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Rant and Rave: Wading through worlds with “The Boy and The Heron”

Japan’s godfather of animation returns with a peculiar story of a young knightly boy, a mother longing for acceptance, and a taunting Grey Heron.

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Rant and Rave: “Five Nights at Freddy’s” bites off more than it can chew

As the horror game adaptation made its way to the big screen, fans gladly relived the eerie run-down pizzeria, though it lacked the paralyzing fear factor that cemented its fame.

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Rant and Rave: Confessions of ‘A Very Good Girl’

Director Petersen Vargas breaks the mold of Philippine cinema with a film that draws attention to class struggle wrapped in layers of dark humor and campy elements.

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Rant and Rave: The plastic world of ‘Barbie’ fleshes out an earnest take on the human experience and womanhood

Greta Gerwig takes us on an amusing ride through Barbieland, past the shiny houses and into a doll’s existential feelings.

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Rant and Rave: ‘Oppenheimer’ is as simple as quantum physics

Christopher Nolan stuns the audience with the spectacle that is “Oppenheimer”, equally thought-provoking as it is visually appealing.

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Rant and Rave: “Spider-Man—Across the Spider-Verse” honors the stunning world of animated superheroes

“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” definitely lives up to the prestige of its 2018 predecessor—however, it also serves as a reminder that its writers and animators should receive the respect and honor that they deserve.

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Rant and Rave: ‘Suzume’ is magnificent from door to door

Disasters are senseless tragedies. At any moment, while all may seem normal, the rapid force of wrath could thrash and crumble our reality. In its wake, it only leaves death, ruin, and witnesses who carry nothing but the weight of traumatic grief and the burden of comprehending the absurd. There never really is an easy…

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To the great and even greater: Oscars 2023 Best Picture Predictions—Part Two

Variety The various themes and plotlines that this year’s Best Picture nominees brought to life were nothing short of amazing. Whether you’re in the mood for a tearjerker, a feel-good tale, or an empowering story, this list has got it all. But at the end of the day, only one film gets to take home…

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To the great and even greater: Oscars 2023 Best Picture Prediction—Part One

Variety After the slap that overshadowed the 2022 Oscars award show, the 95th Academy Awards is certainly expected to stand out and be better than past ceremonies; this pressure is perhaps what contributed to the intriguing list of contenders for the Best Picture category. Countless fierce and hot debates have stirred about which film will…

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Rant and Rave: Through music and love, ‘Katips’ sheds truth on Martial Law atrocities

“How big can one get against a force too much bigger than yourself?”  An outcry of the hopeful, a requiem for the fallen–such is the description of the long-awaited Katips: The Movie. Originally a 2016 theater production staged by Director Vince Tañada, its narrative moves away from the polarization of politics to shed light on…