Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay

pagpagVerdict: Proceed with Caution

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 2.80 (10 ratings)

Genre: Horror

Director: Frasco Mortiz

Writers: Joel Mercado, Kren Yap

Cast: Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, Paulo Avelino, Shaina Magdayao, Matet de Leon, Janus del Prado, Miles Ocampo, Clarence Delgado

Synopsis: A rebellious young teenager Cedric (Daniel Padilla) and a headstrong funeral arranger Leni (Kathryn Bernardo) make the mistake of violating a number of superstitions during a wake. They soon discover that these seemingly innocent desecrations come with grave consequences. One by one, each of their friends are killed off as Cedric and Leni race against time to make amends with the dead. (Rappler)

MTRCB rating: PG

Running time: 105 mins.

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Reviews:

4.0         Jennifer Dugena (PEP)

“The film’s appropriately grim and glossy cinematography arouses fear it wants audiences to feel. It is difficult to look away from the screen not only because of the brooding atmosphere but also because of the charismatic presence of Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo.” (Read full review)

3.5         Zig Marasigan (Rappler)

“What’s particularly remarkable about Pagpag is Mortiz’s ability to juggle various tones without losing focus. The film whimsically skirts along the lines of horror, romance and straight-out comedy, but still manages to feel like part of a much larger whole.” (Read full review)

3.5         Joseph Garcia (Business World)

“The set and production design is well-executed, and in the scenes set in the mortuary and the rest of the small town are rich with detail. The dust, mess and gloom seem authentic and add grotesque detail to the story.” (Read full review)

3.5         Fred Hawson (Fred Said)

“I thought this was a very well-made horror flick, with above-average (by Philippine standards) ideas and special effects when it came to the gruesome death scenes and ghostly apparitions.” (Read full review)

3.0         Nicol Latayan (Tit for Tat)

“The editing, production design, and cinematography were really great. I love the colors palette used, and the crisp editing was put into good use in the death scenes.” (Read full review)

2.5         Dale Bacar (dalebacar.com)

“The result is a non-scary albeit funny film that was entertaining yet pretty disposable.” (Read full review)

2.0         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“There’s obvious skill on display in the film, but it’s all in service of a formula that hasn’t been compelling in years.” (Read full review)

2.0         Jansen Musico (Pelikula Tumblr)

Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay is a horror by numbers. It follows a no-frills template its predecessors had established. It forces gore into mystic tradition and, as an afterthought, builds a story to fit the theme. The result is a slightly different kind of the same: a wobbly horror flick that is more camp than thrilling.” (Read full review)

2.0         Mario Bautista (Showbiz Portal)

“If you’re not a fan of their love team, you can very well skip this. Acting-wise, no one stands out here, but Shaina Magdayao manages to convey the kind of creepiness her role requires.” (Read full review)

2.0         Jerald Uy (jeralduy.com)

Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay, like the horror house that appeared in one of its scenes, sells and brings shock to its audience but falls short in telling a cohesive story. It exists only to provoke moviegoers to shriek or tuck themselves in their seats in disgust.” (Read full review)

Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan

norteVerdict: Essential Viewing

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 5.00 (3 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Director: Lav Diaz

Writer: Rody Vera

Cast: Sid Lucero, Archie Alemania, Angeli Bayani, Angelina Kanapi, Soliman Cruz, Mae Paner, Hazel Orencio

Synopsis: A man is wrongly jailed for murder while the real killer roams free. The murderer is an intellectual frustrated with his country’s never-ending cycle of betrayal and apathy. The convict is a simple man who finds life in prison more tolerable when something mysterious and strange starts happening to him.

MTRCB rating: R-13

Running time: 250 mins.

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Reviews:

5.0         Noel Vera (Business World)

“Diaz doesn’t mean to present an ethics lesson; you realize this sitting through the film’s entire 240-minute length, and in fact I’d even insist it’s necessary to sit through the film’s comparatively long running time… to realize the full extent of its complexities and ambiguities, a realization which gradually seeps in, as opposed to being baldly presented on a silver platter — or not present at all.” (Read full review)

5.0         Noli Manaig (Closely Watched Frames)

“What remains most striking about Norte, however, is its embodiment of a Filipino protagonist in a seemingly foreign, postmodern characterization — distinct from the voiceless subalterns and the oppressed that dominate our present cinematic lore.” (Read full review)

5.0         Irvin Malcolm Contreras (A Girl and a Gun)

“It’s alternately shocking, heartbreaking, moving, suspenseful and even funny! Despite it being deliberately paced and over 4 hours long (short for Lav Diaz’s standards but long for most people), I almost never drifted away from the film nor did it feel dragging or felt too long at all. I felt like watching a master at work.” (Read capsule review)

My Little Bossings

My-Little-Bossings-Poster-375x525Verdict: Do Something Else

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 1.64 (7 ratings)

Genre: Comedy

Director: Marlon Rivera

Writer: Bibeth Orteza

Cast: Vic Sotto, Kris Aquino, Ryzza Mae Dizon, James ‘Bimby’ Aquino-Yap, Aiza Seguerra, Jaclyn Jose

Synopsis: Torky (Vic Sotto) is the bookkeeper for the rich and successful Barbara (Kris Aquino). Barbara’s half-sister Marga (Jaclyn Jose) is setting her up to take the fall for a pyramid scheme, threatening serious harm if she denies the charges. Barbara asks Torky to take care of her son Justin (Bimby Aquino) and keep him safe while she looks for a way to counter her sister. Meanwhile, Torky’s estranged daughter Aiza (Aiza Seguerra) arrives at his home with orphan Ching (Ryzza Mae Dizon) in tow. The four are forced to coexist under one roof, but with Ching and Justin coming from such different worlds, and bad blood still existing between Torky and Aiza, getting along isn’t so easy. (Click the City)

MTRCB rating: G

Running time: 110 mins.

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Reviews:

3.0         Mary Grace Calulo (PEP)

“At first glance, My Little Bossings may seem like the usual slapstick comedy fare, but at its core, it’s a family flick that sprinkled with gags and a lot of heart.” (Read full review)

2.5         Nicol Latayan (Tit for Tat)

“The film is actually a feel good one in terms of emphasizing the role of the family and while it did not offer anything new, it was engaging and at times, really funny.” (Read capsule review)

2.0         Joseph Garcia (Business World)

“You may watch this film for two reasons: if you’re a fan of the main actors, because they play themselves so well, and if you’re looking to complete your grocery list and need a hint on what to buy.” (Read full review)

1.0         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

My Little Bossings is an insult. We have plenty of films that are bad, but it is the rare film that seems to show contempt for its audience. This film refuses to try. It doesn’t even attempt to hide the product placement within the context of a plot-driven scene.” (Read full review)

1.0         Zig Marasigan (Rappler)

“It is a train wreck of a film that uses its screen time to steal its audience’s money and peddle its advertisers. The result is the worst kind of show business that’s more preoccupied with product placement than story.” (Read full review)

1.0         Mario Bautista (Showbiz Portal)

“The very thin storyline is stretched to kingdom come with the help of so many blatant and not just casual plugs. Every product from instant noodles to cough medicine to detergent that Vic Sotto is endorsing has a prominent placement in the story. The shamelessness of it all will just make you cringe.” (Read full review)

1.0         CINEMA

“Ang tingin yata ng My Little Bossings sa mga nanonood ay wala silang karapatang mag-isip, kaya rin ganun-ganon na lang kung magsiksik ng advertisements.   Noodlesman, soft drinks sabong panlaba, o fast food chain, basta na lang tatambad sa paningin mo ang produkto, at walang pakundangang ibebenta ito sa manonood.  Ano ba yan!?” (Read full review)

Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy

girl boyVerdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.10 (5 ratings)

Genre: Comedy

Director: Wenn Deramas

Cast: Vice Ganda, Maricel Soriano, Joey Marquez, Ruffa Gutierrez, Cristine Reyes, JC de Vera, Ejay Falcon, Kiray Celis, Xyriel Manabat

Synopsis: Years ago, Pia (Maricel Soriano) gave birth to quadruplets. The siblings were split up when her husband Pete (Joey Marquez) left for the States, and his domineering mother brought a couple of kids along. The quadruplets grow up not knowing of the existence of the other pair. But the secret is revealed when Peter (Vice Ganda) needs a compatible liver to save him from Hepatitis. He and his sister Girlie (Vice Ganda), along with their dad, travel to Manila to find their siblings Mark and Paying (both played by Vice Ganda). But when they find them, it turns out that Mark has been harboring a lot of resentment, and as the only compatible donor, he sets out to make sure that his far more affluent siblings get a taste of what his life was like. (Click the City)

MTRCB rating: PG

Running time: 105 mins.

Trailer: 

Reviews:

3.5         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy is a really solid offering. Its last half gets a little tedious, and the ending wraps things up a little too neatly, but as a whole, the movie does have heart.” (Read full review)

3.5         Zig Marasigan (Rappler)

Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy feels effortless in its attempt at humor. While the film won’t be winning Deramas any new fans, it’s at least a passionate attempt to amuse and delight.” (Read full review)

3.5         Jasmine Cruz (Business World)

“In the end, you watch this film because you’re a fan of Vice Ganda. You watch it because it’s a light movie. You watch it because you can mentally skip through the bad drama and savor the laughs.” (Read full review)

3.0         CINEMA

“Sa kabila ng medyo gumaralgal na istorya, maayos ding lumabas ang pelikula; malaking bahagi ang naiambag ng galing ng pagganap at characterization ni Ganda.” (Read full review)

2.0         Nicol Latayan (Tit for Tat)

“Bakla’s scene in the near end is one for the books and it’s really funny, but everything else feels so dated and tired. And I won’t even begin with the black face character of Kiray Celis and how many endless jokes were done about it.” (Read capsule review)

10,000 Hours

10000hoursVerdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.30 (11 ratings)

Genre: Action

Director: Joyce Bernal

Writers: Ryllah Epifania Berico, Keiko Aquino

Cast: Robin Padilla, Pen Medina, Michael de Mesa, Bela Padilla, Mylene Dizon, Carla Humphries, Alden Richards, Joem Bascon

Synopsis: Senator Gabriel Alcaraz (Robin Padilla) is preparing to deliver a privilege speech alleging corruption in the highest levels of government. On his way to the Senate, he gets wind of a plot against him. The police seek to arrest him for his part in an operation decades ago. Suspecting that the administration isn’t willing to give him a fair trial, Alcaraz goes into hiding abroad, hoping to find a way to clear his name and eventually return to his family. Back home, an old colleague is put in charge of finding him, and his family suffers under the pressure of public scrutiny. (Click the City)

MTRCB rating: R-13

Running time: 115 mins.

Trailer: 

Reviews:

5.0         Mark Angelo Ching (PEP)

10,000 Hours is a triumph. Ambitious in scope, it succeeds because the team behind it is willing to go big.” (Read full review)

4.5         Fred Hawson (ABS-CBN News)

10,000 Hours is a very well-crafted Filipino film of a quality that is rarely seen. The technical aspect is flawless, impressively by an almost all-female behind-the-scenes crew.” (Read full review)

3.75         Irvin Malcolm Contreras (A Girl and a Gun)

“It’s a solid, fairly decent, well-made thriller. Director Joyce Bernal, previously known for doing broad, light comedies, acquits herself well as an action director. It didn’t blow me away (totally not Best Picture material) but it was fun.” (Read full review)

3.5         CINEMA

“Matalino ang pagkakahabi ng mga eksena at tamang tama ang timpla ng drama, aksyon at mga pasaring sa diyalogo. Kaya nga lamang ay natatabunan si Padilla ng mga kasamahang artista.” (Read full review)

3.5         Nicol Latayan (Tit for Tat)

“Production of the film is top notch here. Cinematography, sound, and stunts all factored in to come up with a really thrilling output. Instead of using some old fashioned tricks when it comes to pulling action scenes, Bernal decides to give it a refreshed spin, and it shows.” (Read full review)

3.5         Reviewed That!

“There were some scenes that looked amateurish but the coherence of the story is solid. The twist in the end, while not original, is passable.” (Read full review)

3.0         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

10000 Hours is never really very convincing as a treatise against corruption in this country. It fails to make it seem like its main character is actually much of a crusader, those titular hours largely spent not doing much of anything. But it is kind of fun in its own way, its silliness elevated to entertainment through a really solid production package.” (Read full review)

3.0         Zig Marasigan (Rappler)

10,000 Hours often stumbles with its pacing simply because it focuses on too much. But the many threads woven into 10,000 Hours are admittedly enough to create a half-dozen more films well on their own.” (Read full review)

2.5         Zarlene Chua (Business World)

10,000 Hours could have been a decent movie if the makers toned down the ambitiousness a little… In the end, the twists and surprise reveals do not, in any way, explain the glaring plot holes in the story.” (Read full review)

2.0         Carljoe Javier (GMA News)

“The largest problem of the film is a lack of vision. While the film benefits from having a lot of money and good equipment and it generally looks good, it is still limited in its imagination.” (Read full review)

2.0         Mario Bautista (Showbiz Portal)

“As a film that aims to seriously deal with corruption in our country, we’re afraid 10,000 Hours is not that all persuasive. You’d think the hero would be able to accomplish a lot in those 10,000 hours that he was away from his country and his family, but honestly, he didn’t do much of anything but just hide and wait for the truth to come out by itself.” (Read full review)

Kaleidoscope World

Kaleidoscope WorldVerdict: Do Something Else

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 1.62 (4 ratings)

Genre: Drama, Romance

Director: Eliza Cornejo

Writers: Jane Frances, Maria Eliza Lizaso

Cast: Sef Cadayona, Yassi Pressman, Elmo Magalona, Diva Montelaba, Steven Silva, Enzo Pineda

Synopsis: Kaleidoscope World tells the story of hip hop dancers Lando and Elsa (Sef Cadayona and Yassi Pressman). The two are from different worlds. Lando is a working student supporting his family. Elsa, on the other hand, grew up in the US and is staying with her congressman uncle. The two meet at an audition to get into a prestigious dance crew that’s going to compete in an international competition. The two promptly fall in love.  (Click the City)

MTRCB rating: PG

Running time: 120 mins.

Trailer: 

Reviews:

2.5         Mariae Francesca Ramos (Business World)

“Poor storytelling of a messy plot weighs down the movie’s potential to create a lasting impression.” (Read full review)

2.0         Zig Marasigan (Rappler)

“While there’s an obvious passion for music and dance, there’s also an obvious lack of passion for proper filmmaking and storytelling. What starts out as a charming love story quickly spirals into a melodrama fit for an afternoon soap opera.” (Read full review)

1.0         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

Kaleidoscope World mires itself in overwrought dramatic elements that have nothing to do with the music or hip-hop culture as a whole. It stretches everything out to an unbearable length, the film growing more cringeworthy with every passing second.” (Read full review)

1.0         Nicol Latayan (Tit for Tat)

“The discography of Francis Magalona is the only bright spot in this otherwise mess of a film, but I feel more sorry because it seems that it was rushed just to make it in the festival.” (Read full review)

Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir

PedroVerdict: Do Something Else

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 1.75 (6 ratings)

Genre: Drama, Historical

Writer/Director: Francis Villacorta

Cast: Rocco Nacino, Christian Vazquez, Jestoni Alarcon, Marc Justin Alvarez, Ryan Eigenmann

Synopsis: In the late 1600s, a Visayan named Pedro Calungsod (Rocco Nacino) joins a Jesuit mission to the Guam. He serves as personal steward to the Spanish Father Diego (Christian Vazquez), and quickly gains a reputation for being especially kind and devout. Though the mission is peaceful at first, it grows violent as a Chamorro chieftain takes offense at the foreigners in his land. Father Diego seeks to maintain peace between the natives and the Spaniards, but that soon proves to be impossible. (Click the City)

MTRCB rating: PG

Running time: 110 mins.

Trailer: 

Reviews:

2.5         Mari-An Santos (PEP)

“Rocco Nacino portrays the young catechist as less human and more of a living saint. Throughout the film, this ‘raptured’ expression is broken only when he shows extreme anguish and extreme pain. But these last two are when he really shows emotional depth.” (Read full review)

2.0         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“It becomes painfully clear early on that the film has no insight to offer regarding its subject, never straying from a path of outright lionization. It makes for a terribly boring picture, since we don’t really need a whole movie to tell us that a saint was a pretty good guy.” (Read full review)

2.0         CINEMA

“It is a shame that a compelling story of faith and courage is not told in a more potent and inspiring way. An average film instead of a powerful witness, Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir feels like an uninspired sermon which lulls the churchgoer to sleep until the Sanctus, where the lead character is nothing but a sidekick to the main actor, Padre Diego.” (Read full review)

1.5         Zig Marasigan (Rappler)

“Church doctrine is repeated ad nauseam and provides little context for Calungsod’s own love for Christ. In the end, it’s hard to see Calungsod as little more than a subservient fool than a devout follower of faith.” (Read full review)

1.5         Nicol Latayan (Tit for Tat)

“The film is so repetitive that I won’t take it against you if you zone off by the half of the film. You can see Rocco Nacino’s dedication to the role, but not even he can save it.” (Read full review)

1.0         Zsarlene Chua (Business World)

“I cried at the end of Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir — in relief because it was excruciating to watch and too long by half.” (Read full review)

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