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  1. Magazines - 48hrs - FILM

    Film review: even with a clichéd plot, Planes 2: Fire and Rescue offers a valuable shift in theme

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 11:10pm by YVONNE TEH

    ... year's hugely popular Planes. While the first film was all about competing, this incarnation is more about community and banding together for the betterment of others. It is a valuable shift ... all-terrain vehicles collectively known as Smokejumpers. Director Roberts Gannaway has succeeded in putting together a visually compelling film whose overhead shots of the ferocious forest fires ...

  2. Magazines - 48hrs - FILM

    Film review: Obsessed tells of forbidden love in the South Korean army

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 11:10pm by YVONNE TEH

    ... on a woman who falls in love with her sister's fiancé, in director-scriptwriter Kim Dae-woo's filmography, a film such as Obsessed seems very much up his alley. So it's no surprise that its story unfolds so seamlessly, being marred only by a terribly hokey and unnecessary postscript that's out of step with the rest of the film. Largely set in the summer of 1969, ...

  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: 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, ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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. ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture

    Film review: Silver Linings Playbook

    Posted Feb 28th 2013, 12:00am by YVONNE TEH

    ... Yvonne Teh Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker Director: David O. Russell Category: IIB   Silver Linings Playbook is one of those films ... is emotionally unstable, Cooper's Pat comes across as too gratingly self-absorbed to be worth as much attention and screen time as he gets in this 122-minute long movie. The film's favoured ...

  10. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture

    Film review: Stoker

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

    ... it's like they're performing a Greek tragedy (or is it comedy?). Channelling a post-pubescent Wednesday Addams, Wasikowska always looks aloof and that should work to the film ...




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