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Movie Ratings and Reviews

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV

Beautiful animation but suffers from an incoherent script and poor editing. Looks more like a long trailer for fans only, to accompany Sony's big launch of the next FFXV game.

Jason Bourne
Jason Bourne(2016)

Epic. Good to have Matt Damon back as Jason Bourne in this pulsating and intense espionage thriller. The pace slows down in this chapter to deliver the back story of Bourne's past, without sacrificing the high octane chase sequences. Interesting to see how the script will evolve. Looking forward to the next!


Wanted to give the girls a chance, but it was way too disappointing. A great cast cannot lift a terrible script. Enjoyed the cameos of the original cast though.

Ice Age: Collision Course

Ice Age Collision Course needs a reality check. It's a totally uninspired work of animation, running on empty in creativity.

Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek Beyond doesn't disappoint in delivering good blockbuster action, which feels more like Fast and Furious set in space. Great casting. Love the humour. But forgettable.

Suicide Squad

Horrible. Was there even a plot to begin with? A complete waste of time.

Finding Dory
Finding Dory(2016)

Sweetness overload. I loved everything about Finding Dory - the visuals, the script, and most of all, the message that was thought provoking and meaningful. An excellent sequel to Finding Nemo that is engaging, funny and absolutely entertaining. A MUST WATCH!

Money Monster

An excellent satire on the financial world. George Clooney's lead character reminded me of CNBC's Jim Cramer, who was ripped apart by Jon Stewart for his shameless and rogue handling of investment calls during the sub-prime crisis. A powerful film with a strong theme. Well written, great cast and entertaining. However, this film may feel muddled and difficult to follow for those who are not so conversant on economic and investment matters.

X-Men: Apocalypse

X Men: Apocalypse lives up to the high expectations set by its predecessor, X-Men:Days of Future Past, but the one thing that stopped this X Men Apocalypse from being a great film is that it lacked a compelling villain, having borrowed heavily from biblical themes that made it terribly nonsensical. Otherwise, it was a strong all round performance from its excellent cast. Good directing and sturdy editing helped to rein in what could otherwise have been an unwieldy action film overloaded with too many characters.

Central Intelligence

Surprisingly entertaining and funny. A sweet goofy buddy film that shines, thanks to the strong performances of Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart. Despite some plot holes, it's a good comedy that plays to the strengths and chemistry of both actors. I think most of all, I loved the fact that it sent a strong message on self esteem and anti-bullying. It got everyone talking after it was over. Now that's a successful film, in my opinion.

Independence Day: Resurgence

Ho hum. A film that tried too hard, and achieved nothing substantial, filled with cliches plot lines, and a poor script. The product placements for China made goods and mandatory China actors, reminded me how film studios milk their franchises and assume that audiences can continue to be insulted with weak scripts.

Now You See Me 2

Disappointing. A thoughtless sequel.


Spotlight is a Masterpiece. Based on a true and factual story of a team of investigative journalists from The Boston Globe who exposed the Catholic Church's cover up of clergy pedophilia that shocked the city, the nation, and the world, the compelling and brilliant screenplay is sublime, yet gripping. Combined with excellent directing, crisp editing and a stellar cast, it's no wonder that Spotlight bagged the Academy Award for Best Picture. A refreshing change from the CGI steroid charged films. A fitting tribute to journalists around the world who take so much personal and professional risks to speak truth to institutional power. A MUST WATCH.

The Jungle Book

This remake of The Jungle Book under the careful supervision of Jon Favreau is a cinematic wonder. A visual delight. Beautiful.

Eye In The Sky

Eye in the Sky boasts of a stellar A-list cast, that serves up one of the best cerebal thrillers that have come to the cinema in the longest time. The briliant and tight editing keeps you grabbing to the edge of your seats. It's thought provoking, intelligent, and powerfully delivered. Masterclass.

The Huntsman: Winter's War

A stellar cast can't lift a story that is not compelling. This Snow White prequel, that attempts to draw the Ice Queen into the tale, felt like a darker version of Frozen. Nice visuals, but forgettable.

Captain America: Civil War

Captain America: Civil War knocked me off my feet. Just when I thought that it would be difficult for Marvel to outperform itself, I was pleasantly shocked. Not only is this the best in the Captain America series, I dare say, this is the best of the Avengers/Marvel Universe. The screenplay, directing, and of course, the casting, takes another notch in distinction. There's nothing more thought provoking than a powerful story of redemption, friendship, honour, nobility and justice, especially when principles collide. The quiet run-up fuels the final act, which will blow you away. Saying more would only lead to spoilers. A MUST WATCH.

The Divergent Series: Allegiant

Allegiant, the third in the series of this dystopian young adult fantasy, was certainly an improvement from its predecessors, thanks to stronger direction, improved editing and better acting from its young cast, notably Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort and Theo James. It was entertaining, but lacked a compelling narrative arc that keeps the audience engaged and drawn to the finale. Here's hoping that the last will be the best.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi

Intense and chilling. Given that this is based on the true story of what went wrong in Benghazi that led to the death of the American Ambassador, 13 Hours is everything an action packed thriller would be - periods of explosions and shootouts, marked with intermittent quiet that prepares for the next onslaught. The fear is real, and much of the story hinges on the quiet mercenary heroes who go against the CIA chief.

Zoolander 2
Zoolander 2(2016)

Zoolander 2 squandered it what with a really bad and messy script. It was a movie made up entirely of celebrity cameo appearances - Anna Wintour, Justin Bieber, Marc Jacobs, Kate Moss, and even had Benedict Cumberbatch doing an androgynous hot model, never minded the story telling. It was terrible.

The Big Short

The Big Short is so well made, it's like a Dummy's Guide to the 2008 housing credit financial crisis. Well acted and brilliantly delivered, the screenplay is a genius adaptation of Michael Lewis' book of the same name. It's funny, smart and wildly entertaining.

Hail, Caesar!

Hail, Caeser! is a cynical period piece on behind-the-scenes post-war Hollywood. It packs many light hearted sub-plots but ends up like a purposeless pursuit with no fitting finale. Such a waste.

Kung Fu Panda 3

KFP3 boasts of being Disney's first Chinese JV - well made but formulaic and boring. The narrative remains a predictable one - of one rising up to an impossible challenge and capable of being an unlikely hero and finding self worth and family in the end.

The Revenant
The Revenant(2015)

The Reverant is beautifully cinematic, fueled by incredible performances from its cast led by Leo Caprio. Certainly an absorbing drama of hardship, harsh and punishing challenges and of ingrained racism.


Of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Deadpool has to be the most irreverent and subversive. Certainly the least family friendly of the Marvel superheroes, it was well crafted as a funny and entertaining, but violent anti-hero rogue fest.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

BvS was one massive two and a half hour disappointment, no thanks to its messy plotholes and incoherent narrative arc. The bright spot was WonderWoman - she stole the show.

London Has Fallen

London Has Fallen is as formulaic and as cliched as any bloodied action packed espionage thriller will be.

Inside Out
Inside Out(2015)

Top marks for originality. Conceptually brilliant. But I found it too melancholic and the subtle messages too disturbing for my liking. I didn't enjoy the film at all, in fact I found it irritating. I may be the only one not raving about it, but I think there is cause for concern as to how Inside Out undermines the mind of a person. Firstly, it was a look into the mind of an 11 year old, as if she had no control over any of her emotions, and it was her emotions having control over her, pressing buttons as if she were a robot. It comes across as if we are are at the mercy of our emotions, and we start to doubt ourselves. Second, the animation was suggestive of stereotyping of the emotions. For example, the melancholic "Sad" character, was drawn as fat, bespectacled, short, blue and turtlenecked, while Joy, the happy character, was lithe, tall, slim and pretty. This animated film is packed with subtle messages which are detrimental to children's perception of themselves. It shames body types. It shames emotions. It shames the self. Inside Out is neither smart nor emotional. It is dangerous for children and young people.

The Intern
The Intern(2015)

Charming. I have always loved watching Robert De Niro in comedy. It's as if The Intern was written with him in mind. The film begins well but sinks heavily into melodrama with a predictable ending.


I watched it only because of Jack Black. Goosebumps suffered from weak pacing. Funny in parts but frantic in most.

Hotel Transylvania 2

Funny in parts, but loses direction quickly. Formulaic and forgettable.

The Martian
The Martian(2015)

Brilliant. Matt Damon deserves a best actor nomination for shouldering the entire movie, The Martian. It was so well played and so realistic - the humor, the angst, the hope, the fear and the tears. This film makes it to my top 5 films of the year deserving nominations for Best Actor, Best Direction, Best Screenplay and Best Film. A must watch.

The Peanuts Movie

Endearing. The Peanuts Movie is clearly an unambitious movie that only wants to share the sweet nostalgia for those of us who grew up with Charlie Brown and gang. I loved it.

Bridge of Spies

Insane. Outstanding to the max. It's such a gripping thriller, yet the build up in the characters makes one marvel at the excellent film making skills of a Spielberg film, anchored on the acting brilliance of Tom Hanks. Bridge of Spies jumps to my top 5 list of best films of the year. I'm rooting for best film, best direction, best actor, best supporting actor. A must, must watch.

Pawn Sacrifice

An excellent performance by Tobey Maguire as the troubled but brilliant chess player, Bobby Fischer, and supported by an incredibly good cast. Gripping to the end.

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation

Intense, and surprising very good. MI: The Rogue Nation was definitely a thriller, and cements Tom Cruise's status still as leading man in action films. The casting was excellent, and the camaraderie was obvious. The film was very well paced, and packed with good humour, great action, and great direction. Loved it.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

The concluding part to the Hunger Games franchise stayed faithful to the book, but it lacked urgency and excitement. The film was poorly paced, and missed its climactic end, no thanks to poor directing and editing. The acting was strangely wooden, and the film lacked direction to take it to its fitting finale. Such a shame.

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Beyond doubt, the most entertaining film of the year. SW7- The Force Awakens packs a punch, and delivers on every segment - great story telling, well paced, good directing, and brilliant casting to boot. This is one film where the less said, the better. Spoilers would really kill your enjoyment of the film. Suffice to say, JJ Abrams did justice to the franchise, and fans would be so delighted. Go watch on 3D and IMAX. I'm watching it again. And again. And again.

Victor Frankenstein

Having James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe as the lead actors made all the difference in this latest reboot of Frankenstein. But the best of their acting chops could not lift the film from its ludicrous script. Entertaining, but forgettable.


Spectre was a disappointing fare, not living up to expectation after the strong performance set by its predecessor Skyfall. The script lost direction, waffling through one action sequence after another, plugging holes in its convoluted plot that was trying too hard to connect the pieces together. Overall, Spectre still managed to rely on its classic James Bond formula to deliver a watchable, but uninspired film. Forgettable.

The Good Dinosaur

The Good Dinosaur rides on the traditional Disney storyline, and felt very much like the dinosaur version of The Lion King, with a puppy-like human child for a sidekick. Great visuals but a little draggy and boring.

Point Break
Point Break(2015)

Point Break is the equivalent of the Fast and Furious franchise. Instead of cars, Point Break specialises in extreme sports, and lead actor, Luke Bracey attempts to fill the void left by Paul Walker - handsome, blonde, agile and conflicted.

The action scenes cover a wide range of the extreme sports universe - and each extreme sport stunt is acted by renown specialists. These heart stopping stunts alone are worth watching, but the film is let down by a weak script and poor story telling.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Charming. Packed with a great cast, it's hard not to love the colours of this sequel, and its focus on the hearts and hopes of the ageing. A film of many layers, which occasionally comes across as muddled and meandering. It comes complete with the standard fare of a Bollywood dance piece at the end.


Oh not so great. Formulaic, but fails in its story telling.

While We're Young

Muddled and pretentious. An uneven delivery that meanders and stalls.

American Sniper

Gripping. Bradley Cooper rocks and certainly deserved his Best Actor Academy Award nomination. It is a sober and realistic take on the life of a highly skilled sniper, and the toll it takes on him psychologically. American sniper packs a powerful punch, and keeps you engrossed from beginning to end. One of the better war films that will remain as a inspiring classic.

Danny Collins

I ought to be kind given it's an Al Pacino film. He could do with better scripts than that of a cocaine snorting has-been 70s rocker. Can't fault his acting chops. But it was a dull film.

Ocean's Eleven

Watched this classic again. Still as entertaining.

Song Of The Sea

The much acclaimed "Song of the Sea", an Academy Award nominee for best animation certainly took me by surprise. It was stunning - both visually and in the story telling. A must watch if you are looking for a compelling fantasy tale that is bold, different and moving. Be amazed.

Far From the Madding Crowd

A beautifully made drama of the literary classic by Thomas Hardy of the same title, Far From The Madding Crowd boasts of great casting and a engrossing story of a young woman who attracts three suitors in the Victorian age. Loved it.

Shaun the Sheep Movie

Enjoyable. Shaun the Sheep is warm and entertaining, even for adults, thanks to brilliant animation, even without a word spoken. The story line is simple, yet profound.


Absolutely loved it. Ant-Man was surprisingly entertaining, compelling, and a refreshing take on the narrative arcs of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Although a lower scale effort, Ant-Man is surprisingly artistic and appealing. Its CGI action is anchored on enjoyable story telling, with a fitting climax to boot, one that everyone would love, especially kids. Without giving away any more spoilers, just stay on for the after-credits.

Terminator Genisys

I've been looking forward to this reboot, and I absolutely LOVED it. Powerfully packed with adrenalin, intense action, thrills and spills and chase sequences with the terminators. I especially enjoyed Emilia Clarke ably slipping into the role as the queen of bad ass heroines, Sarah Connor, held long by the iconic Linda Hamilton for decades. And of course, no Terminator series can be complete without iconic Arnie. Great reimagining with the story telling, and I enjoyed the intelligent twists, and well edited. I'm watching it again!


Minions is what it is expected to be - all silly fun and nonsense. Unevenly paced, but a delightful animation nonetheless, of a group of the cutest (and most merchandise-friendly!) yellow capsule-like innocent creatures who pursue only one goal - that of serving the baddest boss ever. The very talented Pierre Coffin could have strengthened the story arc rather than resort to too much tiresome slapstick humour in this prequel to the very successful non-Disney "Despicable Me" franchise. Set in the 60's era, the soundtrack totally rocks. A definite blockbuster for sure. More yellow to come!


Tomorrowland is a film about hope and optimism, a rare find in today's movie world of horror, violence, superheroes and apocalypse. It puts the responsibility of caring for this world back into the hands of young people to make the change, and not be afraid to dream. The young actors steal the show. What's refreshing is that it's family friendly, and empowers kids to make a difference. The children are the superheroes of the future. Remember this. "Which wolf would you feed?"

Pitch Perfect 2

A completely washed out script that is saved by some good singing.

Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max Fury Road is yet another post-apocalyptic action film - violent and disturbing. The script is unbearably thin and is essentially one long chase scene. Top marks for breath taking cinematography and great camera work.

San Andreas
San Andreas(2015)

An intense disaster movie that delivers. Watch it for the impressive special effects and action, which makes up for the weak script. Dwayne Johnson manages to hold it together very well as the hero, and the casting doesn't disappoint either.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

An ambitious buffet of superheroes that creates fresh challenges for the plot and direction to keep the story telling and action coherent and tight. Marvel has raised the bar so high, it can only disappoint itself. It fails in parts, and wins in parts, and many a time, veered on the edge of being unwieldy. Loved the attention to character development, but too many pit stops of storytelling became exhausting, especially when there were so many characters to deal with. It was interesting how the narrative arc borrowed heavily from biblical references. Avengers remains the most powerful platform that successfully creates new launch pads for several characters to stand alone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Overall is still a clear winner. However, this is one of those times when less is better.


Hilarious! Another sleeper hit for sure. Spy lacks the elegant humour of Kingsman, but makes up with the endearing humour of Melissa McCarthy as the unexpected spy, Susan Cooper. Loved the originality of the plot, which was a refreshing change from the suave Bond spy genre that sees Melissa McCarthy take the lead as Susan Cooper, the frumpy CIA operative who finally gets to go undercover. Loved how Jason Statham turns up in this action comedy in a role that pokes fun at his tough guy persona. Expect a sequel.

Jurassic World

Dinosaur rampage is what every child in us wants to see, and Jurassic World definitely doesn't disappoint. The script borrows heavily on the strength of the original. Missing the old cast led by Jeff Goldblum. Entertaining and fun, but forgettable.

Furious 7
Furious 7(2015)

Adrenalin-packed, spectacular, thrilling, crazy stunts ... and touching. Furious 7 was not just a fitting tribute to Paul Walker, it was important reminder to film makers that a strong franchise is built over a generation spanning 14 years who have an emotional investment in the very characters that they identify with. Paul's death touched millions as life imitated art. Audience - even men - wept unashamedly at the end as if their best friend died. What an outpouring of "bromance." That was the power of Fast and Furious. The camaraderie of the cast is real. And the franchise really grows on you. Looking forward to Jason Statham breaking jail for the next FF8.

I, Robot
I, Robot(2004)

Despite Will Smith being the lead, Alan Tudyk as Sonny the robot practically jumped off the screen, and steals the show! Thankfully, the strength of this robot character made this action flick more thoughtful, intelligent and believable.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

An absolutely brilliant drama comedy, thanks to the great cast led by Ralfph Fiennes, as the hotel's legendary concierge. Loved the story within a story treatment and the great screenplay that was so well executed and directed. Tony Revolori as the "lobby boy" valet, Zero was a gem. A must watch.

Run All Night

Another Liam Neeson action-packed thriller. As usual, he thrives in his role as a man with many secrets, demons and failures out to right a wrong. This time, to protect his estranged son. This film is a typically grim mobster and corrupt cops movie that is tightly woven, edgy, very well paced and boasts of great cinematography. Will keep you glued to your seats right to the end.


Surprisingly entertaining, sweet and refreshing. I actually enjoyed this very much, thanks to great directing and good acting. It was good that Kenneth Branagh stayed faithful to the traditional Cinderella story and kept it intact and yet scored with solid acting and brisk pacing. It is a beautiful production, a feast for the eyes.


The story lacked pacing, and was even annoying in parts as the police droid, Chappie tried too hard to be cute. Alan Tudyk as Sonny in IRobot did a far better characterisation of a robot that was believable and heartwarming. Sharlto Coply as Chappie was very much over-the-top. There was just too much going on so much so the build up of the story lacked a clear narrative arc and just fell flat.


It was one muddled mess alright. Bland, poorly paced and badly directed.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

An enjoyable and entertaining action-fantasy flick, but Megan Fox was again a case of bad casting.

Left Behind
Left Behind(2014)

I wished I could say something nice about this film - but the script was so bad, and the acting so poor, the lines so unconvincing, that it was the most cringeworthy film of the year. Sigh ...

Taken 3
Taken 3(2015)

Taken 3 delivers again as a formulaic action-packed film crafted for Liam Neeson. It wouldn't surprise me if there's an upcoming Taken 4.

Triumph In The Skies

A popular Cantonese TV soap opera on the lives of airline crew being made into a movie. The film boasts of postcard perfect cinematography, but suffers greatly from cliched lines, an unimaginative script and weak character development surrounding five couples. Can't help but sense that the Hong Kong movie moguls intended to milk Valentine's Day with a milder Asian equivalent of 50 shades of grey!

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

NATM movies deliver the wackiest, silliest and wildest -- and I am unashamedly a fan of Ben Stiller and co. It's good to leave the brain at the door sometimes and just enjoy some unabashedly rude mindless fun. My personal tribute to Robin William.

Into the Woods

Into the Woods failed to lift itself as a reinterpretation of Grimm fairy tales - it was neither funny, riveting nor melodic. Despite the presence of top stars as draws, the film was a mediocre and unmagical effort.


Unbroken delivers an inspirational epic on the life of Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini who survived WW2. An impressive directorial effort by Angelina Jolie.

The Theory of Everything

Eddie Redmayne's work in The Theory of Everything is so totally transformative, that you'd forget that this is an actor performing a role as Stephen Hawking. A must watch. A truly heartfelt and passionate performance worthy of an Oscar.


Boyhood is an impressive coming of age drama made over 12 years seen through the eyes of a child of a dysfunctional family. Solid all-round performances of a great cast set against the cultural landscape of middle class America.

Gone Girl
Gone Girl(2014)

Gone Girl is a creepy thriller that packs a subtle social commentary of couple secrets. Very dark.


Birdman, also known as the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, is cinematically appealing and boasts of great direction. Michael Keaton delivers a solid performance as the washed out superhero actor who tries to make a comeback through Broadway. An excellent black comedy, but too dark for my liking.

Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Ascending was a total disappointment that suffered terribly from the miscasting of the lead roles. More importantly, a great reminder that the best of CGI and Eddie Redmayne cannot save a movie that suffers from a bad script, schmaltzy lines and poor editing. Seriously, what were the Wachowskis thinking?


Pleasant and whimsical family fare. Boring and draggy in parts. Suffered from the terrible miscasting of Nicole Kidman as the villain.

The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game, a dramatised biopic of Alan Turing, is riveting and worth watching. Benedict Cumberbatch gives an impressive and solid performance as the tortured Cambridge mathematician who helped Britain break the German "Enigma" Code that eventually led the allies to win WW2.

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman is the break-out film of the year, totally cheeky, irreverent and over-the-top spoof of the James Bond, Jason Bourne and Jack Bauer spy genre, thanks to the directorial chops of Matthew Vaughn. Highly entertaining, enjoyable but violent. Kingman boasts of clever casting - from the handsome gentleman in Colin Firth to breakout star, Taron Egerton as Eggsy Unwin.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Aside from my gripe on Peter Jackson's adaptation of the book to film, "The Battle of the Five Armies", he has definitely delivered the epic masterpiece the book deserves. Martin Freeman's masterclass performance as Bilbo Baggins, brilliantly lifted the film from the usual decadent CGI-packed action to one that gave emotional depth and meaning that Tolkien would have intended. The last act was a great reminder that in terms of scale and brilliance, The Hobbit would remain a lesser sibling of the mighty Lord of the Rings trilogy. I'm watching it again!

X-Men: Days of Future Past

The film lived up to expectations, and didn't disappoint. Great action, and heartening to see character development in the story telling, with some great humour.

The Book of Life

Vibrant and colourful. But the story telling was rather cliched and boring.

Northmen: A Viking Saga

Entertaining. Reminded me the Lord of the Rings!! But forgettable.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

It was absolutely BRILLIANT!! Well acted. A very intelligent and well directed film.


Couldn't help but compare with another war favorites of mine - Saving Private Ryan and War Horse. Intense, realistic and violent.

Horrible Bosses 2

Light hearted and silly fun.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

Appreciated the two-parter to this last book, given the content and the potential flash backs especially on the destruction of District 12 which should have deserved some action scenes to maintain momentum. Well acted, but could have been better edited and directed.

Big Hero 6
Big Hero 6(2014)

Big Hero 6 has got to be my favourite movie of the year!! Amazing. Just amazing, and heartwarming.


Jake Gyllenhaal delivers a powerful performance as a freelance journalist in this well executed thriller. It's so visually powerful and thoughtfully delivered that you'd stop and think twice the next time you watch the TV news channel!!


Breathtaking and Mindblowing!! Christopher Nolan's uncompromising stamp on Interstellar are obvious, and deliciously delivered. I love the way he deconstructs story telling, reinterprets ideas, blurs boundaries, punches philosophies, shifts worldviews, and leaves you ... thinking and conversing at the end. A must watch.


Formulaic in approach, Divergent attempts to be engaging, entertaining and relevant, which it does fairly well. However, this Young Adult film inadvertently invites comparisons when it is stacked up against its more successful "cousins" of this genre: Hunger Games, Twilight, Ender's Game and even Harry Potter. Divergent's greatest weakness is its uneven casting. The female leads were painful to watch. Shailene Woodley may be a good actress, but as the female protagonist, Tris Prior, she comes across as unconvincing and unimpressive, lacking in gravitas and star power needed to anchor the film. Kate Winslet was such a poor fit, she made Elysium's Jodie Foster look good. Ashley Judd was out of her depth. Divergent can only boast of its clever find in its male lead, Theo James, whose handsome brooding looks would fill the current fandom vacuum for a Team Four that should drive hoards of teen girls to its next instalment of this franchise, reminiscent of the Twilight craze. The subtlety of its political and social message is poorly delivered in its character development, being dumbed down to action flicks and quick fix editing, leaving serious gaps in story telling. The action sequences cover up for a weak script and uneven pacing.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Blew me away! Marvel films seem to grow from strength to strength! Surprising on all fronts, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the best Marvel film yet, and definitely my favorite. A must watch, thanks to great direction, strong script, pulsating action sequences interspersed with great comedic moments, tight editing and to top it all, excellent character development. An awesome production. Don't miss. In true Marvel style, be sure to stay on after the credits - there are two salivating trailers to keep you hooked for the next Avenger and Captain America sequels. So looking forward to the next!


This remake of Robocop was surprisingly enjoyable and entertaining. Impressive. Well-scripted and well acted, thanks to the strong performances of leads - Joel Kinnaman and Gary Oldman, and a strong supporting cast such as Michael Keaton and even Samuel Jackson! Expecting a sequel for sure.

3 Days To Kill

A highly entertaining action film and Kevin Costner delivers impressively as an ex-CIA agent on his last mission. Well-supported by a good cast, except for the "over-the-top" CIA femme fatale in Amber Heard.

The LEGO Movie

Cute, sweet and funny. Uneven in parts but well made using Lego blocks and minifigures. A great inspirational story for both adults and kids.

300: Rise of an Empire

Great for those who love gore and well-choreographed fighting scenes in slow motion. An incoherent script, coupled with bad acting can't save this action film. It did nothing for me. What a waste of time.

Saving Mr. Banks

Magnificent and deeply moving! Totally delightful and charming, Saving Mr. Banks is surprisingly a wonderfully made untold biopic of the the author of the classic "Mary Poppins" and comes across as an impressive tribute to the Disney heritage. Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks gave excellent lead performances as the "stone-hearted" Mrs. Travers and "persuasive" Walt Disney respectively. John Lee Hancock showed incredible direction, especially through the well-paced flashback sequences of the author and her father, which provided depth and a strong underlying message of redemption and forgiveness. The film takes you through three continents - US, UK (England) and Australia - savoring the picturesque and colorful differences in landscape and tone. The ensemble cast provided amazing performances. Certainly deserves to be nominated for film awards - especially Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks and the film too.

I, Frankenstein

I, Frankenstein is just another fantasy action flick based on a graphic novel rather than the book by Mary Shelley. The graphics and CGI are amazing, and there's enough wham-bang-pow to keep action fans quite happy right to the end. But the acting is pedestrian. Aaron Eckhart is the lead actor who plays Adam, Victor Frankenstein's monster creation and somehow turns immortal. After 200 years, he turns up to hunt the very ones who are looking for him - demon Prince Naberious (what a name!) who wants to raise an army of dead men possessed by demons to take over the world by finding Adam who holds the key to resurrecting the dead, and Dr Frankenstein's scientific journal. I, Frankenstein is packed with exploding fiery demons and winged gargoyles battling away to keep the mindless action going. However, the script is rather thin and bland, and sadly forgettable.


What can be more insane than falling in love with your computer's operating system? Yet, Spike Jonze's HER is so beautifully written, so well directed, and so wonderfully acted by Joaquin Phoenix, that its premise is plausible and, even magical. HER is a work of genius, elegantly and subtly put together as an ode to man's deep ache to love and be loved. HER's heartbeat resonates deeply as a contemporary social statement on three real and dynamic paradigms: first, of man's search to be completely loved, not just physically; second, of increased isolation and loneliness in the life of modern man; and third, of the rise of artificial intelligence technology in this decade, and the dangers of substitution of programmable emphatic affection through technology over human commitment. However, Joaquin's superb performance as the gentle, thoughtful and wounded Theodore anchors the film throughout so effortlessly that one can't help but be provoked emotionally into the film. HER is delightful, sweet and funny, yet leaves you yearning and questioning the deeper meaning as to what truly makes for beautifully loving and intimate relationships.

The Legend of Hercules

Disappointing. The only thing worth watching is if you are a fan of body building and love beefcakes like Kellan Lutz!

American Hustle

Great period piece. The 70's era disco feel based in New York is certainly quite charming. Great story and it is riveting. But I think American Hustle is rather over-rated really, thanks mainly to its star-studded cast, direction and of course, studio backing. You do feel hustled into watching this!

Lone Survivor

Lone Survivor, based on a true story, is a powerful film that chronicles a doomed SEAL mission in Afghanistan. It's a story of brotherhood and the human spirit when faced with danger, packed with realistic pulsating and brutal action: enduring bloody and bone breaking ordeals as the combat grows in intensity. It's also a story of goodness of man in the face of hopelessness and evil: a reality check on the cost of war through the lives lost. Lone Survivor is impressive given the level of commitment given by its excellent ensemble cast led by Mark Wahlberg (who's also the producer). A must watch.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Intelligent, exciting and compelling, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is an action-packed espionage thriller that kicks off as a great debut for a powerful franchise. It's so good, I'm going back to watching it again! What singles out Jack Ryan from the rest of the usual espionage pack is really Kenneth Branagh's directing - whose penchant for character development lifts Chris Pine's lead performance to one that is his best so far - equally believable and solid as a young Jack Ryan. Chris Pine owns Jack Ryan very much like Matt Damon owning Jason Bourne - in character as vulnerable, unsure yet heroic. With Kenneth Branagh doubling as the film's villain, veteran Kevin Costner as Jack's mentor, and Kiera Knightley as Jack's fiance, the film is never over-the-top. The build-up is brisk and nail-biting, thanks to great story-telling, good directing and sharp editing which makes this film my top espionage action film franchise favorite. I'm looking forward to its sequel, with Chris Pine in lead. And I hope it will be soon!

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Magnificent and impressive, this second of the three-part film adaptation of Tolkien's The Hobbit, continues to entertain and delight with its imaginative interpretation. Fans were delighted with the return of LOTR favorites like Legolas. However, the film suffered from uneven story telling and felt belabored, no thanks to ambitious attempts to build in a romantic element through adding a female heroine, Tauriel, played by an unconvincing Evangeline Lilly. The film could have been better edited.

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

Inspiring, ambitious and delightful, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is an enjoyable and contemporary interpretation of James Thurber's short story of a daydreamer who inadvertently ends up embarking on the adventure of his life. Directed and starred by Ben Stiller, the movie is funny and touching, without being overly sentimental, beautifully made, complete with breathtaking landscapes and generously peppered with delightful quotes. Thanks to the great cast and fantastic sound track, this film is entertaining and leaves you inspired to take greater risks in the adventure of life. Carpe Diem!

Enough Said
Enough Said(2013)

Sweet, charming and engaging, Enough Said is an adult comedy that boasts of great chemistry and believable characters. It is an honest and realistic look into wanting to be loved, yet finding ourselves poisoning the very beautiful relationships we have in the most foolish ways possible due to our very own insecurities and fears. Great casting, great script, powerfully relayed by elegant and understated acting. A must watch for grown - ups.


"Frozen" blows you away with its breathtaking and stunning visuals. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, this Disney animation stays true to its solid formulaic retelling of classic fairy tales; complete with its princesses, princes, villains and kingdoms - very much like a Nordic version of Mulan, another very successful Disney classic. What's refreshing is that Frozen dares to be bold and relevant. Not only do we have one, but two princesses who are both strong and spunky, not beholden to be saved by a prince to live happily ever after! Frozen, however, disappoints with its clunky singalong songs - which at times sounded like "Glee" in animation. Despite the uneven flow, Frozen remains entertaining family fare for the holidays.


Homefront is a classic retro-style hard action film, which delivers on the guns, gore and gals. It's unashamedly violent and weak on dialogue, consistent with what you would expect from a Sylvester Stallone screenplay. Even familiar names like James Franco, Kate Bosworth and Wynona Ryder in support of lead actor, Jason Statham who plays an ex-undercover cop, can't save a weak storyline. Makes one wonder why they took on these roles in the first place. Forgettable.

Free Birds
Free Birds(2013)

When a film is sub-titled The Turkey Movie of the Year -- one just can't take it too seriously!! This animated comedy is what it was intended to be - a holiday movie that tries to tell the story of how the turkey ended up being on the main menu of every thanksgiving! And how the turkeys decide that they must travel back in time to the first thanksgiving and stop it. Funny and hilarious. Owen Wilson is the voice for Reggie, the pizza-loving pardoned presidential turkey who reluctantly goes back in time to save his kind. Just sit back and be entertained.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Catching Fire is definitely a more thoughtful, compelling and well directed high octane sequel to the more violent and controversial inaugural, The Hunger Games. Spilling over for more than two and a half hours, this film is gut wrenching, and draws deep into your inner recesses, cajoling you to not just seek to be entertained, but to rethink issues of personal values in a world that is being desensitized and distracted by powerful machinations of small elitist groups bent on controlling the masses. The story is well told and well directed drawing from a fine cast - presenting a full array of emotions from one spectrum to the other. Jennifer Lawrence, who plays the lead role as Katniss Everdeen, anchors the film effortlessly with another elegant portrayal of a young woman who finds herself unwittingly drawn in as the hope of the people's revolution - the mockingjay - of the rebellion against tyranny and oppression. With brilliant A-listers like Philip Seymour Hoffman and Donald Sutherland to boot, the entire cast shines in bringing the story to its fitting cinematic experience. Not to be missed.

The Heineken Kidnapping (De Heineken ontvoering)

Based on a true story, beer tycoon Freddy Heineken, one of the richest men in Netherlands, and his driver Ab Doderer were kidnapped in 1983 and released on a ransom of 35 million Dutch guilders (about 16 million Euros). The 4 kidnappers were eventually caught and served prison terms. The fictionalised account of the events revealed how Heineken took revenge on his 4 kidnappers. A thriller worth watching. Good to see Rutger Hauer (of Blade Runner fame) on screen again!


Superficial and lacking in direction. The acting was totally unconvincing.

Ender's Game
Ender's Game(2013)

Ender's Game is better enjoyed if you have not read the book, not having to compare and contrast the book with its screenplay adaptation. The film is both entertaining and thought provoking, thanks to 16 year old Asa Butterfield, who brilliantly carries the lead role of Ender. He does a fantastic job at it, backed by a solid cast, especially coming from Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley. In fact, I enjoyed Ender's Game far more than Thor. The storytelling is commendable and certainly well directed. Pacing is just perfect. Sadly, this film suffers from poor marketing. I'm confident that Ender's Game will do far better in the international circuit and deserves a sequel that is backed by better marketing and distribution support.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Wow! I almost missed this gem. The Reluctant Fundamentalist is an ambitious film based on a story with a very strong message, brought to life by the very talented Riz Ahmed who, as the lead actor, anchors the film, making it very watchable and the character totally believable and real. Beautiful cinematography to boot, though the film does suffer from trying too hard such that at parts it becomes draggy and loses coherence and hold on the viewer. Although the film is supposedly a political thriller set in Pakistan and US post-9 11, it delivers powerfully as a drama that challenges one's preconceived notions about people and stirs empathy for justice and truth in how we treat people different from us. Definitely a thinking man's film, and is certainly worth watching. Don't miss this - now showing on the international film screens.

Thor: The Dark World

Thor:The Dark World is a spectacular, action-packed and gripping sequel. The film is definitely on course to being a whopping international success, and is certain to do better than its predecessor, thanks to its great casting, tight editing and good story telling. The impressive visual effects and CGI work were the icing on the cake. As before, the film builds around the strong lead actors, Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston as Thor and Loki respectively, playing out their "Cain and Abel" brotherly relationship with great relish. There's plenty of charm, good humour, romance and plot twist that will keep you wishing for more. One thing's for sure - the franchise will continue to be a cash juggernaut!

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

I have to confess - I actually fell asleep 10 minutes into the film! Wildly imaginative, charming and beautifully created, packed with good values, despite the cliched narrative. A fun outing for the family for sure.

About Time
About Time(2013)

This film is really a must watch. It is not as sappy as you think. Initially, I had to be persuaded and dragged to the cinemas when I was told that this was a rom-com. But when a young man came alone and sat beside me in the cinema, I became rather curious; usually guys would be dragged in by their girl friends just to watch a rom-com! Boy, was I wrong about the film and am thankful that I didn't miss it. It is NOT just a rom-com! It's a beautifully told, warm sci-fi dramedy about ... time! Time we could have and should have used better. About fathers and sons! About family. [No wonder the young man beside me wept during the last act of the film.] The brilliance of the film lies not so much in the narrative, but in the casting - especially Domhnall Gleeson in the lead role as Tim Lake the son, and Bill Nighy as the father. The choice of the Domhnall Gleeson has proved to be a stroke of genius. Established in the UK as a brilliant comic actor having earned a Tony Award nomination in 2006 for his role in "The Lieutenant of Inishmore", he deserves full accolades for carrying this film. When Tim turns 21, his father reveals a family secret to him that the men in the family can travel through time! Just like Peter Parker, if he had so much power, what would he do? To his father's consternation, the geeky, awkward Tim only wishes for one thing - use that power to get a girlfriend! It gets hilarious and silly as he pursues that quest while beginning adult life in London as a lawyer. Rachel McAdams is predictable in her role as his love interest. As the story unfolds, Tim is challenged constantly by the need to correct his mishaps only to realise that there's a price to pay in trying to change the past. The narrative is uncomplicated, but there are fuzzy and untidy bits in the script that will leave you frustrated. However, the likeability of the cast, the believable portrayal of the characters, and the strength of the values from this film will leave you strengthened in living out the realities and sorrows of life. I left the cinema having genuinely enjoyed myself, leaving the young man who remained seated in deep reflection. In the end, living life fully is really about time. Making the most of time because it really is precious.

Escape Plan
Escape Plan(2013)

It was fun watching much-loved and legendary action heroes, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger team up in this testosterone-filled prison break flick. Quote: "You hit like a vegetarian!" These two old war horses don't disappoint, providing plenty of macho-ness, old school hand-to-hand combats and raw bloody gun fights. I found the script rather cliched and silly, while the acting rather one dimensional. The ending was anti-climactic. But watching these two come together is fun to watch. It will certainly do very well in the international markets for sure. Fun to watch but forgettable.

Lee Daniels' The Butler

An incredibly powerful drama of the true story of an African American butler who served eight presidents. Forest Whitaker yet again delivers an award winning portrayal of White House butler, Cecil Gaines, and is backed by an impressive A-list cast such as Oprah Winfrey, Alan Rickman, Robin Williams, John Cusack and more. The film is stark and emotional, set against a backdrop of racism and the civil rights movement. Looks set to be nominated for several awards.


Breathtaking. Stunning. Awesome. Two thumbs up for what I believe to be the best movie of the year thus far! Sandra Bullock deserves an Oscar for her incredible performance. She's definitely at her best performance yet. George Clooney is just perfect as veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky. Not giving away any spoilers otherwise it will take away the shock and thrill of the entire film that is set in space. The film is believable and so incredibly well directed by Alfonso Cuaron. He deserves to walk away with a best direction Oscar. In the end, what you walk away is a reminder to learn to let go even when it hurts most, and to live life well, and survive to come back and tell the story! Watch out for amazing Kowalsky (Clooney) quotes. Unforgettable. I'm watching it again!


An incredibly powerful and heart wrenching drama, thanks to the amazing and beautiful performances of the 3 main leads - Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal, and the great supporting cast. The film comes to an emotional climax that is so electrifying, leaving one deeply drawn into the lingering emotional exhaustion so well delivered by Tobey Maguire.

Grown Ups 2
Grown Ups 2(2013)

This film is again one of those silly movies that critics love to hate. A light summer movie about the last day of school. Leave your brain at the door and enjoy the slapstick humour. The most memorable part for me was when Taylor Lautner showed up on the screen and the girls in the audience gasped! Then groaned when he turned out to be THE fratpack brat leader. Sorry, but that was hilarious for me! Better script, next time, Adam! Please!?


This film will delight Formula One fans especially -- it is packed with exciting race scenes, tight editing, good story telling and strong performances from Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl. Chris Hemsworth is likeable as the charming playboy James Hunt, but Daniel Bruhl's portrayal of Niki Lauda is so brilliant and believable, so much so that I think he stole the show!


An intense, gripping yet unconventional "whodunit" that will keep you glued to the screen so much so you won't realise you've just sat through a two and a half hour film and leave the cinema feeling the disturbing and lingering dread as to why the film is entitled "Prisoners." Brilliantly crafted, well-directed and marvellously acted by a fantastic cast. I discovered a new found respect for Jake Gyllenhaal's acting chops in his Poirot-esque interpretation of the role of Detective Loki. Suffice to say, the less said the better, so as not to spoil your enjoyment of this film as you will be kept guessing right till the end. A must watch!

The Internship

Googlelicious!! An adult version of Monster University. No wonder the critics hated it! It's formulaic, silly, warm, fuzzy, feel good, though at times the humor seemed contrived and labored! I enjoyed the Vaughn-Owen "Google Crashers" craziness and the great cast. It's one huge Love Google-fest! Stay for the credits.


Entertaining and sweet with good life values that will delight the family. What makes Brave refreshing is in the portrayal of the lead female character, Princess Merida, the animated version of a Katniss Everdeen, also a skilled archer. It's a timely departure from the traditional gender stereotyping of fairy tale princesses such as Snow White, helpless and need to be saved by a prince. Princess Merida instead comes across as strong and empowered as she races against time to correct her mistake.


This is one of those straightforward and compelling inspirational true stories that reminds us that it only takes one man to change the world. A great biopic of Jackie Robinson, the first African American baseball player in the Major League Baseball who wore Number 42 for the Brooklyn Dodgers; how he bravely faced prejudice, racism, injustice and pain in the face of hostile crowds, public opinion, media, team mates and opposing players. Harrison Ford is brilliant as the tenacious and visionary Branch Rickey, the manager who sees Jackie's potential and takes the courageous stand of signing him on despite the deeply entrenched baseball culture and politics. This act changes the course of history, forever transforming the landscape of the game, and more importantly, setting yet another "civil rights" milestone on the nation. The film is set in 1947. There's strong attention to detail - from baseball parks to costume to games scenes - which makes the film come alive and authentic. The film is not overly melodramatic, which makes it enjoyable and heartfelt.

Life of Pi
Life of Pi(2012)

WOWWEE!! EPIC and Breathtaking!! Brilliant acting to boot - what an amazing cast!! So loved this amazing piece of work -- especially how Ang Lee translated the book to film. IMPRESSIVE. Ang Lee's best work yet!!


This film was in my top ten list of films that I so wanted to see this year, and it didn't disappoint. Elysium is a thinking man's action movie - rich in metaphor and allegory. Directed by District 9's Neill Blonkamp, the premise is dark, depressing and desperate. Yet plausible. Unlike District 9, Elysium has the standard elements that pander to Hollywood producers' need for rabid action and violence, with a touch of romance. Despite that weakness and some hiccups, the film shines bright as a powerful yet touching story of one man's painful struggle just to survive, pitted against a stark backdrop of poverty, injustice and class divide. Matt Damon is a fine actor and carries the film well in his lead role as the reluctant anti-hero who just wants to get a chance for a decent break, which he believes, exists in Elysium. The supporting cast is brilliant, though Jodie Foster comes across as rather one dimensional. A pity, really. This film will resonate well with the international audience, thanks to its climactic action-packed finale, and its social commentary.

Behind the Candelabra

Incredibly powerful Oscar-winning performances by both Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. Strangely, this was produced by HBO for TV. The film is shocking and stark in its portrayal of the power play in the relationship between Liberace and his young gay lover.

Saving Private Ryan

A classic. My all-time favourite war film. I must have watched this at least ten times now, and I never tire of the strength and emotional depth of this incredibly well made film. Totally awesome.

The Talented Mr. Ripley

Totally creepily brilliant. Very much in the Hitchcock vein, which means it has a way of leaving you shell-shocked and trembling. A brilliant performance by Matt Damon supported by an incredibly great cast.


An animated film starring garden snails? Has to be a disaster, so I thought! But I was pleasantly surprised! Great life lessons to learn from this entertaining film. Everyone loves an underdog! Watch out for that "Rocky" moment! I was surprised at the high number of adults - without kids - in the packed cinema, totally enjoying themselves! A great family film.

The Wolverine

Despite Hugh Jackman's strong and impressive portrayal of Wolverine, the film came across as uninspired, disappointing and cheesy. It lacked pace and a strong villain. Although the film started with bang with an impressive scene set in Nagasaki in the Second World War, the subtlety and strength of its story fast fizzles out. It gets too bumpy, incoherent and dull in parts, although it comes complete with the standard menu of the usual crazy action and adrenalin, boy meets girl romance, some light hearted humour, but ends abruptly with a weak close. Some parts were painful to watch, in particular, the lack of chemistry with the female lead. Parents are strongly cautioned. Although it has been rated PG-13, the film rakes up a higher level of violence and sexuality.

Red 2
Red 2(2013)

What can you expect when a vintage action star teams up with a whole bunch of pedigreed Oscar award actors in an action comedy sequel? I had as much fun watching them as I'm sure they had in making this DC comic movie! There's loads of silliness and over-the-top action sequences combined with cheeky banter and an incoherent plot! Just a summer fun flick to sit back and enjoy the adrenalin and not take it too seriously. Watch Helen Mirren rule! She rocks! Indeed, the best never rest!

Olympus Has Fallen

A distressing and riveting terrorist action flick that plays on peoples' fears of the current global situation. The film benefits strongly thanks to the impressive performances of lead actors. Gerard Butler was very convincing. A definite must-watch for those who love the adrenalin rush of action movies.

Pacific Rim
Pacific Rim(2013)

An action-packed movie, what with giant "Transformer"-like robots manned by two pilots each who "drift" with each other to act as one, battling giant Godzilla-like monsters from inner earth. Very overated.

The Heat
The Heat(2013)

It's your average formulaic buddy movie - except that this revolves around two women who are relational misfits.

The Lone Ranger

I went with no expectations, given the "rotten" score by the critics - but I was pleasantly surprised by this widescreen action-packed movie! It was fun, engaging and entertaining. Nostalgic too, especially when the William Tell overture flooded in! Sometimes I think critics can be too harsh. It's a refreshing "Johnny Depp"-take on this vintage TV series. Go see it and have a blast! ;)

Despicable Me 2

Hilarious and entertaining fare -- if you thought that it was only for kids, you're dead wrong! So many teens and young adults laughing themselves silly in the cinema. Love those minions. Simply brilliant. Looking forward to The Minion Movie in 2014!

Now You See Me

A strong script with a terrific premise powered by a great cast. A pleasant surprise that got me riveted throughout! I totally enjoyed the twists but the ending could have been stronger when pulling the loose plot threads together. Critics may have been too harsh. Definitely fresh!


Spectacular and delightful animation! Rather formulaic in story telling but the message remains thoughtful and subtly delivered.

The Hangover Part III

This is so bad, it's not funny. Dull, boring and painful to watch.

After Earth
After Earth(2013)

Three words to describe this movie. Bad. Sad. Rotten. Deserves to be binned. It's terrible.

Fast & Furious 6

Lives up to its name -- not bad given that this is its sixth franchise. Leave your brain at the door and just enjoy the speed, fun and action. Won't disappoint.

Man of Steel
Man of Steel(2013)

Enjoyable and entertaining, though the fighting scenes at the last half hour were really an overkill. Less is more sometimes. Henry Cavill certainly looks the part - good looks and all.

World War Z
World War Z(2013)

This is one zombie movie I don't hate. Action packed and entertaining. A sequel looks promising.

Monsters University

Great family entertainment packed with a strong and thoughtful message. Sweet.

White House Down

Just leave your brain at the door and enjoy this action packed and funny movie, thanks to Jamie Foxx!

Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3(2013)

Robert Downey Jr lifts this film like no other can. Entertaining, but the ending was rather anti-climactic. Nonetheless, it was action-packed and well executed.

Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek 2 is just sooooo good. So well executed with an absolutely great cast. Explosive, fast paced, cinematic yet believable! My favourite movie for this year thus far!

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Just leave your brain at the door. It's action packed and affectionately enjoyable.

Side Effects
Side Effects(2013)

An excellent psychological thriller. A must watch. Exciting and brilliant. Don't miss this.


Hilarious ... and sweet! Mind the language! Totally irreverent!

The Last Stand

Arnie is back!! Charming, violent but forgettable. He's definitely not retiring - yup - this film is certainly not for the cissies! Just leave your brain at the door and enjoy the fun.


Brilliant! Top class and excellent. A must watch.

Les MisÚrables

A good adaptation of the musical, thanks largely to Hugh Jackman for his incredible acting. A great story of the strength of the human spirit and of redemption. Of grace and mercy. Of social justice and oppression.

Wreck-it Ralph

Entertaining and incredibly innovative. Nostalgic for older ones, great story telling for the younger ones. Packed with great values. A John Lasseter animation never disappoints. Worth watching.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Brilliant! Another visual feast from Peter Jackson. Watch it in 3D!

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

A good romantic end to this franchise. Enjoyed the "head ripping" moments most!


My favourite Bond film yet! Brilliant!

Premium Rush
Premium Rush(2012)

Enjoyable and addictive! Joseph Gordon Levitt delivers -- though the story line may be a little too familiar and cliched - thanks to the usual "throw in the nasty Chinese gamblers and secret societies!" You leave the cinema wanting two things - to ride a bicycle, and to live dangerously by following your passion! Loved the bike action scenes. It's a blast!

The Expendables 2

A film with a point to prove: Hello Hollywood, old action stars are NOT museum pieces! Well, at least not yet! It was a ball of fun just watching famous action heroes of the boomer generation reunite and pop up on the screen - suitably "botox'd" - bringing out joyous laughter and screams of delight from the audience. There's Arnold Schwazenegger, Bruce Willis, Chuck Connors, Jet Li, Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren -- anchored by none other than "Rambo/Rocky" Sylvester Stallone. Loved the charm of Terry Crews, Jason Statham and Randy Couture. Liam Hemsworth was brilliant and convincing as the youngest sniper of the team - Billy the Kid. Overall the script was cliched and very violent - but pretty much unapologetic of the old classic testosterone-charged, adrenalin-pumping and trigger-happy films of the 80's action genre. I'm expecting a longer shelf-life for the Expendables, given the strong three-generational appeal. Too early to retire them! Wonder who's next for Expendables 3? Am pitching for Harrison Ford, Kurt Russell, Mel Gibson, Kevin Costner, Jacky Chan ....AND Sigourney Weaver!

The Bourne Legacy

Enjoyable, despite a very slow start, but it felt more like a prequel to Hawkeye of the Avengers, minus the bow and arrow!! Jeremy Renner pulled off a creditable and strong performance as the intelligent and agile Aaron Cross, another operative colleague of Jason Bourne. Loved the script that built on the parallel universe being played out to the previous Bourne films, but it lacked the pacing, build-up, high action tension, visuals - even the romance - that accompanied the previous three films. The ending lacked a strong climax that could have been a better bridge for Bourne fans to look forward to in the next film. It was good to see the reprising of so many characters. That being said, I can't see how it is possible to run the next Bourne movie successfully without Jason Bourne. Matt Damon is Jason Bourne, inasmuch as Robert Downey Jr is Ironman - it is as if those roles were meant just for them. The next Bourne project must expand and bring back Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, and together with Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross, both come together to save other operatives and at the same time, take down the clandestine government network. What a grand action espionage film that would be! I can't wait then!

Total Recall
Total Recall(2012)

A surprisingly enjoyable and high tension action film and I actually loved it! I don't recall the original film at all, but I'm really impressed with the excellent pacing of this film. Sadly, reviews have been rather harsh. Colin Farrell was rather good in is role, though it would have been great if they had shown the "Hauser" original for a stronger story line. Still very much an excellent and slick action flick - impressive non-stop fight sequences. Definitely for those who love the sci-fi action genre.

The Dark Knight Rises

This last segment of Dark Knight is a film that is breathtakingly realistic and gripping - thanks to the clever layering of themes, both in character development, as well as the political ideologies that paint the dark backdrop which culminate into anarchy and terror. It also bears a strong Christian theme as Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman grapples with his decision to risk his life for "unworthy" Gotham city where its citizens only wish his death. A well-written and highly intelligent screenplay marred by just a few scenes of incredulous turns - but that's accepted as it IS after all a fantasy superhero movie! Enjoyed Michael Caine and Joseph Gordon-Levitt's portrayal of their characters - it felt as if those roles were just meant for them. However, I didn't like the level of violence and the ideas of violent possibilities that could potentially spawn from crazy people; the context of the Aurora tragedy comes to mind. It is a film that leaves you emotionally drained, makes you grieve and mourn over the gruesome darkness that envelopes the film, yet takes you back to triumph and hope in the end. Brilliant directing. A must-see.


An incredibly awesome film that is powerfully emotional yet funny. Even better in that it is based on a true story about what really matters in life - true friends, love, courage and strength in times of great personal trial and pain. Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes an effortless and brilliant portrayal of Adam, a young man whose life changes when he discovers he's got cancer. The entire cast, with Seth Rogen as his best friend, Anna Kendrick as his therapist, Anjelica Huston as Adam's mum and his chemotherapy buddies are just priceless. Great casting, well written script without being overdramatic, and great directing. It's touching and deeply moving - be prepared for tissues - you will find yourself choking away your tears even as you are rolling away in laughter. A must see.

The Amazing Spider-Man

Spiderman Reboot didn't disappoint! I still love Tobey Maguire's version of Spiderman, but Andrew Garfield was refreshing. This film benefited from a strong script, great casting and better CGI than the original. Definitely fresh and worth watching.

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

Entertaining! Just be prepared for a totally silly ride packed with loads of laughter. Pacing rather uneven in the middle but ends on a great note of color and fun! Watch out for Marty the Zebra in his polka dot outfit ..Hilarious!


Disappointing. Terribly disjointed story-line that lacked cohesion, and felt tired and ill-conceived. Only Michael Fassbender gave a compelling performance.

Men in Black III

Entertaining and exceeded my expectations. Enjoyed watching both Josh Brolin take on Tommy Lee Jones' Agent K role the most -- hilarious and so good! Will Smith did not disappoint. The Arcadian alien, Griffin played by Michael Stuhlbarg was so likable! Had the audience in stitches! Definitely has the signature of an excellent director in Barry Sonnenfeld. Some gaping holes in the time travel script but still, it was well executed -- good pacing, well edited and strong visuals, with a nice "lingering" touch at the end as "secrets" of the past surface. A sweet "feel good" movie certainly, but forgettable.

Snow White and the Huntsman

A refreshing interpretation of this favorite fairy tale, thanks to Charlize Theron's delicious acting as the evil queen, the twist in the role of the huntsman by the handsome Chris Hemsworth, and impressive dark visuals. I admit I watched this for the "Thor" factor! The film was 10x better than Mirror Mirror for sure! However, it was a huge letdown watching a repeat of the very tiresome "Bella's" lip-biting Kristen Stewart - the biggest casting mistake I've seen for a lead role -- she didn't look like a Snow White. The trailer was much better than the movie -- pacing was choppy, editing was not impressive. Many of the scenes makes you feel like you were watching a fantasy mish-mash of Avatar, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland! Could have been better.

The Deep Blue Sea

A visually beautiful and elegant film set in the 1950s post WW2. It's a love triangle where the wife of an upper class judge risks all that she has for a "common" fighter pilot. Isolated scenes in the film are linked in a common thread that explores what love really is, and opens up subtle shades such as loyalty, passion or "guarded enthusiasm", lust, care, respect or civility, and responsibility. Beautiful soundtrack, impressive imagery, great casting and well directed.

A Cat in Paris

No wonder this French film was Best Animated Feature Oscar 2012 nominee! Beautiful and stylishly done -- a sweet story of a cat that leads a double life. Some holes in the plot but that doesn't detract the film from being a visual feast complete with a great jazzy soundtrack and a compelling story. Watch out for its great sweeps and strong detailing of the Paris skyline and the Notre Dame!

The Intouchables

Went to the French Film Festival and this film was SOLD OUT! Absolutely Awesome! A must watch! A beautiful, moving yet funny French film based on the true story of two men so different, yet so similar, as each one seeks motivation to live out life: one, a paralyzed billionaire and the other, his streetwise migrant nurse. Great soundtrack, amazing cinematography, strong pacing, good editing, brilliant casting - yes, and I've fallen in love with French films! Don't miss this!

Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows(2012)

Disappointing and boring. Expected more from the Burton-Depp effort. Felt more like a Twilight-parody. Depp as always, anchors the film -- loved the 70s nostalgia but it felt weary.

21 Jump Street

Hilarious! A playfully funny and delightful parody of one of my favorite 80s TV series. Incredibly charming chemistry from the cast. I was totally tickled by Johnny Depp's cameo appearance - it was totally awesome and I absolutely loved it. Even had his original partner Peter DeLuise as well, and Dustin Nguyen "appeared" too! They should do a sequel!

Marvel's The Avengers

Huge ball of fun! Didn't expect to love it so much - definitely a film worth waiting for just anticipating ALL the superheroes coming together. It was THUNDEROUS! Tight editing, great action, brilliant script, excellent casting -- every Avenger super hero character had an actor that made you feel as if they were meant to play those roles! The chemistry among the actors was just awesome. Even Tom Hiddleston as Loki has made him one of my favorite all-time Shakespearean baddie in the same vein as Ralph Fiennes' Voldemort. Loved Stan Lee's cameo role yet again! Watch out for Hulk's rage fest on Loki -- PRICELESS! Gonna watch again -- probably a couple more times - don't forget to stay back after the credits for hints of next Avenger!

The Hunger Games

Technically it's an entertaining film, thanks to the strong and inspiring performance of Jennifer Lawrence as the courageous heroine. However, the film is intense and troubling. I wonder if the success of the box office for this film reflects the kind of society we live in today - one that mirrors the story of a desensitized society towards brutality and violence, and one that's a highly voyeuristic society in its obsession towards reality tv, like "American Idol" or "Survivor". We need to critically judge if there really is a need to create books or films such as this one that depicts teenagers as "savage gladiators" bent on killing each other until one survivor remains? Despite its success, I dare say this film is an unhealthy reflection of what's evil in our society today -- it's difficult to justify that the morality of good over evil should be told in a tale packed with barbaric content.

The Maiden Heist

Hilarious! Nice to see three great actors - Morgan Freeman, Christopher Walken and William Macy - coming together as aging museum security guards who fall in love with their respective favorite exhibits and plot to steal them when they discover that the new curator had sold the pieces to another museum in Denmark. Great chemistry. Enjoyed it.

Mirror Mirror

A huge disappointment. In this remake of Snow White, Lily Collins delivered a one-dimensional performance while Julia Roberts' evil queen become rather tiresome to watch, no thanks to a bland script and rather uninspired acting. The film tried very hard to be funny and visually appealing, but ended up long-winded and painstakingly boring. The Bollywood-style finale was self-indulgent and silly.

John Carter
John Carter(2012)

I was surprisingly entertained - thanks to an interesting story line and a highly imaginative depiction of Mars and its inhabitants. Enjoyed the adventures and the character development of the heroic John Carter, but the film was a little bit too long and could have been paced a lot better. The main draw would be the action sequences and great technical effects. But I think the film suffered mostly stilted dialogue, poor acting and weak casting. A younger cast may have helped to pull in the crowd.

Wrath of the Titans

A much better sequel to Clash of the Titans, thanks to the strong performances of Liam Neeson as Zeus and Ralph Fiennes as Hades. The flow of the story was much more cohesive, more visually appealing, had improved character development and was more entertaining than its predecessor. Enjoyable, thanks to a more thrilling build up to the climax as Perseus battles Kronos, and by not going overboard with the CGI effects.

We Bought a Zoo

"You only have to be crazy for 20 secs." It's a movie that has ALL my favorite things in it - Matt Damon, a zoo, red kites, great cast, moving, funny and heartwarming, well directed, and best of all, based on a true and courageous story. It's so refreshing watching Matt Damon act in a family drama as a widower trying to raise his two kids. EVERYONE should watch it. It's not just a feel-good story, but one that reminds you that "sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage, just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery....and, something great will come of it."

The Woman in Black

It was the casting of Daniel Radcliffe that got me to watch this film - especially great for Harry Potter fans suffering from "withdrawal symptoms"! He acted well in this new role of a mourning widower but I couldn't help drawing similarities with Harry Potter. This period horror drama was enhanced by its Potter-esque cinematography of trains and beautiful dark landscapes, and of course, not to be left out, the haunted house. However, I found the creepy scenes and the story line exhausting and also found the ending rather disappointing. The horror genre is a definite turn-off for me. Thanks but no thanks.

Act of Valor
Act of Valor(2012)

I think the critics are incredibly harsh on this film. It is 100% worth watching if you love action and combat films, with bullets flying everywhere! To top it all - these men are real-life Navy Seals. It's a sneak peek into their battles and lives - definitely intense, action-packed and kept me at the edge of my seat ... and in tears as well. Great story telling - doesn't pull punches about the harsh realities of the world and the sacrifices that come with it. Nothing like watching real life heroes who do what they have to do. I left the cinema totally in awe of these men, and so proud of them. I think being number one in the box office says it all. Don't miss this!

War Horse
War Horse(2011)

An extraordinary film by Steven Spielberg - beautifully made and totally spectacular. Deeply emotional and unashamedly heroic as the film takes you a journey through the horrors of war, separation yet inspires one to keep belief in a happy ending.

The Adventures of Tintin

Absolutely Brilliant!! Spellbound! Bucket loads of fun. Enjoyed it tremendously - thanks to great voice acting from Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis and Daniel Craig. Great animation! Any venture between Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson will certainly leave you in awe.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Enjoyable and funny! Loved the chemistry between the two lead actors. The "bells and whistles" from the slo-mo ala kungfu fighting sequences was a bit over the top but did not spoil the fun of watching this interpretation of Sherlock Holmes. Loved the characterization - and I think Robert Downey Jr is one of the finest actors ever! A must watch!

The Three Musketeers

An incredibly silly and light-hearted flick of one of my favourite classics - funny, irritating at times and not a film to be taken too seriously. It's a salad tossed CGI parody of Resident Evil, Pirates of the Caribbean, High School Musical, Indiana Jones. A weak and cheesy script that was only held together by the strength of the three musketeers! Freddie Fox was totally absorbing as the vain and fashion conscious King Louis. Popcorn entertaining although Alexandre Dumas would probably turn in his grave with this 2011 version!

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Good fun - packed with impressive special effects - 3D version did not disappoint either. Story line lacks punch, but made up by great action that would make a young boy's dream come true!

X-Men: First Class

Pleasantly surprised by the quality of this prequel, given that I had not been too impressed with the previous X-men series. Loved the intelligent character development and excellent casting - especially James McAvoy's characterization of Prof Charles Xavier which certainly lifted the film out of the usual ordinary Marvel superhero fare dished out. Thought-provoking, funny and memorable. Excellent directing, well-written script, good casting and great editing. Loved it. A must watch, though fans might find the story development rather slow, not as fast-paced as most superhero films.

Kung Fu Panda 2

Marvelously sweet. I can't imagine Jack Black not being Po, just like I can't imagine Johnny Depp not being Jack Sparrow or Robert Downey Jr not being Tony Stark. Jack Black's voice brings to life the characterization of Po in such a loving, bumbling and cute way - combined with great art direction and animation - it's all awesomeness. Storyline's simple. The only grouse I have is that the supporting cast gets so few lines, it's painful. More character development for the Furious Five please in KF3. Loving it.


Thor was EXCELLENT! A must watch if you like fantasy, myth thrown in with sci-fi and action. Good adaption of comic book material especially in the development of Thor's character. Great story telling, good directing and editing, fine casting, loads of humor and fun. Chris Hemsworth makes a believable Thor. Only complaint was the quality of the 3D. Enjoyed the 2D far better.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

I went in without expectations and was completely swept away by the sheer fun, humor and wit of PoC4. Yet again, Johnny Depp was in his element as Jack Sparrow. Enjoyed it far more than PoC3. Yet another great swashbuckling adventure - a MUST WATCH. Forget what the critics say - for some reason they seem to have a reason to bash films everyone sees, and to praise films that no one watches! I think the public knows better.