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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 X-Men: Apocalypse

‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Chooses Fanservice Over Story

Wednesday May 18, 2016
‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Chooses Fanservice Over Story

This is a movie that ends up with too many characters on screen, most of them having little in the way of meaningful characterization.

Movie Review for The Surprise

‘The Surprise’ Mixes Romances and Euthanasia

Saturday May 14, 2016
‘The Surprise’ Mixes Romances and Euthanasia

This is a film that somehow combines the concerns of falling in love with a discussion about the right of people to choose when and how they choose to leave this world.

Movie Review for Precious Cargo

‘Precious Cargo’ is Lazy Afternoon Viewing

Saturday May 14, 2016
‘Precious Cargo’ is Lazy Afternoon Viewing

It goes through the motions of being a movie about a criminal who actually wants to settle down with a girl while simultaneously convinced of how cool it is to be a criminal.

Movie Review for Ip Man 3

‘Ip Man 3’ Has Good Fights and Little Else

Saturday May 14, 2016
‘Ip Man 3’ Has Good Fights and Little Else

With no real threats to his ability, Master Ip flows through the story aimlessly, landing on one scene of empty peril after another, and paying no consequences for the results of his actions.

Movie Review for Equals

While Uneven, 'Equals' Manages to Move

Saturday May 14, 2016
While Uneven,  'Equals' Manages to Move

The movie doesn't get very complex, but the scenes in which these two people who are uncomfortable with their feelings explore the possibilities of romance can be quite moving.

Movie Review for My Candidate

‘My Candidate’ Has a Unique Voice, but is Deeply Flawed

Saturday May 14, 2016
‘My Candidate’ Has a Unique Voice, but is Deeply Flawed

It approaches humor with a very specific sensibility, one that can at times transcend the weaknesses of the premises.

Movie Review for The Angry Birds Movie

‘The Angry Birds Movie’ is as Disposable as its Inspiration

Wednesday May 11, 2016
‘The Angry Birds Movie’ is as Disposable as its Inspiration

The film is frantically paced, the whole thing moving desperately from one joke to the next.

Movie Review for The Mermaid

‘The Mermaid’ Suffers When It’s Serious

Wednesday May 11, 2016
‘The Mermaid’ Suffers When It’s Serious

It goes overboard in the wrong way, doubling down on violence and creating horror in its attempt to get at its very serious message about protecting the environment.

Movie Review for This Time

‘This Time’ Overcrowds the Romance

Thursday May 5, 2016
‘This Time’ Overcrowds the Romance

This is the story of a relationship between two people, but the movie seems to be more concerned with what everybody else thinks.

Movie Review for Just The 3 Of Us

‘Just the 3 of Us’ Goes on Autopilot

Thursday May 5, 2016
‘Just the 3 of Us’ Goes on Autopilot

It introduces a wrinkle that doesn't feel like that big a deal, and it forces the characters to act completely irrationally.

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