MOVIE REVIEW: THE BREAKUP PLAYLIST (Dan Villegas, 2015)

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I really liked that the movie didn’t trivialize love. Gino and Trixie’s love story didn’t happen overnight. You actually know how and why they fell in love.

Not all love stories are the usual meet cute and full of romantic or kilig moments. As in real life, more often than not they’re uneventful and boring.

But you know their love is true and your heart breaks for this crazy couple fighting over trivial things like the car aircon.

And even with an ending that felt a tad forced, you know this isn’t your usual fairy tale romance. Pain is inevitable, but love remains.

Rating: ★★★★☆

(Originally published July 8, 2015.)

MOVIE REVIEW: MAGIC MIKE XXL (Gregory Jacobs, 2015)

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You watch Channing Tatum doing a slick dance to Ginuwine’s Pony and you just know that life is not fair.

As a furniture maker, I wonder how many wooden chairs and tables he has broken from dry humping them. Talk about drilling.

Although there were several moments of cheeky fun (one of them set to the Backstreet Boys’ I Want It That Way), this road trip film felt a bit confused.

It glorified stripping like it was the most noble profession slash true art form slash the American dream slash easy money.

But who were we kidding? You just wanted to see those abs and dirty moves and the last ten minutes made it worth your one dollar bills.

Open ka ba sa stripping?

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published July 8, 2015.)

MOVIE REVIEW: INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 (Leigh Whannell, 2015)

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The best horror movies are those that know how to create dread just on pure atmosphere and not heavily-reliant on cheap jump scares.

When characters don’t turn on the lights when they inspect an abandoned room, or shout “Show yourself!” then run screaming when it happens, or peer over a broken window when one’s already wearing a neck brace, or peek under the bed for no reason, it’s not horror, it’s stupidity.

Suspense scenes shouldn’t be set up where the audience anticipates the scares and are programmed to scream. The people are much smarter than that.

Let this be the last and final chapter, please.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

(Originally published June 8, 2015.)

MOVIE REVIEW: TOMORROWLAND (Brad Bird, 2015)

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Tomorrowland felt like an extremely long ad for Disneyland. It might have worked better as a Pixar movie (and 30 minutes shorter).

Sure it looked beautiful but what was that all about? The only time I had fun was when Hugh Laurie’s legs got smashed (a wink at House perhaps?).

Kids and adults will agree that this is just one big snoozefest. And I’m already being positive about it.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

(Originally published June 2, 2015.)

 

MOVIE REVIEW: SAN ANDREAS (Brad Peyton, 2015)

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San Andreas was awful, cribbing from better disaster flicks like Deep Impact and Titanic. Worse, I didn’t care much about the characters.

When people are dying around you and you still have time for landian, don’t expect me to wish for your survival.

As a 3D/4DX ride though, it was (oddly) fun to watch. I was screaming my lungs out and clutching on to my seat for dear life.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

(Originally published June 1, 2015.)