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‘The Trial’–pluses and minuses

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BARRETTO. Fully felt and firmly focused characterization.

Chito Roño’s latest film, “The Trial,” restores our faith in the mainstream Filipino movie industry, because it’s insightful, professionally produced and doesn’t take local viewers’ sensibilities for granted. Most other mainstream movie productions appear to think that viewers here aren’t very bright, so they have to be constantly “entertained” to a hyper inch of their life!

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When Ryzza met Nora

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AUNOR AND DIZON. Copacetic encounter.

Last month, “The Ryzza Mae Show” on GMA 7 was particularly viewable, thanks to its little host’s special guest—none other than local show biz’s “one and only original superstar,” Nora Aunor!

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Stellar performances compared

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PASCUAL. “Risky” thespic decision

From time to time, we tweak even our most popular actors, like Piolo Pascual and Coco martin, for holding back and coming up with merely cool portrayals.

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Mixed results for historical ‘teleserye’

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RICHARDS. Imprecise casting.

Our reactions to the first telecast of the new “historical teleserye,” “Ilustrado,” last Monday, Oct. 20, were decidedly mixed. On the plus side, we were glad that Dr. Jose Rizal’s life was finally being dramatized on a weeknight basis, to inspire viewers to be similarly selfless in their own lives.

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Behn is still very much ‘around’

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CERVANTES. Special toast—to life, love and laughter!

For a number of days last month, I wondered why I kept thinking of my departed friend, Behn Cervantes. Events involving him kept flashing in my mind’s eye, until I got really perplexed and intrigued, and called up our mutual friend, Lollie Mara.

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