ULAN (Irene Villamor, 2019)

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I adored the (commendable) bits of magical realism steeped in Pinoy folklore. Sadly, the rest of it was a confused, tropes-filled mess with a very questionable central message.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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ROCKETMAN (Dexter Fletcher, 2019)

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It’s Elton John’s Moulin Rouge where his songs ultimately ended up as love letters to himself. I was completely healed by that Goodbye Yellow Brick Road sequence (thank you Camile Velasco for introducing me to this great song).

This was Taron Egerton’s best performance to date and I literally cried every single time he welled up onscreen. My only problem was that he still looked cute even with that ridiculous-looking wig and receding hairline.

Most Pinoys would probably feel bad that Skyline Pigeon’s not performed here, but I was more disappointed that Daniel only merited one line.

“I just hope you realize you’re choosing a life of being alone forever. You’ll never be loved properly.” Not true, not true at all. I know that every gay kid will soon be singing how wonderful life is (now) you’re in the world.

Rating: ★★★★★

PET SEMATARY (Dennis Widmyer, Kevin Kolsch, 2019)

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SPOILER ALERT!!

A huge NO on the major change made in this remake. At least they were smart enough to retain that memorable (and incredibly gory) stairs scene from the original film.

As a Stephen King fan, the best moment for me was when the Derry sign was briefly shown onscreen.

If I wanted to watch the supernatural exploit human grief, I’d rather see Kenneth Lim Dagatan’s Ma again.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

SHAZAM! (David F. Sandberg, 2019)

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Fun and messy and incredibly cheesy (special effects and all).

I must be a bit depressed today because I teared up in the littlest things (the superhero envy feud, the bumper sticker, the tiger, the big reveal, etc.).

Zachary Levi was adorable in the lead role, but the real star here was Jack Dylan Grazer. I can’t wait for the It sequel.

Rating: ★★★★☆