Reviews by Paul Fonoroff, Lau Kit-wai, Yvonne Teh and Clarence Tsui
Le Havre (I) (French)
See review on this page.
Fairy Tale Killer (IIB) (Cantonese)
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Dark Shadows (IIB)
Tim Burton's gothic comedy about a man (Johnny Depp) turned vampire who is buried alive, then after being set free centuries later, returns to his ancestral home and finds dysfunctional descendants in need of his protection. Not reviewed.
Delhi Belly (IIB) (Hindi and English)
Screwball comedy caper about three flatmates who get mixed up with a smuggling ring. Starring Imran Khan. CT
Declaration of War (IIB) (French)
Valerie Donzelli directs and stars in a drama about a young couple who fight for their young son's survival after he is diagnosed with a brain tumour. CT
Flamenco, Flamenco (I)
Film of 21 performances at Seville's Expo Pavilion Soundstage by top Spanish flamenco musicians and dancers. Not reviewed.
In the Land of Blood and Honey (III) (Bosnian, Serbian and English)
Angelina Jolie's drama about a Serb soldier and a Bosnian artist who knew each other before the Bosnian war and meet again when she is held captive in the camp he now oversees. Not reviewed.
Nefarious: Merchant of Souls (IIB)
Documentary about the world of sex trafficking and modern-day slavery. Not reviewed.
The Vow (IIA)
Romantic drama about a loving husband (Channing Tatum) who works to once more win the heart of his wife (Rachel McAdams) after a car accident leaves her with severe memory loss. CT
10+10 (IIB) (Mandarin and Taiwanese)
Anthology of 20 short films by 20 directors (including Hou Hsiao-hsien) themed on the uniqueness of Taiwan. CT
A Dangerous Method (III)
David Cronenberg's drama examining how pioneering psychologists Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and Sabina Spielrein grappled with curing mental disorders. CT
A Simple Life (I) (Cantonese and Putonghua)
Deanie Ip Tak-han and Andy Lau Tak-wah star in Ann Hui On-wah's drama based on film producer Roger Lee's caring half-century relationship with his family maid. PF
The Avengers (IIB)
Marvel Comics actioner in which Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow team up to defeat an enemy threatening the world. CT
Peter Berg's action-adventure movie about a fleet of ships who come across an alien armada that has answered a signal sent from earth years previously. CT
The Cabin in the Woods (III)
Horror tale about five friends on weekend break who find out that their remote holiday spot is no ordinary cabin in the woods. CT
Ralph Fiennes directs and stars in an adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragedy about a banished hero who vows to take revenge on his city. CT
Dark Flight 3-D (IIB) (Thai and English)
Stereoscopic horror tale centring on a flight attendant whose passengers start dying. CT
Dark Tide (IIB)
Halle Berry stars in this adventure-thriller as a dive instructor who returns to deep waters nine years after an encounter with a great white shark. CT
The Hunger Games (IIB)
Sci-fi action-drama set in a post-nuclear war America whose rulers force each of its 12 districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in battles to the death. CT
In Darkness (III) (Polish, German, Yiddish and Ukrainian)
Agnieszka Holland's true-life dramatisation about a sewer worker who helps a group of Jews in a Nazi-occupied Polish city to escape with their lives. CT
Sci-fi thriller centring on a man (Guy Pierce) wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the United States who is offered freedom if he can rescue the president's daughter from an orbital prison taken over by the inmates. CT
Long Qing Shi Yi Ban Shi Ji (I) (Cantonese)
Film showing Cantonese opera veterans Lung Kim-sung and Mui Suet-see celebrating their half-century careers with performances at three locations. Not reviewed.
Love in the Buff (IIB) (Cantonese and Putonghua)
Pang Ho-cheung's romantic comedy sequel to Love in a Puff has a former couple pursuing careers in Beijing but unable to forget each other. LKW
One Nation, Two Cities (I) (Cantonese, Putonghua and Fujianese)
Cheung King-wai's documentary centring on a Fujianese woman who has been fighting for right of abode in Hong Kong for 30 years. YT
Steve McQueen's drama about a sex addict (Michael Fassbender) whose painstakingly constructed facade begins to crack after his sister (Carey Mulligan) arrives to stay with him. CT
Snowfall in Taipei (I) (Mandarin)
Huo Jianqi's romantic drama revolving around a melancholy young woman (Tong Yao) who suddenly appears in an old Taipei neighbourhood whose denizens seek to help her out. CT
Sunny (IIB) (Korean)
Comedy-drama celebrating female lives and friendships that revolves around seven women who were secondary school friends in the 1980s. CT
Titanic 3-D (IIA)
Stereoscopic version of James Cameron's 1997 romantic drama about a young man and woman from differing social backgrounds who meet during the ill-fated maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic. CT
Cities in Cinema: Paris - Hong Kong
The Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, and Broadway Cinematheque present a programme of films set in Paris and Hong Kong, including the following 10 films. Until May 30. Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$70; and Palace IFC, Podium Level 1, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St, Central, HK$85 www.cinema.com.hk. Inquiries: bc.cinema.com.hk
Time and Tide
Tsui Hark's action-thriller centring on a bodyguard (Nicholas Tse Ting-fung) who becomes embroiled in a battle between a former assassin (Wu Bai) and his former comrade-in-arms. Mainly in Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. May 10, 9.50pm, Palace IFC, May 13, 4.10pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
Flight of the Red Balloon + Red Balloon
Double bill consisting of Hou Hsiao-hsien's drama revolving around a little boy, his baby-sitter and a shared imaginary world in which they are followed by a strange red balloon; and Albert Lamorisse's 1956 fantasy short about a red balloon with a life of its own that follows a little boy around the streets of Paris. In French with English subtitles. May 11, 7.10pm, Broadway Cinematheque, May 19, 9.50pm, Palace IFC.
Set in a riot-ravaged Parisian housing project, Mathieu Kassovitz's drama depicts a day in the lives of three friends disillusioned by the racial tensions and social disparity that surround them. In French with English subtitles. May 11, 9.50pm, Palace IFC, May 16, 8pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
Vivre Sa Vie
Jean-Luc Godard's drama chronicling in 12 chapters a Parisian woman's descent into prostitution. Starring Anna Karina. In French with English subtitles. May 12, 6.20pm, Broadway Cinematheque, May 18, 9.50pm, Palace IFC.
Luc Besson's romantic comedy about a beautiful blonde who helps an inept scam artist get his game together. In French with English subtitles. May 12, 8pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
Christophe Honore mixes musical sequences with soap opera drama in a story about a couple who bring a woman in for a threesome to spice up their relationship, until jealousy gets involved. In French with English subtitles. May 12, 9.50pm, Palace IFC, May 27, 4.05pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
The Way We Are
Ann Hui On-wah's drama about a widow (Paw Hee-ching), her son (Juno Leung Chun-lung) and an older friend (Chan Lai-wun) who live in a public estate in Tin Shui Wai. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. May 13, 6.15pm, May 30, 8pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
Made in Hong Kong
Fruit Chan Kuo's drama revolving around a secondary school dropout (Sam Lee Chan-sam) who has fallen in with the triads and other lost youths and struggles to find a future in a time of uncertainty. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. May 13, 7.50pm, Palace IFC, May 22, 9.50pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Drama centring on an illegal immigrant (Cherie Chung Chor-hung) caught between marriage to an older man who can secure her a life in Hong Kong, or life with a handsome boxer. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. May 13, 9.55pm, Palace IFC, May 27, 6pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
To Mothers with Love
The HK Film Archive presents a Morning Matinee programme of four films that honour mothers and celebrate motherhood, including the following one film. Until May 25. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$20 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2739 2139
Suspense-comedy about a teenager (Jeanette Lin Tsui) who loves detective novels and, with the help of her older brother (Kenneth Tsang Kong), bumbles through crime solving. Also starring Patrick Lung Kong and Hong Wei. In Putonghua and Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. May 11, 11am, HK Film Archive.
Once Upon a Hero: The Wong Fei-hung Saga
The HK Film Archive presents a programme of 26 films and television episodes from the Wong Fei-hung franchise, including the following two. Until May 26. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$40 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2739 2139
Wong Fei-hung's Battle with the Five Tigers in the Boxing Ring
Martial arts drama in which Master Wong (Kwan Tak-hing) goes up against a group of thugs in a border town who are colluding with foreigners intent on invading China. In Cantonese. May 12, 2pm, HK Film Archive.
Wong Fei-hung Sets Fire to Dashatou
Martial arts drama highlighting the ethical side of Wong Fei-hung and his reactions to a notorious red-light district in old Canton. In Cantonese. May 12, 7.30pm, HK Film Archive.
The Classics of The Royal Opera House Season II
MCL Cinema presents the following programme of four operas and ballets from the Royal Opera House screened in high definition and 5.1 surround sound. Until May 13. MCL Kornhill Cinema, 4/F, Kornhill Plaza South, 2 Kornhill Road, Quarry Bay; MCL Telford Cinema, Telford Gardens, 33 Wai Yip St, Kowloon Bay; Star Cinema, 1/F PopCorn, 9 Tong Yin St, Tseung Kwan O; and The Grand Cinema, 2/F Elements, 1 Austin Rd West, Kowloon, HK$110 mclcinema.com. Inquiries: 2418 8841
Film of the Royal Ballet's production of Kenneth Macmillan's staging of a ballet about a country girl turned courtesan who seeks wealth and love; with music composed by Jules Massenet. May 12, 4pm, MCL Telford.
Film of the Royal Opera's production of Giacomo Puccini's tragic opera revolving around a singer, her painter lover and a corrupt Roman police chief. In Italian with English subtitles. May 12, 4pm, The Grand Cinema.
Film of the Royal Ballet's production about the ghost of a peasant woman who protects her lover from the vengeance of a group of evil spirits. May 13, 4pm, The Grand Cinema.
Cendrillon (aka Cinderella)
Film of the Royal Opera's production of Jules Massenet's opera on the fairy tale about a woman who wishes to go to a ball. In French with English subtitles. May 13, 7.30pm, Star Cinema.
100 Must-See Hong Kong Movies
The HK Film Archive presents a programme of 100 Hong Kong films from 1916 to 1999, including the following film. Until 2014. Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$55 www.cinema.com.hk; and HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$30 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2900
Tang Shu-shuen's Cultural Revolution drama revolving around four college students and a middle-aged doctor who try to flee their homeland during the devastating era's early years. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. May 13, 2pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
The Strange Case of Hong Kong Amoy Cinema
The HK Film Archive presents a programme of Amoy-dialect and reference films produced in Hong Kong, including the following two films. Until May 27. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$40 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2739 2139
Love is Fate
Comedy about a villager (Chong Sit-fong) bestowed by her parents to a family friend's son, an arrangement she comes to oppose after she meets and falls for a city boy (Huang Ying). In Amoy dialect with Chinese subtitles. May 13, 2.30pm, HK Film Archive.
Comedy revolving around a young couple preparing to get married who have to deal with things such as the unlimited spending imposed on the bride-to-be by her uncle. In Amoy dialect with Chinese subtitles. May 13, 4.30pm, HK Film Archive.