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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5/5 6% The Doorman (2020) From the ground floor up, The Doorman feels flimsy and cheap, and one can't imagine the lone action heroine subgenre dying much harder.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
1/5 30% The War with Grandpa (2020) One suspects that everyone involved in this humourless husk of family entertainment might have preferred the film itself be quietly banished to the attic.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
3/5 39% Honest Thief (2020) A tight, coherent and efficient thriller, peppered with enough moments of pithy dialogue and ancillary character quirks to elevate it above Neeson's more humdrum offerings.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
3/5 81% Go Back to China (2020) This well-meaning, if somewhat clumsy drama is bolstered by a charming central turn from YouTuber Anna Akana, and Richard Ng Yiu-hon as her deeply conflicted father.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
2/5 71% Rogue (2020) Rogue is an animal attack movie - think Predator on the plains, or Alien with a lion - but without the budget, shrewd characterisation, or proficient effects work to get the job done right.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
2/5 63% Get the Hell Out (Tao Chu Li Fa Yuan) (2020) First-time director Wang I-fan ... approaches the material with all the subtlety of a coked-up paparazzo. What emerges is 90 exhausting minutes of hysteria, yielding little insight and only occasional laughs.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
2.5/5 28% Antebellum (2020) When Antebellum ventures into exploitation territory, it threatens to undercut the positive non-violent messaging of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
2.5/5 No Score Yet Crazy Awesome Teachers (Guru-Guru Gokil) (2020) The film's real highlight is Mufti. ... [She] provides a welcome counterbalance to Marten's playful extrovert, and offsets her character's authority with a tenderness that grounds their burgeoning romance.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
2/5 20% The Grudge (2020) Pesce's film lacks anything discernibly Shimizu-esque. Individual moments of tension materialise, only to be undercut by noisy jump scares or needlessly flashy visuals.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
3.5/5 100% Raat Akeli Hai (2020) A compelling murder mystery with a strong social conscience that will keep audiences guessing until the final frame.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
2.5/5 49% Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020) Where its predecessor was propelled by a breathless immediacy, Peninsula's prominent action too often feels weightless and cartoonlike.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
2.5/5 60% Romance Doll (2020) Although [the film's climax] is presented as a grand romantic gesture, the reality is decidedly more creepy.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
4/5 85% The Weasel's Tale (El cuento de las comadrejas) (2019) An ageing starlet of cinema's golden age is targeted by a pair of opportunistic property developers in Juan José Campanella's riotously entertaining caper, a loving evocation of Sunset Boulevard and classic Ealing comedies.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
3/5 81% Light of My life (2019) It's familiar territory for Affleck, a master of understated mumbling, but the real revelation here is Pniowsky, who ... more than holds her own opposite her Oscar-winning co-star.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
3/5 86% Wet Season (2019) Despite the strong central performances, the lead actors are given insufficient time to explore the implications of their actions.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet Kakou No Futari (2019) Arai and his performers fail spectacularly to conjure anything remotely arousing during the numerous, lengthy sex scenes.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
1/5 No Score Yet Tootsies & the Fake (2019) A meandering parade of histrionic high jinks.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
3.5/5 97% The Half of It (2020) Despite its slightly unbalanced narrative, The Half of It ultimately succeeds, in large part thanks to the authenticity of its three young leads, even when their surroundings don't always ring true.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Tora-san, Wish You Were Here (2019) For audiences as-yet uninitiated into the delights of the Tora-san saga, the film offers a perfect entry point, recapturing the series' gentle tone while offering a taste of what previous episodes have to offer.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
3/5 100% The Forest of Love (2019) The Forest of Love offers a dizzying kaleidoscope of outrageous imagery and tangled flashbacks that will reward attentive viewers but may just as easily prove insufferable to the uninitiated or ill-prepared.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
3/5 69% Time to Hunt (2020) Within the sweaty, blood-smeared constraints of Yoon's hugely contrived narrative, though, the film does succeed as a slice of high-calibre, testosterone-fuelled escapism.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
4/5 81% Tigertail (2020) Yang's unfussy direction jumps back and forth effortlessly between four different time periods, sparking waves of nostalgia as it weaves a tangle of repressed familial ties with assured clarity.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2020
3.5/5 89% A Sun (2019) This epic two-and-a-half hour examination of unaddressed grief and unspoken expectations is punctuated by suicides, pregnancies and gangland violence.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
2.5/5 17% Dead Kids (2019) Characters are drawn in broad strokes to serve the plot, rather than pose challenging ethical dilemmas for the audience.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Happy Old Year (2019) Chutimon is remarkable in the lead role, sparking joy in the audience even though her character is unlikeable to the point of sociopathic in her actions.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
3/5 100% 4x4 (2019) One of the most inventive and claustrophobic single-location thrillers in recent memory.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
2/5 38% The Battle of Jangsari (2019) Formulaic to a fault, The Battle of Jangsari rolls out a procession of war movie clichés with regimented efficiency, but without a glimmer of individuality or invention.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
2.5/5 95% Impetigore (Perempuan Tanah Jahanam) (2020) For all the deficiencies of the story's exposition, Basro once again shows she is a compelling and hugely watchable scream queen.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
4/5 79% The Platform (El Hoyo) (2020) The Platform seasons its robust economics creed with devilishly dark humour, and a palpable sense of danger.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
3.5/5 91% The Invisible Man (2020) The Invisible Man does run a little long, and momentarily loses its footing in its final movement, but for the most part confirms that there is a place for Universal monsters in today's dark universe.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
78% 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
76% 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
14% 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
64% 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
94% 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
72% 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
69% 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
87% 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
51% 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
77% 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