The Low-Down: Three-time Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actress nominee and the one-half of the Canto-pop group Twins, Charlene Choi stars as a lady struggling with physical intimacy in indie director Jessey Tsang Tsui Shan’s commercial debut. The Lady Improper is mostly on point for the intimate parts and overall message...
The Low-Down: DCEU’s very own Captain Marvel, or otherwise more popularly known as Shazam! in the comics, makes his second appearance on the big screen since his 1941 debut. Shazam! is a superhero comedy that explores some surprisingly dark themes while having a heartwarming core of familial bonds between strangers not...
The Low-Down: Dumbo is Disney’s latest (but far from its last) attempt to adapt its vast stable of animated classics into live-action films. On paper, the project seems promising - there’s a hallucinogenic quality to the 1941 film that sits right in the wheelhouse of visionary director Tim Burton, who...
The Low-Down: Adapted from Rhidian Brook’s popular novel of the same title, The Aftermath is a postwar melodrama that is set in Hamburg, Germany, briefly after the British army’s victory. This war movie focuses on the the “de-Nazification” of the German civilians in an attempt to weed out Hitler extremists. But...
The Low-Down: An adaptation of his personal experience of living with an autistic elder brother, budding filmmaker Quek Shio Chuan’s feature debut has won over a dozen awards at various film festivals. Starring Kyo Chen and Ernest Chong (The Descendant 《香火》) in their breakout performances, Guang, which took over two...
The Low-Down: At Eternity’s Gate follows Vincent van Gogh in his final years in Paris and Southern France where he painted some of his best works that that are still wowing artists and art appreciators today. It’s mostly shot with a handheld camera, but somehow features some...
The Low-Down: It’s been a long, slightly ludicrous time in coming, but Marvel Studios’ first female-led superhero movie is finally blasting into cinemas. Unfortunately, Captain Marvel is trailing plenty of controversy in its wake, largely generated by the same toxic, sexist segments of ‘fandom’ who have been venting their rage online...
The Low-Down: Marketed as the movie that broke zombie hit Train To Busan’s box-office records, Extreme Job (literal translation of its Korean title 극한직업) is nine-tenth gag concert and one-tenth crime drama by director-writer Lee Byeong-heon. Featuring Ryoo Seung-ryong (Netflix Korean zombie drama hit Kingdom 킹덤) as...
The Low-Down: Taken actor Liam Neeson stars in yet another father-exacting-revenge action B-movie, this time a remake/reboot of In Order Of Disappearance, a Norwegian film helmed by the same director — Hans Petter Moland. Cold Pursuit features some good ol’ Neeson action but also adds a tinge of dark humour, though...
The Low-Down: After more than a decade of back-and-forth, Avatar director James Cameron passes the helm of Yukito Kishiro’s manga adaptation to Sin City director Robert Rodriguez, while maintaining screenplay control. Alita: Battle Angel blends spectacular CGI and live-action with cyberpunk anime in a way never seen before on the big...
The Low-Down: You’re given a prize! A 100-day homestay in the body of suicide survivor to find out the reason behind the attempt. That’s the central premise of Homestay, Thai horror-hit director Parkpoom Wongpoom’s (Shutter, Alone, 4bia) adaptation of Japanese novel and animated film, Colourful. Starring Bad...
The Low-Down: Swing Kids is South Korean hitmaker Kang Hyeong-cheol’s new film set during the 1950s Korean War in Geoje POW Camp with a Step Up twist to it. It’s a film about ideologies and how dogmatism and otherness can lead to unnecessary bloodshed, something seemingly of the past yet...

Money (돈) (2019) – Review

The Low-Down: Reply 1988 breakout star Ryoo Joon-yeol (Believer 독전, A Taxi Driver 택시 운전사)...

Captive State (2019) – Review

The Low-Down: Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes director Rupert Wyatt is back with...

Hellboy (2019) – Review

The Low-Down: Hellboy, a cult comic creation dreamt up by Mike Mignola, is a fascinating meditation...

The Lady Improper (非分熟女) (2019) – Review

The Low-Down: Three-time Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actress nominee and the one-half of the Canto-pop...

Shazam! (2019) – Review

The Low-Down: DCEU’s very own Captain Marvel, or otherwise more popularly known as Shazam! in the...