Casey Chong

Casey Chong
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Casey's Movie Mania

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 28% The Rhythm Section (2020) Frankly, Blake Lively deserved better than this colossal letdown of a movie. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2020
2.5/5 42% Capone (2020) What we have here is more of a half-baked effort that feels strangely incomplete and hollow in most parts. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
3/5 68% Extraction (2020) Now, if you primarily watch "Extraction" for the action alone, this is where the movie excels the most. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
2/5 44% Sergio (2020) As both biopic and political thriller, it feels stagnant and generic while lacking a certain dramatic tension. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
5/5 86% First Man (2018) [Chazelle] offers a fresh perspective on Neil Armstrong's life at work, detailing his journey as an astronaut on a mission mostly shot either from an intimate or first-person point-of-view. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
5/5 91% La La Land (2016) Damien Chazelle has clearly established himself as one of today's great genre directors in all things musical. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
4/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Every action sequence in this movie is thrillingly staged with visceral perfection. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
4/5 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) A must-see for all action fans. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
5/5 100% Ilo Ilo (2014) Poignant, funny and heartbreaking, Anthony Chen's feature debut in "Ilo Ilo" is a true gem of a Singaporean drama. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
3/5 82% Judy (2019) Rupert Goold made the right choice of enlisting the long-missed Renée Zellweger to play the title role. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
1/5 31% Bloodshot (2020) A dead-on-arrival of the first movie in a proposed shared cinematic universe based on Valiant Comics. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
2.5/5 53% The Lion King (2019) Favreau seemingly in the auto-pilot mode here when comes to storytelling. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
3.5/5 83% Crawl (2019) Kudos also go to Aja for staging some of the effective yet well-timed suspenseful moments, particularly the way he executes close calls and near-death experiences during the few encounters with one or sometimes more alligators. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet The Bravest (2019) "The Bravest" may have been riddled with same old clichés and yet, this is the kind of blockbuster-sized movie that deserved to be seen on the big screen just for the spectacles alone. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
3/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Despite the shortcomings, Muschietti still able to stage a few effective moments over the course of this second and final chapter. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
3.5/5 91% Weathering with You (2020) Viewing this as a standalone film without all the comparisons, it's hard to deny the wonderfully charming chemistry between Hina and Hodaka. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
2.5/5 45% Ode to Joy (2019) Cataplexy, in turn, is more of a plot gimmick - a sad case of missed opportunity. Even the laughs are few and far between. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
3/5 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Stallone brings a suitably world-weary performance to his iconic title character. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
3/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) The special effects are seamless while the entire production design on the outer space sequences has a sense of realism and lived-in feel to it. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
3/5 88% Ne Zha (2019) Jiaozi does a great job in the technical department. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
3.5/5 68% Joker (2019) You got to hand it to Joaquin Phoenix for fully inhabited his role of a loner on the verge of psychological breakdown in "Joker". - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
2.5/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) "Gemini Man" is undoubtedly a technical achievement but it clearly isn't enough to offset the movie's huge gap of weaknesses suffered from a middling script and uneven direction. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
2.5/5 37% In the Tall Grass (2019) A tedious slog struggling to reach the finish line. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
5/5 88% Long Weekend (1979) Eggleston's direction is surprisingly tense and engaging while the late great Ozploitation writer Everett De Roche's minimalist screenplay speaks volumes in term of its psychological and environmental subtexts. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
3.5/5 41% Body Parts (1991) I found "Body Parts" both fun and macabre at the same time. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet Sole Survivor (1983) Eberhardt manages to make good use of the amount to craft a horror movie full of foreboding dread with the help of David F. Anthony's ambient score. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
2/5 54% Maleficent (2014) No doubt the concept is fascinating, but too bad the movie itself fails to capitalise the potential. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
3/5 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) The sequel, however, is thankfully an improvement over the poorly-executed first movie, thanks to the more experienced director Joachim Rønning. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
3/5 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) The sequel does have its fair share of moments. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
3/5 44% The Addams Family (2019) The CG animation is nothing particularly remarkable but at least the movie does faithfully retain its macabre visuals and even getting the original characters design right. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
3/5 96% A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2020) Like "Shaun the Sheep Movie", the sequel retains most of the same family-friendly British charm and slapstick antics that runs at a breezy 86 minutes. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
3.5/5 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) "Jumanji: The Next Level" turns out to be a better-than-expected sequel. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
3/5 63% The Good Liar (2019) A fairly decent thriller. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
5/5 70% Bombshell (2019) Director Jay Roach and screenwriter Charles Randolph seamlessly incorporate satire and biographical drama in this lively (and dramatic) re-telling of the notorious 2016 Fox News scandal. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
4/5 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Kudos go to Bong's sleight-of-hand narrative approach, as he seamlessly defying genres by alternating from drama to comedy to thriller and back again over the course of its 131-minute running time. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
3.5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Kudos go to Tarantino for fully invested into DiCaprio and Pitt's characters respectively, as he gives them ample rooms for them to shine with their roles. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet P Storm (2019) Combining prison movie and undercover drama, the result is a reasonably entertaining genre mashup. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet Dukun (2018) The numerous courtroom scenes are deftly handled, thanks to excellent performances from Faizal Hussein and Chew Kin Wah, who made quite an impression playing a no-nonsense prosecutor. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet Crossroads: One Two Jaga (2018) Co-writer and director Nam Ron offers a stark contrast that made good use of its title to explore the meaning beyond the sole purpose of the otherwise harmless "cops and robbers" kids game. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
4/5 100% Still Human (2018) [Anthony] Wong's perfectly restrained performance as Cheong-Wing is both sympathetic and at times, display a right sense of humour. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet Fly by Night (2018) A promising feature-length directorial debut for Zahir Omar and definitely an up-and-coming Malaysian filmmaker to look out for in the future. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
4/5 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) The good news is, director Tim Miller gets most of them right as he clearly understands that you don't have to overcomplicate matters by deconstructing the franchise's time-travel elements. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
3/5 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Although "Doctor Sleep" doesn't quite reach the same height as "The Shining", this long-awaited sequel remains a decent entry. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
2.5/5 42% Midway (2019) I can see that he really wanted to pull off a good old-fashioned World War II movie that feels earnest and straight to the point. It's just that Emmerich is never known as a credible storyteller. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
2/5 51% Charlie's Angels (2019) The story limps from one scene to another, with only a few sporadically entertaining moments. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
4/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Coupled with Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders' riveting score along with Phedon Papamichael's visually arresting cinematography and its impeccably revving sound design made "Ford v Ferrari" best experienced on the big screen. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
3/5 77% Frozen II (2019) Although the sequel is no match with the 2013 original, "Frozen II" remains a decent sequel that - at least, thankfully - doesn't feel like a blatant cash grab after all. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
3.5/5 97% Knives Out (2019) The story, in which Johnson wrote the screenplay himself, combines a reasonably solid mix of black comedy and classic whodunit tale. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
3/5 46% Last Christmas (2019) I personally enjoy Emilia Clarke's spirited performance the most. She's clearly the scene-stealer here. The supporting cast is just as fine, particularly Michelle Yeoh and Emma Thompson as Emilia Clarke's Kate's boss Santa and Kate's mother Petra. - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
4.5/5 96% The Irishman (2019) Melancholy and poetic. Think of it as Scorsese's monumental gangster epic equivalent of the late Sergio Leone's nearly four-hour masterpiece of "Once Upon a Time in America" (1984). - Casey's Movie Mania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020