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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
2.5/5 70% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) For a narrative that deals with the idea of subjective interpretation, Batra's storytelling style is oddly flat and unpoetic.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
3/5 66% Life (2017) What begins as a promising fact- based science thriller in the vein of The Martian or Gravity turns into a competently executed if unoriginal addition to the bughunt-in-space genre.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
3/5 46% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) The 2017 updates include plenty of backstory to make sure non-fans of the television series are up to speed and go some way to broaden the film's appeal beyond those watching for the sake of a 1990s nostalgia trip.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
2.5/5 79% Personal Shopper (2017) Assayas achieves a frustrating vagueness in tone and story direction, not because it makes the viewing experience richer, but because he seems afraid to plant a flag on any particular idea.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
4/5 99% Get Out (2017) Peele's background in comedy serves him very well. The jokes are never riffed, nor do they feel less than organic to the plot.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
2.5/5 82% A United Kingdom (2017) The film begins strong, as an account of a forbidden love. But midway, that thread peters out, giving way to an uninspired description about the political machinations behind giving an African protectorate its independence.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
4/5 90% Raw (2017) It is hard to think of a recent work of horror that mixes the lyrical with the horrific with the same effortless sense of style.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
3.5/5 No Score Yet Guardians (Zashchitniki) (2017) The plot is bone-headed and the quality of the visual effects is terrible, but there is a pure, unironic sense of purpose in this film that is utterly charming and, at times, unintentionally hilarious.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
3/5 78% Kong: Skull Island (2017) The production is saved by interesting action sequences and strong creature effects, but it is unfortunate that a story that tries to wrest Kong from his racist roots is as tangled as its jungle setting.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
4.5/5 79% American Honey (2016) It sounds like a mess, yet this film is anything but -- Star's journey, hustling across an America split by the rich-poor divide, is the most lyrical trip you will experience in ages.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
3/5 77% T2 Trainspotting (2017) Quite entertaining, but as Renton observes at one point: "It's just nostalgia! You're a tourist in your own youth."‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
4/5 92% Logan (2017) This is the Wolverine movie that unlocks the explosive violence that was always inside the Marvel character but, frustratingly, never let out.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
3/5 33% A Dog's Purpose (2017) The director's gorgeous images go some way towards making that message go down easier. But that is where his restraint ends.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
5/5 91% Birdman (2014) The zingers and comebacks just keep coming -- just as you are savouring one, another jumps out.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet The Return (2015) Veteran actor Chen is the best thing here. With a slight smile and a faraway look, he adds reams of humanising detail to a story that occasionally threatens to reduce him to a figure of pity.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet Siew Lup (2017) The problem lies with his tone: When everything in the soft-porn movie is a shameless genre cliche, it would be wise to wink at the audience a little.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
2/5 27% Fist Fight (2017) The jokes are mostly of Andy shrieking in terror following a threat of physical violence from Ron, because violence is what director Richie Keen thinks is funny.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
3/5 89% Jackie (2016) Portman, with her fabulous upper-crust accent, is the best thing in this piece, essentially a longish radio play.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
3.5/5 93% Hidden Figures (2017) Race and gender politics enter as small, personal insults -- a segregated coffee pot, a condescending smirk, a closed meeting-room door -- but every setback is tied up neatly with a victory.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
3/5 40% A Cure For Wellness (2017) This mad cribbing of David Cronenberg, Guillermo del Toro and Dario Argento might have been a mess, if not for Verbinski's sly humour -- there's a winking knowingness that dares the viewer to take it all seriously. That campiness saves the film.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
4/5 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Writer-director Lonergan's tight editing keeps the story moving forward while his ear for naturalistic dialogue lends authenticity.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
2/5 17% The Space Between Us (2017) The contrived set-up is squandered on an equally contrived, clumsily handled love story with little of the science- fiction tone implied in the first act. Robertson and Butterfield deserve better than this.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
3/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) The run-shoot-kick-stab schtick gets numbing, but it is impossible to fault Stahelski's attention to detail -- which was the last action movie you saw in which shooters had to reload their weapons?‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
4/5 85% Silence (2017) This is a film of dirt and flesh -- the camera takes a calm, unflinching view of the most horrible forms of torment.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
3.5/5 83% The Founder (2017) At the centre is the astonishing performance by Keaton as the man whose moral fibre is nowhere as strong as his ambition.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
3/5 9% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) The thriller narrative, involving persons from Grey's shadowy past coming to the fore, exposes the shallowness of the story, which would fit into 15 minutes of a standard television prime-time soap.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
4.5/5 90% Elle (2016) Really, what sticks in the mind is Michele's quiet stoicism, at once sad and unsettling.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
4/5 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) This is Ade's masterful take on cringe comedy.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
2.5/5 36% A Kind of Murder (2016) English director Andy Goddard, who comes from directing episodes of hit period drama Downton Abbey, struggles to find a path through a story muddled by poor editing and even murkier characters.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
2.5/5 34% Live By Night (2017) Affleck the director tries his best to infuse a glamorous Latin lushness into his frames and, for the most part, the atmospherics work, but sultriness is a poor substitute for dramatic tension.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
3.5/5 87% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Gibson's work would be for nought if not for Garfield's moving portrayal of Doss as a man who abides by principles more enduring than those set by the United States Army.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
3/5 75% Split (2017) Everything hangs together -- barely -- because of McAvoy's portrayal of the deranged captor‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
3.5/5 59% The Light Between Oceans (2016) A prettily shot piece about the contracts that bind people in a community.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
3/5 43% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) This is a popcorn movie that knows what it is and delivers the goods.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
4/5 94% Arrival (2016) Like all good science fiction, Arrival is about one big idea taken to a satisfying conclusion.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
3/5 80% Patriots Day (2017) What saves it is the surprising amount of nail-biting suspense.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
3.5/5 71% Master (ma-seu-teo) (2017) A competently made but generic copy of a twisty Hong Kong-style crime drama, the details that elevate this from the pack are its references to the politics and culture of South Korea.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
2.5/5 23% The Bye Bye Man (2017) The Bye Bye Man could have been something other than another run-of-the-mill fable about smarty-pants teens who pooh-pooh an urban myth only to find out, slightly too late, that the legends are true.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
3/5 61% Allied (2016) Director Robert Zemeckis treats the story like the writing exercise that it is - neither Max nor Marianne come to life as human beings.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
2/5 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) There is nothing wrong with a wide emotional palette, but director David Frankel leans too heavily on the healing and the homilies in the rush to closure; the smugness of the therapy-talk leaks into and wrecks everything else.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
4/5 83% Una (2016) his is not quite a revenge fantasy, nor a paean to healing; what unfolds in the meeting is nonetheless gripping.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
3/5 97% The Age of Shadows (2016) The scenes are visually interesting, but with the work running at 140 minutes, its single-note grimness is wearying and the whole affair is in desperate need of tighter editing.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
2/5 35% The Great Wall (2017) Not even acclaimed director Zhang Yimou, brought in for his prestige value, can save this attempt at Hollywood capitalism with Chinese characteristics.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
3.5/5 31% Passengers (2016) For what it is -- a romance-tinged adventure story -- it is handled competently, and Lawrence and Pratt are extremely watchable as the interstellar Adam and Eve.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
3/5 80% Barry (2016) Gandhi's touch is generally light and he exploits the city's ethnic mosaic with great effectiveness in the supporting cast.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
2.5/5 67% Sword Master (2016) Bringing it all back to basics is a laudable goal, but it should never feel this boring.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
3.5/5 71% Bleed For This (2016) Actor and director work hand in hand to make this road to recovery as harrowing as possible -- you will feel every bite of the screws bored into Vinny's skull.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
3.5/5 No Score Yet A Yellow Bird (2016) Rajagopal's first feature... is pure expression, free of pandering or pretension. The film-maker doesn't sugarcoat his message about the strangling bonds that hold down non-conformists.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
4.5/5 93% La La Land (2016) La La Land is probably going to win Best Picture at next year's Oscars.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
2.5/5 No Score Yet 4Love (2016) The collection is billed "romantic comedy", but there is little evidence of either word here.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016