• 'Blade Runner - The Final Cut': Secret Cinema's most immersive experience yet
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    Rob Young

    'Blade Runner - The Final Cut': Secret Cinema's most immersive experience yet

    Secret Cinema has done it again. Fans of the original 'Blade Runner' do not want to miss this.

  • Critics split on John Boyega's Pacific Rim Uprising
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    Ben Arnold

    Critics split on John Boyega's Pacific Rim Uprising

    John Boyega stars in the new Pacific Rim movie, as the son of Idris Elba's character from Guillermo Del Toro's first instalment, once again saving the world from giant beasts by using giant robots.

  • Review: Dakota Johnson looks incredibly liberated in 'Fifty Shades Freed'
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    Marcus Goh

    Review: Dakota Johnson looks incredibly liberated in 'Fifty Shades Freed'

    Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) in “Fifty Shades of Grey” is a completely different person from the character who appears in “Fifty Shades Freed”. Instead, it looks like she’s slightly smirking in her scenes, as if she’s fully aware of the unbelievable situations she finds herself in in “Fifty Shades Freed”. The movie is the final instalment in the “Fifty Shades” trilogy, based on the book of the same name.

  • Black Panther reviews hail 'best Marvel movie yet'
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    Tom Butler

    Black Panther reviews hail 'best Marvel movie yet'

    The first reviews for Marvel's Black Panther are in and they're glorious.

  • Review: 'The Last Recipe' is a magical depiction of food and cooking
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    Marcus Goh

    Review: 'The Last Recipe' is a magical depiction of food and cooking

    One can take elegant, beautiful shots of food — but push it too far, and it drifts into the realm of food porn. Fortunately, “The Last Recipe” never descends into such territory. Based on the Japanese novel of the same title, this culinary drama follows the adventures of modern-day talented extremist chef Mitsuru Sasaki (Kazunari Ninomiya) as he traces the life of legendary Imperial chef Naotaro Yamagata (Hidetoshi Nishijima) in the 1930s, in a search for the eponymous recipe.

  • Review: 'All the Money in the World' is a powerful tale of wealth and crassness
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    Marcus Goh

    Review: 'All the Money in the World' is a powerful tale of wealth and crassness

    “All the Money in the World” may have been plagued with multiple production issues, but that hasn’t stopped it from being an excellent film. Given the reshoot schedules and urgent recasting of Christopher Plummer as J. Paul Getty (he replaced Kevin Spacey), you’d have thought that it would show in the final product. The film is a crime thriller that’s based on the book “Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty”.

  • Review: '12 Strong' stirs unexpected emotions by giving a face to non-American characters
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    Marcus Goh

    Review: '12 Strong' stirs unexpected emotions by giving a face to non-American characters

    “12 Strong” is an American war drama that’s based on the book “Horse Soldiers”, which tells the tale of a group of American soldiers sent to Afghanistan right after the 9/11 attacks. It’s not executed in the way you might think, and the balanced depiction of non-American characters is rather impressive. There are some cliches, such as battle-hardened characters who secretly harbour great loss, or mindlessly devout warlords who espouse extreme views.

  • Review: Story, dialogue, drama, ‘The Post’ delivers despite being based on real-life events
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    Marcus Goh

    Review: Story, dialogue, drama, ‘The Post’ delivers despite being based on real-life events

    Films based on high profile, relatively well-known “true stories” usually emphasise performance and pacing over plot. After all, it’s difficult to maintain tension when most of your audience already knows how the film will end. Viewers of “The Post” will probably already know the events that the movie is based on.

  • Netflix's new series 'Black Lightning' goes where other superhero shows fear to tread
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    Hanna Flint

    Netflix's new series 'Black Lightning' goes where other superhero shows fear to tread

    The new series from The CW and Netflix has the heart of the Arrowverse but the attitude of 'Luke Cage'.

  • Review: 'The Commuter' offers action and mystery, but not quite enough of both
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    Marcus Goh

    Review: 'The Commuter' offers action and mystery, but not quite enough of both

    With a nondescript title and Liam Neeson as the star of the film, unspoken expectations have already been set up about “The Commuter”. “The Commuter” takes quite a while to get to its premise, i.e., showing Michael (Liam Neeson) actually commuting and getting into the thick of things.

  • COMMENT: Japanese adaptation of 'Miracles of the Namiya General Store' trumps Chinese version
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    Marcus Goh

    COMMENT: Japanese adaptation of 'Miracles of the Namiya General Store' trumps Chinese version

    The Japanese adaptation, “The Miracles of the Namiya General Store”, came out last October, while the Chinese adaptation, titled simply “Namiya”, is out this month. “Namiya” tries to be as fast-paced as possible by shoving you through each plot point so that the scenes feel shorter and quicker, while “The Miracles of the Namiya General Store” takes its time to set up characters and backstory, for a greater payoff at the end.

  • Review: 'The Greatest Showman' is a disappointing paint-by-numbers musical
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    Marcus Goh

    Review: 'The Greatest Showman' is a disappointing paint-by-numbers musical

    Watch any musical number in “The Greatest Showman” by itself and you’ll find it magnificently executed. This musical drama is inspired by the life of P. T. Barnum and how the Barnum & Bailey Circus was created.

  • Review: 'Marry Me, Dude' is a feel-good comedy that transcends language barriers
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    Marcus Goh

    Review: 'Marry Me, Dude' is a feel-good comedy that transcends language barriers

    It’s been a long time since a film had me laughing out loud in cinemas, but “Marry Me, Dude” does exactly that — despite the fact that it’s in French (which I don’t quite understand). The comedy revolves around Yassine (Tarek Boudali) and Fred (Philippe Lacheau), male buddies who embark on a sham gay marriage in France so that Yassine, who’s Moroccan, can continue staying in the country. Unfortunately, a dogged policeman is out to prove that their marriage is fake, Fred’s girlfriend is rather unhappy with the situation, Yassine’s highly traditional mother comes for a visit and his old love interest re-enters his life.

  • Review: 'Ferdinand' delivers emotional pay-off with an endearingly peace-loving bull
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    Marcus Goh

    Review: 'Ferdinand' delivers emotional pay-off with an endearingly peace-loving bull

    Animated comedy “Ferdinand” sees the title character, a pacifist bull with massive strength, finding himself at the centre of a plot to find a suitable bull for an ostensibly deadly bullfighter. Of course, it features talking animals, as almost every 3D-animated film does these days. In fact, it’s not clearly or visually shown why the antagonist poses such a threat to Ferdinand, especially since the opening scenes paint bullfighters as inept humans that are no match for bulls.

  • Review: 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' tests your patience with inane characters and gaping plot holes
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    Marcus Goh

    Review: 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' tests your patience with inane characters and gaping plot holes

    Why does “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” start in the most boring way possible? This action-adventure fantasy sequel to 1995’s “Jumanji” sees a new group of children trapped in the titular game, which has inexplicably become a retro video game. When they appear in the game, they take on the forms of their in-game characters.

  • Review: Third time's the charm for the now-adult Bellas in 'Pitch Perfect 3'
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    Marcus Goh

    Review: Third time's the charm for the now-adult Bellas in 'Pitch Perfect 3'

    After all, “Pitch Perfect 2” already gave the characters an excellent send-off after graduation. Despite that, “Pitch Perfect 3” continues the story organically by introducing believable and legitimate obstacles for them — adulthood. The musical comedy sees a cappella group the Bellas reuniting for another chance to perform.

  • Review: 'Bleeding Steel' feels like an attempt to ride on the success of 'Star Wars'
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    Marcus Goh

    Review: 'Bleeding Steel' feels like an attempt to ride on the success of 'Star Wars'

    If you took every famous Hollywood science fiction movie and tossed it in a blender, you’d get “Bleeding Steel”. Scorpion kicks, Darth Vader-lookalikes, laser guns, capes, and soldiers that look like black Stormtroopers (with designs tweaked just far enough to avoid copyright issues). In fact, there’s even a massive spaceship complete with gigantic engines that looks like the lovechild of the Millennium Falcon and a Super Star Destroyer, which is incongruous when you consider that the film ostensibly takes place in the present day, and literally no one else possesses a spaceship.

  • Review: Third time's the charm for the now-adult Bellas in 'Pitch Perfect 3'
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    Marcus Goh

    Review: Third time's the charm for the now-adult Bellas in 'Pitch Perfect 3'

    After all, “Pitch Perfect 2” already gave the characters an excellent send-off after graduation. Despite that, “Pitch Perfect 3” continues the story organically by introducing believable and legitimate obstacles for them — adulthood. The musical comedy sees a cappella group the Bellas reuniting for another chance to perform.

  • Solid reviews for Stranger Things 2
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    Ben Arnold

    Solid reviews for Stranger Things 2

    Netflix hit 'Stranger Things' has returned to small screens in the form of 'Stranger Things 2', and thus far it's mostly thumbs up. *Mostly*.

  • Review: 'Tornado Girl' is funny if you're fine with abusive relationships
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    Marcus Goh

    Review: 'Tornado Girl' is funny if you're fine with abusive relationships

    “Tornado Girl” is a Japanese romantic comedy that’s an adaptation of the manga “A Boy Who Wished to be Okuda Tamio And A Girl Who Drove All Men Crazy”. The film revolves around the main character’s efforts to woo the eponymous “Tornado Girl”, who seems irresistible to all men. “Tornado Girl” is directed by Hitoshi One.

  • Review: 'Happy Death Day' tempers slasher horror with feel-good message
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    Marcus Goh

    Review: 'Happy Death Day' tempers slasher horror with feel-good message

    Should you watch this at weekday movie ticket prices? Yes.

  • Review: 'Mary and the Witch's Flower' is beautifully familiar
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    Marcus Goh

    Review: 'Mary and the Witch's Flower' is beautifully familiar

    “Mary and the Witch’s Flower” is a Japanese 2D animated fantasy film that’s based on a novel called “The Little Broomstick” by Mary Stewart. The movie follows the adventures of Mary, an ordinary girl who discovers a magical flower which can turn her into an extremely powerful witch for limited periods of time. “Mary and the Witch’s Flower” is written and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi with additional screenplay credits for Riko Sakaguchi.

  • Review: 'Ajin: Demi-Human' is an exciting battle of wits and action
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    Marcus Goh

    Review: 'Ajin: Demi-Human' is an exciting battle of wits and action

    “Ajin: Demi-Human” is a Japanese science-fiction action thriller that’s based on the anime and manga franchise of the same name. The film sees the rise of the Ajin, superhumans who have special abilities and can come back to life after being killed.

  • Review: 'Blade Runner 2049' deals with eerily relatable modern issues
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    Marcus Goh

    Review: 'Blade Runner 2049' deals with eerily relatable modern issues

    “Blade Runner 2049” is an American science-fiction film in English that’s a sequel to 1982’s “Blade Runner”, itself based loosely on the novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”. A replicant-hunter, known as a blade runner (who is also a newer-model replicant himself), stumbles across a horrifying secret that could change the fate of the world, and seeks out a former blade runner in his quest for answers. “Blade Runner 2049” is directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Hampton Francher, with additional screenplay credits for Michael Green.