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John Lloyd Cruz’s crackerjack portrayal anchors compelling legal drama

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CRUZ. Effective emotional conduit.

Chito Roño’s “The Trial” is an emotionally involving legal drama presented with sufficient flair and built around the crackerjack portrayal of John Lloyd Cruz as a 27-year-old simpleton, Ronald Jimenez Jr., accused of raping his tutor, Bessie Buenaventura (Jessy Mendiola).

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Singer-comedian reinvents himself–as a dramatic actor

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BAIS AND LAMANGAN. Costar in Eduardo Dayao’s Cinema One  fest entry, “Violator.”

We’ve rapped a good number of the early feature-film entries of the Cinema One Originals indie festival, because of their relative incoherence and vacuous pretensions. But, the film event’s line-up last year was particularly significant—in fact, it was better than this year’s startlingly underwhelming yield at Cinemalaya.

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Music bridges Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s differences

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BENNETT AND GAGA. No need for attention-calling gimmicks.

Lady Gaga may be 60 years younger than 88-year-old Tony Bennett, and their musical genres and singing styles may be as different as night and day—but, their album, “Cheek to Cheek,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, proves there’s nothing great music can’t bridge.

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‘The Bodyguard’ musical pays loving tribute to Whitney Houston

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KNIGHT AND GEMMILL. Portray star-crossed lovers in stage adaptation  of popular screen romance.

Earlier this year, the West End musical we couldn’t wait to see was playwright Alexander Dinelaris’ surprisingly well-received adaptation of “The Bodyguard” at the 1,500-seat Adelphi Theater on The Strand, starring pop singer Beverley Knight and Tristan Gemmill as superstar Rachel Marron and Secret Service agent Frank Farmer, respectively—and it didn’t disappoint!

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Sarah Geronimo is ‘Perfectly Imperfect’ in latest album

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GERONIMO. Comfortable with her perceived strengths and limitations.

Sarah Geronimo’s 11th studio album, the all-original “Perfectly Imperfect,” is a satisfying blend of career-reinventing dance tracks and gorgeously sung ballads, carefully crafted to please her followers. You need not be a Popster to notice how comfortable the 26-year-old Popstar Princess has become with her perceived strengths and limitations as a performer.

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