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Boon Chan's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Straits Times (Singapore)

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 93% Shadow (2019) The denouement goes on for quite a bit but there are enough surprises to keep Shadow from stretching out for too long.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet Project Gutenberg (Mo Seung) (2018) Chong goes it alone here and double-hats as writer and director. But perhaps he has overstretched himself.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet Hello Mr. Billionaire (2018) It glorifies the most conspicuous of consumption... But then it delivers a message about the importance of remaining untainted by wealth. Not the most palatable turnaround.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Killing for the Prosecution (Kensatsu gawa no zainin) (2018) The crime procedural part of the movie is competent enough, though the questions raised about justice and the law are none too subtle.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet Golden Job (2018) While fans might enjoy seeing a reunion of sorts, the new title does not quite work on its own terms as it leans too heavily on cliches.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
3/5 38% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) Atkinson as the bumbling and fumbling English is well supported by Miller as his earnest and loyal sidekick.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
2.5/5 22% The Happytime Murders (2018) Often though, the film feels mean-spirited. Phil is self-hating, characters yell and scream at each other and there is a fair bit of misogyny, even though McCarthy's Connie gets to challenge some of it.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet My Little Monster (Tonari no kaibutsu-kun) (2018) My Little Monster may be a live-action film but its exaggerated comic tone clearly points to its manga origin.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
100% The Spy Gone North (2018) For much of the movie, The Spy Gone North unfolds as a competent espionage thriller. Then the final 30 minutes elevate it to something more - a compelling tale of murky politics and unlikely friendship.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3.5/5 100% Mirai (2018) Hosoda has an eye for realistic details, from the sombre expression on baby Mirai's face to the way Kun sleeps (there's a reason why yoga has a Child's Pose).‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
3/5 100% The Island (2018) It is the morality tale aspect that is actually strongest here... Too bad the actor-director chooses to overstuff the film instead of delivering a cautionary mystery thriller.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
2.5/5 56% Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings (Di Renjie zhi Sidatianwang) (2018) The-X-Files-meets-Hardy-Boys vibe of the earlier films has been watered down and in fact, The Four Heavenly Kings in the title does not refer to a central mystery but is almost incidental to the plot.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
4.5/5 93% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Gradually, almost imperceptibly, the movie switches gears and turns into a deepening mystery. ‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3.5/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) The material is entertaining even if it feels rather familiar - save for the Jack-Jack shenanigans. ‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Laplace's Witch (Rapurasu no majo) (2018) The result feels too tame for a Miike flick and not persuasive enough for a Higashino tale. ‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Sakura Guardian in the North (Kita no sakuramori) (2018) Sakura Guardian takes its time to bloom, but eventually builds to a moving ending about the power of familial love.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
4/5 96% The Florida Project (2017) [Wilem] Dafoe gives a warm performance as the harassed but decent manager. ‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
3.5/5 97% Black Panther (2018) Black Panther is a pretty entertaining film and an important one, even though it stops short of being a great one.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
3/5 86% Youth (Fang Hua) (2017) The cast includes seasoned young actors such as Huang, who conveys Liu Feng's initial sunniness and his subsequent stoicism in the face of everything life throws at him, and Miao, who is also convincing as the long-suffering Xiaoping.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
5/5 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) It is an adaptation that is loving and faithful, but not slavishly so. ‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
3/5 43% Fireworks (2018) The nuances of teenage male friendships and loyalties are sensitively handled: What do you do when you and your bestie both like the same girl?‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet The Golden Monk (2017) The central love story is not persuasive and the mix of comedy and romance is strained. ‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
4/5 97% Coco (2017) The film is a visually gorgeous tapestry of Mexican culture and it fills the screen with the colourful vibrancy of Dia de Muertos. ‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
2.5/5 No Score Yet Naked Ambition 2 (Ho ching 2) (2014) The suave-looking Koo offers some giggles here as a porn actor on the rise, but the rivalry between him and Mario gets dragged out too long and the film starts to sag.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
3.5/5 No Score Yet Ajin: Demi-Human (Ajin) (2017) There are enough twists and turns to keep one engaged and the good news is that they feel organic to the fantasy world conjured up here.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
3.5/5 60% Chasing the Dragon (2017) ... when put together, the two A-listers come up short in portraying the relationship of two men bound together by brotherhood, blood and money.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet Colour of the Game (2017) The revelation of the mole comes as an anticlimax and the themes of brotherhood and torn loyalties have been more fruitfully explored elsewhere.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Midnight Runners (Cheong-nyeon-gyeong-chal) (2017) It has been a while since such an entertaining buddy action flick came along.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
3.5/5 40% Death Note (2017) As far as Hollywood remakes go, this version of Death Note will not leave you itching to scribble director Adam Wingard's name into any tome.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
2.5/5 68% Cars 3 (2017) The acceptance arrives in a too-tidy conclusion, which gives him his cake and lets him eat it too. That is, if cars could eat.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
2.5/5 17% The Adventurers (2017) The plot could definitely have been more adventurous.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
3.5/5 79% Tokyo Ghoul (Tôkyô gûru) (2017) [Director] Kentaro Hagiwara's dark and violent Tokyo Ghoul is more nuanced and layered in its indictment.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
3.5/5 58% The Battleship Island (2017) There is more than one way to approach wartime movies, as the recent box-office successes of Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk and Ryoo Seung Wan's The Battleship Island prove.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
4/5 100% A Day (Ha-roo) (2017) A Day is a satisfying thriller that turns out to be a rumination on Buddhist concepts of karma, rebirth and deliverance.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
2.5/5 No Score Yet Gintama (2018) This film adaptation does not take itself seriously, which is a good thing, but, on the other hand, it can come across as scattershot.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
2.5/5 83% Mon Mon Mon Monsters (2017) So much so that the film feels unnecessarily drawn out with too many gee-how-can-we-top-this scenes of torture.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
3.5/5 97% In This Corner of the World (Kono sekai no katasumi ni) (2017) Even with simpler drawings, writer-director Sunao Katabuchi - who helmed feminist fairy tale anime Princess Arete (2001) - convincingly conveys what life was like in wartime Japan for ordinary folk.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
3.5/5 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) By making Spider-Man younger than before, Homecoming smartly sidesteps direct comparisons with the previous incarnations of the superhero.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
3/5 86% Okja (2017) The bucolic existence of a girl and her pig in a verdant and bountiful land, beautifully filmed by South Korean writer-director Bong Joon Ho, feels like a fairy tale. Yet its shifting tone -- from drama to comedy to thriller -- is jarring.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Mad World (Yat nim mou ming) (2016) Mad World is an indictment, but it is not a didactic prescription about what should or should not be done. Instead, the work is grounded by solid performances.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
3.5/5 60% Despicable Me 3 (2017) Three movies in and this series has settled on a nice mix of breezy tone, funny gags and sweet moments.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
4/5 78% God of War (2017) God Of War's engaging storytelling is a pleasant surprise.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet Lucky Boy (2017) The will-they-or-won't-they premise drags out for far too long.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet 29 + 1 (2016) Cheng is very good, admittedly in a role that is easier to like. There is a joy and sweetness to her performance that lights up the screen and there is nice rapport between her and Babyjohn Choi.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
4/5 100% Love Off the Cuff (2017) Moviegoers have watched Jimmy and Cherie banter, bicker and fall in and out of love. Five years after their last big-screen outing, it is a pleasure watching them go at it again.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet The Mysteries Family (2015) An overworked and overwrought movie that is more confusing than mysterious.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
2.5/5 83% Shock Wave (2017) This is a workman-like and heavy-handed effort that is unlikely to knock anyone's socks off.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet Extraordinary Mission (2017) Huang makes for a compelling supercop who can pull off riding a motorcycle inside a building and on rooftops with panache.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet Who Killed Cock Robin (2017) The effect of piling on twist upon twist is to have the viewer totally wrung out and exasperated by the end.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
2.5/5 No Score Yet Goodbye Mr. Loser (Xia Luo Te Fan Nao) (2015) For the most part though, this feels like a cheap knock-off that never quite passes off for the real thing. The jokes are of the lame and lamer variety and the story has a whiff of the familiar about it.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017