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Metro Manila Film Festival 2020: ‘Back to the ‘80s’

MANG Kepweng: Ang Lihim ng Bandanang Itim, shown at this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival, had no right taking my P250 and wasting my time. Frankly, I feel that they owe me money for letting me watch that.

Metro Manila Film Festival 2020: Tarnishing the Superstar

YOU’VE got a problem in your hands if Superstar Nora Aunor can’t quite get you to focus on a movie.

Metro Manila Film Festival 2020: A whole new world

CHRISTIAN ACUNA may have helmed Magikland, but for all intents and purposes, the fantasy-adventure film was a Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes film, harkening back to more than two decades ago when Magic Temple premiered at the Metro Manila Film Festival in 1996, winning 14 of the festival’s prizes.

Metro Manila Film Festival 2020: All in the family

WHILE I wrote in the Magikland review on this page that it was a pity that the movie wasn’t able to get a full theatrical release as the film was absolutely meant to be seen on the big screen with high quality surround sound, in contrast, the family drama Coming Home is perfect as a TV movie or afternoon drama as the cluttered storyline often left me wondering if I had missed something.

14 movies for P14

FOURTEEN Filipino movies for P14 starting Nov. 14 is what movie booking platform GMovies is offering for the next two weeks as part of the lead up to the first online version of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), according to a Globe executive.

MMFF to go online this year

It seems that having film festivals migrate online is the safest, and maybe the only way, for filmmakers and viewers to still celebrate Filipino...

Kris Aquino’s horror film pulling out from MMFF

WHAT WAS supposed to be Kristina Bernadette “Kris” Aquino’s comeback horror film is pulling out from the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), though no formal statement has come from the festival’s executive committee (Execom).

Vic Sotto, Vice Ganda films among first 4 MMFF entries

SUREFIRE crowd-pullers once again dominate the first four film entries for this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), which is set to run from Dec. 25 to Jan. 7 in cinemas nationwide.

MMFF 2018 breaks box office record

THE 44th Metro Manila Film Festival drew to a successful close on Jan. 7, with the festival’s chairman announcing that they had not only surpassed last year’s gross but also recorded the highest ever take in the film festival’s history.

Bites off more than it can chew

JOEL LAMANGAN’s Rainbow’s Sunset is a convoluted story of a rich troubled clan, whose main conflict revolves around the family members’ having to deal with grandfather Ramon (played by Eddie Garcia), who comes out as gay and wants to live with his best friend and lover Fredo (Tony Mabesa) who is dying from cancer. But Ramon’s outing himself at the age of 84 (“It’s already 2018!”) should be the least of this family’s — and the audience’s — concerns because Rainbow Sunset doesn’t only feature a conflicted clan, but its storyline is problematic too.

Lacking a beating heart

1” is a concept in Filipino romance that’s undefinable in other languages. We could describe it in parts: the giddiness; the rush when you feel a frisson of emotion for your beloved. Could you call “kilig” butterflies in your stomach? In any case, it won’t matter for this review, because I felt no such thing while watching One Great Love, which to me lacks a beating heart.

When Eat Bulaga! meets Ang Probinsyano

WHEN THE hosts and one of the directors of the longest-running afternoon variety show on television, and actors from the action TV remake based on a Fernando Poe, Jr. film team up on the big screen, the audience gets a little bit of everything.

We are family, I got all my sisters with me

NO sisterhood is ever perfect, but Mary, Marry Me makes it look so fun. I guess that’s how I would describe the rest of Mary, Marry Me: imperfect, but at least a good romp.

No ghosts are needed when the monsters are real

By Nickky F.P. de Guzman, Reporter Movie Review Aurora Directed by Yam Laranas EVEN WITHOUT the ghosts in it, Metro Manila Film Festival’s Aurora is a horror story:...

It happened one night

FILIPINOS love love stories, So it comes as no surprise that this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival had three romantic entries: Mary, Marry Me by Paul Soriano, One Great Love by Eric Quizon, and the focus of this review, The Girl in the Orange Dress by Jay Abello.

An all-star cast in a film on the same old things

THIS year, Jose Marie “Vice Ganda” Viceral’s entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) might have avoided the overly obvious product placements of his previous outings, but the people behind the film still made sure their film, Fantastica, would suck in all that blockbuster moolah by stuffing in as many big stars and cameos as they could in the almost two hour-long film.

Promising horror but…

A FOOLISH decision to submit to an oppressor defeats the purpose of proving one’s worth.

The Metro Manila Film Festival entries

THE 44TH EDITION of the annual Metro Manila Film Festival opens in theaters nationwide on Dec. 25 and runs until Jan. 7, 2019. Here’s a guide to the “Magic 8 lineup” in this year’s festival.

2 romances, a horror flick, and a family drama make up...

AFTER MONTHS of waiting, the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) selection committee finally announced the final for of eight film entries which will be featured in the festival’s run from Dec. 25 to Jan. 7 in cinemas nationwide.

Festival vets make up 1st 4 entries in this year’s MMFF

THE Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2018 selection committee has announced the first four official entries for this year’s film festival and the list includes festival veterans including Jose Marie “Vice Ganda” Viceral, Marvic “Vic” Sotto and Rodel “Coco Martin” Nacianceno.

Ang Larawan wins big at MMFF

LOY ARCENAS’ Ang Larawan, the musical film based on the play by National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin was named this year’s Best Picture...

Ang Larawan: The way we are

By Menchu Aquino Sarmiento Movie review Ang Larawan Directed by Loy Arcenas ANG LARAWAN, directed by Loy Arcenas, is the musical film adaptation of Nick Joaquin’s 65-year-old play...

Reasons to watch: plot twists and great actors

By Nickky F. P. de Guzman Reporter Movie review Deadma Walking Directed by Julius Alfonso WITH THE huge success of last year’s Die Beautiful, it is easy to dismiss...

Do not expect an English Only, Please

By Zsarlene B. Chua Reporter Movie review All of You Directed by Dan Villegas IF YOU ARE planning to watch Dan Villegas’ All of You and expecting that it...

Catch a wave

By Menchu Aquino Sarmiento Movie review Siargao Directed by Paul Soriano THERE ARE several love stories going on among the attractive bunch of young people populating this light...

Why Meant to Beh should thank last year’s MMFF decision

By Nickky F. P. de Guzman Reporter Movie review Meant to Beh Directed by Chris Martinez A HIATUS always leads to clearer perspectives. And Vic Sotto should consider his...

Newbie delivers a decent reboot

By Zsarlene B. Chua Reporter Movie review Ang Panday Directed by Rodel Nacianceno CARLO J. CAPARAS’ Ang Panday has been one of the most enduring -- and oft re-booted...

Fighting violence with violence

By Michelle Anne P. Soliman Movie review Gandarrapiddo: The Revengers Squad Directed by Joyce E. Bernal PATTERNING a movie’s title and characters on foreign comic books, a decades-long...

Introducing a hybrid creature to the Philippine folklore lineup

By Michelle Anne P. Soliman Movie review Haunted Forest Directed by Ian Loreños THERE IS a mysterious creature living in a tree in the middle of the forest....

A guide to this year’s MMFF entries

By Zsarlene B. Chua Reporter Christmas in the Philippines -- known for being long and festive -- is never truly complete without families (the children flush...

Ang Larawan, Siargao, Haunted Forest, Deadma Walking make it into MMFF

DESPITE BEING rejected the first time around when just script submissions were considered, Loy Arcenas’ musical Ang Larawan finally made the cut and has...

Ang Larawan enters MMFF ‘final four’

Despite being rejected the first time around in script submissions, Loy Arcenas’ Ang Larawan finally made the cut and has been selected as one...

2016 Metro Manila Film Festival’s films

THIS YEAR’S Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) kicks off on Dec. 25 and will run until Jan. 3 — shortened to the original 10...

Abangan ang susunod na kabanata

By Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman Like a suspense movie with a good cliffhanger, the story (and controversy) of this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival...

MMFF Postmortem: How did this year’s festival go? It depends on who...

By Zsarlene B. Chua “Satisfactory,” was how Marichu Vera Perez-Maceda, spokesperson of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2015 described the recently concluded film festival,...

Where the money goes

ACCORDING to Metro Manila Film Festival spokesperson Marichu Vera Perez-Maceda, half the festival revenues come from cinemas in Metro Manila, and the rest from...

Love wins at the MMFF

By Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman Love is the name of the game at this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF). This time around, the...