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Why does this film exist?!?!

By Richard Roeper Movie Review Dirty Grandpa Directed by Dan Mazer IF I’D HAD ACCESS to the script for Dirty Grandpa before filming commenced, I seriously would have...

A borough’d life

Movie Review Brooklyn Directed by John Crowley By Noel Vera JOHN CROWLEY’s Brooklyn is a beautifully gauzy dream of a movie where all the folks...

Benghazi the film Clinton’s newest headache

THE DEADLY militant attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya in 2012 continues to haunt Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, this time in the...

David Bowie: A force on screen and soundtracks

By Richard Roeper DAVID BOWIE was one of the most beloved and influential musical artists of the 20th (and early 21st) century — but he...

The Big Short tries to make the 2008 Financial Crisis fun...

By Anousha Sakoui, Bloomberg View HOLLYWOOD is trying a new way to get film fans interested in the 2008 financial crisis, turning the worst market...

The world goes round

By Noel Vera Movie Review The Big Short Directed by Adam McKay ADAM MCKAY’S The Big Short — adapted from Michael Lewis’ book of the same name —...

2016 Promises plenty of cinematic excitement

By Richard Roeper Every movie fan has a “Can’t wait to see that!” title they carry around in their personal anticipation files. In 2015, Star Wars:...

What to see this week

4 films to see on the week of Jan. 15-22, 2012: Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin ANDOY RANAY, Chris Martinez, and Mark Meily direct the three...

A little bit of this, a little bit of that…

By Richard Roeper FOR A manic-depressive, alcoholic, washed-up political consultant of a certain age who’s dealing with altitude sickness in strife-torn Bolivia, and, oh yeah,...

The ‘better’ of 2015

By Noel Vera I PARTICIPATED in two End-of-the-Year surveys: Film Comment’s and Sight and Sound’s, the latter having the advantage of making every voter’s list...

You’re in good hands, Charlie Brown

By Richard Roeper Movie Review The Peanuts Movie Directed by Steve Martino YOU’RE IN GOOD HANDS, Charlie Brown. Some 65 years after the launch of the much-beloved Peanuts comic...

Nuts

By Noel Vera FIRST you have that scribbled line -- halfway between a fluid streak and a crabbed scrawl. It’s an expressive line, able to...

Why Disney blew up more than 30 years of Star Wars...

WHILE the arrival of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a new beginning for the storied franchise, it’s a painful reminder of something else:...

Star Wars: A Who’s Who

LOS ANGELES — The new Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened in theaters this week. Here is a brief description of the main characters...

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...

Julia Roberts is a paler pretty woman in Secret in Their Eyes

By Angela Dawson HOLLYWOOD -- Pretty Woman Julia Roberts tackles the role of a woman haunted by the brutal murder of her teenage daughter in...

More than a guessing game

By Richard Roeper WHEN JULIA ROBERTS’ Jess is told by a friend, “You look like you’re a million years old” in Secret in Their Eyes,...

May the hype be with you

By Richard Roeper AS I’M TYPING THIS, a bearded Jimmy Kimmel is on the muted TV to my left -- dressed as Princess Leia and...

What to see this week

5 films to see on the week of Dec. 4-Dec. 11, 2015: Angela Markado Carlo J. Caparas directs the remake of the Lino Brocka classic drama...

Cote de Pablo sings and shines in The 33

By Lynn Barker Front Row Features ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Chilean actress Cote de Pablo is best known for her role as former Mossad officer Ziva...

Star Wars: a game changer in special effects

LOS ANGELES — When Star Wars audiences were blown away four decades ago by its thrilling battles in space, they were also witnessing a...

The Good Dinosaur: Pixar’s ‘most beautiful’ movie

CHIEF CREATIVE officer of Pixar, John Lasseter, animator Peter Sohn and the cast of The Good Dinosaur celebrated the premiere of the film on...

Aubrey Peeples takes iconic role

By Angela Dawson Front Row Features TALK about synergy. Back in the 1980s, Hasbro hired an advertising agency to create an animated TV series centering on...

Britain’s top fictional spy also its greatest intelligence asset

By Peter Apps IN THE 62 YEARS since James Bond first appeared in print, there’s no doubt he has helped boost the reputations of his...

New Bond Spectre plays like a swan song, and a long...

By Michael Roddy, Reuters MOVIE REVIEW Spectre Directed by Sam Mendes IT MAY BE no coincidence that Agent 007’s latest love interest, played by French actress Lea Seydoux...

Watching Burnt, the new Bradley Cooper movie, with a Michelin-starred chef

By Tejal Rao, Bloomberg CHEFS don’t have time to pop out and see a movie in the middle of the day, Don Draper-style, but Elise...

Depp says he mined his ‘inner evil’ to play gangster Bulger

VENICE — Johnny Depp says he did not have to dig deep to tap into his evil side for his portrayal of the Irish-American...

Keanu Reeves on stranger danger

By James Dawson KEANU REEVES on stranger danger plays the victim of a home invasion in the psychological horror movie Knock Knock. The actor, best...

Earl Grey

By Noel Vera Movie Review Black Mass Directed by Scott Cooper SCOTT COOPER’s Black Mass is working on terrific material: the rise and fall of one...

Joseph Gordon-Levitt talks walking The Walk

NEW YORK — Heights don’t scare Joseph Gordon-Levitt, which came in handy when the actor was tasked with recreating Frenchman Philippe Petit’s audacious 1974...

Grace note

By Richard Roeper Movie Review The Walk Directed by Robert Zemeckis You have to learn to run before you walk. It also might help if you learn how to...

Diving into the gray zone

By Richard Roeper Movie Review Sicario Directed by Denis Villeneuve WHEN WE TALK about “the war on drugs,” there’s an implication that two clearly established...

Dr. Dre’s Compton era revisited long after the gangstas mellowed

IT CAN BE a letdown for LA Hood Life & Hip-Hop Tours customers, passing the Welcome to Compton sign and seeing an ice cream...

Space experts swoon for The Martian despite inaccuracies

MIAMI -- Surviving in space is hard and scientists say The Martian shows precisely what challenges astronauts will face on a pioneering mission to...

Boom time for Filipino writers

By Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman PRINT’S NOT DEAD. Philippine Literature is not dead. It’s alive and perhaps, livelier than ever before. Does one need proof? Of...