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Believable, empathetic characters in ‘Wish I Was Here’

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BRAFF. Flimsy house of unlucky cards.

The current film, “Wish I Was Here,” is one of those movies whose title says it all: The film is about a 40-ish actor (writer-director Zach Braff) whose life is a shambles, because he still hasn’t learned how to live up to his responsibilities as an adult, husband and father.

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Bea Alonzo deserves another cinematic showcase

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ALONZO. Compelling portrayals.

Now that Bea Alonzo’s stellar career is soaring higher than ever with her compelling portrayal(s) in her new teleserye, “Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon,” it’s instructive to hark back to her early performing years, when she was still trying to “find” herself and the performing persona that would enable her to make her own, unique mark on the local TV-film scene.

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Marian’s dance moves too laid-back for diva-hood

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RIVERA. Underwhelming approach.

Marian Rivera’s new dance program was launched with great fanfare some weeks ago, but its subsequent telecasts (except for the one in which Dingdong Dantes proposed to her) have been decidedly underwhelming.

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New game show needs more genuine enthusiasm

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RODRIGUEZ. Hosts “Don’t Lose The Money.”

After years in the performing biz, actor-singer Tom Rodriguez added a new sideline to his biodata last Monday, Sept. 22 when he made his debut as game show host on GMA 7’s new late-morning show, “Don’t Lose The Money.”

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New complications and characters confound viewers

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PASCUAL. Compelled to tolerate too many nasty assaults and schemes.

As many TV drama shows rush pell-mell to their conclusion before they’re replaced by new teleseryes, their concluding plots and subplots are sometimes turning out to be too much of a handful and mouthful to effectively appreciate—and masticate.

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