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Philbert Ortiz Dy

Philbert Ortiz Dy
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Philbert Ortiz Dy has been reviewing movies since 2007. In 2009, he took part in the International Film Festival Rotterdam's Young Critics Program. His work has been published in a wide range of both local and international publications, and he is currently a writer-at-large at Esquire Philippines. He is the co-curator of the New Filipino Cinema program at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. He is a Gemini, not that he thinks it matters. He sees almost every movie that opens in local cinemas, because no one else will.

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Movie Review for Camp Sawi

Though Loosely Constructed, 'Camp Sawi' is Lovely

Thursday August 25, 2016
Though Loosely Constructed, 'Camp Sawi' is Lovely

Some good happens there, certainly, but the film is smart enough to know that these are all personal journeys, and there isn't a single piece of treatment or advice that fits everyone.

Movie Review for The Secret Life of Pets

'The Secret Life of Pets' Resides in the Shadow of 'Toy Story'

Thursday August 25, 2016
'The Secret Life of Pets' Resides in the Shadow of 'Toy Story'

The understanding that the pets have of the world and their relationship to their owners is its own thing, and the film gets a lot of laughs out of just having these animals express that understanding.

Movie Review for Florence Foster Jenkins

'Florence Foster Jenkins' is About the Performance

Thursday August 25, 2016
'Florence Foster Jenkins' is About the Performance

The film paints a fascinating portrait of a man clearly taking advantage of his benefactor, and yet also undeniably devoted to her.

Movie Review for Take Down

When ‘Take Down’ Gets Going, It Gets Good

Thursday August 25, 2016
When ‘Take Down’ Gets Going, It Gets Good

The setting is really great, and the film takes every opportunity to really exploit the wonderful wilderness at their disposal.

Movie Review for Never Let Go

'Never Let Go' Burdens Itself with Reality

Thursday August 25, 2016
'Never Let Go' Burdens Itself with Reality

The direction tries very hard to make its scenes look kinetic, but it mostly makes the film look disjointed.

Movie Review for Eden

'Eden' Can't Justify its Conflict

Thursday August 25, 2016
'Eden' Can't Justify its Conflict

It isn’t really smart enough to make the points it wants to make, the characters written so broadly that it becomes difficult to recognize them as human.

'USS Indianapolis' Doesn't Know Which Story to Tell

Thursday August 25, 2016
'USS Indianapolis' Doesn't Know Which Story to Tell

The story of the Indianapolis is kind of fascinating, but the movie isn't content with just telling this tale of courage and survival.

Movie Review for War Dogs

The Truth is Simplified in ‘War Dogs’

Wednesday August 24, 2016
The Truth is Simplified in ‘War Dogs’

It becomes too much about the relationship between the two main characters, the film investing a lot in their inevitable rift.

Movie Review for The Amityville Terror

‘Amityville Terror’ Doesn’t Really Want to be a Horror Movie

Thursday August 18, 2016
‘Amityville Terror’ Doesn’t Really Want to be a Horror Movie

The plot is pretty aimless, the film never really resolving any of the issues it brings up in the first act.

Movie Review for Captain Fantastic

'Captain Fantastic' is a Little More Thoughtful Than Most

Thursday August 18, 2016
'Captain Fantastic' is a Little More Thoughtful Than Most

We are meant to be charmed by this family and their unique ways, but we are also meant to acknowledge that it may not be sustainable.

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