The New Paper (Singapore)

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Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/5 Nina Wu (2019) Jan Lee It is a worthy effort and an oppressively ominous ride, best characterised by a blood-red dress that shows up again and again as the movie inches towards its climax and what is possibly, the secret behind Nina's mental breakdown. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
2/5 Fantasy Island (2020) Elaine Lee [T]his supernatural horror flick is an unnecessary, bewildering overhaul. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
2.5/5 The Last Full Measure (2020) Jasmine Lim [T]he movie ultimately bites off more than it can chew, and its excessive use of flashbacks makes for a rather disjointed watch that will truly test your patience. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
2.5/5 Downhill (2020) Jeanmarie Tan Ferrell and Louis-Dreyfus are a dream comedic pairing, but the laughs are few and far between, with things resolving a tad too safely. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
4/5 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Jonathan Roberts Birds Of Prey is a huge, neon-tinged, nihilistic pack of fun - for those of the right age. Those films about boys in capes could learn a lot from this. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
4/5 The Lighthouse (2019) Jasmine Lim Plodding narrative aside, this study of how a lack of intimacy and boredom can manifest in insanity is a must-watch for arthouse cinema lovers. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
2.5/5 Underwater (2020) Jonathan Roberts Eubank manages to keep the tension up, but it is a shame that it does not quite come together, even at just 95 minutes. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
3.5/5 Bombshell (2019) Jeanmarie Tan Told stylishly and with humour in parts, Bombshell manages to be entertaining in spite of its heavy subject matter. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
3/5 Enter the Fat Dragon (2020) Jasmine Lim The star of the Ip Man franchise also delivers witty dialogue with flair and manages to endear a somewhat unlikable character to audiences. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
1/5 Dolittle (2020) Joanne Soh Dolittle should keep those aged 10 and below entertained with its cute animals and fart jokes. But for the rest of us, Iron Man cannot save the day this time. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
3/5 Bad Boys for Life (2020) Jonathan Roberts Overall, Bad Boys For Life does what it needs to - be fun, funny (the montage mirroring Mike and Marcus' lifestyle is a highlight) and non-committal, non-offensive nonsense. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
3.5/5 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Lydia Gan If you are looking for a feel-good film that lauds the overdue representation of humankind in all its shapes and forms, The Peanut Butter Falcon is the way to go. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
4/5 Little Women (2019) Joanne Soh The romances and rivalries of the March sisters may have been published more than 150 years ago, but this tale of sisterhood and female empowerment is perpetually evergreen. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
4/5 Judy (2019) Lydia Gan [Renee Zellweger] plays the late actress-singer-dancer Judy Garland with poise, elegance and show-stopping vocals. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
4.5/5 1917 (2019) Jeanmarie Tan Full of thrills and spills yet surprisingly intimate and personal, 1917 is a breathtaking, profound tour de force, easily sealing its position as one of the greatest war films of all time. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
4/5 Dark Waters (2019) Lydia Gan At the heart of Dark Waters is corporate greed, failure of government and the consequence of human disruption on nature that affects both ourselves and the environment. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
3/5 Ashfall (2019) Lydia Gan Ashfall does not keep viewers guessing and delivers a message that love can indeed save the day. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
4.5/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Jonathan Roberts This is a different kind of coming-of-age film that mixes the laughs with the occasional gut punch and yet is still utterly uplifting. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
1.5/5 Cats (2019) Jonathan Roberts And that is Cats' main failing - the hubris that assumes what works on stage works just as well on screen. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
4/5 Official Secrets (2019) Lydia Gan With the deeply divisive issue of imminent war at hand, Official Secrets gives the audience a glimpse into the shadowy side of politics and government affairs while allowing Gun's courage to take the spotlight. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
3/5 Spies in Disguise (2019) Jeanmarie Tan There are enough laughs for both adults and children... and expect slick, inventive action sequences and lots of globe-trotting as befitting the spy genre. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
4/5 Ip Man 4: The Finale (2019) Elaine Lee As usual, the fight scenes are impressive, but it is Ip Man's unconditional love for his son that is truly touching. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
1.5/5 6 Underground (2019) Jonathan Roberts Maybe you need to have some level of intoxication to truly enjoy this. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
4/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Jonathan Roberts This saga has been told and as a long-time fan, I'm very happy with the result. The circle is now complete. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
2.5/5 The Aeronauts (2019) Jeanmarie Tan But whatever pretty visuals and thrilling balloon sequences on show are weighed down by dull flashbacks of the duo's personal baggage, eventually deflating The Aeronauts' ability to rise above the material and truly soar. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
4/5 Marriage Story (2019) Jonathan Roberts But most of the time you are simply in awe of the leads laying it all out there. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
3.5/5 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Jonathan Roberts [O]nce returning director Jake Kasdan gets us into the action, it is a fun fantasy romp that matches the thrills with the laughs - and the perfect antidote for those feeling Frozen out. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
4/5 () Elaine Lee However, the emotions on display are so powerful and naked when it comes to the woes the unlikely pair face that they will resonate with anyone. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
4.5/5 The Irishman (2019) Jonathan Roberts The Irishman sees everyone bringing their A game. The way the cast interacts is like music. Each seasoned player riffing off the other but never grandstanding. It is an acting masterclass. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
4/5 Knives Out (2019) Jonathan Roberts This is nothing but fun from start to finish. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
3/5 Downton Abbey (2019) Jeanmarie Tan [F]or those who followed the British period TV series which ended in 2015, there is plenty of nostalgia and fan service. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
2.5/5 Last Christmas (2019) Jeanmarie Tan [T]he first half of the film is shockingly awkward, cheesy and cringe-worthy. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
3/5 Charlie's Angels (2019) Jeanmarie Tan But in terms of delivering goofy entertainment and eye candy, it does earn its wings - although you'll probably forget about it the moment you exit the cinema. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
4/5 Frozen II (2019) Jeanmarie Tan Intimate but also epic, Frozen 2 is thankfully the adventure that fans deserve and will love. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
4/5 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Jonathan Roberts While it does not quite hit top gear, it is still a rare treat in modern cinema. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
3/5 Doctor Sleep (2019) Jonathan Roberts While Doctor Sleep is not very scary - and frankly not all of it makes sense - it is entertaining and does not feel like its 152-minute running time. It's fun. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
3.5/5 Abominable (2019) Jeanmarie Tan DreamWorks Animation's Abominable is delightful entertainment for the whole family. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
1.5/5 Midway (2019) Jonathan Roberts Midway stacks its cliches high, creating a rickety tower of Hollywood nonsense. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
2.5/5 The Addams Family (2019) Jeanmarie Tan There are some sly, funny touches, but the storyline is thin and forgettable, and the voice cast merely sound like their predecessors. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
3/5 Dolor y gloria (2019) Jeanmarie Tan There is much emotional nakedness in front of and behind the camera, and the wistfulness stays with you long after the credits roll. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
2.5/5 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Jonathan Roberts Double Tap is not terrible, but it's not what it could be. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
3.5/5 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Jonathan Roberts It is not perfect, but it is a great fresh take on a machine we long thought had rusted through. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
3/5 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Jeanmarie Tan It is always a treat seeing [Michelle] Pfeiffer breaking bad, and when she's going up against someone like [Angelina] Jolie, boy is it good. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
2/5 The Current War (2019) Jeanmarie Tan The film does its best to spark energy and dramatic tension with the score, editing and performances from a superhero-powered cast, but the light bulb moments are few and far between. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
2.5/5 Joker (2019) Jonathan Roberts With no huge plot surprises, it's another case of waiting for a film to make reveals you had figured out much earlier. Less "Ta-daa", more "Ta-duh". EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
2/5 Gemini Man (2019) Joanne Soh Smith has some bright moments, but the paper-thin plot and Lee's obsession with tech ensure you will not get your money's worth of seeing two Smiths for the price of one. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/5 The Farewell (2019) Joanne Soh To see [Awkwafina] shed tears, to watch her struggle with internal conflicts and to hear her deliver everything in Mandarin, she deserves much credit for daring to step out of her comfort zone. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
3.5/5 Midsommar (2019) Jonathan Roberts Florence Pugh... delivers an astounding, emotional performance within a single phone call. You will realise she is likely destined for awards. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/5 The Informer (2019) Jeanmarie Tan The Informer may not be the best in the business, but it does its job well enough. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
3.5/5 Ad Astra (2019) Jonathan Roberts While it does not quite hold together for the ending, Ad Astra is a welcome change of pace that will have you debating its meaning for some time. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019