South China Morning Post

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Rating Title/Year Author
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
2.5/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) James Marsh The lacklustre snoozefest that was X-Men: Apocalypse would have been a sour note upon which to end the franchise, but Dark Phoenix is only marginally better. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
2.5/5 Chasing the Dragon II: Wild Wild Bunch (2019) Edmund Lee Chasing the Dragon II: Wild Wild Bunch promises to be an exciting true crime story but stops short of offering anything outside the perfunctory. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
4.5/5 Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Richard James Havis The film is a multifaceted video essay, and many of the points [Moore] makes will shock viewers unfamiliar with the US political system, the country's deep social problems and its population demographics. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
2/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) James Mottram The film is so dark and foggy, it makes that Game of Thrones episode everyone complained about look like a ray of sunshine. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
3.5/5 Birthday (2017) James Marsh A story about grief, loss and guilt, and the overwhelming sense of helplessness that threatens to consume those touched by death. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
1.5/5 Brightburn (2019) James Marsh With all the kinetic dynamism of a soggy beach towel, Brightburn squanders a potentially intriguing premise in a hastily dashed off series of clichés and half-baked ideas. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
2/5 () Clarence Tsui Summer in Changsha smoulders but fails to spark. What begins as a murder mystery morphs into a sluggish, archetypal relationship drama. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
5/5 Parasite (2019) James Mottram Parasite is bravura filmmaking at its finest. Heavenly. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
4.5/5 Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood (2019) James Mottram True, the film takes its sweet time; some scenes are overindulged. But the pay-off is explosive - a finale that's both grisly and strangely sad. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
2.5/5 Greta (2018) Richard James Havis A basic B-movie dressed up to look like something more meaningful. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
4/5 () Clarence Tsui Nina Wu is taut, topical and terrifying. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
3/5 Long Shot (2019) Richard James Havis Jonathan Levine exhibits surprisingly tight control over the satirical elements ... But he allows everything to plummet to the absolute bottom as soon as the romance begins. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
4.5/5 () James Mottram Detailed and authentic, and never overstretching itself, this is a profoundly beautiful movie. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
3.5/5 () Clarence Tsui While not a classic in the making, this film is a sensational thrill ride full of beauty and danger. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
4/5 Rocketman (2019) James Mottram Fletcher stages the musical numbers with real panache, and Egerton is commanding on stage. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
4/5 The Dead Don't Die (2019) James Mottram Jarmusch's film, lightweight though it is, is a smartly tooled tribute to both the horror genre and the director's own body of work. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
3/5 () James Marsh While its subject matter is firmly rooted in traditional Thai mythology, the film does play with the rules, introducing new elements ... that keep the story fresh and interesting. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
1/5 The Hustle (2019) James Marsh The Hustle is an exhausting, humourless slog that will leave you feeling robbed. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
4/5 Never Look Away (2018) James Mottram A film where politics, history, art and love collide into an almost operatic crescendo. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
3.5/5 Yesterday (2019) James Mottram The likeable Patel sings Lennon/McCartney's songs with real soul, though the character is a little too morose to warm to. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2019
3.5/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) James Mottram Reynolds excels as Pikachu, playing a sort of watered-down version of his wisecracking R-rated Deadpool character. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/5 Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota (2018) James Marsh The Man Who Feels No Pain instils nothing but giddy joy in its audience, and announces the arrival of an impressive new action talent. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
3/5 Girls of the Sun (2018) James Mottram It's hard not to be swept up by a film that celebrates the indomitable female spirit with such gusto - and a story that came close to slipping through the cracks. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
5/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) James Marsh Every dazzling, thrilling moment nurtures the narrative, celebrates the characters, and cradles the entire saga carefully towards a beautiful finish. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
0.5/5 His Lost Name (2019) James Marsh Frequently mistaking emptiness for poignancy, obfuscation for complexity, His Lost Name is a gruelling ordeal, utterly devoid of meaningful symbolism or subtext. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
2.5/5 Wonder Park (2019) Richard James Havis Although Wonder Park has its heart in the right place ... the film is hampered by a wafer-thin storyline and some pedestrian animation. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
4/5 Hotel Mumbai (2018) James Marsh First-time director Anthony Maras brings a breathless intensity and documentary-like realism to the film, while remaining respectful to those affected by the tragedy. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2019
2.5/5 The Curse of La Llorona (2019) James Marsh Beyond a brief yet intriguing prologue in 17th-century Mexico, Chaves and his writers make little effort to develop their antagonist further. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2019
3/5 Hellboy (2019) James Mottram Like the name of the fish'n'chip shop that fronts the B.P.R.D., Hellboy may be "codswallop" but you'll have fun getting there. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
3.5/5 Still Human (2018) Edmund Lee Still Human is one of those rare gems of a film which takes a distinctly Hong Kong scenario and turns it into a gently comical drama with universal appeal. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
3.5/5 () James Marsh Kim's deft and sensitive portrayal of the autistic girl ... earns our sympathy organically as the drama unfolds. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2019
2/5 P Storm (2019) Edmund Lee Anyone who mocked the title of 2014 film Z Storm as the result of an English alphabet lottery should have realised by now that the joke is on them. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/5 () Edmund Lee A refreshingly gentle, though occasionally awkward, drama about a woman's belated sexual liberation with the help of a good man and some suggestive food-preparation sessions. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
2.5/5 Three Husbands (2018) Edmund Lee Three Husbands comes across as an angry rant with no ostensible focus. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
4/5 Extreme Job (2019) James Marsh The witty screenplay eventually devolves into a series of anticlimactic scuffles, but along the way Extreme Job does give audiences plenty of finger-licking fun. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
3.5/5 Dumbo (2019) James Mottram Alongside the lavish production design, the star of the show is Dumbo, who is beautifully realised by the film's visual effects team. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
1.5/5 The Aftermath (2019) Richard James Havis This misguided second world war film tries so hard to be even-handed, it seems like it's forcing viewers to sympathise with the Nazis. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
3.5/5 Shazam! (2019) James Mottram The innocent nature of it all is hugely enjoyable. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
4/5 Pet Sematary (2019) James Mottram The film sits neatly among the best movies made from Stephen King's lurid library. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
2.5/5 Hit-and-Run Squad (2019) James Marsh Despite the motorsports setting and proliferation of high-octane vehicles, the film refuses to shift its procedural plot into anything approaching top gear. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
4/5 Us (2019) James Mottram Peele has conjured up a creepy tale that plunges deep into the Hollywood horror well and pulls out something quite icky. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
3/5 Five Feet Apart (2019) James Mottram What Five Feet Apart does well is detail the daily drudgery endured by those with CF without ever turning it into a dreary disease-of-the-week movie. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
3.5/5 () Edmund Lee G Affairs is less an involving story than it is a plethora of ideas and criticisms delivered with striking art-house pretensions. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
3.5/5 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Richard James Havis In spite of its historical inaccuracies, this period biopic proves an enjoyable, rambunctious romp through British history. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
4/5 Capernaum (2018) Richard James Havis A depressing but very necessary film, Capharnaüm deals head-on with many of the horrors of modern times. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
3.5/5 Captain Marvel (2019) James Mottram The humour is nicely played, with some neat '90s gags to accompany a grungy soundtrack. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 The Wandering Earth (2019) James Marsh This film's success ... may finally have opened the pod bay doors for more Chinese science-fiction films. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/5 Fall in Love at First Kiss (2019) James Marsh Jelly Lin, the breakout star of Stephen Chow's 2016 holiday hit Mermaid, once again taps into the self-deprecating goofiness that worked so well in that film. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019