Cathy Garcia-Molina

Writer: Carmi Raymundo (based on the novel of Bianca Bernardino)

Cast: Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, Dawn Zulueta, Richard Gomez

Synopsis: She’s Dating the Gangster splits its story between two time periods. In present day, Kenneth (Daniel Padilla) is traveling to Legaspi, hoping to find his father Kenji (Richard Gomez) among the survivors of a plane crash. He’s accompanied by Kelay (Kathryn Bernardo), who insists that her aunt Athena is actually Kenji’s great love. As they travel, Kelay tells Kenneth their story. In the early nineties, a heartbroken Kenji (also played by Daniel Padilla) enlists the aid of Athena (Kathryn Bernardo) in the hopes of making his ex-girlfriend Abigail jealous. While the two don’t really get along at first, their game of pretend turns into something real. (Click the City)

MTRCB rating: PG

Running time: 105 mins

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Reviews:

3.5         Oggs Cruz (Twitch)

She’s Dating the Gangster is not art. It is still a film designed and crafted for escape, the ones Garcia-Molina, with her knack for fake hairpieces and dreamy fantasies, is so good at making. It is however entertainment that is self-aware.” (Read full review)

3.5         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

She’s Dating the Gangster is at its best when it allows kids to be kids. Its portrayal of young, intensely romantic love is really charming, especially placed as it is in this wacky conception of its period setting. It’s a bit of a shame that the story had to try so hard to bring big, mortal choices into the picture.” (Read full review)

3.5         Rito Asilo (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

She’s Dating The Gangster is weighed down by a shrill and too-eager-to-please beginning, but grows on you as it slowly finds its footing. The story that plays out onscreen is far from seamless, but the movie’s inspired sections make it greater than the sum of its disjointed parts.” (Read full review)

3.0         Zig Marasigan (Rappler)

She’s Dating the Gangster is a teen love story peppered with surprisingly mature themes. But at the end of the day, it’s a love story that doesn’t fight hard enough or dig deep enough. It’s a film that is admittedly delightful, and satisfyingly charming, but it’s also a film that doesn’t challenge its material or its characters.” (Read full review)

3.0         Julia Allende (PEP)

“She’s Dating the Gangster is a charming and entertaining romp made for teenagers, many of whom believe that love—no, great love—triumphs in the end. But filmmakers should not underestimate the intelligence of youngsters and should be brave enough to explore the deeper and, yes, the darker side of love.” (Read full review)

3.0         Pinoy Exchange

She’s Dating the Gangster combines kilig with drama with a properly-paced story. It exploits the chemistry between Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo and runs away with it. The film however suffers from bad production design that seems staged as well as sluggish character development.” (Read full review)

Mula Sa Kung Ano Ang Noon

Mula sa Kung AnoVerdict: Essential Viewing

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 4.33 (3 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Writer/Director: Lav Diaz

Cast: Perry Dizon, Roeder, Hazel Orencio, Karenina Haniel, Reynan Abcede, Mailes Kanapi, Ian Lomongo, Joel Saracho, Evelyn Vargas

Synopsis: The Philippines, 1972. Mysterious things are happening in a remote barrio. Wails are heard from the forest, cows are hacked to death, a man is found bleeding to death at the crossroad and houses are burned. Ferdinand E. Marcos announces Proclamation No. 1081 putting the entire country under Martial Law.

Running time: 338 mins.

*

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Reviews:

5.0         Oggs Cruz (Rappler)

“Diaz, by weaving together those tales into a single epic, has summarized a country’s painful history not with facts and dates but with impressions and emotions. Mula Sa Kung Saan Ang Noon is sustained by evocative tableaus of human beings in various degrees of personal, spiritual and political strife.” (Read full review)

4.0         Rito Asilo (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

“The movie’s unorthodox rhythms and lengthy screening time allow the characters to get under viewers’ skin—and, by the time you leave the theater, you develop a lived-in familiarity and affinity to them.” (Read full review)

4.0         Renelson Morelos (Ramblings of a Film Urchin)

Noon.. is surprisingly accessible. That is, less are the hazy abstractions, but more is a perceptive humanism, a quality which made Batang West Side and Norte the great films that they are.”  (Read full review)

Overtime

OvertimeVerdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.00 (3 ratings)

Genre: Thriller, Comedy

Directors: Wincy Aquino Ong, Earl Ignacio

Writer: Wincy Aquino Ong

Cast: Richard Gutierrez, Lauren Young, Mitch Valdes, Bearwin Meily, Roadfill, Renz Valerio, Roi Vinzon

Synopsis: Jody (Lauren Young) is the sole breadwinner of her family. She works for a large pharmaceutical company that’s just been accused of illegal human testing. Jody has been tasked with putting a major press conference where the company will deny these claims. Stressed out, she decides to blow off some steam by finally meeting up with a guy she’s been chatting with online. She and Dom (Richard Gutierrez) hit it off, and decide to spend the night together at a hotel. Jody wakes up drugged, however, with a bomb strapped to her torso. Dom tells Jody to set off the bomb at the press conference, or harm will come to her family. (Click the City)

MTRCB rating: R-13

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Reviews:

3.5         Zig Marasigan (Rappler)

“It’s a film that is as rough as it is irreverent and as perverse as it is amusing. But while this may all be characteristic of some sort of narrative inconsistency, it strangely comes together through a Frankenstein-like work of comedy.” (Read full review)

3.0         Jecoup Asombrado (Pinoy Exchange)

Overtime is a strange, strange movie but I can’t help but be drawn to its eccentricity. I wish the plotting was better but if you want a dose of twisted sense of humor then you go should go check this one out.” (Read full review)

2.5         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“The most common complaint directed towards the mainstream is that they keep making the same film over and over. Whatever else might be said this film, it certainly wouldn’t merit that particular knock. But the messiness of the back half just can’t be entirely ignored.”  (Read full review)

Ang Bagong Dugo

Ang-Bagong-Dugo-movie-posterVerdict: Do Something Else

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 1.83 (3 ratings)

Genre: Action

Director: Val Iglesias

Writer: Angelito San Jose

Cast: Joem Bascon, Mark Gil, Dick Israel, Roi Vinzon, Monsour del Rosario, Alma Concepcion, Efren Reyes

Synopsis: Ang Bagong Dugo kicks off with Anong (Joem Bascon) attempting an assassination in broad daylight. After a brief chase, he’s arrested and sent off to prison. There, he tangles with the goons of the man he tried to kill, and is taken under the wing of Herman (Mark Gil), one of the prison’s most powerful residents. But unbeknownst to all the inmates, Anong has a secret agenda. His imprisonment is all part of an elaborate plot to get revenge against the man who murdered his father years ago. (Click the City)

MTRCB rating: R-16

Running time: 90 mins.

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Reviews:

2.0         Oggs Cruz (Rappler)

“It is wildly entertaining, but not in the way that was presumably intended. Intriguingly, it is its missteps and excesses that provide the film most of its enjoyment value.” (Read full review)

2.0         Pinoy Exchange

“While most of the actors in this movie deliver outstanding performances, the plot is shaky and dated at best, comedic at its worst… Unfortunately, Ang Bagong Dugo won’t usher in the renaissance they were hoping for.” (Read full review)

1.5         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“There are moments where the film seems utterly convinced of its own pathos. But in the end, it’s all just really, really dumb. At best, the movie is a laughable attempt to recreate some of the goofy magic of 90s local action cinema. It’s often much worse than that, however.”  (Read full review)

My Illegal Wife

Illegal WifeVerdict: Do Something Else

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 1.50 (4 ratings)

Genre: Comedy

Director: Tony Reyes

Writers: Danno Kristopher Mariquit, Kriz Gazmen

Cast: Pokwang, Zanjoe Marudo, Ellen Adarna

Synopsis: Clarise (Pokwang) is another hopeless romantic obsessed with finding a husband. But after she is let go from her job as an entertainer in Japan, she meets the dashing young Henry (Zanjoe Marudo) aboard a plane home to the Philippines. But when the plane crashes and lands on a remote island in the Philippines, Henry suffers a severe case of amnesia. In order to satiate her obsession to find a husband, Clarise jumps at the opportunity to fool Henry into thinking that she is his wife. But when Clarise and Henry are finally rescued, their illegitimate marriage threatens to fall apart when Henry slowly regains his memory. (Rappler)

MTRCB rating: PG

Running time: 115 mins.

Trailer: 

Reviews:

2.0         Oggs Cruz (Spot.ph)

My Illegal Wife projects a nation dangerously addicted to escape and conglomerates that are quick to profit from the addiction. Predictably, most of the audience will likely leave theaters fleetingly amused. Hopefully, a few will absorb this horrid point that is ingeniously veiled in awful jokes and bad filmmaking.” (Read full review)

1.5         Zig Marasigan (Rappler)

“With neither its characters nor its comedy coming together in the way it should, My Illegal Wife becomes the butt of its own joke. In its frantic attempt to copy other films, it forgets to become something of its own.”  (Read full review)

1.5         Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

“The movie runs with a succession of parody that doesn’t quite synthesize into a singular coherent narrative. It’s a feast of paper-thin caricatures.” (Read full review)

1.0         Pinoy Exchange

My Illegal Wife suffers from a contrived plot and boxed characters. While it tried to use parody as a tool for comedy, it fails because the parodies were somewhat limited and unnecessary.” (Read full review)

Maybe This Time

Maybe-This-Time-PosterVerdict: Proceed with Caution

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 2.25 (6 ratings)

Genre: Romance, Comedy

Director: Jerry Lopez Sineneng

Writers: Melai Monge, Anton C. Santamaria, Vanessa Valdez

Cast: Sarah Geronimo, Coco Martin, Ruffa Gutierrez

Synopsis: Back in 2007, provincial boy Tonio (Coco Martin) managed to win the heart of visiting English teacher Steph (Sarah Geronimo). Their relationship didn’t work out, however, as Tonio left to work abroad, leaving Steph heartbroken. In present day, the two run into each other again. Steph is now working in public relations, and it turns out that Tonio is seeing her domineering boss Monica (Ruffa Gutierrez). Stef is tasked with getting Tonio ready to join the ranks of high society. But as the two spend time together, old feelings resurface. (Click the City)

MTRCB rating: PG

Running time: 115 mins.

Trailer: 

Reviews:

3.5         Jecoup Asombrado (Pinoy Exchange)

Maybe This Time is probably not going to be one of the Pinoy romcom classics that will be raved upon and quoted in years to come but nevertheless it’s a solid movie which could still make you believe in the power of love. ”  (Read full review)

3.0         Julia Allende (PEP)

Maybe This Time is a movie that ends from the time the opening credits show. Watching it is only a matter of waiting for the inevitable and hoping for a few surprises.” (Read full review)

2.5         Oggs Cruz (Spot.ph)

Maybe This Time is comfort food, the type that you eat not for the nutrients that it provides your body but because it is the only thing available that won’t have you throwing up.” (Read full review)

2.0         Rito Asilo (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

“It hits one discordant note after another, because everything about its leaden narrative feels fake and fabricated—including its lead stars’ forced chemistry.” (Read full review)

1.5         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

Maybe This Time can only speak the language of romance phonetically. It doesn’t imbue the words with meaning, content with merely mouthing the sounds and creating the illusion of emotion.” (Read full review)

1.0         Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

Maybe This Time is like going to a buffet and coming home with steady bout of flatus. You pay much and are rewarded with nothing but air.” (Read full review)

So It’s You

so it's youVerdict: Proceed with Caution

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 2.25 (4 ratings)

Genre: Romance, Comedy

Writer/Director: Jun Lana

Cast: Carla Abellana, JC de Vera, Tom Rodriguez, Joey Marquez, Arlene Muhlach, Leo Martinez, Paolo Ballesteros, Bangs Garcia, Kevin Santos, Gee Canlas, Marc Justine Alvarez

Synopsis: Lira (Carla Abellana) was left at the altar by her fiancee Tony (JC de Vera). Cobbler Goryo (Tom Rodriguez) has just given up hope on getting back together with the mother of his child. The two meet by chance, and come to bond over their respective heartbreak. Goryo agrees to pose as Lira’s boyfriend in hopes of making her now-married former fiancée jealous. Things get complicated when the two start falling in over for real, even as Lira continues to dream of reuniting with Tony. (Click the City)

MTRCB rating: PG

Running time: 115 mins.

Trailer: 

Reviews:

3.0         Jecoup Asombrado (Pinoy Exchange)

So It’s You is your typical Pinoy romcom and there’s nothing really new to say about it. Not all elements in the Pinoy romcom checklist were put together cohesively but when it works, it makes up for all the flaws. ”  (Read full review)

2.5         Rito Asilo (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

“Lana breezily handles this hefty wedge of exposition and back stories, and comes up with a zippy and entertaining first act. Unfortunately, it goes off-kilter when implausibilities rear their ugly heads and, as a result, muddle the narrative.” (Read full review)

2.0         Oggs Cruz (Spot.ph)

“It is frustrating that notwithstanding all the gloss and grease (writer-director) Lana was able to muster, it all feels empty. It is as if Lana, who has already acquired the ability to merge charm and depth in his non-studio financed films, has contented himself with something that avoids all notions of heft and complexity.” (Read full review)

1.5         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“The film just does everything a bit awkwardly. It takes too long to even get the couple together. It overstuffs the plot with all manner of unnecessary incident. And it can’t decide on a tone. It is a patience-testing endeavor from start to finish, the film unable to make much of case for its protagonists’ eventual happiness.” (Read full review)

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