The Low-Down: We’re not quite sure why, but lately there have been a slew of animated movies revolving around yetis and sasquatches, including Smallfoot, The Son of Bigfoot and Missing Link. DreamWorks animation presents the tale of an especially fluffy Yeti with Abominable, which has been in...
The Low-Down: After nearly 40 years asleep, the Overlook Hotel reawakens. Doctor Sleep is based on the 2003 novel of the same name by Stephen King, which is in turn a sequel to King’s 1977 novel The Shining. That novel was famously adapted into a film directed...
The Low-Down: Ten years ago, a scrappy zombie-comedy called Zombieland was released. The film’s tongue-in-cheek tone, likeable characters and creative world-building won it fans, and ever since then, a sequel has been in various stages of development. Said sequel has finally arrived. The Story: Just as in real...
The Low-Down: The Terminator franchise is a defining one in the genres of sci-fi, action and horror. While the imagery and the catchphrases have become ingrained in popular culture, the film series has struggled to recapture the glory of the first two entries. The underrated spinoff television...
The Low-Down: In 2014, audiences learnt the back-story behind Maleficent, the villainess of Disney’s 1959 animated film Sleeping Beauty. Beyond being a cackling sorceress/sometimes-dragon, Maleficent painted its title character as someone who rose from tragedy and betrayal to form a complex bond with the young Princess Aurora....
The Low-Down: Will Smith is one of the biggest movie stars around, so perhaps there’s no greater flex than for your film to star not one, but two Will Smiths. Is a double dose of Big Willie Style enough to save an action thriller filled with familiar...
The Low-Down: The Climbers is a recount of the Chinese National Mountaineering Team (CNMT)’s expeditions to Qomolangma (Tibetan for Mount Everest) in 1960 and 1975, during the periods where China’s strength was doubted by other countries and the Chinese themselves. It’s a rather effective nationalist movie filled with patriotic pride —...
The Low-Down: Based on the true event where Sichuan Airlines pilot Li Zhangjian and flight crew managed to save 119 passengers onboard 3U8633 by an emergency landing in Chongqing, The Captain is packed with intense sequences that will keep you gasping and holding your breath. Hong Kong veteran director Andrew Lau...
The Low-Down: This standalone movie takes inspiration from the pages of DC Comics, focusing on arguably the company’s best-known supervillain, the Joker. Director Todd Phillips, best known for the Hangover films, has modelled this film on Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy, Raging Bull and Taxi Driver, creating...
The Farewell is a touching portrait of family that asks poignant questions about cultural values and identity without being either dull or histrionic. Writer-director Lulu Wang firmly establishes herself as a talent to watch, with star Awkwafina showing off impressive dramatic chops while still being appealingly funny.
The Low-Down: Set in 1920 Manchuria during Korea’s fight for independence from Japan, The Battle: Roar To Victory 봉오동 전투 zooms in on a 100-odd-men independence army comprising teenage soldiers, civilian fighters, farmers, and even bandits. Helmed by experienced stunt director Won Shin-yeon (Memoir Of A Murderer 살인자의 기억법), it’s...
The Low-Down: Director James Gray, known mainly for his contemplative dramas, launches into big-budget adventure movie territory with Ad Astra, while still retaining a more sombre, introspective tone than the typical movie of this type. ‘Ad Astra’ is Latin for “to the stars”. Brad Pitt was originally attached to star in Gray’s...

Wira (2019) – Review

The Low-Down: PASKAL: The Movie, released in 2018, was one of the most successful Malaysian...

Wira the Champions: the director and stars of Wira talk making the Malaysian action movie

One of the biggest films to come out of Malaysia in recent years is PASKAL:...

The Good Liar (2019) – Review

The Low-Down: Weirdly enough, respected English thespians Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Helen Mirren have...

Charlie’s Angels (2019) – Review

The Low-Down: In 1976, the television series Charlie’s Angels starring Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and...

Ford v Ferrari (2019) – Review

The Low-Down: The story of Ford’s battle to win the 1966 24 Hours of Le...