The New Paper (Singapore)

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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 I Care a Lot (2020) Jeanmarie Tan It is a well-oiled grift, and the systemic corruption in this particular industry is compelling fodder in itself. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2021
3/5 Music (2021) Jeanmarie Tan Hudson goes to some emotionally raw and dark places, and really puts it out there in the song-and-dance department too. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2021
2.5/5 To All the Boys: Always and Forever (2021) Jeanmarie Tan Like the latest dilemma it depicts, the franchise feels as if it has run its course, and it's time to move on. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
4/5 Palmer (2021) Jonathan Roberts It's unlikely to bother the Oscars, but this really is the most heartwarming film of the past year and it's well worth 110 minutes of your time. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2021
2.5/5 Space Sweepers (2021) Joanne Soh My biggest grouse is that there isn't much originality or creativity. Ten minutes into Space Sweepers and you know where things are heading, especially if you have seen Wall-E, Elysium, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Astro Boy, and many others. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2021
3.5/5 Malcolm & Marie (2021) Jeanmarie Tan Being trapped in this echo chamber with such flawed title characters is at turns exhilarating and exhausting, but the powerful performances make you want to stay to the bitter end. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2021
3.5/5 News of the World (2020) Jeanmarie Tan Under the capable hands of writer-director Paul Greengrass, who reunites with his Captain Phillips leading man Hanks, the result is the cinematic equivalent of comfort food. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
2.5/5 The Little Things (2021) Jeanmarie Tan The plot "twist" lands with an underwhelming and frustrating thud, as you go from "who did it?" to "is that it?". EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
3.5/5 The White Tiger (2021) Jeanmarie Tan Turning in his first lead performance that ranges from naive to bitter to ferocious, [Adarsh] Gourav empowers The White Tiger. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2021
4/5 The Promised Neverland (2020) Jeanmarie Tan This dark fantasy wields a shocking premise that poses provocative questions and provides edge-of-seat twists and thrills. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
3/5 An American Pickle (2020) Jonathan Roberts Rogen's excellent performances make An American Pickle worth spending time with. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2021
3/5 Pieces of a Woman (2020) Jeanmarie Tan Pieces Of A Woman is uneven and all over the place... But Kirby delivers such an acting showcase, one can overlook the flaws of this poignant exploration of trauma and forgiveness. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
2/5 Locked Down (2021) Jonathan Roberts There is over an hour of interminable soul(less)-searching before the film suddenly remembers there is a diamond heist to pull off. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
3/5 Monster Hunter (2020) Joanne Soh Monster Hunter is a CGI spectacle. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2020
4/5 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Jonathan Roberts The moment the musicians enter the changing room, the origins entrap the film and it is thanks to Davis and Boseman's gilt-edged portrayals that the staging is not a bigger issue. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2020
3.5/5 The Rescue (2020) Jeanmarie Tan Call it official propaganda, but at least it is executed with finesse. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2020
4/5 Shock Wave 2 (2020) Jeanmarie Tan You can go in cold to this unlinked sequel to 2017's Shock Wave, also written and directed by Herman Yau and starring Andy Lau but featuring a different storyline and new characters, and still be blown away by the Hong Kong actioner. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
3/5 Soul (2020) Jeanmarie Tan Soul aims to provide a feel-good balm on what it means to be alive and to cherish every moment. And there is indeed a sublime beauty, thoughtfulness and tenderness to Joe's journey towards self-fulfilment and all that jazz. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
2.5/5 The Midnight Sky (2020) Jeanmarie Tan The Midnight Sky may ruminate about the lost opportunities to connect with others, but the film, unfortunately, suffers the same fate. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
3/5 The Prom (2020) Jeanmarie Tan When Streep's character is faced with a critic's review of her latest production, she pleads with her manager not to tell her "unless it's a rave or a mixed positive". The Prom is more of the latter but still delivers a pretty good time. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
3/5 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Joanne Soh Everything is epic, from the story and villains to the action. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
2/5 The Princess Switch: Switched Again (2020) Jonathan Roberts It should have been more of a fun romp, but the plot of kidnap and usurpation gets going only halfway in and fizzles soon after. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
3/5 Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Jeanmarie Tan Nobody can dispute that the acting here is first-class. So even though Hillbilly Elegy is hardly poetry in motion, neither is it all downhill. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
2/5 The Rhythm Section (2020) Jeanmarie Tan Lively impresses in her best role to date, nailing both the emotional notes and action sequences. Pity that her deathly dull star vehicle fails to drive her towards the intended destination. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
3.5/5 The Croods: A New Age (2020) Jeanmarie Tan When it comes to the survival of the fittest amid Hollywood's factory of modern animated fare, A New Age is your natural selection for the festive season. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2020
Synchronic (2019) Jeanmarie Tan Sentimentalism and cliches take over, turning Synchronic into a downer that eventually suffers from the same side effects of lesser movies. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
3/5 消失的情人節 (2020) Jeanmarie Tan A whimsical breath of fresh air. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2020
3/5 Freaky (2020) Jeanmarie Tan The laughs - cheap and otherwise - automatically keep coming with every fish-out-of- water scenario. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2020
3/5 Over the Moon (2020) Jeanmarie Tan On the plus side, Over The Moon's level of craft when it comes to the animation, visuals and production is, to borrow a term from Chang'e's lexicon, "spectacularia". EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
2.5/5 Roald Dahl's The Witches (2020) Jeanmarie Tan This update just lacks the whimsy and soul of its predecessor. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
3.5/5 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Jonathan Roberts [An] excellent and fearless Maria Bakalova. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2020
2.5/5 Rebecca (2020) Jeanmarie Tan By remaking source material that is about living in someone else's shadow, this uninspired romantic psychological thriller ironically falls short of filling those big shoes. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2020
3/5 The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Jonathan Roberts The Trial Of The Chicago is an entertaining and gripping drama, but should not be taken as the whole truth. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
2.5/5 Hubie Halloween (2020) Jonathan Roberts Not great but not as terrible as Sandler could be. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2020
3/5 On the Rocks (2020) Jeanmarie Tan Rashida Jones has always been criminally underrated, but in this, Coppola gives her a nice little vehicle. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
2.5/5 A Rainy Day in New York (2019) Jeanmarie Tan A Rainy Day In New York is a wisp of a film, so lightweight it almost flies away at times, and is yet another reminder that Allen's best work is long behind us. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
2/5 Vanguard (2020) Jeanmarie Tan Unfortunately, it also features some laughably bad CGI, a cringey storyline, cheesy dialogue and pro-China propaganda, with characters devoid of dimension and villains who are caricatures. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
3.5/5 Last Letter (2018) Jeanmarie Tan Last Letter's quaint premise belies the many layers waiting to be peeled away. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2020
3.5/5 Enola Holmes (2020) Jeanmarie Tan Our heroine is one for the ages, with modern values that resonate with this generation. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2020
2.5/5 Made in Italy (2020) Jeanmarie Tan It is a shame that watching Neeson and Richardson... bond is the only saving grace in an otherwise mawkish, cliched tale of grief, regret, healing and new beginnings. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2020
3.5/5 The Devil All the Time (2020) Jonathan Roberts It's an ambitious, strange project that takes some big chances while knowing it will probably leave plenty wondering what they've just seen. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2020
2.5/5 Ava (2020) Jeanmarie Tan [Ava] falls back on too many familiar genre cliches to truly set itself apart. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
3/5 The Secrets We Keep (2020) Jeanmarie Tan This taut, suspenseful drama reels you in from the get-go. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
4.5/5 Mulan (2020) Jeanmarie Tan Liu carries the film fearlessly - whether it's the quieter emotional moments or being badass on the battlefield. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
1.5/5 The New Mutants (2020) Jonathan Roberts The New Mutants is a mess, never quite sure what it wants to do or who it wants to focus on. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
2.5/5 Tenet (2020) Jeanmarie Tan So yes, the whos, whats, whys, wheres, whens and hows will assault you non-stop until you give up and go with the flow. Unfortunately, there is nothing to feel. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
2.5/5 Project Power (2020) Jonathan Roberts All three subjects would be a worthy main plot, but non are afforded that level of focus. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2020
3.5/5 The Hunt (2020) Jeanmarie Tan Its secret weapon is the magnetic Gilpin (Glow, Nurse Jackie) who carries the show effortlessly. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2020
2.5/5 The Kissing Booth 2 (2020) Jeanmarie Tan I was a hardcore Twihard and this definitely has shades of Twilight - just with more overacting and less agency - but even I have limits when it comes to such cringey, shallow material. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2020
3/5 Greenland (2020) Jeanmarie Tan If you are looking for a sliver of hope - and mass entertainment - amid the gloom, Greenland makes enough of an impact. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2020