The New Paper (Singapore)

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Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/5 The Lion King (2019) Joanne Soh Despite the paint-by-numbers story, Favreau and his team of CGI wizards deserve much praise for giving us this musical safari. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
2/5 The White Storm 2: Drug Lords (2019) John Tan [T]he action is comically over the top, giving the entire enterprise a soulless and manufactured quality. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
1.5/5 The Professor and the Madman (2019) Serafina Basciano Unfortunately, the many subplots left me with a sense of confusion - and feeling like I had lost two years instead of two hours when it ended. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
3/5 Child's Play (2019) Kok Yufeng Paying homage to its B-movie slasher roots, Child's Play finds inventive ways to up the gore, at the same time skewering the current culture of consumerism and digital obsession. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
4/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Jonathan Roberts Far From Home is a home run. It signs off on one Marvel era, sets up the next and a sequel can't come soon enough. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
4.5/5 Parasite (2019) Joanne Soh Funny, real, gritty and well-supported by a solid cast, the Palme d'Or winner at this year's Cannes Film Festival is a breath of fresh air after the onslaught of Hollywood blockbusters. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
4/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Joanne Soh Toy Story 4 may be a nostalgic trip for those who grew up with the series, but it will also bring much joy to a new generation of viewers. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
3/5 Chasing the Dragon II: Wild Wild Bunch (2019) John Tan Leung's Logan brings an admirable amount of camp, making him the most entertaining character in the film EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/5 UglyDolls (2019) Lydia Gan The soundtrack is forgettable, but the story will stay with you for its simplicity and relatability. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
4/5 Rocketman (2019) Joanne Soh This film really works because of Taron Egerton's electrifying performance. And yes, that is him singing. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
2.5/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Jonathan Roberts Watching this makes one wish the once-proposed 21 Jump Street crossover happened instead. At least that would have had some bite. Some much needed irreverence. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/5 Always Be My Maybe (2019) Jonathan Roberts While the finale is a tad too cheese-tinged, overall this is warm, funny and hits the note every Netflix film should strive for: Why didn't this get a theatrical release? EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
2/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Jonathan Roberts While you get a lot more monster action than before, the key lesson from five years ago has yet to sink in: We do not care about the human drama. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Jonathan Roberts While there are issues, Dark Phoenix provides a more than decent farewell to a series that was always a mixed bag. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
2.5/5 Aladdin (2019) Joanne Soh Forget about characterisation - everything must be loud, brash and over-the-top. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
1/5 The Silence (2019) John Tan What should be the emotional core falls flat, with her story only vaguely alluded to and a lack of any meaningful progression in their relationship. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
2.5/5 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) John Tan The Secret Life Of Pets 2 is a pared-down version of the original, with a simple message at its heart: Even pets have to find their own courage. It is perfect for children but adults may have to stifle a yawn or two. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
3/5 Greta (2018) John Tan Greta will not break any genre conventions, but it is a pretty package. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Joanne Soh Efron's transition from teen heartthrob to adult actor has not been smooth, but if he is rightly cast, like in this case, he soars. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) John Tan Reynolds gives an electric performance, bringing Pikachu to life. It feels like he was instructed to repeat his Deadpool shtick, but to make it family-friendly. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
2/5 Brightburn (2019) Jonathan Roberts Brightburn has a horror tinge -- there are some gory scenes and real wincing moments (glass in the eye, anyone?) -- but otherwise it feels airless and repetitive. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Jonathan Roberts The longer and clearer the fight scenes are, the more daylight is let in on the magic. That said, it is still fun. Reeves does his thing, Ian McShane works his roguish charm at an Olympic standard and we get more Lance Reddick. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
2.5/5 Teen Spirit (2018) Jasmine Lim Fanning is adequate but something also rings rather hollow, and she lacks the charisma needed to draw the audience in. Instead, it is Buric's poignant, raw take that gives Teen Spirit its emotional depth. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
2/5 King of Thieves (2018) Jasmine Lim What King Of Thieves truly manages to do is to rob you of almost two hours of your time. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
3/5 The Hustle (2019) Jeanmarie Tan This is no Bridesmaids, but at least it hustles hard to get there. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
3.5/5 Long Shot (2019) Jeanmarie Tan The optics of a Theron-Rogen pairing may not be good in the beginning, but by the time we reach the final scenes, they just look right together. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/5 Hotel Mumbai (2018) Jeanmarie Tan Hotel Mumbai grips you from start to finish, but the real horror is leaving the theatre knowing that such madness and massacre is not confined to the big screen and is far from over. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
2/5 The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Jasmine Lim Originality is not its forte, as all it does is stitch together popular and time-tested horror movie tropes and stick a new title on it. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/5 Fighting With My Family (2019) Jonathan Roberts This is a heart-warmer that, just like WWE, looks cheesy but soon sweeps you up in its energy until you are cheering along with everyone else. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
4.5/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Jonathan Roberts If you leave this film not once having felt your eyes heat up, or having your vision distort as a tear wells in your eye, you might just be Thanos. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
2/5 Hellboy (2019) Jonathan Roberts When you find yourself glazing over during the on-screen carnage and thinking more about how both Milla Jovovich and Kim have barely aged in over a decade, you know that film has gone wrong. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
2/5 After (2019) Jasmine Lim The performances are spotty and half-hearted, even the most serious of lines are laughable. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
2.5/5 Shazam! (2019) Jonathan Roberts If you left the cinema feeling meh, don't worry. There are a few of us for whom Shazam! did not spark or take off, which is ironic for a lightning-powered superhero. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
2.5/5 The Unicorn Store (2017) Joanne Soh ...the set-up gets a little too whimsical and abstract for its own good. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
3.5/5 Missing Link (2019) Jasmine Lim This charming family film is also a lesson in friendship, empathy and identity. And on a deeper level, a witty and deft dismantling of British colonialism. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/5 P Storm (2019) Jasmine Lim Raymond Lam's enigmatic villain who steals the show. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
2.5/5 The Highwaymen (2019) Jasmine Lim The Highwaymen is slow-moving and the dialogue is forgettable. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
3/5 Pet Sematary (2019) Kok Yufeng It is a well-made horror film sure to please many - it just fails to break any new ground. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
2.5/5 Boy Erased (2018) Jeanmarie Tan This boy may not have been erased, but he is certainly quite forgettable. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
3/5 Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Jasmine Lim Gibson returns to the big screen to play yet another cop with a questionable mental state, delivering a performance that is steady and restrained. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
3/5 Dumbo (2019) Joanne Soh What really amazes here is the CGI. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
2.5/5 The Hummingbird Project (2018) Jasmine Lim The Hummingbird Project gets too esoteric for its own good. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
4/5 The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Jasmine Lim Such a heartwarming and well-made movie does not often come around, and this is one both young ones and adults will enjoy. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
4/5 Us (2019) Jonathan Roberts For a second film, Us has a Spielberg-like confidence. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
The Aftermath (2019) Jeanmarie Tan With gorgeous production values and set designs, The Aftermath could be a distant cousin of 2007's Atonement. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
4/5 At Eternity's Gate (2018) Jasmine Lim At Eternity's Gate transforms itself into a painting in its own right that the late artist would have been proud of. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
3/5 Triple Frontier (2019) Jasmine Lim The talented cast elevates a decidedly average plot to one that is worth catching. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
3/5 Vox Lux (2018) Serafina Basciano Dazzling cinematography and haunting music. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/5 Isn't It Romantic (2019) Joanne Soh There are several laugh-out-loud moments, like how every cuss word is bleeped out by either the beeping sound of a reversing truck or an alarm clock going off. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/5 Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Jasmine Lim Ironically, all the plot holes, illogical writing, repetitiveness and heavy reliance on slapstick shtick miraculously work in its favour. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019