Thanks to an intelligent and layered script, Burning is an engrossing film that starts as a minimalistic character study and transforms into a thought-provoking thriller with grand statements about class, poverty, and toxic masculinity.
Velvet Buzzsaw is as pretty, superficial, and confounding as the world it mocks, held back by a muddled and meandering script that’s tries to be smart but ends up being silly.
Duck Butter falls short of its aspirations to provide insight about intimacy as it gets setback by an inadequate script that fails to take its daring premise past a silly sex game.
Kung Paano Hihintay ang Dapithapon is a poignant character study on closure and forgiveness thanks to a thoughtful script and fitting cast.
Mamang is a charming feel-good movie about senility thanks to a script that deftly blends lighthearted humor to a bleak subject, bolstered by great performances from a cast of endearing quirky characters.
Liway is a poignant yet powerful family drama that shows us the importance of stories thanks to earnest performances and a thoughtful script.