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Review | Stockholm film review: Ethan Hawke, Noomi Rapace in quirky caper exploring hostages’ sympathy for captors

Stockholm syndrome is a psychological condition that took its name from an attempted bank robbery in the Swedish capital in 1973; this quirky reimagining stars Ethan Hawke as the robber and Noomi Rapace as a sympathetic bank teller.

19 Jun 2019 - 7:00AM

Stockholm syndrome is a psychological condition that took its name from an attempted bank robbery in the Swedish capital in 1973; this quirky reimagining stars Ethan Hawke as the robber and Noomi Rapace as a sympathetic bank teller.

Stockholm film review: Ethan Hawke, Noomi Rapace in quirky caper exploring hostages’ sympathy for captors
Ranked: Parasite, Cannes festival winner, and the six other films of director Bong Joon-ho

South Korean director’s seven films span genres from science fiction to police procedural to small-town murder mystery; in each of them, Bong uses comedy to leaven stories about inequality, corruption, and abuse of power.

12 Jun 2019 - 8:19PM

South Korean director’s seven films span genres from science fiction to police procedural to small-town murder mystery; in each of them, Bong uses comedy to leaven stories about inequality, corruption, and abuse of power.

Ranked: Parasite, Cannes festival winner, and the six other films of director Bong Joon-ho
Ramen Teh film review: food and family take centre stage in Singaporean drama

Required viewing for budget foodies heading to Singapore, Eric Khoo’s love letter to his country sees a visiting ramen chef sampling the city’s sights and tastes as he explores his mother’s Chinese roots. Mark Lee, as his uncle, elevates the film.

11 Jun 2019 - 5:06PM

Required viewing for budget foodies heading to Singapore, Eric Khoo’s love letter to his country sees a visiting ramen chef sampling the city’s sights and tastes as he explores his mother’s Chinese roots. Mark Lee, as his uncle, elevates the film.

Ramen Teh film review: food and family take centre stage in Singaporean drama
Review | 0.0 MHz film review: K-pop singers Jung Eun-ji, Lee Sung-yeol in second-rate supernatural horror

Jung and Lee make forgettable film debuts in this poor horror flick that brings nothing new to the genre, and crushing boredom soon sets in. Jung is barely more animated than the ghosts tormenting her, while Lee seems to be marking time before doing his military service.

10 Jun 2019 - 6:00PM

Jung and Lee make forgettable film debuts in this poor horror flick that brings nothing new to the genre, and crushing boredom soon sets in. Jung is barely more animated than the ghosts tormenting her, while Lee seems to be marking time before doing his military service.

0.0 MHz film review: K-pop singers Jung Eun-ji, Lee Sung-yeol in second-rate supernatural horror
Review | X-Men: Dark Phoenix film review – Sophie Turner plays Jean Grey in lacklustre final chapter in mutant series

The series’ all-star cast return for what must surely be their final outing following Fox’s recent acquisition by Disney, but this retelling of the Dark Phoenix saga fails to raise the X-Men from the flames.

6 Jun 2019 - 2:54PM

The series’ all-star cast return for what must surely be their final outing following Fox’s recent acquisition by Disney, but this retelling of the Dark Phoenix saga fails to raise the X-Men from the flames.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix film review – Sophie Turner plays Jean Grey in lacklustre final chapter in mutant series
Review | Birthday film review: Jeon Do-yeon, Sul Kyung-gu in mournful drama set after 2014 Sewol ferry disaster

Lead actors play estranged parents mourning their son, killed in real-life sinking; the boy’s mother hasn’t accepted his death, and wants a divorce. Those looking for a film about the disaster and its aftermath will be disappointed.

28 May 2019 - 5:00PM

Lead actors play estranged parents mourning their son, killed in real-life sinking; the boy’s mother hasn’t accepted his death, and wants a divorce. Those looking for a film about the disaster and its aftermath will be disappointed.

Birthday film review: Jeon Do-yeon, Sul Kyung-gu in mournful drama set after 2014 Sewol ferry disaster
Review | Brightburn film review: high-concept super-villain horror settles for clichés, half-baked ideas

The Omen meets Superman in this small-town coming-of-age tale of a boy who falls from the sky. Sadly, bar a few gnarly death sequences, there is nothing scary about this film, and its ending is deeply underwhelming.

23 May 2019 - 2:44PM

The Omen meets Superman in this small-town coming-of-age tale of a boy who falls from the sky. Sadly, bar a few gnarly death sequences, there is nothing scary about this film, and its ending is deeply underwhelming.

Brightburn film review: high-concept super-villain horror settles for clichés, half-baked ideas
Top 10 Godzilla films from the Japanese series ahead of King of the Monsters cinema release

A huge hit when first released in 1954, Godzilla popularised science fiction in Japan, and giant-monster movies in particular. Like a Japanese Star Trek, they have been vehicles for social, political and ecological commentary.

29 May 2019 - 5:42PM

A huge hit when first released in 1954, Godzilla popularised science fiction in Japan, and giant-monster movies in particular. Like a Japanese Star Trek, they have been vehicles for social, political and ecological commentary.

Top 10 Godzilla films from the Japanese series ahead of King of the Monsters cinema release
Review | Arctic film review: Mads Mikkelsen vs nature in captivating survival drama

Danish actor delivers one of the most impressive performances of his career as a man battling an inhospitable, endless winter in director Joe Penna’s debut feature.

15 May 2019 - 7:00AM

Danish actor delivers one of the most impressive performances of his career as a man battling an inhospitable, endless winter in director Joe Penna’s debut feature.

Arctic film review: Mads Mikkelsen vs nature in captivating survival drama
‘Of course I’m scared’: outspoken actor Anthony Wong on his Hong Kong future, and acclaim for Still Human

Anthony Wong is grateful to have won awards for his role in Still Human. It’s one of few meaty parts he has had since speaking out in support of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters, and he has a plan B if blacklisting persists.

15 May 2019 - 8:04PM

Anthony Wong is grateful to have won awards for his role in Still Human. It’s one of few meaty parts he has had since speaking out in support of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters, and he has a plan B if blacklisting persists.

‘Of course I’m scared’: outspoken actor Anthony Wong on his Hong Kong future, and acclaim for Still Human
Review | Krasue: Inhuman Kiss film review – Thai horror romance merges folklore with adolescent love triangle

There are not many laughs in this earnest feature, which occasionally works against it, but it’s an ambitious effort from director Sitisiri Mongkolsiri. By the time flying man-sized bat creatures and shotgun-wielding monks appear though, less-committed viewers may have lost interest.

13 May 2019 - 2:45PM

There are not many laughs in this earnest feature, which occasionally works against it, but it’s an ambitious effort from director Sitisiri Mongkolsiri. By the time flying man-sized bat creatures and shotgun-wielding monks appear though, less-committed viewers may have lost interest.

Krasue: Inhuman Kiss film review – Thai horror romance merges folklore with adolescent love triangle
Review | The Hustle film review: Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson play con artists in awful remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Anne Hathaway – not known for her comic touch – and the awful Rebel Wilson, who’s no Melissa McCarthy, play a pair of con artists in this excruciating feminist remake of Michael Caine-Steve Martin classic Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

9 May 2019 - 1:49PM

Anne Hathaway – not known for her comic touch – and the awful Rebel Wilson, who’s no Melissa McCarthy, play a pair of con artists in this excruciating feminist remake of Michael Caine-Steve Martin classic Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

The Hustle film review: Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson play con artists in awful remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Review | The Man Who Feels No Pain film review: Bollywood fantasy pays homage to vintage action cinema

Action films from Hong Kong and Hollywood get a nod from this Bollywood superhero story. Abhimanyu Dasani dazzles as Surya the superhero, and the obligatory singing and dancing does not take long to emerge.

1 May 2019 - 8:37PM

Action films from Hong Kong and Hollywood get a nod from this Bollywood superhero story. Abhimanyu Dasani dazzles as Surya the superhero, and the obligatory singing and dancing does not take long to emerge.

The Man Who Feels No Pain film review: Bollywood fantasy pays homage to vintage action cinema
Review | Avengers: Endgame film review – Marvel’s Infinity Saga reaches its perfect conclusion

The Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise wraps up with a three-hour masterpiece of irreverent humour, action and emotion. The Russo brothers managed to close more than two dozen character arcs with stunning efficiency.

26 Apr 2019 - 10:41AM

The Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise wraps up with a three-hour masterpiece of irreverent humour, action and emotion. The Russo brothers managed to close more than two dozen character arcs with stunning efficiency.

Avengers: Endgame film review – Marvel’s Infinity Saga reaches its perfect conclusion
Review | His Lost Name film review: Koreeda assistant makes debut with tedious, infuriating drama

Nanako Hirose fails to engage viewers with this lethargic story of a man recovering from a failed suicide. The film is ‘a gruelling ordeal, utterly devoid of meaningful symbolism or subtext’.

24 Apr 2019 - 7:00AM

Nanako Hirose fails to engage viewers with this lethargic story of a man recovering from a failed suicide. The film is ‘a gruelling ordeal, utterly devoid of meaningful symbolism or subtext’.

His Lost Name film review: Koreeda assistant makes debut with tedious, infuriating drama
2019 summer films preview: new John Wick, Toy Story, Men in Black movies and more – 10 Hollywood must-sees

From new films in the John Wick, Men in Black, Toy Story and X-Men series to Quentin Tarantino’s latest starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, we won’t be short of big Hollywood movies this summer.

24 Apr 2019 - 7:55PM

From new films in the John Wick, Men in Black, Toy Story and X-Men series to Quentin Tarantino’s latest starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, we won’t be short of big Hollywood movies this summer.

2019 summer films preview: new John Wick, Toy Story, Men in Black movies and more – 10 Hollywood must-sees
Review | Hotel Mumbai film review: 2008 terrorist attacks recreated in intense true-life thriller

The film has a documentary like realism, and the action has a breathless intensity. The terrorists are portrayed as emotionless killers and the victims are larger than life.

17 Apr 2019 - 7:17AM

The film has a documentary like realism, and the action has a breathless intensity. The terrorists are portrayed as emotionless killers and the victims are larger than life.

Hotel Mumbai film review: 2008 terrorist attacks recreated in intense true-life thriller
Review | The Curse of La Llorona film review: The Conjuring horror universe expands into Latin American folklore

Linda Cardellini plays a widowed social worker in 1970s Los Angeles, whose family is targeted by the malevolent spirit of a 300-year-old Mexican woman. The period setting is just a backdrop for a conventional, if occasionally effective, ghost story.

16 Apr 2019 - 7:02AM

Linda Cardellini plays a widowed social worker in 1970s Los Angeles, whose family is targeted by the malevolent spirit of a 300-year-old Mexican woman. The period setting is just a backdrop for a conventional, if occasionally effective, ghost story.

The Curse of La Llorona film review: The Conjuring horror universe expands into Latin American folklore
Before Still Human and The Upside, 10 other great films about caregivers you need to watch

The Intouchables, Misery, The Elephant Man, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane – films both life-affirming and terrifying have focused on carers and their charges.

10 Apr 2019 - 7:38PM

The Intouchables, Misery, The Elephant Man, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane – films both life-affirming and terrifying have focused on carers and their charges.

Before Still Human and The Upside, 10 other great films about caregivers you need to watch
Review | Innocent Witness film review: Kim Hyang-gi, Jung Woo-sung in life-affirming courtroom drama

Lawyer defending a housemaid accused of murdering her elderly employer wrestles with whether to put an autistic teenager on the witness stand; Kim Hyang-gi’s sensitive portrayal of the witness earns the viewer’s sympathy.

9 Apr 2019 - 11:39AM

Lawyer defending a housemaid accused of murdering her elderly employer wrestles with whether to put an autistic teenager on the witness stand; Kim Hyang-gi’s sensitive portrayal of the witness earns the viewer’s sympathy.

Innocent Witness film review: Kim Hyang-gi, Jung Woo-sung in life-affirming courtroom drama
Review | Extreme Job film review: Korean fried chicken meets drug bust – it’s finger-licking fun

Tale of inept narcotics police who buy the failing restaurant they are using to stake out a drug lord, and make it a roaring success, is fast-paced, wacky, and has an ensemble cast of likeable goofballs.

28 Mar 2019 - 1:58PM

Tale of inept narcotics police who buy the failing restaurant they are using to stake out a drug lord, and make it a roaring success, is fast-paced, wacky, and has an ensemble cast of likeable goofballs.

Extreme Job film review: Korean fried chicken meets drug bust – it’s finger-licking fun
Review | Hit-and-Run Squad film review: Korean crime drama’s strong female characters can’t save it from its flaws

Hit-and-Run Squad puts a refreshing female spin on its story of police corruption and professional motor-racing, but the film is held back by a procedural plot, slow pace and misguided ending.

20 Mar 2019 - 5:48PM

Hit-and-Run Squad puts a refreshing female spin on its story of police corruption and professional motor-racing, but the film is held back by a procedural plot, slow pace and misguided ending.

Hit-and-Run Squad film review: Korean crime drama’s strong female characters can’t save it from its flaws
Review | Masquerade Hotel film review: Takuya Kimura, Masami Nagasawa in glossy whodunnit based on Keigo Higashino novel

With a plot based on a Keigo Higashino novel, a team of homicide detectives go undercover at a top Tokyo hotel to catch a serial killer in this Agatha Christie-esque murder mystery.

19 Mar 2019 - 7:40PM

With a plot based on a Keigo Higashino novel, a team of homicide detectives go undercover at a top Tokyo hotel to catch a serial killer in this Agatha Christie-esque murder mystery.

Masquerade Hotel film review: Takuya Kimura, Masami Nagasawa in glossy whodunnit based on Keigo Higashino novel
Hong Kong International Film Festival 2019: the films you shouldn’t miss

Subjects include drugs in Colombia to free climbing in Yosemite, first world war footage in colour to a documentary about Alien. Other films are about a footballer who loses his skill and a documentary about Alexander McQueen.

6 Mar 2019 - 7:25PM

Subjects include drugs in Colombia to free climbing in Yosemite, first world war footage in colour to a documentary about Alien. Other films are about a footballer who loses his skill and a documentary about Alexander McQueen.

Hong Kong International Film Festival 2019: the films you shouldn’t miss
Review | The Wandering Earth film review: Wu Jing leads deep space mission in Chinese sci-fi blockbuster

Chinese film industry’s aversion to sci-fi may end with the success of this entertaining story of a Chinese-led rescue mission to keep Earth on course for a new solar system, but it has a long way to go match Hollywood’s best.

28 Feb 2019 - 4:24PM

Chinese film industry’s aversion to sci-fi may end with the success of this entertaining story of a Chinese-led rescue mission to keep Earth on course for a new solar system, but it has a long way to go match Hollywood’s best.

The Wandering Earth film review: Wu Jing leads deep space mission in Chinese sci-fi blockbuster
Review | Fall in Love at First Kiss film review: Jelly Lin, Darren Wang in Taiwanese take on popular Japanese teen romance

The latest screen adaptation of Kaoru Tada’s manga Itazura na Kiss offers a contrived and frustrating outcome but a loyal fan base is likely to forgive that shortcoming.

27 Feb 2019 - 7:10AM

The latest screen adaptation of Kaoru Tada’s manga Itazura na Kiss offers a contrived and frustrating outcome but a loyal fan base is likely to forgive that shortcoming.

Fall in Love at First Kiss film review: Jelly Lin, Darren Wang in Taiwanese take on popular Japanese teen romance
Review | Kursk film review: Russian submarine tragedy recreated in Thomas Vinterberg’s star-studded melodrama

Thomas Vinterberg’s film humanises the doomed seamen and demonises the naval high command; its themes of political malfeasance, media interference and fake news are more relevant than ever, but it’s the tragedy that resonates.

20 Feb 2019 - 7:07AM

Thomas Vinterberg’s film humanises the doomed seamen and demonises the naval high command; its themes of political malfeasance, media interference and fake news are more relevant than ever, but it’s the tragedy that resonates.

Kursk film review: Russian submarine tragedy recreated in Thomas Vinterberg’s star-studded melodrama
Oscars: 10 great Asian films ignored for the Academy Awards’ best foreign language statuette

True, three of the last 10 winners of the award were from the continent– Departures from Japan, and Iran’s A Separation and The Salesman. But these 10 Asian films didn’t even earn consideration for the Oscar.

18 Feb 2019 - 3:07PM

True, three of the last 10 winners of the award were from the continent– Departures from Japan, and Iran’s A Separation and The Salesman. But these 10 Asian films didn’t even earn consideration for the Oscar.

Oscars: 10 great Asian films ignored for the Academy Awards’ best foreign language statuette
Call Me By Your Name and Suspiria director Luca Guadagnino’s six feature films ranked

Murder, sexual awakening, loyalty, seduction and betrayal are recurring themes in Luca Guadagnino’s films. The Italian has worked with Tilda Swinton several times, and Dakota Johnson looks to be his next muse.

5 Feb 2019 - 7:02AM

Murder, sexual awakening, loyalty, seduction and betrayal are recurring themes in Luca Guadagnino’s films. The Italian has worked with Tilda Swinton several times, and Dakota Johnson looks to be his next muse.

Call Me By Your Name and Suspiria director Luca Guadagnino’s six feature films ranked
Review | Mori, the Artist’s Habitat film review: perceptive portrait of a reclusive Japanese artist

The late Kirin Kiki stars as the wife of celebrated painter Morikazu Kumagai, played admirably and with humour by 82-year-old Tsutomu Yamazaki; she fends off visitors as he communes with nature in their garden.

30 Jan 2019 - 7:05AM

The late Kirin Kiki stars as the wife of celebrated painter Morikazu Kumagai, played admirably and with humour by 82-year-old Tsutomu Yamazaki; she fends off visitors as he communes with nature in their garden.

Mori, the Artist’s Habitat film review: perceptive portrait of a reclusive Japanese artist