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 The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) Casey Chong After the nerve-racking opening sequence, I hate to say this but it's all goes downhill for the rest of the film. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2021
2.5/5 Army Of The Dead (2021) Casey Chong The film's biggest problem - the whopping 148-minute running time feels too long for its own good. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2021
3/5 The Woman in the Window (2021) Casey Chong "The Woman in the Window" is far from a poorly-made film. It wasn't a great one either. Just decent enough for a Rear Window-like knockoff that does deliver some worthwhile moments. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2021
2.5/5 Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) Casey Chong Despite running at a seemingly economical 100 minutes, the film suffers from an erratic pace that takes too long for the setup to get to the point. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2021
3/5 Oxygen (2021) Casey Chong "Oxygen" has a few worthwhile suspenseful moments [while Alexandre] Aja and his frequent cinematographer Maxime Alexandre manage to find ways for various camera placements within the cramped space of the cryogenic chamber. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2021
2/5 Things Heard & Seen (2021) Casey Chong [Things Heard & Seen] ultimately falters where it matters the most - the supernatural-horror story that feels neither intriguing nor scary. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2021
2.5/5 Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (2021) Casey Chong "Tom Clancy's Without Remorse" [is] a missed opportunity. A huge one at that, beginning with the story that feels awfully generic and even too dour for its own good. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2021
3/5 Nobody (2021) Casey Chong [Ilya] Naishuller knows well enough how to stage a brutal action scene that feels both visceral, gritty and thrilling. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2021
4/5 Sound of Metal (2019) Casey Chong A triumph in acting and sound design, with the former featuring Riz Ahmed's career-best performance as Ruben Stone. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2021
5/5 The Father (2020) Casey Chong "The Father" is brutally honest and heartbreaking, making it perhaps the best film about dementia ever seen. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2021
5/5 Nomadland (2020) Casey Chong Frances McDormand [delivers a] genuinely sympathetic, lived-in performance as Fern - easily her career-best performance since her 1984 debut in "Blood Simple". EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2021
3.5/5 Minari (2020) Casey Chong While "Minari" gets a little too tidy the way Lee Isaac Chung chose to tell the struggles of Korean immigrants' experience chasing the American Dream, he does a good job in bringing out the best in his ensemble cast. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2021
3/5 Promising Young Woman (2020) Casey Chong At the heart of "Promising Young Woman" is Carey Mulligan, showcasing a remarkable acting range, where she effortlessly alternate from brash to darkly humorous and at times, emotionally vulnerable in one of her best performances to date. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2021
2.5/5 Mortal Kombat (2021) Casey Chong Whereas the action is both gory and violent as it should be, [director] Simon McQuoid got so carried away with his insistence of taking a grounded approach in his movie. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2021
3/5 The Vigil (2019) Casey Chong [Director] Keith Thomas does what he can to elicit some genuine scares and suspenseful moments with his clever use of camerawork, sound effects and dark environment. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2021
4/5 Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Casey Chong [Adam] Wingard gave us a good reason that a movie like "Godzilla vs. Kong" is meant to be experienced in the cinema. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2021
3.5/5 Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) Casey Chong [Zack Snyder's version] is more coherent in tone and context while both motivations and character development serve better and clearer purposes. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2021
3/5 Yes Day (2021) Casey Chong "Yes Day" is a welcome diversion. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2021
2/5 Cherry (2021) Casey Chong Try as they might, the Russos' flashy filmmaking style can't mask the fact that "Cherry" lacks emotional heft while the story feels too distanced for its own good. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2021
2.5/5 Crisis (2021) Casey Chong [Nicholas] Jarecki's latest movie lacks both dramatic urgency and above all, emotional poignancy to make us root for the characters. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2021
2/5 Monster Hunter (2020) Casey Chong Even if [Paul W.S] Anderson meant to approach "Monster Hunter" as a check-your-brain-at-the-door B-movie style, it lacks that much-needed sustainable sense of mindless fun to last until the end. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2021
1/5 Coming 2 America (2021) Casey Chong I hate to say this but "Coming 2 America" is painfully unfunny, with most of the jokes misses the target. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
2.5/5 Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Casey Chong "Raya and the Last Dragon" could have been a new Disney classic-in-the-making if not for the movie's lack of originality and decision of playing safe with the formula. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
2.5/5 Tom & Jerry (2021) Casey Chong If only [Tim] Story could have done us a favour by presenting more Tom and Jerry and less human interactions, the result would have been a better movie than what we got here instead. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
3.5/5 I Care a Lot (2020) Casey Chong [Rosamund] Pike is in top form here, whose steely and cold-as-ice demeanour hits the right spot for her role as Marla Grayson. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
2/5 The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021) Casey Chong [While] Kyle Allen and Kathryn Newton share wonderful chemistry, director Ian Samuels doesn't do much to offer anything fresh or new in this oft-told "Groundhog Day"-like premise. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2021
1/5 Bliss (2021) Casey Chong Too bad writer-director Mike Cahill flooded his movie with too many unanswered questions and it doesn't help that he loves to go ambiguous in a terribly muddled manner. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2021
2.5/5 Space Sweepers (2021) Casey Chong And yet, for all the stunning visuals and exciting effects-laden action sequences, "Space Sweepers" mostly misses its mark. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
2.5/5 Penguin Bloom (2020) Casey Chong "Penguin Bloom" is pretty much a missed opportunity. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2021
4/5 The White Tiger (2021) Casey Chong ... writer-director Ramin Bahrani balances a mix of darkly satirical drama and a crime thriller that is lively, gripping and entertaining. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
2/5 Outside the Wire (2021) Casey Chong The word "generic" is best described for Netflix's "Outside the Wire" despite screenwriters Rowan Athale and Rob Yescombe's potentially ambitious "Training Day"-like premise in the mould of a sci-fi action thriller. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
3/5 Pieces of a Woman (2020) Casey Chong "Pieces of a Woman", which marks Hungarian-born Kornél Mundruczó's English-language directorial debut, features one of the best opening scenes ever seen in recent years. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2021
3.5/5 Shock Wave 2 (2020) Casey Chong ... this standalone sequel is surprisingly entertaining enough, thanks to (Herman) Yau's fast-paced direction and Li Chung-Chi's energetic action choreography... EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2021
2.5/5 The Midnight Sky (2020) Casey Chong ... when comes to both story and characters, this is where "The Midnight Sky" falters the most. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
2.5/5 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Casey Chong Although there are few worthwhile scenes, the sequel is pretty much a missed opportunity. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2020
4/5 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Casey Chong Watching "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" is akin to experiencing an emotional roller-coaster - the varied feelings that alternate between joy, excitement, rage, contempt, fear and sadness. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
3/5 The Prom (2020) Casey Chong From the high-spirited opening numbers of "Changing Lives" to the uplifting "Tonight Belongs to You" (my personal favourite of mine), the song-and-dance sequences are top-notch. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
2.5/5 Mank (2020) Casey Chong [Mank]'s script may have all the hallmarks of an Oscar-worthy material but it lacks the narrative hook and even dull in most parts. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
2.5/5 Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Casey Chong In what could have been a prestige picture that would put this Netflix's "Hillbilly Elegy" one of the Oscar frontrunners, Ron Howard's latest movie is nothing more than a typical Oscar bait-type melodrama. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2020
4/5 Run (2020) Casey Chong [Aneesh] Chaganty's taut direction helps and like "Searching", he knows well how to engage viewers with enough pathos that made us root for the main character. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2020
3.5/5 The Life Ahead (2020) Casey Chong At 86, Sophia Loren still has what it takes to command a great screen presence, playing the role of Madame Rosa made famous by the late Simone Signoret 43 years ago. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2020
3.5/5 The Dark and the Wicked (2020) Casey Chong Bertino relies heavily on mood minus the expository-heavy scenario to tell his story. It works in many ways, beginning with the film's dread-inducing atmosphere from the get-go and a few grisly, yet graphically-violent moments. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
2/5 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2020) Casey Chong Never in a million years would I end up feeling bored watching a "SpongeBob SquarePants" movie. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
4/5 His House (2020) Casey Chong ... what makes "His House" an above-average horror film is the social-drama underpinnings that deal with the timely subject matters on the refugee crisis, xenophobia and racism. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2020
2/5 Rebecca (2020) Casey Chong The new "Rebecca" severely lacks the psychological tension and the crucial sense of atmospheric dread that Hitchcock did successfully in his 1940 original. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
3/5 The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Casey Chong All the usual suspects are here: snappy and acid-tongued dialogues as well as sardonic wits that Sorkin clearly has a field day making "The Trial of the Chicago 7" a courtroom circus both literally and figuratively. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
1.5/5 Vanguard (2020) Casey Chong Watching "Vanguard" made me felt like Russell Crowe's Tom Cooper from "Unhinged" - all hatred and anger boiling up inside me. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
3.5/5 Unhinged (2020) Casey Chong [Director] Derrick Borte pulls no punches when comes to depicting the violent consequences of road rage in an unapologetically B-movie vibe. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2020
3/5 Enola Holmes (2020) Casey Chong Playing a rebellious 16-year-old teenager is certainly a spot-on vehicle for Millie Bobby Brown, who exudes effortless charm with just enough spunk and sass to her title role. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2020
2/5 The Devil All the Time (2020) Casey Chong Overall, it's a shame that despite fine performances, "The Devil All the Time" remains a missed opportunity. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020