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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
80% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) I came in hoping this would be a triumphant all-girl, kick-ass, riotous action movie. In the end I found it to be unfocused, derivative, loud, obnoxious, and actually kinda boring. ‐ RTHK Radio 3
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) I thought it worked fantastically well ... [Rogers] has such a genuine curiosity and compassion for other people ... I came out of the film wanting to be a better person. ‐ RTHK Radio 3
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
92% Uncut Gems (2019) The Safdie Brothers manage a constant cranking, winding up of tension, as this escalating situation gets from bad to worse, as Sandler's character makes bad decision after bad decision.‐ RTHK Radio 3
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
98% The Farewell (2019) A fascinating film, very well observed ... highlighting all those contradictions, as we might see them, that I do find myself on occasion disagreeing with, but having no leg to stand on.‐ RTHK Radio 3
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
75% Spies in Disguise (2019) It's not nearly as fun or as entertaining as it should be ... It's serviceable, it's perfectly fine, and passes the time, but these days, your animation game needs to be better. ‐ RTHK Radio 3
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
15% Dolittle (2020) Dr. Dolittle has to pull a set of bagpipes out of a dragon's bum. Now I know it's a kids' movie, and some kids might think that's funny, and in the right context that could be funny, but it's not.‐ RTHK Radio 3
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
No Score Yet Enter the Fat Dragon (2020) I didn't really get the point of it ... Donnie Yen in a fat suit ... is still as agile, fast, and as good at martial arts as he ever was.‐ RTHK Radio 3
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Kioku ni gozaimasen (2019) It's a well-worn comedic concept, but in the hands of Mitani's adept ensemble, Hit Me Anyone One More Time sustains the high energy and humour throughout.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2020
87% Hustlers (2019) A cross between The Big Short and Showgirls ... a film made by women with great respect ... although some sequences are seductive and sexy, it's never leery ... it's a film about strong women at a time when we need more.‐ RTHK Radio 3
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) People don't really want to support maverick police work these days ... but the comedy dynamic is still there, and Adil & Bilall do a fair job of emulating Bay's style of high-octane, flashy action.‐ RTHK Radio 3
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
82% Judy (2019) Renée Zellweger does an absolutely incredible job, not only of performing these iconic musical numbers, but of portraying a woman teetering on the brink of complete physical, mental, psychological collapse.‐ RTHK Radio 3
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
95% Marriage Story (2019) The most entertaining characters are the two lawyers ... they're both just awful and they're in it for themselves ... I would happily watch an entire film or series just about [them] going at each other.‐ RTHK Radio 3
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) It's about women finding a voice, finding the agency ... to sketch out a life and an identity for themselves ... it's beautiful to look at, and beautiful to listen to ... I kinda loved it.‐ RTHK Radio 3
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Only in the second half, when it finds its feet and gets back into the groove of what did work in the first film, does it allow itself, and therefore us, to have a good time.‐ RTHK Radio 3
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
70% Bombshell (2019) It's rather broadly handled, but I thought it was rather well handled, and the performances are all great.‐ RTHK Radio 3
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
88% Ip Man 4: The Finale (2019) This is [Yen's] real flagship franchise, and I think he's done a fantastic job with it ... it's good for the fights but there's a little bit too much superfluous plot going on.‐ RTHK Radio 3
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) The first half of it just feels unnecessary, with lots of wheel-spinning, and then the second half is just a lot of pandering to people who should have been ignored.‐ RTHK Radio 3
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
75% Richard Jewell (2019) It's a skilfully made film, there are good, strong performances ... but there is a niggling doubt over exactly what some of Clint Eastwood's motivations for making the film are.‐ RTHK Radio 3
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
95% Little Women (2019) It's beautifully realised, and the production design is great, and the costumes are great, and the sense of time and place is great ... everything up there on screen is done incredibly well.‐ RTHK Radio 3
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) The sheer practicality of executing this movie is quite phenomenal ... it is a technical tour-de-force.‐ RTHK Radio 3
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
3/5 48% Underwater (2020) Stewart makes her character physical yet vulnerable, adding a depth and clarity that simply wasn't there on the page.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
2/5 57% Mission Mangal (2019) The film's tech talk is dumbed down to a laughable degree, with metaphors ranging from cooking to cricket supplanting anything approaching actual rocket science.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2020
2.5/5 71% Ashfall (2019) When the ash settles, what remains on screen is the molten wreckage of a high concept crowd-pleaser that, in its efforts to be everything for everyone, ends up delivering precious little to anyone at all.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet The Garden of Evening Mists (2019) Abe's performance is hindered by his limited English ... Likewise, the English-speaking characters are left hobbled by some poor dialogue and mannered overexpression.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Somewhere Winter (2019) As with 2015's Our Times and 2013's So Young, Somewhere Winter uses the nostalgic recollections of 1990s school life as a means of escaping the problems of today.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet Special Actors (2019) Where One Cut of the Dead was intricately assembled, Ueda's follow-up is disjointed and baggy, offering only intermittent glimpses of the wit and invention upon which he made his name.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet My People, My Country (2019) Under the stewardship of director Chen Kaige, everything from the detonation of China's first atomic bomb to the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft landing is milked for all its patriotic glory.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
4/5 97% Knives Out (2019) Knives Out works so well because Rian Johnson knows the clichés and tropes of this particular kind of murder mystery inside out, and understands that his audience knows them too.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
2.5/5 22% Sadako (2019) The balance between old world and new media is awkward and only intermittently successful, but nevertheless drags this lurching, wayward franchise back in the right direction.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
4/5 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Waititi's award-winning adaptation of Christine Leunens' novel Caging Skies is by turns hilarious, horrifying and ultimately heartbreaking.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
2.5/5 83% Exit (2019) Audiences will have to decide very early on whether to willingly disregard logic and just go with it, or strap in for an exasperating couple of hours.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
2.5/5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) No frills, but not without thrills, Angel Has Fallen is the literal manifestation of Friday night fluff, and that's just fine for its target audience.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
2/5 60% A Rainy Day in New York (2019) Allen appears to have looked no further than The Catcher in the Rye or MAD Magazine to get a handle on how young people behave, and the results are excruciatingly stilted and phoney.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
2/5 36% The Divine Fury (2019) A few shadowy ghouls and moments of visual trickery aside, The Divine Fury fails to deliver the scares one would expect from a film dealing with exorcisms.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
4/5 90% The Third Wife (2019) Nguyen is entrancing in the title role, carrying the full weight of the production on her slight shoulders, as she evolves from naive waif to erudite young mother before our eyes.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
3.5/5 85% The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale (2019) The film's flagrant disregard for logic in the name of gleeful entertainment is part of its charm.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3.5/5 90% Weathering with You (2020) The dazzling animation in Weathering With You again combines almost photorealistic scenery and backgrounds with dazzling splashes of light and colour.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3/5 96% Yuli (2018) Ballet fans will be richly rewarded, both by Maria Rovira's emotionally charged choreography, and the archival footage of Acosta's early pivotal performances.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet A Long Goodbye (2019) A Long Goodbye presents a sentimental, if not wholly sympathetic, picture of familial responsibilities, and the sacrifices we make for those who made us.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
2.5/5 27% UglyDolls (2019) Ironically, the film's biggest flaw is a lack of unique imperfections to make it special.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
3/5 69% Stockholm (2019) The film unfolds as a baffling screwball comedy, and recalls classic heist films such as Dog Day Afternoon, even as it persistently subverts our expectations.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
3/5 86% Ramen Shop (Ramen teh) (2019) Khoo's film is a lip-smacking home-cooked food tour.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
2.5/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) The lacklustre snoozefest that was X-Men: Apocalypse would have been a sour note upon which to end the franchise, but Dark Phoenix is only marginally better.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
3.5/5 86% Birthday (Saeng-il) (2019) A story about grief, loss and guilt, and the overwhelming sense of helplessness that threatens to consume those touched by death.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
1.5/5 57% Brightburn (2019) With all the kinetic dynamism of a soggy beach towel, Brightburn squanders a potentially intriguing premise in a hastily dashed off series of clichés and half-baked ideas.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Krasue: Inhuman Kiss (2019) While its subject matter is firmly rooted in traditional Thai mythology, the film does play with the rules, introducing new elements ... that keep the story fresh and interesting.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
1/5 14% The Hustle (2019) The Hustle is an exhausting, humourless slog that will leave you feeling robbed.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
3.5/5 94% Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota (2019) The Man Who Feels No Pain instils nothing but giddy joy in its audience, and announces the arrival of an impressive new action talent.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
5/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Every dazzling, thrilling moment nurtures the narrative, celebrates the characters, and cradles the entire saga carefully towards a beautiful finish.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
0.5/5 No Score Yet His Lost Name (2019) Frequently mistaking emptiness for poignancy, obfuscation for complexity, His Lost Name is a gruelling ordeal, utterly devoid of meaningful symbolism or subtext. ‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019