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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Atomic Blonde Leaves You Shaken, Not Stirred

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Total ScoreAs the latest spy blockbuster from one half the directors of iconic action movie John Wick, you’d think Atomic Blonde would live up to the hype – improve on it even, or at least follow in Wick’s dark and sexy footsteps. It tried though – and in stilettos no less. Problem is this little project is having trouble walking around in big girl shoes. With the combination of David Leitch’s experience with action movies, and Charlize Theron’s standing as a premier female action stars, many were excited with Atomic…

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Baby Driver is the Best Musical of 2017

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Total ScoreOk, so maybe not a musical musical. More of a really hip Spotify playlist put in the driver’s seat of a car with a souped-up engine. You’ll notice it right away in two first main scenes of the movie. As soon as Jon Spencer Blues Explosion kicks in with Bellbottoms, Ansel Elgort’s character Baby dives right into a magnificently choreographed car chase scene, it becomes apparent that this isn’t just a heist movie set to a cool soundtrack. By the time Harlem Shuffle plays, you will see that the…

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Dunkirk | DAGeeks Movie Review

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Total ScoreA movie by the renowned Christopher Nolan, the film is based on the famous evacuation of Allied forces (primarily British and French) from the port of Dunkirk. It is even more interesting because of the relative lack of big name actors and the challenge of turning the plot, which is ultimately just one event, into a full-length movie. Dunkirk also seems to straddle the line between documentary and fiction. In storytelling format, it utilizes at least three different point of views with each POV having its own timeframe, yet…

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets | DAGeeks Movie Review

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Total ScoreBased off the French comic book “Valerian and Laureline”, the movie Valerian is a love note from director Luc Besson. It features a lot of signature special effects and incredible world settings, which recalls his work in the 5th Element. The setting of Valerian is excellent, both in visual presentation and in concept. The movie unveils a magnificent universe, particularly the space-city of Alpha and the multi-dimensional marketplace, and utilizes it with deftness. Valerian succeeds in drawing us into a very alien but very interesting fictional future. Unfortunately, this…

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