Casey's Movie Mania

Casey's Movie Mania is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Casey Chong
Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) Casey Chong Unfortunately, what we have here instead is an unnecessarily overlong (clocking a little over 2 hours!) and largely unfunny comedy that sees Will Ferrell's once-promising career continues to take a plunge. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
4/5 Da 5 Bloods (2020) Casey Chong "Da 5 Bloods" ranks as one of Spike Lee's best movies to date and a timely one as well, especially given the current issue that's been going on today. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
2.5/5 Becky (2020) Casey Chong While the ultra-violent version of "Home Alone" seems like a dream come true for horror fans, the execution itself is a mixed bag. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2020
1/5 The Last Days of American Crime (2020) Casey Chong A colossal failure of epic proportions, to be exact, complete with a patience-testing 148 minutes (!) running time that feels like an eternity. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2020
4/5 The Vast of Night (2019) Casey Chong The success of "The Vast of Night" lies on its lo-fi but high-concept premise that breaks the convention of a sci-fi movie involving strange things happen in a small town. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
2/5 The Rhythm Section (2020) Casey Chong Frankly, Blake Lively deserved better than this colossal letdown of a movie. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2020
2.5/5 Capone (2020) Casey Chong What we have here is more of a half-baked effort that feels strangely incomplete and hollow in most parts. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2020
3/5 Extraction (2020) Casey Chong Now, if you primarily watch "Extraction" for the action alone, this is where the movie excels the most. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2020
2/5 Sergio (2020) Casey Chong As both biopic and political thriller, it feels stagnant and generic while lacking a certain dramatic tension. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2020
5/5 First Man (2018) Casey Chong [Chazelle] offers a fresh perspective on Neil Armstrong's life at work, detailing his journey as an astronaut on a mission mostly shot either from an intimate or first-person point-of-view. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2020
5/5 La La Land (2016) Casey Chong Damien Chazelle has clearly established himself as one of today's great genre directors in all things musical. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2020
4/5 Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Casey Chong Every action sequence in this movie is thrillingly staged with visceral perfection. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2020
4/5 Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) Casey Chong A must-see for all action fans. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2020
5/5 Ilo Ilo (2013) Casey Chong Poignant, funny and heartbreaking, Anthony Chen's feature debut in "Ilo Ilo" is a true gem of a Singaporean drama. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2020
3/5 Judy (2019) Casey Chong Rupert Goold made the right choice of enlisting the long-missed Renée Zellweger to play the title role. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2020
1/5 Bloodshot (2020) Casey Chong A dead-on-arrival of the first movie in a proposed shared cinematic universe based on Valiant Comics. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2020
2.5/5 The Lion King (2019) Casey Chong Favreau seemingly in the auto-pilot mode here when comes to storytelling. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2020
3.5/5 Crawl (2019) Casey Chong Kudos also go to Aja for staging some of the effective yet well-timed suspenseful moments, particularly the way he executes close calls and near-death experiences during the few encounters with one or sometimes more alligators. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2020
3/5 The Bravest (2019) Casey Chong "The Bravest" may have been riddled with same old clichés and yet, this is the kind of blockbuster-sized movie that deserved to be seen on the big screen just for the spectacles alone. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2020
3/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Casey Chong Despite the shortcomings, Muschietti still able to stage a few effective moments over the course of this second and final chapter. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2020
3.5/5 Weathering With You (2019) Casey Chong Viewing this as a standalone film without all the comparisons, it's hard to deny the wonderfully charming chemistry between Hina and Hodaka. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2020
2.5/5 Ode to Joy (2019) Casey Chong Cataplexy, in turn, is more of a plot gimmick - a sad case of missed opportunity. Even the laughs are few and far between. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2020
3/5 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Casey Chong Stallone brings a suitably world-weary performance to his iconic title character. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2020
3/5 Ad Astra (2019) Casey Chong The special effects are seamless while the entire production design on the outer space sequences has a sense of realism and lived-in feel to it. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2020
3/5 Ne Zha (2019) Casey Chong Jiaozi does a great job in the technical department. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2020
3.5/5 Joker (2019) Casey Chong You got to hand it to Joaquin Phoenix for fully inhabited his role of a loner on the verge of psychological breakdown in "Joker". EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2020
2.5/5 Gemini Man (2019) Casey Chong "Gemini Man" is undoubtedly a technical achievement but it clearly isn't enough to offset the movie's huge gap of weaknesses suffered from a middling script and uneven direction. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2020
2.5/5 In the Tall Grass (2019) Casey Chong A tedious slog struggling to reach the finish line. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2020
5/5 Long Weekend (1978) Casey Chong Eggleston's direction is surprisingly tense and engaging while the late great Ozploitation writer Everett De Roche's minimalist screenplay speaks volumes in term of its psychological and environmental subtexts. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2020
3.5/5 Body Parts (1991) Casey Chong I found "Body Parts" both fun and macabre at the same time. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2020
3.5/5 Sole Survivor (1984) Casey Chong Eberhardt manages to make good use of the amount to craft a horror movie full of foreboding dread with the help of David F. Anthony's ambient score. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2020
2/5 Maleficent (2014) Casey Chong No doubt the concept is fascinating, but too bad the movie itself fails to capitalise the potential. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2020
3/5 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Casey Chong The sequel, however, is thankfully an improvement over the poorly-executed first movie, thanks to the more experienced director Joachim Rønning. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2020
3/5 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Casey Chong The sequel does have its fair share of moments. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2020
3/5 The Addams Family (2019) Casey Chong The CG animation is nothing particularly remarkable but at least the movie does faithfully retain its macabre visuals and even getting the original characters design right. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2020
3/5 A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) Casey Chong Like "Shaun the Sheep Movie", the sequel retains most of the same family-friendly British charm and slapstick antics that runs at a breezy 86 minutes. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2020
3.5/5 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Casey Chong "Jumanji: The Next Level" turns out to be a better-than-expected sequel. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2020
3/5 The Good Liar (2019) Casey Chong A fairly decent thriller. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2020
5/5 Bombshell (2019) Casey Chong Director Jay Roach and screenwriter Charles Randolph seamlessly incorporate satire and biographical drama in this lively (and dramatic) re-telling of the notorious 2016 Fox News scandal. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2020
4/5 Parasite (2019) Casey Chong Kudos go to Bong's sleight-of-hand narrative approach, as he seamlessly defying genres by alternating from drama to comedy to thriller and back again over the course of its 131-minute running time. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2020
3.5/5 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Casey Chong Kudos go to Tarantino for fully invested into DiCaprio and Pitt's characters respectively, as he gives them ample rooms for them to shine with their roles. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2020
3/5 P Storm (2019) Casey Chong Combining prison movie and undercover drama, the result is a reasonably entertaining genre mashup. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2020
3.5/5 Dukun (2018) Casey Chong The numerous courtroom scenes are deftly handled, thanks to excellent performances from Faizal Hussein and Chew Kin Wah, who made quite an impression playing a no-nonsense prosecutor. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2020
3.5/5 Crossroads: One Two Jaga (2018) Casey Chong Co-writer and director Nam Ron offers a stark contrast that made good use of its title to explore the meaning beyond the sole purpose of the otherwise harmless "cops and robbers" kids game. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2020
4/5 Still Human (2018) Casey Chong [Anthony] Wong's perfectly restrained performance as Cheong-Wing is both sympathetic and at times, display a right sense of humour. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2020
3.5/5 Fly by Night (2018) Casey Chong A promising feature-length directorial debut for Zahir Omar and definitely an up-and-coming Malaysian filmmaker to look out for in the future. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2020
4/5 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Casey Chong The good news is, director Tim Miller gets most of them right as he clearly understands that you don't have to overcomplicate matters by deconstructing the franchise's time-travel elements. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2020
3/5 Doctor Sleep (2019) Casey Chong Although "Doctor Sleep" doesn't quite reach the same height as "The Shining", this long-awaited sequel remains a decent entry. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2020
2.5/5 Midway (2019) Casey Chong I can see that he really wanted to pull off a good old-fashioned World War II movie that feels earnest and straight to the point. It's just that Emmerich is never known as a credible storyteller. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2020
2/5 Charlie's Angels (2019) Casey Chong The story limps from one scene to another, with only a few sporadically entertaining moments. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2020