A gripping missing teenager tale masterfully and cinematically presented in a “screen life” movie style.
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: There’s a lot riding on the slim, young shoulders of everyone’s friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man. Far From Home is the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) since the recent double-whammy of Avengers movies changed the status quo forever. Where does the most successful superhero...
Fans, no matter how few, will cheer for Arthur.
The Low-Down: Veteran actor Kim Yoon-seok (Dark Figure Of Crime 암수살인, The Chaser 추격자) makes his directorial debut as a director-actor in Another Child 미성년, a melodrama about two dysfunctional families and how marital betrayal brings out the best (and worst) in individuals. Another Child is dark and harrowing, carrying...
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: Disney has been trying to make a sequel to 1964’s Mary Poppins - a classic in every imaginable sense - for decades. But author P.L. Travers, who publicly disapproved of the studio’s adaptation of her books, stood in the way of most early attempts. Ultimately, it’s taken a good...
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: The third and supposed final instalment in the John Wick trilogy starring old and new cast returns with stuntman-turned-director Chad Stahelski (Keanu Reeves’s Neo stunt duo in The Matrix). A good three quarters of Parabellum is just John racking up the body count the way John Wick is famous...
A Korean comedy unlike any before it, Intimate Strangers is an emotional rollercoaster ride that can make you laugh in a moment and cry in the next heartbeat.
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...

Exit (엑시트) (2019) – Review

The Low-Down: Exit is what happens when a first-time feature film director Lee Sang-geun and his...

47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) – Review

The Low-Down: After 47 Meters Down’s huge box office success, horror director Johannes Roberts returns with more than...

The Bravest (烈火英雄) (2019) – Review

The Low-Down: Like Operation Red Sea (红海行动), The Bravest (烈火英雄) is a patriotic tribute film to...

Bodies At Rest (沉默的证人) (2019) – Review

The Low-Down: Die Hard 2’s director Renny Harlin collaborates with Hong Kong star Nick Cheung (The...

The Divine Fury (사자) (2019) – Review

The Low-Down: Director Jason Kim Joo-hwan and Park Seo-joon (Parasite 기생충) return for another collab...