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  1. Magazines - 48hrs - FILM

    Film review: Chef

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 10:31pm

    ... Favreau’s character in Chef yells at a critic who has given his food a scathing review, misliking the chef’s populist take on international cuisine. It’s unlikely such jibes will be directed ... bad it can’t be resolved with a hug, everyone tries to help each other, and everything always works out fabulously. The fact that the film works at all is bemusing, as it lacks any dramatic ...

  2. Magazines - 48hrs - FILM

    Film review: The Tale of Princess Kaguya may be Isao Takahata's swansong at Studio Ghibli

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 10:31pm by YVONNE TEH

    ... They are what many expect animated films to be: family-friendly and filled with cute imagery. After Okina finds gold and beautiful clothing in circumstances similar to his discovery of Takenoko, he ... characters left featureless, it is aesthetically impressive. The depictions of cherry blossoms, a key symbol in Japan for life's transience, are splendid. The film is scored by Joe Hisaishi, ...

  3. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture - FILM REVIEW

    Film review: The Hunt

    Posted Apr 11th 2013, 12:00am by YVONNE TEH

    ... the story turns into full-blown accusation of child abuse. From the way that director Thomas Vinterberg (who also shares scripting credits with Tobias Lindholm) chooses to depict events in the film ...

  4. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture

    Film review: Touch of the light

    Posted Apr 04th 2013, 12:00am by Paul Fonoroff

    ... Expanding on his 2008 short, The End of the Tunnel, director Chang Jung-chi's feature film debut takes a potentially soppy subject and laudably allows pianist Huang's integrity, talent, ... not serve as an impediment to enjoying Touch of the Light is testament to the strength of the film's core message and Huang's self portrayal. Meanwhile, the interactions between Huang ...

  5. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture

    Film review: G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation

    Posted Mar 28th 2013, 12:00am by Andrew Sun

    ... Andrew Sun Film review: G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis Director: Jon M. Chu Category: IIB When some gamblers lose, they double-down and make ... can't be built on just one film so the Joes are back for a second tour of duty at US$185 million. Using the same template exploited for Hasbro's other property about warring autobots, ...

  6. Magazines - 48hrs - FILM

    Film Review: The Hundred-year Old Man Who Climbed Out of The Window and Disappeared

    Posted Jul 02nd 2014, 11:14pm by YVONNE TEH

    ... including Hong Kong, the darkly comic tale of a centenarian who has led a Forrest Gump-like life has broad appeal. So it was just a matter of time before a film adaptation came along, and Felix Herngren's cinematic take on the tale was released on Christmas Day 2013 in Sweden, Denmark and Norway. Fans of the book will flock to watch the film, but even those unfamiliar with Jonasson's ...

  7. Magazines - 48hrs - FILM

    Film Review: How to Train Your Dragon 2

    Posted Jul 02nd 2014, 11:14pm by Richard James Havis

    ... after the first film. The Viking village that once fought with dragons is full of them; the beasts have integrated themselves into daily life as friends, colleagues and workers. It's an idyllic setting which even features a dragon racing competition that is, like so many competitions in recent fantasy films, reminiscent of Harry Potter's quidditch. Hiccup (voiced by Jay ...

  8. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture

    Film review: Passion

    Posted Mar 21st 2013, 12:00am by Andrew Sun

    ... as a film. However, if you enjoy trashy kitsch so stupefyingly bad it is entertainingly good, Brian De Palma's latest fetish thriller is a ripe, aromatic cheese of a Showgirls piquancy. A veteran ... mise-en-scène films, but ends up as perhaps his silliest effort. That's quite an achievement for someone whose hit and miss pulp productions include Dressed to Kill, Femme Fatale and Body Double. ...

  9. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture

    Film review: Rust and Bone

    Posted Mar 21st 2013, 12:00am by YVONNE TEH

    ... Thomas Bidegain, his collaborator on A Prophet) has opted for an uncommonly unpitying, matter-of-fact approach to the film's dramatic subject. Killer whale trainer Stephanie (Marion ... from the special effects used to digitally remove Cotillard's limbs for a large part of the movie, the makers of Rust and Bone rely on classic film elements, such as a strong script ...

  10. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture

    Film review: The Master

    Posted Mar 14th 2013, 10:36am by Andrew Sun

    ... Magnolia and Boogie Nights, The Master is a film you have to admire even if you may not like or comprehend it. Set just after the second world war, it stars Hoffman as Lancaster Dodd, the leader ... it is hard to figure out what Dodd sees in him other than a guy who can distil a cocktail from diesel fuel. The unclear motivation becomes the film’s main befuddling fascination. “You’re my guinea ...




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