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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
4.5/5 94% 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 85% 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 41% 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 No Score Yet 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 98% 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 59% 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
3/5 83% Vampire Cleanup Department (Gao geung jing dou fu) (2017) The idea sounds promising, but the execution feels a bit of a stretch, especially with the broom-sweeping moves used to take down vampires.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
3/5 70% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Just because this is a tale as old as time does not mean it has to feel like deja vu watching it.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
3.5/5 23% Collide (2017) [Hoult] has an easy-on-the-eye physicality and he makes all the running, dodging and high-octane sequences believable and exciting.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
2/5 23% Sleepless (2017) It has been more than two years since Oscar-winning actor Foxx's last film, the family-friendly musical Annie. Too bad his return to the big screen is this snoozefest that left out the thrill from crime thriller.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
1.5/5 No Score Yet Love Contractually (2017) Nothing else sticks here. Not the lacklustre storytelling, not the desperate use of France as a scenic backdrop and, above all, not the forced romance between Katrina and Xiao Bo.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
4/5 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) The Lego Batman Movie gleefully sticks a pin into the self-inflated pomposity of tortured superheroes and overblown superhero flicks and then tops it off with a sublimely ridiculous ending.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
3/5 58% Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back (2017) There is a wild and joyous abandon to the film-making that calls to mind Tsui's early work, Zu Warriors From The Magic Mountain.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
2.5/5 No Score Yet Take 2 (2017) It is a pity that debutant director Ivan Ho... cannot quite decide if he wants to do a drama or a comedy.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet The Fortune Handbook (2017) Hearing laughter on the screen is not the same thing as watching a funny film.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3/5 50% Kung-Fu Yoga (2017) A joyous Bollywood dance extravaganza aptly wraps up the proceedings. It might not be part of Chinese tradition, but it is celebratory.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
3.5/5 20% The Wasted Times (Luomandike Xiaowang Shi) (2016) Perhaps an English-language film in this style would have seemed overly derivative. In a Chinese work, it still feels fresh and intriguing.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
2.5/5 39% Railroad Tigers (2017) It has promise, but Ding takes too long to kick things into gear, burdened as it is with too much unnecessary cargo, from the superfluous framing device to the sprawling cast of characters.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016