John Lui Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

John Lui

John Lui
John Lui's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Straits Times (Singapore)

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 80% Extreme Job (2019) This comedy balances its action setpieces - there are shootouts, extended fight scenes and car chases aplenty - with slower character-driven scenes that give viewers something to root for. ‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
3.5/5 85% Game Night (2018) Yes, there are points in which the story twists feel arbitrary, but that is offset by the movie's briskness and good-natured sense of adventure. ‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
4/5 37% The Wrong Missy (2020) Lauren Lapkus, who till now has mostly languished in supporting roles, is generously given space to shine - and she is resplendent.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
4/5 88% Upgrade (2018) There are a few rough edges to Upgrade - the editing could be more crisp, for example - but this is a story that ripples with adrenaline and clever plotting.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
2.5/5 70% Time to Hunt (2020) The attention paid to character development and ballistics pays off in conveying a sense of realism. But his future South Korea is not much more than a smoggy place roiling with protests.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
3.5/5 86% Okja (2017) Swinton's corporate boss is something to behold. Her Lucy Mirando is the ultimate imposter and represents how they have taken over the world.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
3.5/5 42% The Laundromat (2019) Its bleakness and blunt approach to the facts of tax havens and money laundering caused this film to largely disappear from awards radars, but compelling performances from Meryl Streep and Jeffrey Wright will at least help viewers.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
4/5 93% Bad Education (2019) Director Cory Finley and screenwriter Mike Makowsky, relative newcomers to feature film-making, turn Pam and Frank into real humans who let their aspirations get ahead of their salaries.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
4/5 88% Sorry We Missed You (2020) British film-maker Ken Loach has made a name pointing out the hypocrisy of institutions. ‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
4/5 80% Tigertail (2020) Yang's eye for beauty and composition sometimes gets in the way - poverty in Taiwan is more picturesque than painful, and New York's grime is also given a romantic sheen - but he makes a convincing case for everyone to forgive his or her bottled-up dad.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
3.5/5 50% Pain & Gain (2013) Director Michael Bay (war epic Pearl Harbor, 2001; five Transformers science-fiction movies, 2007 to 2017) does what he does best with this based-on-a-true-story comedy: He overstates.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
4/5 61% Mystery Men (1999) A story that sparkles with emotional warmth, strong jokes and great performances from Hank Azaria, Janeane Garofalo, Lena Olin, Eddie Izzard, Greg Kinnear, William Macy, Geoffrey Rush and Ben Stiller.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
4/5 97% Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) There are classic bits here about plagues, witches and chivalry, but their best scenes poke fun at ye olden days while stating that after 900 years, nothing has changed.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
3.5/5 53% Guns Akimbo (2020) The comedic bullet bonanza that is Guns Akimbo checks all the boxes for a film festival midnight madness movie.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
4/5 86% Emma. (2020) Emma is not just a hilarious film, this interpretation of the 1815 Jane Austen novel is also the best romantic comedy in a while.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
3.5/5 96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Director Heller gets credit for the bold choice of avoiding making Rogers a "real" person in typical biopic fashion. Rather, the portrait of him is impressionist and poetic, an image that captures Rogers more as a feeling more than a collection of facts.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
3/5 88% Onward (2020) This is still a fine film, just not one that attains the lofty heights achieved by Coco (2017) or Inside Out (2015).‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
86% Color Out of Space (2020) The horror work Color Out Of Space starts slowly before going bonkers in the best way possible. ‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) It is a delicious struggle for dominance; a game of feints, flattery and half-truths.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
21% Disturbing the Peace (2020) The movie tries to explain the discrepancy but gets bogged down in reverence and flashbacks to the same battle, shown ad nauseum. ‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
82% Queen & Slim (2019) 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.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) This movie's woman-first stance is handled well, as the formation of the all-woman hero team feels organic and unforced.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
4.5/5 92% Uncut Gems (2019) This is an energy shot of a movie, a dose of which will leave viewers jittery, but craving more.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
3.5/5 96% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) 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.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
4/5 95% Little Women (2019) 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.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) It is a triumph of immersive storytelling.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
3.5/5 100% An Easy Girl (Un fille facile) (2019) 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.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
3/5 90% Dark Waters (2019) Well-intentioned and well-acted, but baggy and overlong, this work feels more suited to be a mini-series than a feature film.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
2.5/5 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) 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. ‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
2/5 75% Spies in Disguise (2019) 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.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/5 29% Perfect Nanny (Chanson Douce) (2019) Interesting if somewhat bland look at how women are often their own worst enemy.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
3.5/5 89% The Two Popes (2019) Warmly funny, sharply scripted.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
4/5 90% Ip Man 4: The Finale (2019) As hero exits go, it is hard to think of a more dignified or relevant way to say goodbye.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/5 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) A movie that ends the series the way it began: heavy on the spectacle and fan service, light on imagination.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
2.5/5 72% The Aeronauts (2019) A tiring watch.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
4/5 95% Marriage Story (2019) In this painfully funny and tragically sad story, Driver and Johansson deliver outstanding performances.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
3.5/5 96% A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2020) It is harder to get more back-to-basics than A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet Detention (2019) The cheap jump scares, scattered around in manipulative fashion, feel like an underhanded move.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
4/5 96% The Irishman (2019) You will need the breaks to keep up with this beautifully told story, performed with great delicacy, especially by De Niro.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
4/5 92% Monos (2019) A slow-cooking nightmare of the best kind.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
4/5 83% Wet Season (2019) It is a big ask, but this ambitious new direction deserves everyone's attention.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
3.5/5 77% Frozen II (2019) Frozen II opens this week in all its sparkly, sugar-coated splendour...it mixes some gloom with the glitter, though...‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
2/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) There is a jerkiness to the storytelling that stops this from being what it could be.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
2.5/5 42% Midway (2019) 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.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
4/5 81% Abominable (2019) A satisfying, character-driven road movie.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
2/5 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) This adaptation of horror master King's 2013 novel of the same name seems reluctant to create genuine, sustained scares.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
2/5 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) 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.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
4/5 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Slowly, what feels like a series of disconnected vignettes set over the course of a lifetime shapes up into something resembling a throughline.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
3.5/5 44% The Addams Family (2019) It feels like a long time since Addams-style wordplay was last in cinemas and it feels good to hear it again.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
3.5/5 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Feels like a do-over of an old favourite with modern ornaments...This is fan service done right, mostly.‐ The Straits Times (Singapore)
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019