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The John Lloyd Cruz-Bea Alonzo IG live wasn't a promo, it was 'The Unconfined Cinema'

Apr 29, 2020 - 8:48 PM

'The Unconfined Cinema' explores a world where 'the line between reality and make-believe blur'

'LOVE TEAM.' Bea Alonzo and John Lloyd Cruz reunite to perform 'Love Team' via IG Live. Screenshot from John Lloyd Cruz's Instagram

Watch Kidlat Tahimik's 'Memories of Overdevelopment' on Lockdown Cinema Club

Apr 27, 2020 - 5:17 PM

A talkback with Kidlat Tahimik, moderated by Jessica Zafra, will follow the watch party on Monday, April 27

LOCKDOWN CINEMA FEATURE. Kidlat Tahimik will be screening one of his films during lockdown. File photo by Rappler

As ECQ extends, Lockdown Cinema Club partners with Globe Studios’ .giff

Apr 14, 2020 - 12:55 PM

The initiative aims to raise funds for displaced film workers

Cinema One Originals postpones 16th edition to 2021

Mar 31, 2020 - 6:15 PM

The deadline for script entries has been extended to June 1

Discover new films and help indie film workers while you're at it with the Lockdown Cinema Club

Mar 21, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Lockdown Cinema Club makes a lineup of Southeast Asian short films available to raise money for film industry workers affected by the Luzon-wide lockdown

BINGE-WATCH FOR A CAUSE. The Lockdown Cinema Club offers free Southeast Asian short films in exchange for donations to raise funds for film workers affected by the Luzon-wide lockdown. Screenshot from

Movie reviews: 2019 Cinema One Originals films, Part 2

Nov 17, 2019 - 10:55 AM

Oggs Cruz reviews 'Lucid,' 'O,' 'Metamorphosis,' and 'Yours Truly Shirley'

Movie reviews: 2019 Cinema One Originals films Part 1

Nov 16, 2019 - 3:38 PM

Oggs Cruz's review 'Sila, Sila,' 'Tia Madre,' 'Tayo Muna Habang Hindi Pa Tayo,' and 'Utopia'

FULL LIST: Winners, 2019 Cinema One Originals

Nov 16, 2019 - 11:38 AM

'Metamorphosis' brings home the lion's share of awards, while 'Sila Sila' is named Best Picture

WINNERS. The 2019 Cinema One Originals festival holds an awarding ceremony on November 15. Photo courtesy of Cinema One Originals

Cinema One Originals entry 'Metamorphosis' gets R-16 rating from MTRCB

Nov 07, 2019 - 6:28 PM

The movie – about an intersex person – had originally been given an X-rating, meaning it would not be screened in cinemas

Who is the Filipino? Cinema, criticism, and representation

Oct 18, 2019 - 5:02 PM

We talk to Richard Bolisay about film criticism and what cinema says about the Philippines

LOOK: PHLPost releases 'Sandaan' stamp

Sep 15, 2019 - 6:46 PM

The commemorative stamp is released in celebration of 100 years of Philippine cinema

PHLPost 100 years of Cinema commemorative stamps . Photo from PhilPOST

'Sine Sandaan' to kick off 100 years of PH cinema celebration

Sep 05, 2019 - 11:42 AM

'Sine Sandaan' is a 3-hour event to honor the men and women of Philippine Cinema

'Hello, Love, Goodbye' breaks record as highest-grossing PH film – Star Cinema

Sep 04, 2019 - 10:28 AM

It breaks the record of another Kathryn-starrer that was also directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina: 'The Hows of Us'

RECORD-BREAKER. Kathryn Bernardo has starred in the two highest-grossing Filipino films of all time. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Kids can watch movies for free at SM Cinemas

Jun 27, 2019 - 4:46 PM

Until December 2019, kids 4 feet or below can watch certain movies at SM Cinemas nationwide for free!

Chinese war film cancels premiere in apparent censorship

Jun 26, 2019 - 8:03 PM

'The Eight Hundred' has been hailed as the Chinese 'Dunkirk'

Celebrate Independence Day with a Filipino film marathon at Cinema Centenario

Jun 04, 2019 - 5:18 PM

Grab your friends and save the date!

LOOK: Star Cinema opens 'Darna' auditions to the public

May 01, 2019 - 10:31 PM

Open auditions are set for May 4 and 5

OPEN AUDITIONS. Who will be the next Darna? Screenshot from ABS-CBN's Facebook

GrabPay now offered for SM Cinema ticket purchases

Apr 25, 2019 - 8:40 PM

Consumers may either purchase their tickets at the cinema or on the SM Cinema website using GrabPay

MOBILE WALLET. Huey Ooi Tyng (L), GrabPay Managing director for Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia poses with Mara Coson (R) of SM Investments Corporation in front of an SM cinema counter. Photo from Grab

Filipinos online fume after mall chain announces 'Avengers: Endgame' screenings with Chinese subs

Apr 22, 2019 - 4:11 PM

Select screen times at Megaworld Lifestyle Malls for 'Avengers: Endgame' will have Chinese subtitles

ENDGAME WITH SUBTITLES. Megaworld announces select screenings of 'Endgame' with Chinese subtitles. Image from Southwoods' Facebook page

These PH cinemas will screen 'Avengers: Endgame' 24 hours a day during opening week

Apr 22, 2019 - 2:25 PM

Plus: Where to catch it first on April 24 and where you can rewatch 'Infinity War'

'ENDGAME.' The long-awaited Part 2 to 'Infinity War' hits Philippine cinemas on April 24, 2019. Poster courtesy of Disney Philippines

Jennifer Laude documentary 'Call Her Ganda' screens at Cinema '76

Mar 15, 2019 - 5:52 PM

The documentary tells the story of Laude from the perspectives of her mother, her lawyer, and a transgender journalist

CALL HER GANDA. The documentary on Jennifer Laude is screening now in Manila. Screenshot from

Bye-bye Beverley: Credits roll for Paris's last porn cinema

Feb 26, 2019 - 6:42 PM

The soon-to-close Beverley theater plays adult films from the 70s and 80s and is managed by Maurice Laroche since 1983

The most anticipated of Philippine cinema this 2019

Jan 13, 2019 - 2:06 PM

Exciting projects await Philippine cinema’s centennial year

Star Cinema working on new 'Magic Temple' movie

Dec 07, 2018 - 2:20 PM

And it's going international through a partnership between ABS-CBN Films and Singapore-based Cre8 Productions

MAGIC TEMPLE GOES INTERNATIONAL. ABS-CBN Films will be working with a Singapore-based production company for the new 'Magic Temple' flick. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

LOOK: Watch a movie under the stars in Makati

Nov 15, 2018 - 3:39 PM

Circuit Makati brings back its outdoor night cinema experience from November 16 to 18

Here’s where you can watch – and sing along to – 'Bohemian Rhapsody' in PH

Nov 12, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Movie? Karaoke? You can do both here, apparently

SING ALONG, TOO. A version of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' with on-screen lyrics will screen in Philippine cinemas soon. Still courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Here's where you can watch Coldplay's 'A Head Full of Dreams' documentary

Nov 07, 2018 - 3:40 PM

It'll only be showing for one day, so buy now and get ready for a screen full of magic!

Call for entries: 2nd Maginhawa Film Festival

Oct 26, 2018 - 8:11 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Deadline for submission of entries is on October 31, 2018

FULL LIST: Winners, 2018 Cinema One Originals Festival

Oct 21, 2018 - 6:55 PM

Which of your favorite films bagged an award this year?

Movie reviews: All 9 films in the 2018 Cinema One Originals Festival

Oct 21, 2018 - 1:04 PM

Which films stood out?

FULL LIST: Cinema One Originals Festival 2018 entries

Oct 10, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Which films are you watching?

Photo from Cinema One Originals' Facebook Page

Jerrold Tarog takes over as 'Darna' director

Oct 05, 2018 - 7:42 PM

Director Erik Matti has exited the project, citing 'creative differences' with the film outfit

NEW DIRECTOR. Jerrold Tarog is set to direct 'Darna.' File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

34 arrested for sitting out national anthem at 'The Hows of Us' screening

Sep 06, 2018 - 11:20 AM

(UPDATED) The operation at a moviehouse in Lemery, Batangas, is part of Calabarzon cops' Oplan Bandila

ONLY SOME STANDING. The packed cinema in Xentro Mall only had a few people standing up during the national anthem. Screenshot from sourced video

Liza Diño clarifies Cinema Evaluation Board's zero grade on 2 movies

Aug 18, 2018 - 11:19 PM

The chairperson of the Film Development Council of the Philippines speaks up after 'Balangiga: Howling Wilderness' and 'Gusto Kita With All My Hypothalamus' got zero grade from the board

Why 'Balangiga,' 'Gusto Kita with All My Hypothalamus' got zero grade from CEB

Aug 16, 2018 - 8:41 PM

'Balangiga' director Khavn de La Cruz and 'Hypothalamus' producer Perci Intalan question the Cinema Evaluation Board's basis for giving their movies zero grade

Poppert Bernadas appointed to Film Development Council

Aug 11, 2018 - 2:52 PM

The singer and theater actor is now a member of the FDCP's Cinema Evaluation Board

BOARD MEMBER. Poppert Bernadas has been appointed to the Cinema Evaluation Board. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Wes Anderson's 'Isle of Dogs' screens exclusively at Ayala Cinemas

May 31, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Here's where you can watch the film that opened the 68th Berlin International Film Festival

'Bhoy Intsik' wins Best Editing award in Nice International Film Festival of World Cinema

May 17, 2018 - 5:50 PM

Filipino movie editor John Anthony Wong wins the award for the film, which stars RS Francisco and Ronwaldo Martin

This is the greatest lesson Bea Alonzo has learned from her own movies

May 16, 2018 - 9:00 PM

'Naisip ko I was really literally begging for someone to stay in my life,' Bea says in an interview with Rappler

Bea Alonzo, Paulo Avelino, Derek Ramsay on marriage and settling down

May 15, 2018 - 10:01 PM

Bea Alonzo, Derek, Ramsay, and Paulo Avelino share their thoughts on the importance of marriage

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WATCH: Bea Alonzo recreates her most iconic movie lines

May 10, 2018 - 5:31 PM

At the dawn of Star Cinema's 25th year, Bea Alonzo reads out her most famous lines

Coming soon? The Angelica Panganiban-Carlo Aquino reunion movie you wanted

Apr 26, 2018 - 9:58 AM

Film maker Dan Villegas shares on Instagram a screen test for an upcoming Angelica Panganiban-Carlo Aquino movie

Kris Aquino visits ABS-CBN, announces Star Cinema movie

Apr 20, 2018 - 1:26 PM

The Queen of All Media is set to do a movie with Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto

SHE'S BACK. Kris Aquino announces – via online livestream – that she's doing a movie with Star Cinema. Screenshot from Kris Aquino's Facebook live

Saudi Arabia unveils first new cinema with 'Black Panther' screening

Apr 19, 2018 - 9:21 AM

The move to reopen cinemas is part of a modernization drive by reformist Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is seeking to balance unpopular subsidy cuts in an era of low oil prices with more entertainment options

CINEMA. A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on April 18, 2018, shows Saudi Information Minister Awwad Alawwad giving a speech at the AMC cinema in Riyadh. Photo by Bandar Al-Jaloud/AFP PHOTO / Saudi Royal Palace/AFP

'Three Billboards' tops Baftas as 'Time's Up' campaign shares stage

Feb 19, 2018 - 8:03 AM

'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' captures 5 Baftas in an emotionally charged ceremony that featured fashion and rhetoric in support of the fight against sexual harassment

WINNERS. British-Irish filmmaker Martin McDonagh (L), producer Peter Czernin (2L), US actor Sam Rockwell, and British producer Graham Broadbent (R) pose with citation reader US actress Frances McDormand (2R) after receiving the award for Best Film for 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri' at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London on February 18, 2018. Ben Stanstall/AFP

Black Maria Cinema: The tiny theater screening your favorite indie films

Jan 11, 2018 - 3:31 PM

Has the movie you've been dying to watch been pulled out of cinemas? Chances are, it's screening here

Boracay opens its first cinema

Dec 18, 2017 - 12:53 PM

Bad weather in Boracay? Now, you can watch a movie at the CityMall Cinema!

CITYMALL CINEMA. The first cinema in Boracay brings blockbuster hits to the island's residents. Photo by Amanda Lago/Rappler

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' second-highest opening ever in North America

Dec 18, 2017 - 7:20 AM

(UPDATED) The latest installment of the epic space opera is bettered only by 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which took $248 million on its debut weekend

PREMIER NIGHT. Stormtroopers and Praetorian guards pose on the red carpet for the European Premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the Royal Albert Hall in London on December 12, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Saudi Arabia lifts decades-long ban on cinemas

Dec 12, 2017 - 6:57 AM

The government says it will begin licensing cinemas immediately and the first movie theaters are expected to open next March, in a decision that could boost the Gulf state's nascent film industry

MOVIE TIME. This file photo taken on October 20, 2017 shows Saudis attending the 'Short Film Competition 2' festival at King Fahad Culture Center in Riyadh. Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Review: All 9 Cinema One Originals films for 2017

Nov 20, 2017 - 9:30 PM

Rappler movie critic, Oggs Cruz, gives us the skinny on this year's Cinema One Originals films