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  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    Seriously, what the f*ck is that title?!

  • Five Feet Apart

    Five Feet Apart

    ★★★

    "Could you close your eyes? I just don't know if I can walk away if you're still looking at me."

    Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse carried the film. It also doesn't give much emphasis in showing patients living with cystic fibrosis as very pitiful human beings. The film cautiously progresses as we're able to see these people find happiness in spite of their condition. Five Feet Apart still falls on the bucket of formulaic teenage dramas, but the lead pair's charm helps to make it work, to say the least.

  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★★½

    "He captured strange and distant worlds in greater detail than ever before. They were beautiful, magnificent, full of awe and wonder. But beneath their sublime surfaces, there was nothing. No love or hate. No light or dark. He could only see what was not there, and missed what was right in front of him."

    Ad Astra takes a unique approach to the space genre. It's an intimate look to what it looks like to be in a state of solitude,…

  • Marriage Story

    Marriage Story

    ★★★★★

    "Getting divorced with a kid can be one of the hardest things you'll ever do. It's like a death without a body."

    Marriage Story is easily the best written film of the year. It's emotionally striking with unforgettable scenes all around. Ugh, that argument, though. I think it's already beaten La La Land as my most favorite argument scene of the 2010s. It's incredibly acted. Both Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson are terrific, and their performances would lock themselves as…

  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    ★★★½

    "Democracy is just like imported cassava. It rots quickly."

    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is an inspiring true story about a boy who made a remarkable effort to save his Malawian village by the grace of knowledge. Actor turned director Chiwetel Ejiofor just made a solid feature debut with this one.

    The film captures the mere fact that an equally knowledgeable and skillful person, though given with limited resources, would always find ways to solve problems. Education will always save us.

    This film is extremely underseen and it's somehow underrated. It deserves more recognition. It's readily available on Netflix. Check it out.

  • Dead Kids

    Dead Kids

    ★★★

    "You were never a dead kid. You just don't know how to live."

    Dead Kids is wild, funny, and boasts some cringe-inducing, yet amusing, dialogues. Mikhail Red continues to show his mastery with aesthetic compositions. The story is absolutely problematic just the way it was executed. Nevertheless, it's really an entertaining movie. It's the first Filipino Netflix original film, thus making it a low-key feat.

  • Crawl

    Crawl

    ★★½

    "They can see you in the dark."

    With a very tight runtime, Crawl delivers some good elements of an effective creature horror film. Though I didn't totally buy the whole thing, I still had a blast watching those alligators chomping on shallow characters who didn't get enough moments to make us care about them.

  • Ready or Not

    Ready or Not

    ★★★★

    "Don't take it personally, they're just trying to figure out if you're a gold digging whore. You know, like my wife."

    It's really a delight seeing a smart yet noticeably vulnerable protagonist in a horror film, played exceptionally by the newest scream queen, Samara Weaving.

    Ready or Not is a good example of style and substance smoothly meshing well together. Its utilization of handheld camerawork during certain scenes elevates the tension and claustrophobia (even though it's set on a big…

  • I Lost My Body

    I Lost My Body

    ★★★★

    "Do you believe in fate?"

    Just when you thought happiness has finally come in your terms, but then destiny turns it out to be the other way around.

    This is a moving portrait of loss and yearning. It isn't all about a severed hand wandering through Paris. It obviously tells more than something else. It will leave you a lasting impression of how numbing it is to be incomplete, longing for something that, at the very least, doesn't even show signs of coming.

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★★

    "Whenever anybody says they're a little concerned, they're very concerned. And when they say they're more than a little concerned, they're desperate."

    The Irishman is a detailed assessment of Frank Sheeran's deliberate guilt as he narrates the story of his long, dirty glory days as a hitman.

    Crime films have grown very much on me for the past few years. I have realized there's a lot to unpack from its bloodstained surface. It covers a bunch of themes that aren't…

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★★½

    "How about another joke, Murray? What do you get when you cross a mentally ill loner with a society that abandons him and treats him like a trash? I'll tell you what you get. You get what you f*cking deserve!"

    Joker is by far the most difficult comic-book film to absorb this year. It heavily plays around on the viewer's conscience and moral considerations. The film's polarizing critical reactions from the day of its premiere say it all.

    On every…

  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    ★★★½

    "People aren't one thing."

    The Last Black Man in San Francisco touches on hard grounds about gentrification. There's always a tough passage when we talk about being sentimental to things, which, in turn, has to deal with the uncontrollable influence of modern societal strides.

    As a feature debut for Joe Talbot, it's pretty good making it a stepping stone considering his artistic eye for visual poetry that is obvious in this film. Other than that, the film is perfectly scored.…