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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.

Movie Review for How To Be Single

‘How to Be Single’ Has Scattered Charms

Thursday February 11, 2016
‘How to Be Single’ Has Scattered Charms

The ingredients are there for an atypical romantic comedy, one that tries to navigate the tricky landscape of a modern romance, which all at once celebrates the independence of singlehood but pines for the fantasy of the perfect relationship.

Movie Review for All Roads Lead To Rome

‘All Roads Lead to Rome’ Doesn’t Offer Much of a Journey

Thursday February 11, 2016
‘All Roads Lead to Rome’ Doesn’t Offer Much of a Journey

The movie wants to make it out like Summer is just a good kid who’s fallen in with a bad crowd, but it never invests enough in her character to make it seem like she’s anything more than a bad egg.

Movie Review for The Devil's Daughter

‘The Devil’s Daughter’ Hides Garbage Underneath Arthouse Aesthetics

Thursday February 11, 2016
‘The Devil’s Daughter’ Hides Garbage Underneath Arthouse Aesthetics

It's kind of interesting at first, but it's obvious that there isn't anything behind these visuals.

Movie Review for Sisters

‘Sisters’ is Loose, but Funny

Thursday February 11, 2016
‘Sisters’ is Loose, but Funny

The movie's meager attempts at sentiment and character development don't really work out.

Movie Review for Girlfriend For Hire

‘Girlfriend for Hire’ is Another Toxic Wattpad Adaptation

Thursday February 11, 2016
‘Girlfriend for Hire’ is Another Toxic Wattpad Adaptation

This is a story of an abusive relationship that isn’t at all worth fighting for, but the film apparently can’t imagine happiness outside of the context of a relationship.

Movie Review for Jane Got A Gun

‘Jane Got a Gun’ is Competent But Little Else

Thursday February 11, 2016
‘Jane Got a Gun’ is Competent But Little Else

The film feels like it wanted to be more ambitious than what it turns out to be.

Movie Review for Love Is Blind

‘Love is Blind’ Seems Unsure of the Story it Wants to Tell

Thursday February 11, 2016
‘Love is Blind’ Seems Unsure of the Story it Wants to Tell

The movie doesn’t really seem eager to explore the consequences of the very premise of using a magic potion on someone.

Movie Review for Spotlight

‘Spotlight’ Understands the Power of Journalism

Thursday February 11, 2016
‘Spotlight’ Understands the Power of Journalism

The movie steers clear of sensationalizing that work as well, and so it is largely made up of scenes of people talking to other people, sometimes face-to-face, sometimes just over the phone.

Movie Review for Deadpool

‘Deadpool’ Adds a Layer of Irreverence to the Superhero Formula

Wednesday February 10, 2016
‘Deadpool’ Adds a Layer of Irreverence to the Superhero Formula

The film makes a pretty big deal about how much more violent he is than other heroes, but it also makes clear that he is essentially a good guy, who is only taking on bad people.

‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ Runs One Joke Into the Ground

Friday February 5, 2016
‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ Runs One Joke Into the Ground

It doesn't really attempt to capitalize on the potential of the genre mashup, the movie as a whole content with the lazy comedy inherent in seeing Elizabeth Bennett and her sisters wielding weapons against hordes of the undead.

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