For users of Watch Series 4 or older, the upgrade to Series 6 will come as a delight, as you’ll enjoy its many new features.
Fatal Visit is a Hong Kong thriller revolving around Yanny (Charlene Choi), Ling (Sammi Cheng) and husband Tang (Tong Dawei).
If major established fashion brands with their endless budgets found it hard to stand out on the digital platform, how were 17 mini collections from a bunch of graduates based in Singapore going to do?
Hmlet is one of Asia’s fastest growing co-living companies, with over 1,500 homes across Singapore, Hong Kong, Sydney and Tokyo.
Hell is sitting in a hot yoga class waiting for your Fitbit to sync. It was my fourth day of reviewing the new Versa 2, and I'd been having connectivity issues since the day after I received it. The watch refused to sync with my phone after initially pairing with no issue. I wasn't surprised -- this has happened with pretty much every one of the many Fitbits I've reviewed in the past. But that makes it all the more frustrating. I'm not the only reviewer with this issue either, and I haven't had major connectivity troubles with any other wearable I've tested. Samsung watches in particular connect quickly to my Android phones, as do most Wear OS devices.
The townsfolk of Hawkins are back fighting monsters again in Season 3 of Stranger Things.
SINGAPORE — British makeup artist Pat McGrath is extraordinary and a visionary; that even Vogue’s Anna Wintour named her “the most influential makeup artist in the world.” Her rose to makeup artistry began when she worked for major brands and top photographers like Steven Meisel and Christian Dior, followed by beauty brands like Covergirl and Max Factor.
Boxing studio CruBox from Los Angeles has a cult-following: The Kardashians, singer Mandy Moore, model Hailey Baldwin all have punched their way to fitter bodies here. The fitness studio is now opened at Duxton Road and it promises to give an intensive yet addictive workout experience to all women and men of all ages, fitness levels and boxing abilities.
Long gone are the days where women subject themselves to dangerous methods like liposuction to remove fat cells - modern technology these days have introduced non-invasive treatments to target women’s issues. One treatment as such is ONDA, a treatment machine that employs Coolwaves, a system that generates controlled microwaves to target fat cells for the purpose of body contouring. For some, you could also use this treatment to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
We're seeing a lot of interesting snacks this year and 7-Eleven is not to be left out; they're jumping on the Chinese New Year bandwagon by adding new savoury treats: onigiri snacks. There will be two limited-run Japanese rice treats: the Chicken Bak Kwa Onigiri and Spicy Chilli Shrimp Onigiri.
Locally adapted from a 2016 South Korean box office hit, Musical Taru is a trippy treat for museum and dinosaur lovers.
Ultimately, "Mamma Mia!" is enjoyable, even if you are not a fan of ABBA, but don't expect it to leave an indelible impression.
The film is visually compelling, but the overall cinematic experience is sketchy and, at times, even tedious. This film is set during World War II – a time when Subhash Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army (INA) was waging it’s own war of liberation against the British Empire. In this tumult, a feisty Bollywood action star Julie (Kangana Ranaut) is asked to entertain English and Indian troops at the India-Burma border.
Subhash Kapoor’s compelling courtroom drama is one of the best satires of recent times. ‘Jolly LLB 2’ addresses the pertinent issues of the day with skill and humour, all the while exhibiting remarkable restraint. The premise seems simple enough – Jagdishwar Mishra aka Jolly (Akshay Kumar) is a small-time lawyer trying to break into the big league.
Oh, ‘Raees’! I wish you didn’t leave me so sad. Action films aren’t my favourite genre, but I love fast-paced edgy thrillers. ‘Raees’ works at so many levels and yet, the end left me disappointed. Rahul Dholakia’s film – the rags to riches story of a self-made man, Raees Alam, who hates being called battery – has all the makings of a 1970’s potboiler.
Mani Ratnam’s ‘OK Kanmani’ had tugged at my heartstrings, alas, Shaad Ali’s remake just doesn’t strike the same chords. ‘OK Jaanu’ lacks the spontaneity and the effervescence of the original. Aditya (Aditya Roy Kapur) and Tara (Shraddha Kapoor) are instinctively attracted to each other but settling down to live happily ever after is not in their immediate scheme of things. This young couple is tenants at an older couple’s (Naseeruddin Shah and Leela Samson) place.
It is as much a story about the sport, as it is about revisiting gender stereotypes and a complex father-daughter relationship. Nitesh Tiwari has infused this biopic with not only heart-wrenching emotions, but also spontaneous humour. Mahavir Singh Phogat’s indomitable spirit and his almost audacious ambition to coach Geeta and Babita to glory at the world wrestling stage indeed make for an inspiring story.
Despite some good performances, Sujoy Ghosh’s ‘Kahaani 2’ fails to pack the punch of its prequel. The first half of Vidya Sinha’s (Vidya Balan) story weaves enough intrigue to keep you hooked till the interval.
‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ is a take on the more complicated journey that love actually is in real life. This love story has two main leads – Alizeh (Anushka) and Ayan (Ranbir) and two supporting leads – Saba (Aishwarya) and Ali (Fawad) – and each of them approach love differently, yet with anguish and loss. Karan Johar uses his favourite devices to tell this story of complicated hearts.
Abhinay Deo’s ‘Force 2’ is high on style and low on rationale. John Abraham’s tough cop act is reminiscent of his earlier release this year: in ‘Dishoom’ he did pretty much the same thing. It is a shame to see Sonakshi Sinha reduced to a mere prop in this attempted thriller.
Shujaat Saudagar’s film is mature – this band of boys does not shy away from stylishly brandishing their greys! This is a complex story where our protagonist, Aditya Shroff (Farhan Akhtar) seeks redemption far away from the bustle and comfort of the city: he works with farmers in Meghalaya. By making a difference to a small village in India’s North East, he hopes to find some measure of atonement for his guilt.
Secret ending? No.Running time: 112 minutes (~2 hours)“The Girl on the Train” is a mystery film that’s based on the book of the same title. An alcoholic ex-divorcee who cannot remember what happens during her drunken blackouts fantasises about the life of a stranger she sees every day on the train — until she finds out that stranger has been murdered. It stars Emily Blunt (Rachel Watson), Haley Bennett (Megan Hipwell), Rebecca Ferguson (Anna Watson), Justin Theroux (Tom Watson), Luke Evans (Scott Hipwell), Allison Janney (Detective Riley), Edgar Ramirez (Dr Kamal Abdic), and Lisa Kudrow (Martha). It is rated M-18.“The Girl on the Train” is a mystery film that is, in the end, really about nothing at all. While it does have its moments when it comes to the thrill of the unknown, the problem is that it doesn’t elicit positive emotions from you. You gain nothing from the film, and it’s just a movie adaptation of a successful book. That’s as good as it gets.HighlightsGood tension and symbolismThanks to the unreliable narrator that is Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt), you can never quite figure out what is happening. The structure of the film also enhances the disorientation of the protagonist, jumping between locations and time periods with nary an indication of the change. The finale also surprises you with the sheer cruelty of the surprise antagonist.LetdownsThoroughly confusing storytellingBut thanks to the storytelling style, you also can’t figure out what’s happening in the film. You just blunder through the events, and the shocks are intellectual, rather than being emotional surprises. It’s impossible to connect with the characters simply because you don’t understand what motivates them, and most importantly, what exactly they did. Rachel is an unsympathetic protagonistWhile you can comprehend why Rachel becomes an alcoholic, you don’t feel sorry for her because of the tremendous harm her addiction causes. Even though the story resolves the central conflict satisfactorily by the end, it doesn’t cure the root problem of Rachel’s addiction. Worst of all, Rachel is a passive, whiny character that stumbles upon solutions, rather than taking the initiative to solve the mystery of the movie. She’s not a girl, she’s a woman!And here we come to one of the key problems of Rachel’s character. She’s not a young, inexperienced girl who’s brimming with enthusiasm. She’s a grown woman. The title of the film (and the book) is a huge clue to Rachel’s problem. She has never grown up, so she keeps expecting people to help her, rather than helping herself. With such an inactive heroine, this makes the film about nothing, and not in the good “Fraser” way either. She’s an utterly loathsome character.Lacks a raison d'etreThere is no point to “The Girl on the Train” because it’s just a series of coincidences that end up foiling a murder mystery. It’s not due to the character’s dogged perseverance or faith in herself that saves the day — the solution hinges on a chance (and implausible) meeting that sets off a series of revelations. There’s no theme, no message, and no purpose to this film, besides being a mystery that, in hindsight, would be impossible to solve on your own power.“The Girl on the Train” should have been titled “The Ineffective, Floundering Woman”. Should you watch this if it’s free? OK.Should you watch this at weekday movie ticket prices? If you like Emily Blunt.Score: 2.5/5“The Girl on the Train” opens in cinemas:- 6 Oct 2016 (Singapore)- 6 Oct 2016 (Malaysia)- 5 Oct 2016 (Philippines)Marcus Goh is a Singapore television scriptwriter. He’s also a Transformers enthusiast and avid pop culture scholar. He Tweets/Instagrams at Optimarcus and writes atmarcusgohmarcusgoh.com. The views expressed are his own.
MS Dhoni’s surreal obscurity-to-fame life story makes for a fascinating tale, but the script staggers under the deadweight of the avoidable, delving too much on the redundant at the expense of stuff that would have set the pulse racing. Neeraj Pandey begins with India’s 2011 World Cup win – the high point of Dhoni’s career.