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All tricks, no treats at horror fest

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SANTOS. Topbills remake of 1988 cult favorite, “T’yanak.”

This year’s edition of Sineng Pambansa, which runs until Nov. 4 at SM cinemas, is shining the spotlight on the horror genre, with a four-film lineup that includes Gil Portes’ “Hukluban,” Romy Suzara’s “Sigaw Sa Hatinggabi,” Edgardo “Boy” Vinarao’s “Bacao” and Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes’ reboot of their 1988 cult favorite, “T’yanak” (“ang anak ni Janice,” remember?).

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Beauty isn’t skin-deep for Angelica, Assunta and Angeline

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PANGANIBAN. Winkingly wicked pertinence.

This week, the movie to watch is Antoinette Jadaone’s “Beauty in a Bottle,” which strings together the intersecting stories of starlet Estelle Suarez (Angelica Panganiban), hotshot advertising agent Vilma Ledesma (Assunta de Rossi) and realtor Judith Madamba (Angeline Quinto) as they cheekily poke fun at society’s pathological obsession with unattainable standards of beauty.

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Ending on anti-climax

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Coco Martin

When “Ikaw Lamang” was revving up for its final week of telecasts, viewers were being primed for a big, boffo and truly mega-melodramatic, even “operatic” finale. When the final show was telecast last Oct. 24, however, it turned out to be less awesome than expected.

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Instant connection

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CRUZ. Cast  as Piolo Pascual’s father

Lilian Eleazar, employee: “Tirso Cruz III never fails to make me cry every time he appears in ‘Hawak-Kamay.’ He gives his all and never holds back. Other actors are too conscious about how they’d look on camera when they’re crying.”

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Thespic showcase

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DUVALL AND DOWNEY. Spot-on portrayals

The current film, “The Judge,” is a flawed drama, but it’s a special viewing treat, because it provides a striking showcase for two standout actors, Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall.

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