A gripping missing teenager tale masterfully and cinematically presented in a “screen life” movie style.
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: Writer-director Rian Johnson has recently become known for helming Star Wars: The Last Jedi and is working on forthcoming Star Wars spin-off films. He had intended to make an Agatha Christie-inspired film after finishing Looper, but made The Last Jedi first, now returning to that...
'Spider-Man: Into The Spider Verse' isn’t just the best Spider-Man movie that nobody asked for - it’s one of the best Spider-Man movies ever made, period. It’s also a top contender for best animated film of the year.
The Low-Down: The first and only commercial feature about the 2014 Sewol Ferry disaster stars multiple best-actress winner Jeon Do-yeon as the heartbroken mother of a fictional family who lost their son in the shipwreck. Alongside her is Seol Gyung-goo, also another big award-winning veteran, as the cold and absent father...
The Low-Down: Exit is what happens when a first-time feature film director Lee Sang-geun and his crew decide to add a Korean gag-show twist to a disaster movie. Surprisingly, the combination goes pretty well as K-Pop girl group legend Girls’ Generation (SNSD) Im Yoon-ah (or simply Yoona) and veteran actor Jo...
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: The story of Ford’s battle to win the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans is the stuff of auto racing legend and has all the makings of a compelling Hollywood movie: clashing egos, a period setting, boardroom machinations and of course very fast cars. Director...
Recommended? Absolutely. It’s not as utterly wonderful as the first film - the script is a little clunkier and the nostalgia factor replaced with a world-wide-web-weary cynicism. But the big, beating heart embedded in this story is a true delight. The Princesses alone will be worth the price of your ticket.
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’d be forgiven for thinking that Bumblebee is yet another shameless cash-grab by the powers-that-be behind the Transformers franchise. There isn’t much incentive to improve, after all: money keeps pouring in at the box office (especially in China), even as the films - and scripts...
The Low-Down: 2013’s Ilo Ilo was hailed as one of the best Singaporean films in recent memory, winning awards at international film festivals including Cannes and Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards. Critics and filmgoers were keenly watching the film’s young writer-director Anthony Chen to see what he would...

Greenland (2020) – Review

The Low-Down: Gerard Butler’s last brush with the disaster movie genre was the delightfully bombastic,...

Guns Akimbo (2020) – Review

The Low-Down: Daniel Radcliffe’s post-Harry Potter career has featured several eclectic roles. From playing a...

Bloodshot (2020) – Review

The Low-Down: Marvel and DC might be the big boys in the comics game, but...

Till Death: the star and creators of She’s a Terrorist and I Love Her talk the dark comedy series

With its wanton swearing, sexual situations, sometimes-graphic violence and yes, depictions of terrorism, She’s a...

Onward (2020) – Review

The Low-Down: Marvel Cinematic Universe stars Tom Holland and Chris Pratt take a detour into...