Blade Runner 2049

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Total ScoreA science-fiction noir movie, Blade Runner 2049 is a rather uncommon piece of work in today’s current era of comic book, high octane, science-fiction or fantasy blockbusters. Instead of leveraging typical aesthetic explosions of grandeur and intense action scenes, Blade Runner 2049 plays with more subtlety and a slower pacing to bring viewers into the dystopian future. Ryan Gosling as Officer K is convincing as a generally emotionless Replicant, the custom-made pseudo- humans of the Blade Runner world. But I would say I had the most enjoyment with the…

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The Lego Ninjago Movie

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Total ScoreThe Ninjago film is a simple enough merchandise-promoting movie from Lego, which seems to be continuing the trend of creating stories out of its thematic sets. Considering the success of the previous Lego movies, this is hardly a surprise. Ninjago is a somewhat more kid-oriented movie with a simple plotline. The themes and plot points are fairly expected and predictable, although it carries through it all with brisk speed and action. It also attempts to continue the humor patterns of the previous Lego movies and manages to do so…

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Budget James Bond: The 24-Karat Sequel

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Total ScoreKingsman: The Golden Circle is the follow-up movie to Kingsman: The Secret Service. It stylishly continues the story of Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (played by Taron Egerton), a chav-turned-secret agent and his stint with the Kingsman, a secret operative organization based in Great Britain, posed as a tailoring business. In this new installment, the Statesman, an American version of the Kingsman, is introduced. Based in Kentucky and disguised as a distillery, they are a group that matches, even surpasses, the Kingsman in terms of logistics and technology. Not to mention…

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Words of Radiance

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Total ScoreWords of Radiance picks up immediately where The Way of Kings ends. A hefty book at over 1,200 pages in its trade paperback form, the Words of Radiance delivers a compelling story despite setting its characters in pretty much just one geographical region. The growth and dynamics of the different members of the cast and the gradual unveiling of the ancient history that was hinted at in the prologue of The Way of Kings are able to carry the entire novel to its end. Throughout the book, our dark-eyed…

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A Manananggal Movie That’s Not Half-Bad

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Total ScoreI am not the biggest fan of Philippine movies. They’re usually unnecessarily camp and more concerned in promoting their cast rather than selling a story. But with last year’s MMFF making a huge step for indie actual-narrative- driven films and this mid-year launch of the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, I guess it’s high time we put down the cringe shields and give this new generation of films a chance – Hashtag SupportLocal. And of course, my first choice out of the film fest was Ang Manananggal Sa Unit 23B…

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