Reviews by Lau Kit-wai, Yvonne Teh and Clarence Tsui
Pina (I) (German, English and Korean)
See review on this page.
Comedy centring on a maid of honour (Kristen Wiig) whose life unravels as she leads her best friend and a group of colourful bridesmaids on a wild ride down the road to potential matrimony. CT
James Wan's horror tale about a couple who begin to experience things that science cannot explain after tragedy strikes their young son. CT
Lan Kwai Fong (IIB) (Cantonese)
Romantic comedy about a couple who fall in love after a one-night stand but see their relationship fall apart due to a silly misunderstanding. Not reviewed.
Mayday 3DNA (IIA) (Mandarin)
Stereoscopic 'concept film' that combines footage from the Taiwanese Mando-pop group's 2010 DNA concert tour and three fictional stories about people lured to a May Day gathering. Not reviewed.
3 Idiots (IIA) (Hindi, Urdu and English)
Bollywood comedy about two friends who embark on a journey to find their lost buddy (Aamir Khan). CT
Steven Soderbergh's star-studded action-thriller tackling the impact of the spread of a deadly virus throughout society and across the globe. CT
Horrible Bosses (IIB)
Crime comedy about three friends who hire a 'murder consultant' to help them kill their horrible bosses. LKW
Jane Eyre (IIA)
Drama about a young governess (Mia Wasikowska) who falls for her brooding employer (Michael Fassbender), then discovers that he's hiding a terrible secret. CT
Laddaland (IIB) (Thai)
Horror thriller centring on a father's struggles to keep his family together in a new home that happens to be located within a haunted housing development. Not reviewed.
Love in Space (IIA) (Putonghua and Cantonese)
Ensemble romantic comedy revolving around a mother and her three grown daughters. Not reviewed.
Midnight in Paris (IIB) (English and French)
Woody Allen's romantic comedy about a Hollywood screenwriter who wanders about Paris one night while on a visit to the French city with his materialistic fiancee and her conservative parents. CT
One Day (IIA)
Romantic drama following a man and a woman who meet on the day of their college graduation in 1988 and get together one day a year for the next two decades. Starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. Not reviewed.
Overheard 2 (IIB) (Cantonese)
Alan Mak Siu-fai and Felix Chong Man-keung's crime thriller revolving around a highflying stockbroker who a cop discovers is being put under surveillance by a mysterious man. YT
Treasure Hunt (IIA) (Cantonese)
Wong Jing's comedy about a film crew (headed by Cecilia Cheung Pak-chi and Ronald Cheng Chung-kei) out to shoot a milk powder ad on a deserted island who run into trouble in the form of bad guys looking for treasure on the same island. CT
He's Bad ... Mak Kay
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department presents a programme of five films starring 1960s Cantonese cinema actor Mak Kay, including the following film. Until Sept 30. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$20 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2900
Doe Ching's musical romantic comedy revolves around a love-hate relationship between a dance company manager (Peter Chen Ho) and the troupe's lead dancer (Linda Lin Dai). Also starring Mak Kay. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. Sept 16, 11am, HK Film Archive.
A Lean Night 2011 - Fresh!
The HK Arts Centre presents a continuing programme of films made in the first decade of this century, including the following four films. Sept 16-25. HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, HK$50 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2582 0273
All About Lily Chou Chou
Shunji Iwai's drama about youngsters, including a boy bullied at his high school, who seek sanctuary, even salvation, through a pop star and websites devoted to her. In Japanese with English subtitles. Sept 16, 24, 7.30pm, HK Arts Centre.
Andrea Arnold's drama about a 15-year-old girl (Katie Jarvis) whose life is irrevocably changed after her single mother brings home a new boyfriend. In English with Chinese and English subtitles. Sept 17, 7.30pm, Sept 25, 2.30pm, HK Arts Centre.
Waltz with Bashir
Ari Folman's animated biographical drama centring on a Israeli filmmaker who interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his memories of that conflict. In Hebrew, Arabic, German and English with Chinese and English subtitles. Sept 18, 7.30pm, Sept 24, 5.30pm, HK Arts Centre.
Sergei Dvortsevoy's drama revolving around a young Kazakh returning from Russian naval service to the harsh steppes of his homeland. In Kazakh and Russian with Chinese and English subtitles. Sept 23, 25, 7.30pm, HK Arts Centre.
From Novel to Film 2 - Critics' Choice 2011
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department presents a programme of six film adaptations of novels, including the following film. Until Oct 16. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho; HK Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Rd, TST East; and HK Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$55 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2900
Roman Polanski 's adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Victorian tale about a young peasant woman (Nastassja Kinski) who attracts the attention of two men from different social classes. In English with Chinese and English subtitles. Sept 17, 2.30pm, HK Science Museum.
Repertory Cinema 2011: Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton
Leisure and Cultural Services Department presents a programme of 27 films starring Charles Spencer 'Charlie' Chaplin (1889-1977), Buster Keaton (1895-1966) and Harold Lloyd (1893-1971), including the following 10 films. Until Oct 23. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho; HK Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Rd, TST East; and HK Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$55 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2900
Buster Keaton directs (with Jack Blystone) and stars in a comedy about a New Yorker who falls for a woman while on the train heading down South to take care of some family business. Also starring Natalie Talmadge. Silent with music and English intertitles. Sept 17, 2.30pm, HK Film Archive.
Harold Lloyd stars in this comedy about a nutty country bumpkin who finds himself in a situation in which he has to climb up a tall building. Silent with music and English intertitles. Sept 17, 5pm, HK Film Archive, Sept 25, 7.30pm, HK Science Museum.
Buster Keaton directs (with Edward F. Cline) and stars in a comedy with segments set in the Stone Age, Roman Empire and the 1920 - all with stories of a man's bid to one up his rivals in order to get the girl. Silent with music and English intertitles. Sept 17, 7.30pm, HK Space Museum.
Buster Keaton directs (with Donald Crisp) and stars in this comedy about a rich kid who finds himself adrift on an ocean liner with no one else on it except the female socialite (Kathryn McGuire) who recently rejected his marriage proposal. Silent with music and English intertitles. Sept 18, 2.30pm, HK Film Archive, Sept 24, 7.30pm, HK Science Museum.
Buster Keaton directs and stars in a comedy about a man who discovers he has to marry by 7pm that day in order to receive a large inheritance from his deceased grandfather. Silent with music and English intertitles. Sept 18, 4.30pm, HK Film Archive.
The Idle Class + The Pilgrim
Double bill of Charlie Chaplin films in which he plays both an alcoholic rich man spending his days alone at a resort hotel and a tramp who stumbles by accident into the hotel's masquerade ball in one, and a fugitive prisoner mistaken for a Puritan community's new pastor in the other. Silent with music and English intertitles. Sept 18, 8pm, HK Science Museum.
The Boat + Cops + Sherlock Jnr
Triple bill of Buster Keaton films respectively revolving around a man whose plans to build a boat for his family to cruise in results in disaster, a man who ends up being chased by all the policemen of a town, and a film projectionist with who dreams about becoming the great detective Sherlock Holmes. Silent with English intertitles (The Boat and Cops) and also with music (Sherlock Jnr). Sept 23, 7.30pm, HK Science Museum.
J Toon Festival 3
MCL Cinemas present a programme of 11 Japanese animation films including the following two films. Until Sept 18. MCL Telford, Telford Gardens, 33 Wai Yip St, Kowloon Bay, HK$60 mclcinema.com. Inquiries: 2759 2248
Appleseed XIII: Tartaros Movie (Part 1)
Animated film adaptation of Shirow Masamune's Appleseed graphic novel about the exploits of an ES.W.A.T. special forces member and her cyborg colleague at the city of Olympus after the fifth world war. In Japanese with Chinese subtitles. Sept 17, 5.30pm, MCL Telford.
Osamu Tezuka's Buddha: The Great Departure
The first of a trilogy of animated film adaptations of Osamu Tezuka's manga about the life of a sheltered Indian prince turned inspirational holy man. In Japanese with Chinese subtitles. Sept 18, 6pm, MCL Telford.
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department presents a continuing series of movies that have undergone restoration work, including the following two films. Ongoing. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$40 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2901
A Matter of Life and Death
David Niven stars in a drama about a second world war bomber pilot who falls in love with a radio operator but then is told that heaven has made an error and he actually should not be alive. In English with English subtitles. Sept 17, 7pm, HK Film Archive.
Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's drama centring on a group of nuns sent to establish a new convent in the Himalayas who are disturbed by a number of incidents that lead them to suffer self-doubt, envy and madness. Starring Deborah Kerr. In English with English subtitles. Sept 18, 7pm, HK Film Archive.
Classical in Cinema
Music Art & Film Culture Promotion Association of HK presents a HD programme of classical music concerts and operas including the following HD film. Until January 2012. AMC Pacific Place, L1 Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty; Broadway The One, 6-11/F The One, 100 Nathan Rd, TST; Grand Ocean, Ocean Centre, 3 Canton Rd, TST; Palace IFC, Podium Level 1, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St, Central; and The Podium, L4, Cyberport 2, 100 Cyberport Rd, Cyberport. HK$75-HK$190 www.amccinemas.com.hk (for AMC Pacific Place), www2.cinema.com.hk (for Broadway cinemas), 2377 2100 (for Grand Ocean) and HK Ticketing (for The Podium). Inquiries: 6336 3595
Der Ring des Nibelungen - Die Walkure
Film of the performance in the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia of the section of Richard Wagner's epic opera cycle that follows the god Wotan's plan to retrieve the Ring from the giant Fafner via the creation of a pure, independent man. In German with Chinese and English subtitles. Sept 18, 7pm, Palace IFC.
InDPanda International Short Film Festival
InD Blue presents six additional screenings of programmes of independent short films, including the following one. Sept 16-30. Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$55 www.cinema.com.hk. Inquiries: 2572 7202
Royston Tan - Short is Life
Ten short films by Singaporean filmmaker Tan, including Sons, about a father-and-son relationship; and Monkey Love, centring on a man in a monkey suit searching for a lost love in Hokkaido in winter. Various languages (including Mandarin and English), partially with English subtitles. Sept 19, 9.50pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster?
Documentary tracing the rise of British architect Norman Foster and his unending quest to improve the quality of life through design. In English. Sept 21-22, 2.30pm, HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, free. Inquiries: 2913 5100