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There are the many hypnotic, liquid lines that wash over you, gliding like water with music and sensuality.
Danton Remoto was one of the four instructors at the helm of my very first Creative Writing Workshop course at the Ateneo in Manila, the summer of 1988, my senior year in college. At the time, he was teaching at the English ...
 
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Actor Jack Bannon plays the superhero’s mentor and butler in the prequel TV series.
“We were encouraged from the beginning to think of it as a stand-alone thing,” says Jack Bannon, who stars as Alfred Pennyworth, a former British special forces operative who will become the butler of the Wayne family and serve as a father ...
 
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But real life remains more gripping than fiction.
HBO Asia’s new thriller, The Head, follows the crew of the Polaris VI polar station as a killer stalks its halls during a deep six-month Antarctic winter. On paper, it should all come together, what with an international cast of players from The Crown, Killing ...
 
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HBO’s must-watch series explores pressing questions about millennial life in the age of #MeToo.
I May Destroy You should come with a content warning, given its upsetting subject matter. But its distressing theme is handled with plenty of care, nuance, and sensitivity. Created by and starring award-winning British actress Michaela Coel, HBO’s bold, new comedy-drama tells the ...
 
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The story of class struggle on a perpetually moving train has been adapted to the 10-episode format of TV.
Snowpiercer, the series, is a soft reboot of the 2013 film. Starring Hamilton’s Daveed Diggs and Jennifer Connelly, Snowpiercer is a slightly above-average, sci-fi, detective thriller that, while not quite existing in the shadow of the film, is forced to exist in spite of it.Diggs stars as Andre ...
 
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Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae make this new comedy a solidly funny distraction.
With The Lovebirds, director Michael Showalter and actor Kumail Nanjiani reunite, with Issa Rae in tow, to continue their exploration of modern relationships. Showalter’s follow up project to his Oscar-nominated The Big Sick, The Lovebirds takes a sharp turn away from the Big Sick’s dramedy toward more absurdist and slapstick-y humor, and sees ...
 
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HBO’s latest mini-series is a painful yet ultimately rewarding tearjerker.
Mark Ruffalo may be best known in recent years for the Marvel superhero films, but his latest role sees him portray twin brothers in an intense, emotional drama that will mark one of the most impressive achievements of his career. I Know This ...
 
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The new HBO film has some lessons to impart on greed and ambition.
Hugh Jackman spent 17 years playing superhero Wolverine that it’s sometimes hard to think of him as anybody else when he’s onscreen. In the new HBO movie Bad Education, however, the Australian actor disappears so completely in his role as a suburban ...
 
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Watch the second season of the zombie apocalypse to escape the zombie apocalypse.
It feels like the end times. A deadly plague has infected the populace and it’s spreading faster than can be controlled. It’s disruptive, terrifying, and impacting our society in a way that’s never been seen before. By the time it’s all over, ...
 
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The creator of the Saw franchise explores a new way to scare audiences by turning up psychological terror.
H.G. Wells wrote The Invisible Man in 1897, in simpler times. Back then, the eponymous protagonist’s biggest concern was simply that he was invisible and could no longer be part of normal society. Later iterations of the character on film attempt to remake and ...
 
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‘Sonic the Hedgehog,’ ‘Onward,’ and ‘Call of the Wild’ are for the rowdy bunch.
Out in theaters recently were Call of the Wild based on Jack London’s novel, Sonic the Hedgehog, based on Sega’s flagship character, and Pixar’s fantasy adventure with a twist, Onward. All three films are great family entertainment, so any of them are good choices for a night ...
 
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A mysterious house, magical keys that have different abilities, and an extra-planar demon flesh out an engrossing family drama.
Locke & Key is not for kids. At least, not the original comic book as writer Joe Hill and illustrator Gabe Rodriguez first made it. The comics, originally published by IDW Publishing, was graphically violent and leaned more heavily into horror. It followed the story of ...
 
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It grabs your attention and never lets it go, forcing you to look at war’s ugliest side. 
War is never pretty. It is brutal, costly, and only advances the interests of men in power who care little for the lives of the soldiers they send into battle. Sam Mendes’ latest wartime epic 1917 points the lens toward a pair of soldiers, Lance ...
 
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An excellent gallery of rogues populates the entertaining crime comedy.
After a couple of stumbles in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and the live-action Aladdin, director Guy Ritchie returns to the genre he’s helped define for the modern age: the crime comedy. With The Gentlemen, we see Ritchie at his A-game, crafting a deliciously convoluted ...
 
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It’s a Nazi movie for the whole family (kind of).
In Jojo Rabbit, a 10-year-old self-professed Nazi in the Hitler Youth program during World War 2 gets the shock of his life when he discovers that his mother is hiding a Jew in their house. When you’re such a huge fan of ...
 
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The second season reminds us that sex is about self-acceptance and, most important, normal. 
Sex Education should be mandatory viewing. The British Netflix series, which follows the sexual (mis)adventures of a group of teens, including one awkward son of a sex therapist who gives sex advice to his peers, explores sex and relationships in an honest, funny, ...
 
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Netflix’s Let It Snow is a lighthearted holiday present everyone can enjoy.
If you miss John Hughes films or ensemble cast romcoms, Netflix has the perfect Christmas present for you with their new holiday special Let It Snow. Based on a book by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle (even the book is ...
 
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In 1963, Henry Ford II made a bid to purchase Ferrari but Enzo Ferrari rebuffed him. What ensued was a battle of ego and pride as Ford vowed to beat Ferrari at Le Mans.
Ford v Ferrari is an unfortunate title for a film. It is unsexy, uninteresting, and completely without appeal despite apparently having been formulated to attract a wider audience who might not know about Le Mans ‘66 (its title in the U.K. and ...
 
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Netflix’s continuation of the 1980s cult classic is an impressive puppet show of epic proportions.
Back in the 80s, The Dark Crystal was the most groundbreaking animated series to hit cinemas. Directed by Jim Henson, the fantasy film explored dark themes that were far from Henson’s work on The Muppet Show. The Dark Crystal was an exhibition of ...
 
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It humanizes a population that's long been demonized.
“It’s not a happy jail,” says an inmate of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC).What starts as a simple documentary feature of a provincial prison transforms into something far more substantial as Happy Jail takes an in-depth look into the broken justice ...
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