The Magnificent Seven: A Misplaced Superlative

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By Justin Rev Ino Tamang

Yet another remake hits the big screen with The Magnificent Seven. This film starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, and other notable Hollywood personalities is a retelling of a circa 1960 flick of the same title. Unlike Pete’s Dragon, The Magnificent Seven retains every major element of the original story – for better and for worse.

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The Secret Life of Pets: The Two Sides of Familiarity

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By Justin Rev Ino Tamang

When the owners are away, the pets come out and play – that is the main premise.

The narrative focuses on Max (Louis CK), a dog owned by Katie (Ellie Kemper). The two have the perfect owner-pet relationship, at least until Katie brings home a large mongrel named Duke (Eric Stonestreet). Max disliked the idea of having to share the house and, of course, Katie’s attention. So, the two bicker, fight, and end up getting lost. Max and Duke try to find their way home while their other pet friends team up to look for them.

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True: A love story in 12 minutes

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By Heinrich Domingo

Many of the short films today command popularity due to their ability to surprise the audience. They would begin with an exposition of a narrative and then later on provide a catch or a punch line in the latter part of the film. It is a faint attempt to make the audience go back to the plot, attempt to read it again, and hopefully appreciate the filmmaker’s attempt to make them think. Although such style invokes attention of the crowd, this treatment has been incessantly used that the viewing public no longer sees it effective.

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Pete’s Dragon: A Brilliant Remake

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By Justin Rev Ino Tamang

Film remakes tend to be overshadowed by stigma. And with the slew of mediocre remakes that had hit theaters, such an opinion seems warranted at times. But the case of Pete’s Dragon is different. Disney overhauls the story of the 1977 film and turns it into a genuinely affecting movie. Among the remakes in recent memory, this is certainly one of the best.

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Pamilya Ordinaryo: The anesthetized audience

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By Heinrich Domingo

When you think that Filipinos have been fed up with poverty porn, Pamilya Ordinaryo is willing to challenge you. It entertains the audience with a pang of reality making them realize that cinema is nothing but an extension of actual lives.

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