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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.

iWant releases horror movie anthology in time for Halloween

IT’S a few days before Halloween and in line with the spooky season, streaming service iWant is coming out with a horror movie anthology starring Jake Cuenca and Ivana Alawi as people who want to take the easy way out only the easy way out has dire consequences.

Filipino and Panitikan: We found them at the movies

DESPITE the hue and cry on social media about the banishing of Filipino and Panitikan (Philippine Literature) from the G.E. (General Education) curriculum, these weren’t even required subjects during much of the last century. Filipino Literature (classics like Balagtas’ Ibong Adarna or translations of Rizal’s Noli and Fili) was taught in high school, and Balarila (Filipino Grammar) in the elementary grades. This was way before the millennials’ time. Today’s high school SAP (Special Arts Program) syllabus may include digital filmmaking. Anyone with a smart phone can be a filmmaker or actor, using social media to distribute one’s creations. The recent scholarly conference “Interseksyon: Pelikula, Panitikan at Wikang Filipino” drew an unexpected crowd which necessitated changing the original venue from the UP Mass Comm Auditorium to the much larger Cine Adarna. National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Vice-Chair Teddy Co cited film and TV as the convergence of various art forms (e.g., performing arts, literature) with new technologies.

Holy Week worthy movies to binge on

THERE are films that are appropriate to watch over Holy Week, and films that are less so. Southeast Asian streaming service iflix have come up with a list of Holy Week-appropriate films to binge on over the next few days.

Quo vadis Philippine Cinema?

LAST YEAR, not even half of the Philippines’ population of 110 million went to the cinema. Then in February, seasoned film director Erik Matti went on Facebook calling for government intervention in order to save the ailing film industry. A month later, industry stakeholders have finally sat down and begun discussing what should be done in order to toss the industry its much-needed life jacket.

Lav Diaz’ Halimaw leads FAMAS race with 9 nods

LAV DIAZ’ rock opera, Panahon ng Halimaw, leads this year’s nominations for the annual Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) Awards with nine nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, and four Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role nominations for Shaina Magdayao, Bituin Escalante, Pinky Amador, and Hazel Orencio.

What to see this week

7 films to see on the week of March 1 — March 7, 2019

What to see this week

6 films to see on the week of January 18 — January 24, 2019

Superhero movies prove indestructible, lift N. American box office to record...

DESPITE THREATS from streaming services and an overall feeling that Hollywood is bereft of new ideas, the movie industry turned in its best year ever in 2018, with the US leading the way to almost $42 billion in global ticket sales.

Movies outside the MMFF

IF THE Metro Manila Film Fest (MMFF) offerings leave you cold, as they do many, this year’s movie fans have choices beyond what they can find on cable or Netflix. Several of the smaller specialty theaters are showing films that are not included in the MMFF lineup.

What to see this week

5 films to see on the week of December 7 - December 13, 2018

YouTube shifts to make new shows, movies free

SAN FRANCISCO — YouTube plans to make all future original programing available to users for free with advertising, as the video streaming unit of Alphabet Inc.’s Google seeks a bigger audience for shows and movies that had mostly been restricted to paid subscribers.

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5 films to see on the week of November 23 - November 29, 2018 Bad Times at the El Royale SEVEN STRANGERS — a cleric, a soul...

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5 films to see on the week of November 9 - November 15, 2018

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4 films to see on the week of October 5 - October 11, 2018

Fall movie preview

LET’S SEE, how did we do with our Summer Preview?

What to see this week

7 films to see on the week of September 21-September 28, 2018

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4 films to see on the week of September 7-September 13, 2018

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7 films to see on the week of August 31-September 6, 2018

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6 films to see on the week of August 24-August 30, 2018

What to see this week

PISTA NG PELIKULANG Pilipino is showing nationwide from Aug. 15 to 21. Only the festival films will be shown in theaters during this time. These are the movies that are part of the festival.

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7 films to see on the week of August 10-August 16, 2018

Venice Film Festival to host Netflix movies, to screen unfinished Orson...

ROME — FROM westerns to the space race and the latest offerings from Oscar-winning directors, this year’s Venice Film Festival will present a rich line-up of premieres, including a host of Netflix movies and an unfinished Orson Welles work, organizers said.

What to see this week

4 films to see on the week of July 27-August 3, 2018

Post-apocalypse now: The end of the world at the movies

LOS ANGELES — From the Bible to Nostradamus, the Mayan calendar and the Millennium Bug, fatalists, fantasists and the fervently religious have long been fascinated by the end of the world.

Diverse offerings in Cinemalaya

NOW ON its 14th year, the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival is serving up a diverse menu of films in competition, with genres ranging from comedy to drama to suspense.

What to see this week

4 films to see on the week of June 29-July 6, 2018

Movies that gave a little something extra

By Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times (Warning: The following column is brimming with spoilers about movies old and new. If you haven’t seen Deadpool 2 yet...

What to see this week

6 films to see on the week of May 4-11, 2018 Blockers WHEN THREE parents find out about their daughters’ plans to lose their virginity on prom...

Movies in spotlight as Jokowi seeks to reshape Indonesia economy

JAKARTA — Indonesia wants to lower its reliance on natural resources and President Joko Widodo is turning the spotlight on films, fashion and handicrafts. Growth...

FDCP honors the honored

THE FILM Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) celebrated the triumphs of Filipino films and filmmakers abroad during its second Film Ambassadors’ Night on...

Best of 2017

By Noel Vera WHAT I’VE SEEN OF 2017 with maybe three exceptions was good not great — which possibly reflects more on me and my...

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4 films to see on the week of November 23-30, 2017 Coco MIGUEL DREAMS of becoming a popular musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz, even...

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6 films to see on the week of October 13-20, 2017 Seven Sundays THE FAMILY comedy-drama follows Manuel who finds out that he is dying of cancer....

What to see at the Korean Film Festival 2017

For those willing to brave the weekend traffic and for those who are unapologetic Korean fans and even regular cinephiles, the Korean Cultural Center...

New York exhibit celebrates Muppets creator Jim Henson

NEW YORK -- A new exhibit featuring the work of Muppets creator Jim Henson went on permanent display in New York City on Saturday...

Fearless forecast: 17 Best Movies for 2017

By Richard Roeper LET’S TAKE A LOOK at my 17 most hotly anticipated movies of 2017. (You should have seen how many I listed in...

The best movies of 2016

By Richard Roeper 10. Arrival — This is one of those sci-fi thinkers that get better with a second or third viewing. Amy Adams gives...

The worst movies of 2016

By Richard Roeper 10. London Has Fallen — The sequel to the moderate hit Olympus Has Fallen is just as bad: cliché-riddled terrorism actioner packaged...


Unmasking cellulose superheroes and their successors. WORDS  NOEL VERA | ILLUSTRATION  TONE DAÑAS You could start a discussion on superhero movies at any point — from the...


By Noel Vera Movie Review Violator Directed by Eduardo Dayao THE HORROR GENRE is experiencing some kind of renaissance, interesting premises being hurled at our faces...

Bond’s been better than Spectre

By James Dawson NOBODY did it better than actor Daniel Craig, director Sam Mendes and screenwriters John Logan, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade with 2012’s...

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4 films to see on the week of Oct. 23-Oct. 30, 2015: Knock Knock DISLIKED by most of the critics on Rotten Tomatoes — which gave...

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6 Films to see, rent, or stream on the week of September 11-18, 2015. Boruto: Naruto the Movie IT’S BEEN some years since the end of...

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5 films to see on the week of September 4-11, 2015. Chasing the Devil IN THIS “found footage” horror movie, a man who cannot accept that...