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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 100% Kilo Two Bravo (2015) "By casting unknowns, Katis only ratchets up the tension more, leaving his audiences breathless throughout, unable to second guess who might make it out alive. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Aug 22, 2016
4/5 93% Train to Busan (Bu-san-haeng) (2016) "The film's zombies-on-a-train premise delivers plenty of bloody violence and breathless action, punctuated by social commentary, strong characters and a heavy dose of melodrama. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Aug 19, 2016
2/5 28% Ben-Hur (2016) "This unadventurous reboot can only highlight how recent epics like Ridley Scott's 'Gladiator' have already plundered the William Wyler film of its richest assets. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Aug 18, 2016
4/5 96% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) "Laika has created here a genuinely enchanting fable of extraordinary artistic merit, and clearly respectfully enamoured of its subject matter. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Aug 14, 2016
2.5/5 No Score Yet Line Walker "The big-screen treatment only magnifies the problems in this cliched and ludicrous crime thriller. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Aug 10, 2016
2.5/5 27% How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town (2016) "What could have been a biting satire pitting small-town conservatism against big-city liberalism, the film plays its suburban sexploits so safely it threatens to say nothing at all. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Aug 8, 2016
3/5 50% A Second Chance (En chance til) "Bier paints an impeccably bleak picture of her homeland, while Coster-Waldau sells the plot's more implausible moments with a nuanced performance of desperate realism. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jul 19, 2016
2/5 58% Me Before You (2016) "The overbearing lack of subtlety and nuance is accentuated by Emilia Clarke's tone-deaf performance - a far cry from her commanding presence in Game of Thrones. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jul 12, 2016
3/5 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) "The Legend of Tarzan integrates state-of-the-art computer-generated animals and foliage into a shamelessly old-fashioned jungle adventure that regularly evokes King Kong and The Jungle Book. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jun 30, 2016
1/5 No Score Yet The Gigolo 2 (Aap wong 2) "The supposedly erotic comedy fails to perform: the sex scenes are cautious and stilted, the humour desperate and obvious, and the romance woefully naive. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jun 24, 2016
1/5 7% Fifty Shades of Black (2016) "The message remains, ultimately, one of female empowerment ... but here it's presented through an endless blizzard of latex genitalia, racial epithets and bodily fluids. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jun 21, 2016
3/5 62% The Little Death (2015) "Josh Lawson's film does its best not to judge its characters, and his jokes occasionally probe some dark and daring territory. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jun 20, 2016
0.5/5 No Score Yet The Last Race "'The Last Race' seems less interested in Eric Liddell's story than in pouncing on yet another opportunity to dramatise Japanese wartime atrocities against the Chinese. ... Poorly conceived and wretchedly executed. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jun 13, 2016
2/5 34% Now You See Me 2 (2016) "The plot [is] overly contrived yet preposterously shallow, with performances so underdeveloped you can almost hear the actors counting their pay over the expository monologues and incoherent scheming. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jun 8, 2016
3.5/5 71% Pasolini "Abel Ferrara's reverent portrait of Pier Paolo Pasolini's last day alive serves as both a fan's impassioned eulogy and a speculative glimpse at what might have transpired. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jun 6, 2016
4/5 97% Sing Street (2016) "Sing Street pays loving tribute to a decade of woeful fashion choices and the music of Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet and The Cure, while capturing the emotional vulnerability of adolescent artistic expression. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jun 6, 2016
3.5/5 71% A Perfect Day (2016) "A Perfect Day offers few surprises, but manages to rise above its clichés thanks to committed, off-kilter performances, particularly from Del Toro and a back-on-form Robbins. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jun 1, 2016
1.5/5 15% Regression (2016) "Despite its Euro-gothic pretensions, the film struggles to sell its far-fetched premise and is further hobbled by a slew of unconvincing performances. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted May 30, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet Inside Men (Nae-bu-ja-deul) (2015) "Inside Men is a ... slick South Korean thriller exposing high-level corruption in equally brutal and compelling fashion. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted May 21, 2016
3/5 57% Money Monster (2016) "Unfolding like Dog Day Afternoon meets The Big Short, the film attempts to hold the Wall Street elite accountable ... but operates more successfully when simply looking to entertain. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted May 11, 2016
100% Kill Zone 2 (Saat po long 2) (2016) "A film brimming with audacious spectacle from start to finish. " ‐ Screen International
Posted May 11, 2016
3.5/5 100% The Propaganda Game "An intriguing yet also frustrating picture of North Korea... Álvaro Longoria ventures far beyond the typical sites of Pyongyang's impressive architecture and deserted streets. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted May 4, 2016
2/5 No Score Yet The Bodyguard "Martial arts fans anticipating Sammo Hung Kam-bo's first directorial effort in close to 20 years will be left sorely disappointed by The Bodyguard. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 19, 2016
4/5 97% 45 Years (2015) "Haigh's direction is measured and reserved, allowing the talents of his two veteran performers to carry the weight of the unfolding tragedy. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 13, 2016
3/5 72% Louder Than Bombs (2016) "Trier juxtaposes this tangled web of troubled individuals with a confident hand that gives his characters room to breathe. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 10, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet You're Ugly Too "Tom Comerford's muted cinematography finds a rugged beauty in such an unglamorous region of the Irish countryside, while David Geraghty's evocative score is perhaps the film's artistic standout. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
2.5/5 42% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) "Too often, Steers would rather flash a stockinged leg or plunging cleavage to quicken our pulses, where a few quality scares would have been infinity more rewarding. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3.5/5 61% Journey To The Shore (Kishibe No Tabi) "The final product stops short of being genuinely haunting, but its sensitive performances and mournful melancholia linger long in the mind. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
2/5 49% Manglehorn (2015) "Mostly, Pacino just mumbles drunkenly as Green's camera drifts woozily in and out of focus and post-rockers Explosions in the Sky tinkle on the soundtrack. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3/5 12% The Choice (2016) "While The Choice certainly isn't for everyone, there is something refreshing to be wrung from such an unabashedly earnest and wholesome world view. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
4/5 80% Mr. Six (Lao Pao Er) (2015) "Cow director Guan Hu pitches Mr Six somewhere close to Eastwood's Unforgiven, and the results are equally stylish, elegiac and impressive. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
2/5 No Score Yet Tag (Riaru Onigokko) "Tag has enjoyed a healthy run on the midnight festival circuit, but from the outset its sleazy tone is off-putting even by late-night horror standards. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
2/5 35% Our Brand is Crisis (2015) "It is no easy task to make Sandra Bullock unlikeable on screen, but director David Gordon Green manages just that in his toothless South American political satire. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
2.5/5 16% The 5th Wave (2016) "Evoking ... almost every YA sci-fi offering, The 5th Wave will surprise nobody, introducing a procession of stock-character types into well-worn narrative arcs. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
4.5/5 100% 100 Yen Love (Hyakuen No Koi) "A hugely entertaining yet emotionally draining experience, 100 Yen Love takes its audience from hilarious highs to tear-inducing lows. ... An adrenaline-fuelled euphoria. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
2/5 44% The 33 (2015) "The 33 feels perpetually caught between championing this triumph of human spirit and technical innovation over the forces of nature. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
4/5 89% The Boy And The Beast (Bakemono No Ko) (2016) "Hasoda has developed a winning blend of escapism, charm and thoughtful narrative insight to back up his claim [to be the new king of Japanese animation]. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
1/5 19% Love the Coopers (2015) "Love the Coopers reminds us that there are few things worse than booze-fuelled family gatherings, but one of them is definitely schmaltzy Hollywood movies about such reunions. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet Ocho apellidos vascos "This is classic Romeo & Juliet stuff, featuring a light-hearted tone and charismatic leads that make it an easy, breezy watch. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3.5/5 100% Kaakkaa Muttai "The light-hearted and witty script ... incorporates everything from political corruption to media manipulation, painting a rich and vibrant portrait of the contemporary Indian experience. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3.5/5 100% Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai) (2016) "Miss Hokusai is a thoughtful and visually resplendent anime with a playful interpretation of art and artists. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
1/5 33% Contracted: Phase II (2015) "Poor writing and shaky performances, punctuated only occasionally by serviceable moments of gross-out horror, make this an entirely missable enterprise destined for iTunes obscurity. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3/5 58% Maggie (2015) "In his best performance of the post-Governator era, Arnold Schwarzenegger stars ... in a film that eschews traditional zombie movie expectations in favour of a more character-driven drama. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
2/5 52% Boulevard (2015) "The final starring role for actor Robin Williams is an uncharacteristically reserved performance in what proves a disappointing swansong for the late comedian. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3/5 45% Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015) "Scouts dances a mostly successful line in splatter gore and gross-out humour, [earning] itself a sleeve-full of merit badges. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
1/5 No Score Yet The Crossing 2 "To see [John Woo] churn out such generic bilge provokes a mournful sinking feeling. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
4.5/5 97% Tangerine (2015) "The best LA Christmas movie since Die Hard, Tangerine is destined to become a landmark in American independent cinema. It is absolutely essential viewing. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3.5/5 93% The Gift (2015) "[The movie] twists an awkward encounter with an old high-school acquaintance into a cracking psychological thriller that offers some genuine surprises. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
2/5 25% Dark Places (2015) "Dark Places has suggestions of a moody true-crime drama ... But languid pacing, poor directorial choices and a series of narrative dead ends make watching it a tiresome chore. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
4/5 88% Veteran (2015) "While Veteran may resemble dozens of other recent South Korean thrillers, ... Ryoo imbues his film with a style and swagger all its own. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
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