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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Movie Digest # 042

Robinson’s Galleria, Cinema 10, April 19, 3:00pm

Nothing to expect much, given the fact that the screenplay is written by "L.A. Confidential's" novelist. As an action film, "Street Kings" isn't bad. But it doesn't have a lot of kicking to be too memorable.

Friends who might appreciate it: those who consider Keanu Reeves as a better Bruce Willis.

Greenbelt 3, Cinema 2, April 22, 8:05pm

The film is reminiscent of old school kiddie/fantasy films like "The Never Ending Story" (or even "Narnia") where the protagonist, for no apparent reason, is being transported to a new world (read: middle earth). Plot is too simple and predictable for me. The plus point: the opening credits showing an equal billing of the two Hongkong legends, Jackie Chan and Jet Li (imagine a crossword puzzle entry for their names). I was reminded of the rotating (a more creative one, I would say) Nora Aunor-Vilma Santos for Danny Zialcita's "Ang T-Bird at Ako".

Friends who might appreciate it: those who wish to see a long and honest-to-goodness fight sequence with Jackie and Jet.

Glorietta 4, Cinema 4, April 24, 7:50pm

A sleeper movie: simple, indie and with loads of underacting. This is not recommended to popcorn film crowd as it tries to realistically share a portion of an emotionally honest American life. Lighting and production design are effortless, giving a natural and engaging feel. Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman are equally great (understatement) as children of a dementia patient. Some scenes are stand-out like the one with the old man trying to turn off his hearing aid and the one with the brutally rehabilitating dog right before the film ends.

Friends who might appreciate it: savaged and savages alike.

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