Reviews by Paul Fonoroff, Richard James Havis, Lau Kit-wai and Clarence Tsui
Tron: Legacy (IIA)
See review on this page.
Megamind (I) (English and Cantonese versions)
See review on next page.
Gulliver's Travels (I)
In a contemporary take on Jonathan Swift's tale, Jack Black stars as a lowly slacker transformed into a celebrity when he inadvertently ends up in Lilliput, a land populated by much smaller people. Rob Letterman directs. Not reviewed.
Karigurashi no Arrietty (I) (Japanese and Cantonese versions)
Hiromasa Yonebayashi's directorial debut is based on Mary Norton's novel The Borrowers, in which miniature-sized people, living under floorboards in homes, lead a parallel existence with their human counterparts. Not reviewed.
Marriage with a Liar (IIB) (Cantonese)
Chrissie Chau Sau-na and Law Chung-him star as a young couple who decide to experiment with infidelity after having an argument three days before their wedding. Yip Lim-sum directs. CT
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (IIA)
The franchise based on C.S. Lewis' novels returns after a three-year hiatus, with the original cast - all now teenagers - reprising their roles as the Pevensies siblings, now committed to travelling with King Caspian (Ben Barnes) to look for guardians who can save his realm from an evil invasion. CT
The Cove (IIA) (English and Japanese)
Combining clandestinely shot footage and confrontational interviews, Louis Psihoyos' Oscar-winning documentary records the ritual killing of dolphins in a small Japanese inlet. Features animal rights activist Richard O'Barry. CT
Fair Game (IIB) (English, French and Arabic)
Based on the real-life story of former CIA operative Valerie Plame, Naomi Watts stars in Doug Liman's thriller about a spy whose career and family life verge on collapse after her identity is revealed by officials in George W. Bush's administration. Sean Penn also stars. CT
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I (IIA)
The young sorcerers' lives take a dark turn in their attempt to seek and destroy the items which will provide evil Lord Voldermort with power and everlasting life. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint star. David Yates directs. RJH
Little Gobie (I) (Cantonese)
Stereoscopic animation about a reindeer's adventures as he embarks on a trip to visit Santa Claus to get a cure for his pet dragon. CT
Metal Fight Beyblade The Movie (I) (Cantonese)
The television anime about grand tournaments for spinning-top players gets the feature-film treatment, as a mysterious competitor arrives with a lethal top in his hands and apocalypse in his wake. Not reviewed.
Outrage (III) (Japanese and English)
Takeshi Kitano returns with all guns blazing in a mob film where gangs murder, maim and manipulate friends and foes alike in order to get to the top. Kitano stars alongside Kippei Shiina, Ryo Kase and Tomokazu Miura. CT
The Social Network (IIB)
A dramatised version of how university student Mark Zuckerberg invented Facebook. Jesse Eisenberg stars. David Fincher directs. CT
The Town (IIB)
Set in a rundown neighbourhood in Boston, Ben Affleck's sophomore directorial effort revolves around a group of professional robbers whose leader (played by Affleck) falls for the bank manager he and his masked gang abduct during a hold-up. Rebecca Hall also stars. CT
Under the Hawthorn Tree (I) (Putonghua)
Zhang Yimou revisits the Cultural Revolution with a squeaky-clean romance between a teenager sent to work in the countryside and the young engineer she meets there. Zhou Dongyu and Shawn Dou star. PF
With Love ... From the Age of Reason (IIA) (French and English)
Sophie Marceau stars as a 40-year-old business executive whose cynical veneer melts away when she begins receiving letters she wrote to herself when she was seven. Yann Samuell directs. LKW
60 Years of Movie Glory: From Great Wall, Feng Huang, Sun Luen to Sil-Metropole
The Film Archive presents a programme of over 20 films in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the giants in Hong Kong's film industry, including the following four films. Ends Dec 26. Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$30 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2739 2139
Lawrence Lau Kwok-cheung (aka Lawrence Ah Mon)'s drama chronicles the lives of a group of teenagers from a newly developed working-class community drifting between anger, frustration, camaraderie and eventually criminal acts. In Cantonese. Dec 25, 2.30pm, Film Archive.
Herman Yau Lai-to's drama about a teenage girl's struggles with the harsh realities of modern life. In Cantonese. Dec 25, 4.30pm, Film Archive.
Jacob Cheung Chi-leung's drama about a group of impoverished caged-home dwellers. Starring Roy Chiao Hung, Liu Kai-chi and Teddy Robin Kwan. In Cantonese. Dec 26, 2pm, Film Archive.
Full Moon in New York
Stanley Kwan Kam-pang's drama centres on three Chinese women from Taiwan, Hong Kong and the mainland who meet in New York. In Putonghua, English and Cantonese. Starring Sylvia Chang Ai-chia, Maggie Cheung Man-yuk and Siqin Gaowa. Dec 26, 5pm, Film Archive. (See Don't miss, left)
Royal Opera House Ballet and Opera
MCL presents a programme of four shows featuring performances by Britain's The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera, including the following two. Dec 24-Jan 30, 2011. MCL JP Cinema, JP Plaza, 22-36 Paterson St, Causeway Bay; MCL Kornhill Cinema, 4/F, Kornhill Plaza South, 2 Kornhill Road, Quarry Bay; MCL Telford Cinema, Telford Gardens, 33 Wai Yip St, Kowloon Bay; and The Grand Cinema, The Grand Cinema, 2/F Elements, 1 Austin Rd West, Kowloon, HK$120, HK$150 mclcinema.com. Inquiries: 2418 8841
Pete Wright directs The Royal Ballet performing E.T.A. Hoffmann's seasonal ballet about how one Christmas Eve, a young girl finds herself experiencing a night of magical adventures; with music performed by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Dec 24, 26, 7.30pm, MCL Telford Cinema, also Dec 24-25, 7.30pm, Dec 26-27, 2pm, The Grand Cinema, Dec 25, 27, 4pm, MCL Kornhill Cinema.
Boris Gruzin directs The Royal Ballet performing the romantic ballet about a prince who falls in love with a Swan Queen; with music performed by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Dec 31-Jan 1, 7pm, Jan 1-2, 4pm, The Grand Cinema, Jan 8, 28, 7.30pm, MCL Kornhill, Jan 15, 7.30pm, MCL Telford Cinema, Jan 16, 3.30pm, MCL JP Cinema.
Explore cosmic collisions that shaped our solar system, changed the course of life on earth and continue to transform our galaxy. English shows Wed, Fri, 6.10pm; otherwise in Cantonese. Narrations in Cantonese, Putonghua, English and Japanese are also available through headphones. Daily (except Tue), 2.40pm, 6.10pm, Sun, 11.10am, Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$24, HK$32 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2721 0226. Ends Dec 31