John Lui Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

John Lui

John Lui
John Lui'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
3/5 69% Happy Death Day (2017) Director Christopher Landon not only has fun with the high-concept premise, but he also ably turns Theresa from helpless brat to brassy detective in a short period.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
2.5/5 90% Only the Brave (2017) In spite of its A-list cast, the film's TV movie-of-the-week quality makes this a so-so watch.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
2.5/5 33% American Assassin (2017) This case of the contents being what it says on the tin does this action-thriller no favours.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
1.5/5 13% Geostorm (2017) This is a movie where the special effects are relied on so heavily that acting, dialogue and wardrobe do not matter.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
88% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Here, the heroes, villains and themes and even the cyberpunk noir aesthetic feel familiar, but what this lacks in story originality, director Denis Villeneuve makes up in style.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet You Are My Sunday (Tu Hai Mera Sunday) (2016) ... India has found its cute-couple movie with appeal to the Hollywood-leaning crowd, a secret that film-makers in Singapore have yet to crack.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
2.5/5 31% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) The procedural is all tight-jawed guys yammering and the character study is more of Felt (Liam Neeson) looking and feeling tense in the company of wife Audrey (Diane Lane).‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
3.5/5 72% Gaga: Five Foot Two (2017) To say emotions run high in many sequences would be an understatement. ‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
2.5/5 59% The Foreigner (2017) [Martin] Campbell's talent seems to be wasted on a movie that cannot seem to reconcile its hard, Rambo-ish violence with a convoluted conspiracy plot involving political and personal treachery in Belfast and London.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
4/5 88% First They Killed My Father (2017) What is unique about this work is that it takes the point of view of a Cambodian, who is also a child.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
3.5/5 50% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) There are more gadgets, sight gags and bizarre prop-related ways for henchmen to die than in the last movie.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
2.5/5 34% The Only Living Boy in New York (2017) If your film deliberately invites comparison with a classic of American cinema, then you must be extremely confident, or delusional. In this case, the latter is true.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
4/5 69% mother! (2017) Mother! is a horrifying tale of abuse filled with dream-like imagery‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
4/5 85% It (2017) Watching this is like listening to a perfect pop hit on the car radio - one can clearly sense the intense finessing and production that has gone into the work and just how cleverly manipulative and formulaic it is.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
2.5/5 78% The Beguiled (2017) In the end, the work becomes an instructional video, one that does not tell us what we do not already know about the mind games men and women play.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
3/5 93% Logan Lucky (2017) Stylish but shallow, this could be the director's next franchise, along with Eleven and Magic Mike.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet The Tag-Along 2 (Hong yi xiao nu hai 2) (2017) The forest - previously ancient and mysterious - looks more like a science-fiction war zone.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
3.5/5 87% American Made (2017) It's a part tailor-made for [Tom Cruise]. ‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
2.5/5 9% Tulip Fever (2017) A stiff, disjointed movie.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
1.5/5 11% Kill Switch (2017) But no high-concept premise saves this from looking like a long, confusing aerobics video, with Porter running and evading men and killer drones as plot exposition tumbles out of his mouth in between breaths.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet Paradox (Sha po lang: taam long) (2017) . . .[Director Wilson] Yip's syrupy daddy-love moments - featuring Singapore-born, Hong Kong-based actress-model Michelle Saram in a cameo as Lee's wife - make for painfully awkward watching.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
3.5/5 67% Buena Vista Social Club: Adios (2017) Still, as nostalgia trips go - was 1999 almost two decades ago? - this offers a fairly even balance of news update, fan service and, as the title implies, a goodbye.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
3/5 70% Wolf Warrior II (2017) This is a fun, if crazily over-the-top, experience. And if you have been raised on Hollywood fare, it's unsettling to see the good-versus-evil match-up from the Chinese perspective.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
3/5 53% 47 Meters Down (2017) British director Johannes Roberts handles the escape-room mechanics with competence, but without much flair.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
3.5/5 78% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) The message here is the same, but a decade on, Gore's voice is harsher and more direct.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
10% The Emoji Movie (2017) From its cringey premise, there was little hope that The Emoji Movie would be anything but awful. The premonition is correct.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
85% The Incredible Jessica James (2017) This drama-comedy goes general when others go specific.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
3.5/5 89% Girls Trip (2017) Girls Trip presents laugh-a-minute bawdy humour.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
2.5/5 44% Hampstead (2017) This is the movie equivalent of an airline's easy-listening music channel. You might never feel the need to plug into it, but it's good to know that it's there.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
4/5 76% Atomic Blonde (2017) Is there anything that Charlize Theron can't do?‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
3.5/5 98% The Big Sick (2017) Working on a script from Nanjiani and Gordon, director Michael Showalter, who helmed the little-seen but funny Hello, My Name Is Doris, goes soft and gentle when most others would go big and loud.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
4/5 92% Dunkirk (2017) It is Nolan's control of the visuals that makes this among the most harrowing of war films.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
4/5 93% Baby Driver (2017) Fans of Wright's work will see plenty of Wright-isms here - the smash cuts, action cut to rock beats, nods to pop culture. That visual wit is now laid over a crime thriller.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
4/5 49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) A visually dazzling, grin-inducing space adventure.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
2.5/5 42% The Bad Batch (2017) It has its moments, but this work's wild and ineptly handled tonal swings make for frustrating viewing.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
3.5/5 67% To the Bone (2017) [To the Bone], with its ensemble chattiness and good humour, makes a horrifying syndrome sound almost fun to watch.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
4/5 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Caesar is one of the most interesting heroes in recent mainstream cinema. Thoughtful, melancholic and empathetic, he is the opposite of the standard-issue Hollywood protagonist.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
3.5/5 83% The Villainess (Ak-Nyeo) (2017) The result is a blast, a midnight-madness genre picture that makes up in style and droll humour what it lacks in premise originality.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
2/5 49% Churchill (2017) After the third time in which same squabbles happen, the movie feels stuck in a loop - how many times must an old man be kicked in order to elicit sympathy?‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
4/5 96% Rams (Hrútar) (2016) Offers a masterclass in minimalist film-making that lacks for nothing in colour and character.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
3.5/5 67% The Wall (2017) Director Doug Liman, working with a screenplay that was on a shortlist of Hollywood's best unproduced works, is a master at using edits and camera angles as a tool for heightening anxiety.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
3.5/5 76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) This is a rare work: a thriller set in the 19th century that is neither grimy and dark nor eroticised and psychological.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
1.5/5 16% The House (2017) It's like watching a series of funny viral videos, the kind people send one another on WhatsApp. Ask yourself: Would you like it as much if the clip was more than an hour long?‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
1.5/5 10% Overdrive (2017) The speed indicator goes from zero to, well, not much higher than that in this Euro-clone that blends the car porn of Gone In 60 Seconds with the multi-vehicle stunt action of the Fast And Furious series.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
2.5/5 50% The Promise (2017) A couple of scenes depict the massacre directly, but there is an absence of the kind of detail that brings the scene to horrifying life.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
2/5 15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) At its heart, this experimental collage of sights and sounds is meant to be understood as a sensory experience, like a splatter painting, or electro- convulsive therapy.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
2/5 19% Once Upon a Time in Venice (2017) Fresh and engaging is precisely what crime comedy Once Upon A Time In Venice tries to be, but that attempt is foiled by bad jokes and worse casting.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
2.5/5 37% The Hunter's Prayer (2017) Marks must be given for how this is a character-driven project. But despite the attempt to make each person fully rounded, none of it feels fresh or engaging.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
3.5/5 98% Kedi (2017) In this beautifully photographed and warmly human portrait, there is no all-seeing David Attenborough- like narrator, only the voices of the people whose daily routines intersect with those of the animals, which come and go as they please.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
3/5 16% The Mummy (2017) This is, for the most part, a well-made piece of summer entertainment. It just clobbers the viewer senseless with action.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017