Saturday, December 28, 2019

Mindanao

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Saima Datupalo (Judy Ann Santos) battles a lot of demons on a daily basis, most of the time on her own. Her young daughter Aisa (Yuna Tangog) is afflicted with cancer and taking care of the 6-year-old child is not an easy task given the financial constraints and considering how they must traverse some war-torn areas of Mindanao just to reach the hospital and shelter assisting them in Davao. Her husband Malang (Allen Dizon) is a combat medic often deployed to battle areas in the south. Faced with both sickness and strife, Saima tries to lend a semblance of normalcy to her ill child’s life by narrating her favorite folklore, the legend of Rajah Sulayman and Rajah Indara Patra: two brothers who swear to protect Lanao from the attacks of two dragons that won’t stop until they lay waste to the entire land.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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The return of Emperor Palpatine leads to a race to find a Sith wayfinder which will lead its bearer to the location of the planet hosting him. Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) finds one first, which takes him to his new master further intensifying his inner struggles between light and dark. Rey (Daisy Ridley) continues her Jedi training with Resistance general Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) to prepare for the coming war with Palpatine’s Final Order. Her Jedi journey is cut short when she cracks a code from Luke Skywalker’s notes that could bring them to a Sith wayfinder, in an effort to ambush the evil emperor before he can ambush them. And so begins her mission alongside Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Isaac), bringing them to different corners of the galaxy to find a way to tip the scales of war on their favor. Unbeknownst to them, a secret lineage will soon be made known, which will affect their bond in ways they couldn’t have imagined.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Marriage Story

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Husband and wife read a letter they are writing for one another, in their heads, because she refuses to recite hers aloud during their marriage counseling session. Nicole Barber (Scarlett Johansson) has been her husband’s muse onstage since she left a promising movie career in the West Coast to be with him in New York. Charlie Barber (Adam Driver) is not at all wealthy but has enough to keep his small theater group afloat. Considered as a genius stage director in his social circles, he is prepping for their Broadway debut of Electra, just as his wife receives an offer for a TV pilot shoot in California. She decides to move back to her family residence in Los Angeles taking their son in tow, in what he believes to be a temporary move. He is then caught unawares when she hires hotshot divorce attorney Nora Fanshaw (Laura Dern) out of the blue, initiating a divorce proceeding that might just put a definitive end to their once happy marriage.

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