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Review | The Addams Family film review: animated feature’s lack of black humour means it’s low on laughs

A terrible script means a great voice cast of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, and Bette Midler are wasted in this latest outing for the morbid bunch. The quality of the animation is also uninspiring, making for a bland feature.

14 Oct 2019 - 10:23PM

A terrible script means a great voice cast of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, and Bette Midler are wasted in this latest outing for the morbid bunch. The quality of the animation is also uninspiring, making for a bland feature.

The Addams Family film review: animated feature’s lack of black humour means it’s low on laughs
100 Beyoncés in your living room? The Future of Television conference redefines viewing

Watching performances and sports events in 3D from any angle are two of the immersive experiences offered by new tech. Augmented reality is the format of the future, as virtual reality loses popularity.

10 Oct 2019 - 8:28PM

Watching performances and sports events in 3D from any angle are two of the immersive experiences offered by new tech. Augmented reality is the format of the future, as virtual reality loses popularity.

100 Beyoncés in your living room? The Future of Television conference redefines viewing
Review | 47 Meters Down: Uncaged film review – shark thriller sequel is unimaginative and nonsensical

From early on, this chase-and-chomp movie goes straight for the kill, with frantic shark action punctuated by pauses of frenetic terror. But the four characters involved are wafer thin and the story line just beggars belief.

8 Oct 2019 - 2:26PM

From early on, this chase-and-chomp movie goes straight for the kill, with frantic shark action punctuated by pauses of frenetic terror. But the four characters involved are wafer thin and the story line just beggars belief.

47 Meters Down: Uncaged film review – shark thriller sequel is unimaginative and nonsensical
Review | Miss & Mrs. Cops film review: comedy about teen rape strikes all the wrong notes

There is nothing funny about the plot line of this misguided Korean buddy-cop film – about a gang who drug, kidnap and rape teenage girls. Its unsavouriness is compounded by an obvious racism which makes fun of black people and South Asians.

17 Sep 2019 - 9:48AM

There is nothing funny about the plot line of this misguided Korean buddy-cop film – about a gang who drug, kidnap and rape teenage girls. Its unsavouriness is compounded by an obvious racism which makes fun of black people and South Asians.

Miss & Mrs. Cops film review: comedy about teen rape strikes all the wrong notes
Big Brother or necessary surveillance – does facial recognition tech infringe on our privacy and civil rights?

Police, governments and shops monitor people through AI-assisted facial recognition. The FBI has 30 million US citizens on its facial recognition database, while China’s is said to contain almost the whole population.

1 Sep 2019 - 7:26PM

Police, governments and shops monitor people through AI-assisted facial recognition. The FBI has 30 million US citizens on its facial recognition database, while China’s is said to contain almost the whole population.

Big Brother or necessary surveillance – does facial recognition tech infringe on our privacy and civil rights?
The real meaning of dreams: new science on how our brains work, including why dreaming is like art

Long-held Freudian beliefs about dreams are now being challenged by a new group – neuroscientists – some of whom say dreams have no meaning at all, while others believe they are more a kind of art form.

26 Aug 2019 - 8:15PM

Long-held Freudian beliefs about dreams are now being challenged by a new group – neuroscientists – some of whom say dreams have no meaning at all, while others believe they are more a kind of art form.

The real meaning of dreams: new science on how our brains work, including why dreaming is like art
Review | Dora and the Lost City of Gold film review: Lara Croft meets Indiana Jones in live-action Dora the Explorer adaptation

The story is exactly what you’d expect from the title, and the film is derivative, but it’s neatly done, well paced, and everything adds up; Isabela Moner plays a teenage Dora with aplomb. This is quality fun.

12 Aug 2019 - 12:40PM

The story is exactly what you’d expect from the title, and the film is derivative, but it’s neatly done, well paced, and everything adds up; Isabela Moner plays a teenage Dora with aplomb. This is quality fun.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold film review: Lara Croft meets Indiana Jones in live-action Dora the Explorer adaptation
Twilight graduate Justin Chon on his film set in LA’s Koreatown, hostess work, and Asian-American cinema after Crazy Rich Asians

Former Twilight actor Justin Chon’s film about a hostess in Los Angeles’ Koreatown, Ms. Purple, has echoes of Wong Kar Wai’s In the Mood for Love. Korean-American hopes for a time when he can make films without them being labelled Asian-American.

2 Aug 2019 - 10:48AM

Former Twilight actor Justin Chon’s film about a hostess in Los Angeles’ Koreatown, Ms. Purple, has echoes of Wong Kar Wai’s In the Mood for Love. Korean-American hopes for a time when he can make films without them being labelled Asian-American.

Twilight graduate Justin Chon on his film set in LA’s Koreatown, hostess work, and Asian-American cinema after Crazy Rich Asians
The Matrix martial arts choreographer Yuen Woo-ping on a lifetime in film, Jet Li’s power and drunken kung fu

The Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy director and famed martial arts choreographer was honoured this week with the Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award at the New York Asian Film Festival.

9 Jul 2019 - 9:50AM

The Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy director and famed martial arts choreographer was honoured this week with the Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award at the New York Asian Film Festival.

The Matrix martial arts choreographer Yuen Woo-ping on a lifetime in film, Jet Li’s power and drunken kung fu
Plant-based meat (for you and your dog), nut cheese and vegan wine to wash them down – the latest food trends

Can eating plant-based meat substitutes prevent disease? The inaugural Plant Based World Conference and Expo in New York, and a related health summit, were a showcase of the latest research on plant-based meat substitutes.

28 Jun 2019 - 10:08AM

Can eating plant-based meat substitutes prevent disease? The inaugural Plant Based World Conference and Expo in New York, and a related health summit, were a showcase of the latest research on plant-based meat substitutes.

Plant-based meat (for you and your dog), nut cheese and vegan wine to wash them down – the latest food trends
Review | The Secret Life of Pets 2 film review: cheerful fun for all the family

This sequel won’t disappoint fans of the original, although focuses more on the daily lives of the pets rather than what they get up to behind closed doors.

18 Jun 2019 - 12:54PM

This sequel won’t disappoint fans of the original, although focuses more on the daily lives of the pets rather than what they get up to behind closed doors.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 film review: cheerful fun for all the family
Doctor Who VR experience allows fans to pilot the Tardis and join space adventure

Ever fancied trying your hand at piloting Doctor Who’s time-travelling Tardis? Now you can do just that in Doctor Who: The Runaway, an interactive VR experience produced by the BBC’s VR Hub and Passion Animation Studios.

16 Jun 2019 - 6:59PM

Ever fancied trying your hand at piloting Doctor Who’s time-travelling Tardis? Now you can do just that in Doctor Who: The Runaway, an interactive VR experience produced by the BBC’s VR Hub and Passion Animation Studios.

Doctor Who VR experience allows fans to pilot the Tardis and join space adventure
How celebrity designers like Jade Jagger and Kate Moss have turned branded residences into ‘collector’s items’

Luxury residential developments offered for sale by brands such as Marriott, YOO and Philippe Starck are proving to be sound investments.

11 Jun 2019 - 11:35AM

Luxury residential developments offered for sale by brands such as Marriott, YOO and Philippe Starck are proving to be sound investments.

How celebrity designers like Jade Jagger and Kate Moss have turned branded residences into ‘collector’s items’
Review | Fahrenheit 11/9 film review: Trump’s rise to power dissected in Michael Moore’s bleak, provocative documentary

Documentary shows how US politics is driven by personality rather than policy, and that make Trump’s grip on power very tight. Moore believes the Democratic presidential nomination was rigged towards Hillary Clinton.

6 Jun 2019 - 4:09PM

Documentary shows how US politics is driven by personality rather than policy, and that make Trump’s grip on power very tight. Moore believes the Democratic presidential nomination was rigged towards Hillary Clinton.

Fahrenheit 11/9 film review: Trump’s rise to power dissected in Michael Moore’s bleak, provocative documentary
Review | Greta film review: Isabelle Huppert terrorises Chloe Grace Moretz in campy horror

Huppert’s hyperactive performance is the best thing about Greta as she moves from a mentally disturbed character into a full-blown Cruella De Vil. But the film lacks originality and the scary scenes are duller than they should be.

22 May 2019 - 12:34AM

Huppert’s hyperactive performance is the best thing about Greta as she moves from a mentally disturbed character into a full-blown Cruella De Vil. But the film lacks originality and the scary scenes are duller than they should be.

Greta film review: Isabelle Huppert terrorises Chloe Grace Moretz in campy horror
Review | Long Shot film review: Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen in smart political satire that gives way to vulgar romantic comedy

Rogen plays a left-wing investigative journalist turned speech-writer for Theron’s would-be Democratic US presidential nominee. A romance develops between the two which not only requires a suspension of disbelief but swaps satire for scatology.

21 May 2019 - 12:04AM

Rogen plays a left-wing investigative journalist turned speech-writer for Theron’s would-be Democratic US presidential nominee. A romance develops between the two which not only requires a suspension of disbelief but swaps satire for scatology.

Long Shot film review: Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen in smart political satire that gives way to vulgar romantic comedy
New York kung fu festival to show why Asian martial arts films found an audience in America

Old School Kung Fu Fest in New York takes place on May 3-4, and plans to celebrate the fun that’s always existed in martial arts films. It will show seven in total, opening with Sonny Chiba’s 1976 Dragon Princess, but the other six will be mystery screenings.

30 Apr 2019 - 8:00PM

Old School Kung Fu Fest in New York takes place on May 3-4, and plans to celebrate the fun that’s always existed in martial arts films. It will show seven in total, opening with Sonny Chiba’s 1976 Dragon Princess, but the other six will be mystery screenings.

New York kung fu festival to show why Asian martial arts films found an audience in America
Review | Wonder Park film review: power of imagination can’t save mediocre animated feature about adventure, illness and depression

Although the film has its heart in the right place – the story is a metaphor for dealing with depression – it is hampered by a wafer-thin storyline and some pedestrian animation.

18 Apr 2019 - 7:01AM

Although the film has its heart in the right place – the story is a metaphor for dealing with depression – it is hampered by a wafer-thin storyline and some pedestrian animation.

Wonder Park film review: power of imagination can’t save mediocre animated feature about adventure, illness and depression
Review | The Aftermath film review: Keira Knightley in B-movie version of Lady Chatterley’s Lover

The film is spoiled by stereotyped characters and a soap opera approach. The farcical plot appears to be looking for sympathy for Nazis.

26 Mar 2019 - 7:00PM

The film is spoiled by stereotyped characters and a soap opera approach. The farcical plot appears to be looking for sympathy for Nazis.

The Aftermath film review: Keira Knightley in B-movie version of Lady Chatterley’s Lover
Shiri: how 1999 South Korean action blockbuster changed Asian cinema forever

Shiri, released 20 years ago, outperformed Titanic in South Korean cinemas and was a big part in the success of the Korean wave. The director used many Hollywood storytelling devices, while keeping the content strictly Korean.

24 Mar 2019 - 12:17PM

Shiri, released 20 years ago, outperformed Titanic in South Korean cinemas and was a big part in the success of the Korean wave. The director used many Hollywood storytelling devices, while keeping the content strictly Korean.

Shiri: how 1999 South Korean action blockbuster changed Asian cinema forever
What North Korean films are like: propaganda, potatoes and Japanese ninjas

Little is known about North Korea’s domestic feature films, but a German travelling film roadshow once gave a peek into this mysterious world.

17 Mar 2019 - 6:06PM

Little is known about North Korea’s domestic feature films, but a German travelling film roadshow once gave a peek into this mysterious world.

What North Korean films are like: propaganda, potatoes and Japanese ninjas
How China’s Fifth Generation filmmakers defied censorship and criticism to break new ground

New ways of storytelling and rich political allegories were the innovations that this new breed of maverick directors introduced. Bold in abstraction and symbolism, their films relied on images rather than dialogue for expression.

12 Mar 2019 - 8:10PM

New ways of storytelling and rich political allegories were the innovations that this new breed of maverick directors introduced. Bold in abstraction and symbolism, their films relied on images rather than dialogue for expression.

How China’s Fifth Generation filmmakers defied censorship and criticism to break new ground
Review | Mary Queen of Scots film review: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie in enjoyable but inaccurate royal biopic

Director Josie Rourke brings a fresh, feminine viewpoint of sisterhood and female solidarity between Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots. But the film is let down by a fabricated, close relationship between the two that never existed.

12 Mar 2019 - 7:14AM

Director Josie Rourke brings a fresh, feminine viewpoint of sisterhood and female solidarity between Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots. But the film is let down by a fabricated, close relationship between the two that never existed.

Mary Queen of Scots film review: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie in enjoyable but inaccurate royal biopic
Review | Capharnaüm film review: Lebanon’s Oscar nominee a vivid account of the horrors of modern times

Child abuse, human trafficking, extreme poverty and the problems faced by undocumented individuals are the issues tackled in this dark drama that was nominated for best foreign-language film at the 2019 Oscars.

6 Mar 2019 - 4:05PM

Child abuse, human trafficking, extreme poverty and the problems faced by undocumented individuals are the issues tackled in this dark drama that was nominated for best foreign-language film at the 2019 Oscars.

Capharnaüm film review: Lebanon’s Oscar nominee a vivid account of the horrors of modern times
Udine Far East Film Festival: how Southeast Asian cinema found a new audience in northern Italy

The Udine Far East Film Festival screens commercial films from East Asia, mainly from Hong Kong, China, South Korea and Japan but increasingly from Southeast Asia.

4 Mar 2019 - 8:55PM

The Udine Far East Film Festival screens commercial films from East Asia, mainly from Hong Kong, China, South Korea and Japan but increasingly from Southeast Asia.

Udine Far East Film Festival: how Southeast Asian cinema found a new audience in northern Italy
Review | Happy Death Day 2U film review: horror comedy sequel brings sci-fi twist to slasher formula

Jessica Rothe reprises her role in this Groundhog Day style horror. The multiverse angle makes for an entertaining plot, but you have to have seen the first film for it to make sense.

26 Feb 2019 - 7:00PM

Jessica Rothe reprises her role in this Groundhog Day style horror. The multiverse angle makes for an entertaining plot, but you have to have seen the first film for it to make sense.

Happy Death Day 2U film review: horror comedy sequel brings sci-fi twist to slasher formula
Review | Vice film review: Christian Bale plays Dick Cheney as an immoral opportunist in dark biopic about former American vice-president

The biopic of former Republican vice-president covers the full span of 78-year-old life, and puts the oft-held view that it was he, rather than president George W. Bush, who was running the administration.

19 Feb 2019 - 4:48PM

The biopic of former Republican vice-president covers the full span of 78-year-old life, and puts the oft-held view that it was he, rather than president George W. Bush, who was running the administration.

Vice film review: Christian Bale plays Dick Cheney as an immoral opportunist in dark biopic about former American vice-president
Cambodia’s King Sihanouk, who ‘would have rather been Clark Gable’, made more than 50 films

The late Cambodian king, who died in 2011, fell in love with the cinema as a child watching French films. Throughout his 60 years of filmmaking he sought to promote traditional Khmer culture.

16 Feb 2019 - 9:48PM

The late Cambodian king, who died in 2011, fell in love with the cinema as a child watching French films. Throughout his 60 years of filmmaking he sought to promote traditional Khmer culture.

Cambodia’s King Sihanouk, who ‘would have rather been Clark Gable’, made more than 50 films
Review | Cold Pursuit film review: Liam Neeson seeks violent vengeance, once again, in racially insensitive thriller

Director Hans Petter Moland tries to replicate the ironic tone and deadpan delivery of Coen Brothers films, but falls well short in this outing, while the Tarantino-inspired mayhem is often more childish than witty.

11 Feb 2019 - 8:18PM

Director Hans Petter Moland tries to replicate the ironic tone and deadpan delivery of Coen Brothers films, but falls well short in this outing, while the Tarantino-inspired mayhem is often more childish than witty.

Cold Pursuit film review: Liam Neeson seeks violent vengeance, once again, in racially insensitive thriller
Electronic muscle stimulation: how Victoria’s Secret Angels pack a two-hour workout into 20 minutes

Miha Bodytec machine improves effectiveness of a workout by stimulating 90 per cent of muscle fibres compared to 20-25 per cent in normal workout. ‘It’s like I am DJ’ing the body’, says trainer Mohamed Elzomor, of Manhattan’s PE Club.

28 Jan 2019 - 3:04PM

Miha Bodytec machine improves effectiveness of a workout by stimulating 90 per cent of muscle fibres compared to 20-25 per cent in normal workout. ‘It’s like I am DJ’ing the body’, says trainer Mohamed Elzomor, of Manhattan’s PE Club.

Electronic muscle stimulation: how Victoria’s Secret Angels pack a two-hour workout into 20 minutes