Philippine Cinema 2017: 10 Best Directors

1 - Treb Monteras (Respeto) 82 points 2 - Khavn (Balangiga: Howling Wilderness) 53 points 3 - Mikhail Red (Birdshot) 52 points 4 - Dan Villegas (Changing Partners) 38 points 5 - Giancarlo Abrahan (Paki) 35 points 6 - Loy Arcenas (Ang Larawan) 33 points 7 - Khavn (Alipato: The Very Brief Life of an Ember) 29 points 8 … Continue reading Philippine Cinema 2017: 10 Best Directors


Philippine Cinema 2016: Best Editing

1 - Ma' Rosa (Diego Marx Dobles) 25 points 2 - Die Beautiful (Benjamin Tolentino) 22 points 3 - Pamilya Ordinaryo (Carlo Francisco Manatad) 15 points, 5 votes 4 - Women of the Weeping River (Carlo Francisco Manatad) 15 points, 4 votes 5 - Sunday Beauty Queen (Chuck Gutierrez) 13 points 6 - Seklusyon (Jay Halili) 10 … Continue reading Philippine Cinema 2016: Best Editing

Dagitab tops 2014 local film poll; lead actress takes top acting honors

Dagitab, Giancarlo Abrahan’s debut feature about two intellectuals whose marriage is tested by the husband’s memory of a past lover and the wife’s dalliance with a precocious student, tops Pinoy Rebyu’s 4th Annual Poll of the best in Philippine cinema, as voted by online film reviewers, while Eula Valdes' portrayal of the wife embroiled in … Continue reading Dagitab tops 2014 local film poll; lead actress takes top acting honors

Best Performances of the Decade So Far (20-11)

Mimi Juareza, Quick Change (2013) Character: Dorina Pineda, a transwoman running an illegal cosmetic-surgery business “The idiosyncratic Quick Change fields superlative portrayals from its whole ensemble, led by Mimi Juareza in an indelible, career-making performance.” – Rito Asilo “Mimi Juareza’s brave performance in Quick Change should make all gender-specific Best Actor/Best Actress categories irrelevant. As … Continue reading Best Performances of the Decade So Far (20-11)

Best Performances of the Decade So Far (Nos. 60-41)

Chynna Ortaleza, #Y (2014) Character: Abbie, a frazzled suicide hotline operator who is befriended by her caller Ortaleza’s amiable turn as a hotline operator who goes out of her way to reach out to a troubled teen is a collective wish-fulfillment for our longing for genuine connection in an age of normalized fleeting, often hollow, … Continue reading Best Performances of the Decade So Far (Nos. 60-41)

Best Performances of the Decade So Far (2010 to 2014)

Performance has always been one of Philippine cinema’s most popular film elements. We know, of course, that it is just but one of myriad components that make up a film. Yet when we watch movies, we tend to ask “Who’s in it?” rather than “Who made it?” Still, no one would argue that actors can make … Continue reading Best Performances of the Decade So Far (2010 to 2014)

The Trial

Verdict: Value for Money Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.25 (4 ratings) Genre: Drama Director: Chito Roño Writer: Kriz Gazmen, Enrico Santos Cast: John Lloyd Cruz, Jessy Mendiola, Gretchen Barretto, Richard Gomez, Sylvia Sanchez, Vincent de Jesus, Enrique Gil Synopsis: Ronald (John Lloyd Cruz) is a developmentally delayed adult working towards an elementary school diploma at the university where he works as a gardener. … Continue reading The Trial


Verdict: Do Something Else Pinoy Rebyu Score: 1.77 (13 ratings) Genre: Drama Director: Louie Ignacio Writer: Socorro Villanueva Cast: Aiko Melendez, Gabby Eigenmann, Miggs Cuaderno, Rochelle Pangilinan, Jake Vargas, Benjie Felipe, Madz Nicholas, Maita Ejercito, Jak Roberto Synopsis: In the middle of the preparation for Taong Putik Festival, a young man penniless and in love, takes on a drug courier job … Continue reading Asintado

Tumbang Preso

Verdict: Proceed with Caution Pinoy Rebyu Score: 2.60 (5 ratings) Genre: Drama Writer/Director: Kip Oebanda Cast: Kokoy de Santos, Kean Cipriano, Teri Malvar, Ronnie Lazaro, Dominic Roco, Star Orjaliza, Kerbie Zamora, Jaclyn Jose, Shamaine Buencamino, Ron Cieno Synopsis: Carlo (Kokoy de Santos) and his younger cousin Jea (Teri Malvar) work inside a sardine factory. They spend their days under inhumane … Continue reading Tumbang Preso


Verdict: Value for Money Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.25 (18 ratings) Genre: Suspense, Drama Director: Percival Intalan Writers: Renei Dimla, Jun Lana Cast: Nora Aunor, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Bing Loyzaga, Chynna Ortaleza, Yul Servo, Althea Vega, Jeric Gonzales, Lou Veloso, Lui Manansala Synopsis: Rachel (Jasmine Curtis-Smith) and her parents Elaine and Rommel (Bing Loyzaga and Yul Servo) move back to the Philippines from the US to … Continue reading Dementia