South China Morning Post

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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) James Mottram Dark Fate is more like a nostalgia-blast, reshuffling all-too-familiar tropes than an impressive new direction for the franchise. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
3/5 The Captain (2019) Edmund Lee It should come as no surprise to disaster movie fans that the scenes of mid-air crisis in The Captain are far more captivating than those on the ground. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
3/5 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) James Mottram Zombieland: Double Tap is light on its feet, filled with killer tunes and plenty of inventive, gratuitous slaughtering of the undead. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
3/5 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) James Mottram Ronning does his best to distract from a simple-minded script by littering the frame with computer-generated critters. It's like a visit to a riotous flower show on a particularly sunny day. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
2/5 The Addams Family (2019) Richard James Havis The gags in this film are less sardonic than those found in the original children's TV series way back in the 1960s. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
2/5 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) Richard James Havis How can the girls be heard screaming underwater? How can a human outswim a shark? If [only] the director had bothered to consider such basic questions... EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
2/5 Gemini Man (2019) Ben Sin It may be easier to forgive the below par special effects if everything else about Gemini Man - story, acting, action sequences - is top notch, but that's also not the case. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
2.5/5 Wo he wo de zu guo (2019) James Marsh Under the stewardship of director Chen Kaige, everything from the detonation of China's first atomic bomb to the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft landing is milked for all its patriotic glory. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
2.5/5 The Climbers (2019) Edmund Lee This account of the Chinese Mount Everest expeditions in 1960 and 1975 is a nationalistic spectacle that, curiously, often also allows personal sentiment to get in the way of the greater good. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
4/5 Knives Out (2019) James Marsh Knives Out works so well because Rian Johnson knows the clichés and tropes of this particular kind of murder mystery inside out, and understands that his audience knows them too. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
3.5/5 Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura (2017) Edmund Lee The real pleasure of this film stems from the gentle jokes and imaginative character designs that are peppered throughout its episodic yet carefully interwoven storylines. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
2/5 Wu lin guai shou (2019) Edmund Lee A confused mix of creature feature and wuxia parody that delivers neither genre thrills nor any discernible historical perspective. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/5 Jia he wan shi jing (2019) Edmund Lee The latest Hong Kong film to derive dark humour from the city's housing woes ..., this is an average farce elevated by its bleak yet resonant premise. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
3.5/5 The New King of Comedy (2019) Edmund Lee The New King of Comedy is arguably Chow's best outing since he switched his focus to directing. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
2.5/5 Sadako (2019) James Marsh The balance between old world and new media is awkward and only intermittently successful, but nevertheless drags this lurching, wayward franchise back in the right direction. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
4/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) James Marsh Waititi's award-winning adaptation of Christine Leunens' novel Caging Skies is by turns hilarious, horrifying and ultimately heartbreaking. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
3.5/5 The Lion King (2019) James Mottram While Favreau's polished film will always come a distant second for anyone who fell in love with the original, his version is hugely respectful to the story and has its powerful moments too. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
3/5 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Edmund Lee As a generic revenge thriller with an unusually grisly edge, Last Blood is bloody satisfying indeed. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
1.5/5 Miss & Mrs. Cops (2019) Richard James Havis Even the dumbest of producers should have realised that a film about a gang who drug, kidnap and rape young girls is not a fitting subject for humour and slapstick. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
4.5/5 Hua jiao zhi wei (2019) Edmund Lee One of the best Hong Kong films in recent times. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/5 () James Mottram Saturday Fiction ties itself in knots, but there's something splendid about its mystery. It will keep you watching, guessing and surprised, until the final, violent reel unfolds. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
2.5/5 Exit (2019) James Marsh Audiences will have to decide very early on whether to willingly disregard logic and just go with it, or strap in for an exasperating couple of hours. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
4.5/5 Joker (2019) James Mottram Joker touches on the Batman mythology, although in some ways this is the least interesting aspect of the film - certainly when you've got Phoenix going full tilt. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2019
5/5 Ad Astra (2019) James Mottram Aesthetically, Ad Astra is a thing of beauty. Given a sizeable budget for the first time in his career, Gray puts it all on screen. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
3.5/5 The Truth (2019) James Mottram The Truth is most assuredly a Koreeda film, with his observations of human behaviour as razor-sharp as ever. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
2.5/5 Angel Has Fallen (2019) James Marsh No frills, but not without thrills, Angel Has Fallen is the literal manifestation of Friday night fluff, and that's just fine for its target audience. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
2.5/5 Bodies at Rest (2019) Edmund Lee Bodies at Rest is a satisfactory, if forgettable, rehash of one of those generic gritty Hollywood action films that have gone out of fashion. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
2/5 A Rainy Day in New York (2019) James Marsh Allen appears to have looked no further than The Catcher in the Rye or MAD Magazine to get a handle on how young people behave, and the results are excruciatingly stilted and phoney. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2019
2/5 The Divine Fury (2019) James Marsh A few shadowy ghouls and moments of visual trickery aside, The Divine Fury fails to deliver the scares one would expect from a film dealing with exorcisms. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
4/5 The Third Wife (2018) James Marsh Nguyen is entrancing in the title role, carrying the full weight of the production on her slight shoulders, as she evolves from naive waif to erudite young mother before our eyes. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
3.5/5 Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Richard James Havis The charming Dora and the Lost City of Gold offers quality fun for children and young teenagers, and is breezy enough to be enjoyable viewing for their adult guardians too. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2019
3.5/5 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) James Mottram While horror for kids doesn't always work ... this one does. Anyone with a fear of spiders, in particular, will find their stomach turned. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
4/5 Shi tu xing zhe 2: die ying xing dong (2019) Edmund Lee Action fans should be thrilled. ... This is one of the best Hong Kong films of 2019. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
3.5/5 The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale (2019) James Marsh The film's flagrant disregard for logic in the name of gleeful entertainment is part of its charm. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
3.5/5 Weathering With You (2019) James Marsh The dazzling animation in Weathering With You again combines almost photorealistic scenery and backgrounds with dazzling splashes of light and colour. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
3/5 The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) James Mottram A film that deliberately - and wisely - moves away from the confines of the game. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
3.5/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) James Mottram It's the closest that the Fast & Furious films have gone into James Bond territory ... though stuntman-turned-director David Leitch rather outdoes 007 when it comes to the action. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/5 Yuli (2018) James Marsh Ballet fans will be richly rewarded, both by Maria Rovira's emotionally charged choreography, and the archival footage of Acosta's early pivotal performances. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/5 () Edmund Lee A deceptively simple animated feature that will keep children engaged while offering food for thought for the grown-ups accompanying them. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
3/5 The White Storm 2: Drug Lords (2019) Edmund Lee A thoroughly thrilling, if also unabashedly superficial popcorn movie. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
2/5 The Invincible Dragon (2019) Edmund Lee Preposterous doesn't begin to describe Fruit Chan's Invincible Dragon. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
3/5 () James Marsh A Long Goodbye presents a sentimental, if not wholly sympathetic, picture of familial responsibilities, and the sacrifices we make for those who made us. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
4/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) James Mottram There's enough pure joy here to keep Marvel fans happy for the rest of the summer. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
2.5/5 UglyDolls (2019) James Marsh Ironically, the film's biggest flaw is a lack of unique imperfections to make it special. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
4/5 Child's Play (2019) James Mottram A hugely enjoyable horror comedy that pays tribute to its predecessor but delivers something fresh out the box, too. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
3/5 Stockholm (2018) James Marsh The film unfolds as a baffling screwball comedy, and recalls classic heist films such as Dog Day Afternoon, even as it persistently subverts our expectations. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
3.5/5 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Richard James Havis A lot of work has gone into the characterisations, which are so carefully etched that the storyline pretty much takes care of itself. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
4.5/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) James Mottram Balancing action, comedy and misty-eyed emotion, this is yet another dazzling showcase of animation from the Pixar stable. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
2/5 Men in Black: International (2019) James Mottram Men in Black: International is so forgettable, by the time you've left your seat you'll feel like you've been zapped by the 'Neuralizer'. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
3/5 Ramen Shop (2018) James Marsh Khoo's film is a lip-smacking home-cooked food tour. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019