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Rating Title/Year Author
Disturbing the Peace (2020) John Lui The movie tries to explain the discrepancy but gets bogged down in reverence and flashbacks to the same battle, shown ad nauseum. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
Queen & Slim (2019) John Lui It is not entirely successful in its attempt to transform impotent rage into uplift, but the journey is not without its moments of visual splendour. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) John Lui This movie's woman-first stance is handled well, as the formation of the all-woman hero team feels organic and unforced. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
4.5/5 Uncut Gems (2019) John Lui This is an energy shot of a movie, a dose of which will leave viewers jittery, but craving more. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
5/5 The Cave (2019) Alison de Souza Isolated from their families, they sometimes break down and director Feras Fayyad (Last Men In Aleppo, 2017) knows just how to linger on those moments. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
3.5/5 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) John Lui The Peanut Butter Falcon is a rambling, ramshackle comedy-drama that like the makeshift boat at the centre of the film, should not float, but does so anyway. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
4/5 Little Women (2019) John Lui Little Women brings a jolt of energy to a story set in 19th-century Massachusetts, making it spring to life a way that sets the standard for period drama. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
1917 (2019) John Lui It is a triumph of immersive storytelling. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
3.5/5 An Easy Girl (2019) John Lui A film with a brisker, breezier approach to its potentially heavy central idea is the French work with the deliberately provocative title of An Easy Girl. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
3/5 Dark Waters (2019) John Lui Well-intentioned and well-acted, but baggy and overlong, this work feels more suited to be a mini-series than a feature film. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
2.5/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) John Lui There is a gentleness here present in all Waititi films, but that soft touch does not quite work in a story dealing with the radioactive idea of racial hate, a theme diluted by the excess of supporting characters and secondary ideas. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
2/5 Spies in Disguise (2019) John Lui This attempt at a body-swop comedy starts promisingly, but squanders its comic and creative potential on weak gags that bank on Smith's easy charm. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/5 Sweet Song (2019) John Lui Interesting if somewhat bland look at how women are often their own worst enemy. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
3.5/5 The Two Popes (2019) John Lui Warmly funny, sharply scripted. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
4/5 Ip Man 4: The Finale (2019) John Lui As hero exits go, it is hard to think of a more dignified or relevant way to say goodbye. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) John Lui A movie that ends the series the way it began: heavy on the spectacle and fan service, light on imagination. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
2.5/5 The Aeronauts (2019) John Lui A tiring watch. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
4/5 Marriage Story (2019) John Lui In this painfully funny and tragically sad story, Driver and Johansson deliver outstanding performances. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
3.5/5 A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) John Lui It is harder to get more back-to-basics than A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
2.5/5 () John Lui The cheap jump scares, scattered around in manipulative fashion, feel like an underhanded move. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
4/5 The Irishman (2019) John Lui You will need the breaks to keep up with this beautifully told story, performed with great delicacy, especially by De Niro. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
4/5 Monos (2019) John Lui A slow-cooking nightmare of the best kind. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
4/5 () John Lui It is a big ask, but this ambitious new direction deserves everyone's attention. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
3.5/5 Frozen II (2019) John Lui Frozen II opens this week in all its sparkly, sugar-coated splendour...it mixes some gloom with the glitter, though... EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
2/5 Ford v Ferrari (2019) John Lui There is a jerkiness to the storytelling that stops this from being what it could be. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
2.5/5 Midway (2019) John Lui The most interesting fact about this production is that the director is Roland Emmerich, the man who takes disasters and makes them even more disastery. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
4/5 Abominable (2019) John Lui A satisfying, character-driven road movie. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
2/5 Doctor Sleep (2019) John Lui This adaptation of horror master King's 2013 novel of the same name seems reluctant to create genuine, sustained scares. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
2/5 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) John Lui Lazy writing, made worse by the lip service paid to the idea of growth, both in the leading four characters and their antagonists, the zombies, when in fact, nothing in the story matters. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
4/5 Dolor y gloria (2019) John Lui Slowly, what feels like a series of disconnected vignettes set over the course of a lifetime shapes up into something resembling a throughline. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
3.5/5 The Addams Family (2019) John Lui It feels like a long time since Addams-style wordplay was last in cinemas and it feels good to hear it again. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
3.5/5 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) John Lui Feels like a do-over of an old favourite with modern ornaments...This is fan service done right, mostly. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
4/5 () John Lui It holds up a mirror, forcing audiences to articulate their own thoughts about speaking up rather than sitting in silence. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
2.5/5 The Kill Team (2019) John Lui What might have been a riveting account of a war crime is now a shallow depiction of a young man's moral crisis. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
2.5/5 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) John Lui Despite the drums of war beating louder, there is not a lot of momentum to the story. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
2/5 The Current War (2019) John Lui Cumberbatch and Shannon waste their time in this high-brow re-enactment, directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
2.5/5 Gemini Man (2019) John Lui This high-budget, A-list actor attempt at what is usually a pulpy sub-genre of science-fiction feels limp for the reason that it is an A-list, high-budget movie, slumming. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/5 So Long, My Son (Di jiu tian chang) (2019) John Lui This slow-moving drama sneaks up on the viewer. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/5 The Farewell (2019) John Lui There are big, tear-jerking scenes, with Awkwafina and older actress Zhao nailing the chemistry as to what brings them together, and why saying goodbye will bring such terrible sorrow. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
2.5/5 Joker (2019) John Lui It is a narcissistic fantasy beloved of mass shooters and war criminals, not antiheroes. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/5 Ad Astra (2019) John Lui Ad Astra is a visually stunning movie that could do with more silence and less dialogue. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
4/5 Midsommar (2019) Boon Chan The restrained approach pays off and the revelations that follow make quite a shocking impact. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
3.5/5 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) John Lui There is an honesty to the Rambo story that is rare in movies - he wants bad men to die and takes the shortest, most over-the-top bloody route possible. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
2/5 The Goldfinch (2019) John Lui A late plot development turns what feels like a so-so introspective examination of grief into an aggressively mediocre heist movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
3.5/5 Weathering With You (2019) Boon Chan It has to be said though that Your Name felt more magical...but Shinkai still manages to make the ending satisfying and surprising, like a warm ray of light peeking through dark storm clouds. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
3.5/5 Hua jiao zhi wei (2019) John Lui The movie succeeds, mostly because of the degree of care taken with each woman's background, which is rooted in concerns peculiar to their age, class and society. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
2.5/5 Hustlers (2019) John Lui The strippers - and audiences - deserve a better, more shaded picture. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/5 In Your Hands (Au bout des doigts) (2018) John Lui This film serves as a reminder, too often forgotten in dramas which lean on dialogue, that cinema is a medium of vision and sound. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/5 The Great Hack (2019) Alison de Souza All of which is sobering, and you would hope it makes viewers think twice about not insisting on better data protections and rights. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
3.5/5 Plus One (2019) John Lui This is a sweet, heart-on-a-sleeve celebration of love blossoming in unlikely circumstances. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019