Mana

ManaVerdict: Proceed with Caution

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 2.88 (4 ratings)

Genre: Drama, Horror

Writer/Director: Gabby Fernandez

Cast: Cherie Gil, Mark Gil, Tetchie Agbayani, Ricky Davao, Jaime Fabregas, Jeffrey Quizon, Fides Cuyugan-Asensio

Synopsis: The matriarch of a prominent Negros family lies on her deathbed. Her children return to their ancestral home to deal with issues of inheritance and their dark family history. (Click the City)

MTRCB rating: PG

Running time: 105 mins.

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Reviews:

4.0         Renelson Morelos (Reel Thoughts)

Mana is a commendable work for its very different take on one of Philippine folklore’s popular creatures. It does so with virtually no blood and gore and in the most economic means possible (happening only within a day’s span and in an almost single setting).” (Read full review)

3.0         Oggs Cruz (Spot.ph)

“Deliberately paced, embellished with a visual and aural design that is spare but effective, and delightfully unhinged, the film manages to balance its  horror aspirations with what it tries to allude to.” (Read full review)

2.5         Rob San Miguel (BrunPhilippines)

“The fine performances of the ensemble cast help move the narrative but the actors seem to be on their own. The screenplay and the editing impede the storytelling rather than propel it to its dramatic end.” (Read full review)

2.0         Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

“A certain degree of urgency is vital when you’re laying down ‘monsters’ on your cinematic platter. You don’t get the necessary effect based on mood or atmosphere alone.” (Read full review)

ABNKKBSNPLAko?! The Movie

ABNKKBSNPLAkoVerdict: Proceed with Caution

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 2.25 (4 ratings)

Genre: Romance, Comedy

Director: Mark Meily

Writer: Ned Trespeces

Cast: Jericho Rosales, Andi Eigenmann, Meg Imperial, Vandolph Quizon, Bing Pimentel, Julio Diaz, Giselle Sanchez, Paul Jake Castillo, Gino Padilla, Lander Vera Perez, Marnie Lapus, Adrian Cabido, Solomon de Guzman, Julia Klarisse Base

Synopsis: The film follows a character named Roberto Ong (Jericho Rosales). It checks in on him in four phases of his life. In elementary school, he experiences his first brush with romance, with the affections of his friend Portia. In high school, as an awkward, acne-ridden teen, he falls hard for a transferee student he refers to as “special someone” (Andi Eigenmann). In college he comes face to face with the prospect of failure. And as working adult, he is confronted with his entire educational past as he deals with an impending reunion. (Click the City)

MTRCB rating: G

Running time: 90 mins.

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Reviews:

3.0         Pinoy Exchange

“I appreciate the attempt to adapt ABNKKBSNPLAko?! into a movie going experience as it is a material that we all could relate to. However, I just felt that the movie focused on the wrong angle to tell how our experiences in school teach us in ways that we would only realize later in life.” (Read full review)

2.0         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“The film seems to want to rush through everything, trying to cram in as much of the book as possible. This story might have been better served by a steadier hand; one willing to let some things go in order to get deeper.” (Read full review)

2.0         Oggs Cruz (Rappler)

“The movie’s insistence on evoking certain life lessons is overtaken at times by visual gimmickry and an over-reliance on throwbacks to the past. Meily can never seem to balance nostalgia and depth. He instead throws everything into the mix and comes up with a product that confuses as much as it entertains.” (Read full review)

2.0         Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

“With hardly any tension to hold the narrative aground, it was hard to invest a degree of empathy. I was personally unaffected and uninterested. The story in fact failed to relate or compel. (Read full review)

Basement

BasementVerdict: Do Something Else

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 1.50 (3 ratings)

Genre: Horror

Director: Topel Lee

Writers: Rona Lean Sales, Topel Lee

Cast: Aljur Abrenica, Kristoffer Martin and Louise Delos Reyes, Sarah Lahbati, Chynna Ortaleza, Enzo Pineda, Dion Ignacio, Kevin Santos, Jan Manual, Ron Padilla, Ellen Adarna, Teejay Marquez, Mona Louise Rey, Alvin Aragon, Carl Acosta, Dex Quindoza

Synopsis: Basement follows a group of strangers trapped in an underground parking lot by a raging storm. When the strangers are forced to ride out the storm until rescue arrives, they soon discover that they aren’t alone. As each of them is killed by an unknown creature, they are forced to take matters into their own hands or die in the process. (Rappler)

MTRCB rating: R-13

Running time: 90 mins.

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Reviews:

1.5         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“The film as a whole is a real chore. It doesn’t have any forward momentum, the characters fumbling through this story with no clear idea of where they’re going or what they’re supposed to be doing. They’re all just buried in their backstories, hoping in their heads that their issues will somehow be resolved.” (Read full review)

1.5         Zig Marasigan (Rappler)

“What’s disappointing about Basement isn’t that it’s another faceless title in the crowd of horror films, but that it appears completely content with its own mediocrity. Like its characters, Basement lacks any motivation to break free from its self-imposed prison, happy instead to wallow in an underground parking lot, waiting to be executed.” (Read full review)

1.5         Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

“Lee populates his narrative with flawed individuals that it’s hard to pick a single character you’d want to root for. This spells disaster. After all, an audience doesn’t get into a singular experience totally detached from it. It’s like watching a ball game; we sit as spectators rooting for a team. Otherwise, we might as well go home and sleep.” (Read full review)

Starting Over Again

SOAVerdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.61 (9 ratings)

Genre: Romance, Comedy

Director: Olivia Lamasan

Writers: Carmi Raymundo, Olivia Lamasan

Cast: Piolo Pascual, Toni Gonzaga, Iza Calzado, Lito Pimentel, Joross Gamboa, Edgar Allan Guzman, Beauty Gonzales, Cai Cortez, Bryan Santos, Ryan Yllana, Nina Dolino, Cecil Paz, Liza Lorena

Synopsis: The film starts in 2004. All throughout college, architecture student Ginny (Toni Gonzaga) was in love with history teacher Marco (Piolo Pascual). Through sheer persistence, she actually wins him over in her last year of school. The film then zips ahead to 2013. The two are no longer together, Ginny having left him years earlier to study in Barcelona. But now she’s back in Manila, and she’s been hired by Marco to design a new restaurant. She discovers that she still harbors feelings for him, and that she regrets leaving him. Unfortunately for her, Marco is already in a relationship with a woman he plans to marry. (Click the City)

MTRCB rating: PG

Running time: 130 mins.

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Reviews:

4.5         Rito Asilo (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

“The film’s romantic three-way premise is by no means original, but Lamasan makes it work because she has no trouble making its fusion of potent drama and self-deprecating comedy (a running gag about the Virgin Mary is particularly hilarious) settle into a coherent and ‘relatable’ story that doesn’t undermine viewers’ intelligence and sense of morality.” (Read full review)

4.5         Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

“While the film follows a template familiar in romantic comedies, the characters are deftly written. Moreover, each narrative element is masterfully pieced together.” (Read full review)

4.5         Pinoy Exchange

Starting Over Again is not flawless as it still suffers from going too melodramatic at times but it totally understands the complications of relationships.” (Read full review)

3.5         Zig Marasigan (Rappler)

“The strength of Starting Over Again isn’t that it falls into the nebulous category of good cinema, but that it succeeds in eliciting something far more abstract and far more powerful. Like Marco’s letter, the film allows its audience to relive the memories of their own lost loves.” (Read full review)

3.5         Aya Tantiangco (Spot.ph)

“Without a doubt, Starting Over Again is a well-made rom-com. It’s entertaining and you will not regret buying a ticket and watching it in the cinemas. The banter is coated in wit, giving it a crunchy bite, but at its core, it’s the same old potato chip.” (Read full review)

3.5         dalebacar.com

Starting Over Again is one of the rare Star Cinema romance films where the audience were treated as adults that can handle the realities of life. They still couldn’t do away with the usual template that has raked in millions for the studio but were at least able to end the relationship in a non-condescending tone.” (Read full review)

3.5         Mario Bautista (Showbiz Portal)

“The movie is a bit too long at two hours and 15 minutes. We felt bored in some scenes that just go on and on and should have been trimmed to make the pacing faster. But all in all, local moviegoers will no doubt relish watching this crowd pleaser.” (Read full review)

3.0         CBCP CINEMA

“Maraming aral, masaya at mahusay sana at ang pelikula kung mas nabigyan ng halaga ang pagkababae ni Ginny. Na ang kaganapan ng isang tao, babae man lalake, ay hindi nagsisimula sa iba kundi sa sariling pagtanggap at pagdiriwang ng pagkatao mo.” (Read full review)

2.0         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“In spite of the more mature ideas behind the picture, it just never feels real. The film fails to take its own advice. It’s time to move on, but the film is intent on recapturing some old, caustic magic.” (Read full review)

Sa Ngalan ng Ama, Ina, at mga Anak

sa ngalan ng amaVerdict: Do Something Else

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 1.75 (2 ratings)

Genre: Action, Drama

Director: Jon Villarin

Cast: Robin Padilla, Daniel Padilla, Mariel Rodriguez, Kylie Padilla, RJ Padilla, Bela Padilla, Matt Padilla

Synopsis: In 1986, Ongkoy (Robin Padilla) is living a peaceful life in Zamboanga del Norte with his family. But he’s drawn back to Ozamiz by an old friend, who asked him to intercede in the growing conflict between the military and the NPA rebels that have taken root in the region. Over the next few years, Ongkoy and his family wage war against various armed interests, putting their lives at risk in the name of peace and protecting the masses. (Click the City)

MTRCB rating: R-13

Running time: 95 mins.

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Reviews:

2.0         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“It just rambles from one scene of violence to the next, blindly making the case for the heroism of these characters. The result is actually laughable at times, the movie overselling every bit of sentiment, turning them into objects of ridicule.” (Read full review)

1.5         Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

“If there’s one thing that Sa Ngalan ng Ama, Ina at Mga Anak succeeded in doing, it’s the stentorian reminder of why Pinoy action films died a natural death long time ago. May it rest in peace.” (Read full review)

Mumbai Love

mumbai_love_posterVerdict: Proceed with Caution

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 2.00 (4 ratings)

Genre: Romance, Comedy

Director: Benito Bautista

Writers: Benito Bautista, Emma Francisco

Cast: Solenn Heusaff, Kiko Matos, Jayson Gainza, Raymond Bagatsing, Martin Escudero, Jun Sabayton, Romy Daryani

Synopsis: The film concerns a young Indian man named Nandi (Kiko Matos), who was raised in the Philippines. His parents are setting up an arranged marriage for him, but he’s resistant to that idea. One day he meets Ella (Solenn Heussaff), a Filipina in Mumbai for business. They spend one day together and promptly fall in love. But before they can meet again, Ella is abruptly sent back home. With no means to contact her, Nandi travels to the Philippines to look for her. (Click the City)

MTRCB rating: G

Running time: 125 mins.

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Reviews:

2.5         Zig Marasigan (Rappler)

Mumbai Love goes through the motions of a film that isn’t quite Bollywood or mainstream Philippine cinema. But instead of taking the best of both worlds, it stumbles on their pitfalls instead.” (Read full review)

2.0         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

Mumbai Love suffers from a severe misunderstanding of what makes a Bollywood picture work. It seemed to aim for a Bollywood movie’s length, but it failed to give the plot a Bollywood scope, filling that extended runtime with an excess of frivolity.” (Read full review)

2.0         Pinoy Exchange

Mumbai Love, in its entirety, tries to project the cinematic culture from which its title is based, yet its full potential is hampered by a lukewarm story.” (Read full review)

1.5         Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

“If Mumbai Love gets a commercial screening anywhere in India, it would be an absolute embarrassment. The Indians who are weaned on the pomp and pageantry of Bollywood, Tollywood and Kollywood might find “our” craft too amateurish.” (Read full review)

Bride for Rent

Bride-for-Rent-starring-Kim-Chiu-and-Xian-Lim-poster-revealed-2Verdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.14 (7 ratings)

Genre: Romance, Comedy

Director: Mae Czarina Cruz

Writers: Carmi Raymundo, Charlene Grace Bernardo

Cast: Kim Chiu, Xian Lim, Pilita Corales, Empoy

Synopsis: On one terrible, drunken night, avowed bachelor Rocco (Xian Lim) gambles away an important client’s advance, and ends up owing a casino ten million pesos. He’s counting on his trust fund to pay the debt, but it turns that he only gets access to it if he’s married. Rocco and his friends hold auditions to get a girl to pretend to be his wife in order to fool his grandmother Lala (Pilita Corales) and get the money. He ends up hiring poor, would-be actress Rocky (Kim Chiu), and the two prepare for what ought to be a quick deception. But Lala sees through the ruse immediately, and later conspires with Rocky to teach Rocco a lesson. (Click the City)

MTRCB rating: PG

Running time: 115 mins.

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Reviews:

4.0         Pinoy Exchange

“It is an enjoyable movie that leaves a warm tug at your heart as well as a smile on your face as you leave the cinemas. It gives you hope to believe in forever and the unexpected.” (Read full review)

3.5         Jacob Laneria (Ang Mundo ni Jacob Laneria)

“Oo, niri-reinforce pa rin nya ang kasal pero kahit papano ay may level pa rin ng disenchantment (hindi perfect ang forever, etc) bago ang happy ever after. Ang disenchantment na ito ay kailangan itaas sa politikal na antas.” (Read full review)

3.5         Abby Mendoza (PEP)

Bride for Rent follows that exact sequence but convincingly churns out a downright cute and entertaining watch by utilizing an able cast and pure comedy.” (Read full review)

3.0         Zig Marasigan (Rappler)

“Chiu manages to strike the extraordinary balance between obnoxious and adorable, crazy and charming. While the film’s story seems particularly content with hovering on the borders of predictability, Chiu stampedes into every scene with a volatile zaniness that’s wild enough to be funny, but sincere enough to be plausible.” (Read full review)

3.0         Rito Asilo (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

“The briskly paced film whisks viewers through a checklist of clichés, turgid confrontations and ludicrous revelations—but, while there are inescapable lapses in logic, Kim’s growing comedic confidence and ineffable boldness to sell her character’s plucky persona settle comfortably into the production’s unorthodox narrative rhythms.” (Read full review)

3.0         Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

“The film succeeds to tickle some fancy. But if Mae Cruz wants to be taken seriously, she has to learn how to tighten her narrative and seriously sit on her story line instead of resorting to the moth-eaten romcom formula that Star Cinema is feeding her.” (Read full review)

2.0         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“The film refuses to be interesting. It instead reverts to formula, offering up long looks and love songs and wedding proposals between two people who really don’t treat each other very well.” (Read full review)

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