First Time (Mandarin)

Chinese director Han Yan`s latest film First Time follows Shiqiao (Angelababy), a college student suffering from a mental illness through her struggle to find a balance between her illness and her zest for life. By a remarkable twist of serendipity, Shiqiao runs into an old friend from high school, Gong Ning (Mark Chao) and the two fall in love. Because side effects of her illness include short-term memory loss, Shiqiao records every detail of her time with Gong Ning on cassette tapes which becomes an innovative storytelling motif throughout the rest of the movie.

Shanghai (Hindi)

Shanghai took my virginity. Well, for Bollywood movies at least. Like all first times, the experience was awkward, slightly confusing, imperfectly timed, but highly memorable all the same. Alas, like all virgins, I have no method of comparison; as such, this review rates Shanghai on its own merits, rather than in relation to other Bollywood films.


Synopsis: Johnny Knoxville and his buddies are up to their daredevil comic antics again. And this time they're coming at ya in 3D!

Keanu Reeves’ flat performance and a lack of urgency are two of several factors that sink this mediocre courtroom drama.

Titanic 3D

Moviegoers cynical about post-conversion 3D films may want to curb their skeptical impulses this time round, with the epic re-release of Titanic 3D. After all, the film cemented James Cameron's reputation as a visionary director; Leonardo DiCaprio's as an upcoming star; and made ship bows all around the world fair game for couples looking to reprise their own 'Jack, I'm flying!' moment.
In 1999, Tim Haines created the six-part miniseries Walking with Dinosaurs for the BBC. It was a revolutionary production, approaching a dinosaur-oriented TV show from the angle of a natural history documentary. This meant omitting the “talking heads and treating creatures like the Coelophysis, Diplodocus, Liopleurodon and Tyrannosaurus as if they were naturally-occurring lions, rhinoceros or meerkats. It has since spawned many spin-offs and unrelated shows following in its colossal footsteps. Now, the beasts walk onto the big screen in this feature-length 3D outing.
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...

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