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Seklusyon: Opening Doors for Change

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By Heinrich Domingo

Seklusyon begins with an interesting story. It is set in the 1940s, with religion and mysticism luring viewers to dip into its narrative. But as it progresses, this inviting story turns into a murky narrative that engulfs the viewers to a mar of confusion and disappointment. It is a story coming in so strong but failing to land with a solid end.

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Patintero – Ang Alamat ni Meng Patalo: Of Heart and Nostalgia

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By Justin Rev Ino Tamang

May laro, may laro, may laro,” yells a scrawny kid as he runs around town to announce an upcoming game of patintero. In the village of San Jose, this game means everything. Youngsters settle their disputes (no matter how trivial) by playing this game. Opposing teams lay down their terms before a match and the losing faction abides by the conditions set by the winner.

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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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