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Crosta Pizzeria is a must-try, vegan or not

Jul 05, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Falling in love with this Poblacion pizza joint is as easy as (pizza) pie

'Wuhan Diary': Fighting and writing about the beautiful battle

May 25, 2020 - 7:07 PM

'We could have learned from the Wuhan experience but we never did and instead magnified the problems with our own stupidity and negligence.'

EPICENTER. A woman wearing a hazmat suit walks along a street in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province on April 1, 2020.  Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

'Snowpiercer' review: Murder on the Polar Express

May 24, 2020 - 1:30 PM

The prolonged follow-up to Bong Joon-Ho’s sci-fi stunner streams on Netflix

SNOWPIERCER. 'Hamilton' star Daveed Diggs takes the TV lead alongside Jennifer Connelly. Photo courtesy of Netflix

WATCH: Trying out 7-Eleven and Manam's sisig and kare-kare

Apr 01, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Are 7-Eleven's latest batch of 'Chef Creations' close enough to the real thing? We find out.

‘Pangalan’ is Unique Salonga’s strange, personal coming-of-age story

Mar 29, 2020 - 10:00 AM

The young singer-songwriter’s sophomore album boasts a more focused style and deeper explorations of the dangers of living in the spotlight

'Kingdom' season 2: Watch the throne

Mar 18, 2020 - 8:00 PM

We review season 2 of Netflix's zombie series as we mull on the real-life pandemic the world is living through

KINGDOM. The second season of the zombie hit is currently streaming on Netflix. Photo by Juhan Noh/Netflix

'Bloodshot': A dose of superpowered action

Mar 12, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Blooodshot decides to wholeheartedly embrace the action movie genre, rather than go for a generic superhero origin story

Bloodshot (Vin Diesel) in Columbia Pictures' BLOODSHOT.

‘Onward’ review: Dungeons, dragons and dramas

Mar 10, 2020 - 7:00 PM

The movie is armed with enough nostalgic elements to counter passages that feel like fillers

‘Hindi Tayo Pwede’ review: Unchained malady

Mar 09, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Sadly, 'Hindi Tayo Pwede' is far from edgy

‘Us Again’ review: Too slight to work

Mar 01, 2020 - 7:00 PM

'The relationship that the movie sells as something that should last beyond breakups and mortality is just banal'

A review of Joel Rocamora’s 'Impossible is Not So Easy: A Life in Politics'

Mar 01, 2020 - 3:00 PM

'The book raises important questions like: Can a reformist be considered a leftist or a revolutionary? Can good people thrive in bad governments?'

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ review: Annoying real quick

Feb 24, 2020 - 5:00 PM

'Sonic the Hedgehog' is as basic as kid’s fare can get

‘UnTrue’ review: Never dull or drab

Feb 24, 2020 - 1:30 PM

'UnTrue' thrives in blurring perceptions

‘Watch List’ review: A must-see

Feb 23, 2020 - 12:30 PM

Watch List is bold and brave

‘James and Pat and Dave’ review: Not as memorable

Feb 17, 2020 - 2:00 PM

The movie never feels funny enough, or charming enough, or serious enough

Singapore orders anti-govt website to warn readers of falsehoods

Feb 15, 2020 - 3:17 PM

The notice aims to prompt readers to do additional fact-checking when accessing the page

'1917’ review: Theater of war

Feb 13, 2020 - 4:00 PM

'1917' takes the theater back from war

‘Of Vodka, Beers, and Regrets’ review: Subtle and sobering

Feb 12, 2020 - 1:00 PM

'Of Vodka, Beers and Regrets' is a beautiful film, through and through

'Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn' review: A vibrant live action cartoon

Feb 06, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Harley Quinn is taking all the other characters here on a crazy ride, and we would do best to buckle up

‘Dolittle’ review: A spectacle of fakery

Feb 03, 2020 - 7:00 PM

The only thing sincere in 'Dolittle' is its title

'Block Z' review: Not bad, but forgettable

Feb 03, 2020 - 6:00 PM

'Block Z' is stifled by a desire to be safe

‘Spies in Disguise’ review: Amiable fun

Jan 28, 2020 - 2:00 PM

It’s not a masterpiece, but it’s far from being just a distraction or worse, a complete waste of time

‘D’Ninang’ review: Dreary godmother

Jan 27, 2020 - 4:00 PM

'Instead of becoming a family drama tainted with dark comedy, it ends up becoming a dreary mess'

‘Nightshift’ review: Workplace horror

Jan 27, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'Nightshift' is a pleasant surprise

'Bad Boys for Life' review: Charming, funny, mostly entertaining

Jan 26, 2020 - 1:00 PM

'There are times when it feels like they made a checklist of things that would make middle-aged nostalgia-driven movie-goers laugh, and they just went through the list'

FOR LIFE. Old and new converge in the newest movie from the franchise. Photo from the movie trailer

A review of Walden Bello’s 'Counterrevolution'

Jan 22, 2020 - 4:00 AM

'I don’t think this kind of book can be written by just any sociologist (or political scientist). Intellectual discipline and clarity of this kind come only with a particular depth of political involvement and experience.'

'The Grudge' review: Not grisly enough

Jan 21, 2020 - 9:00 PM

'The film badly needs an edge, one that isn’t borrowed from a film from more than a decade ago'

Scene from Screen Gems' THE GRUDGE.

'Mia' review: Missing intensity and affection

Jan 19, 2020 - 2:00 PM

'Mia' is cute and amiable, but it’s also too light to be memorable

'Cats' review: Not that bad

Jan 16, 2020 - 8:00 PM just takes a while to get past its very many anomalies

‘Kalel, 15’ review: Powerful and scathing

Dec 23, 2019 - 3:00 PM

'Kalel, 15' is powerful

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ review: A disappointing epilogue

Dec 22, 2019 - 7:45 PM

The events of 'The Rise of Skywalker' renders the entire Star Wars saga into an overwrought fairy tale

Rey (Daisy Ridley) in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. Photo courtesy of Lucasfilm

Facebook taps community reviewers to aid in fact-checking

Dec 20, 2019 - 2:46 PM

The social media network is piloting the service in the US and says community reviewers are meant to give 'directional signal' to professional fact-checkers

‘Marriage Story’ review: Brave and poignant

Dec 17, 2019 - 12:13 PM

Marriage Story is a tremendous achievement

‘Dead Kids’ review: Viciously entertaining

Dec 15, 2019 - 8:00 PM

'Dead Kids' is a breath of fresh air

‘My Bakit List’ review: Chore of a film

Dec 15, 2019 - 9:00 AM

'My Bakit List' is too unfocused to be truly pertinent

‘Love is Love’ review: A very pleasant surprise

Dec 11, 2019 - 9:00 AM

'It doesn’t work as a romance. It is awkward as a comedy.'

‘Mañanita’ review: A formidable effort

Dec 09, 2019 - 6:45 PM

The film feels more like an audacious attempt to marry glaze and purpose, with the former winning out

Trump on quest for foreign wins – and drama – in election year

Dec 05, 2019 - 1:32 PM

2019 is year full of tosses and turns for the US president

CELEBRITY. In this file photo taken on November 25, 2019, US President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and First Lady Melania Trump stand with Conan, the military dog that was involved with the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, at the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

'The Two Popes' review: Two Thumbs Up

Dec 02, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Put under 'My List' on your Netflix account right now


‘Unbreakable’ review: Desperate for tears

Dec 02, 2019 - 1:00 PM

'Unbreakable' uses low-brow tragedy as a crutch

‘The Heiress’ review: Wasting a legacy

Dec 01, 2019 - 5:40 PM

'The Heiress' is sad, sad dud

‘Kings of Reality Shows’ review: A comedy and a confessional

Dec 01, 2019 - 9:09 AM

'Kings of Reality Shows' is more than what it thinks it is

'Frozen 2' review: Thawing to maturity

Nov 27, 2019 - 12:35 PM

'Frozen 2' feels like it is done subverting the common stereotypes about Disney’s princesses

‘Adan’ review: Male gaze

Nov 24, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The film’s discourse centers on the intrinsic fault of females

‘Damaso’ review: Monster of a film

Nov 24, 2019 - 10:27 AM

There are definitely a lot of ideas in 'Damaso'

'Death Stranding' review: A litmus test for the curious

Nov 21, 2019 - 10:59 PM

With 'Death Stranding,' you have a divisive game that brings about curious onlookers. Check out our reviewer's thoughts on the title.

‘Charlie’s Angels’ review: Clever subversions, sparse pleasures

Nov 19, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Elizabeth Banks’ 'Charlie’s Angels' feels like it is drowning in its own blatant advocacy

Ella Balinska, Kristen Stewart and Naomi Scott star in Charlie's Angels.

‘The Annulment’ review: Legally bland

Nov 17, 2019 - 4:56 PM

In an age where there are discussions on legalizing divorce, a film like 'The Annulment' is counterproductive

‘The Art of Ligaw’ review: Surprisingly delightful

Nov 17, 2019 - 3:00 PM

'The Art of Ligaw' is a satisfying romance

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'