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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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

How a political US opera singer uses her art to bring people together

Joyce DiDonato says that opera is a powerful weapon and can remind people of the effect their actions have on the world ahead of her Hong Kong performance on January 16.

13 Jan 2019 - 8:00PM
How a political US opera singer uses her art to bring people together

Joyce DiDonato says that opera is a powerful weapon and can remind people of the effect their actions have on the world ahead of her Hong Kong performance on January 16.

Review | The Grinch film review: Benedict Cumberbatch voices Dr. Seuss’ grouch in kid-friendly animation

A film that draws heavily on traditional Christmas sentiment, this is animation at its most basic. It is straightforward festive-season fare for young children, but well made nevertheless.

25 Dec 2018 - 8:02PM
The Grinch film review: Benedict Cumberbatch voices Dr. Seuss’ grouch in kid-friendly animation

A film that draws heavily on traditional Christmas sentiment, this is animation at its most basic. It is straightforward festive-season fare for young children, but well made nevertheless.

Review | Ralph Breaks the Internet film review: delightful Wreck-It Ralph sequel subverts long-standing Disney values

The sequel to Wreck-It Ralph puts a fascinating spin on the internet and is not afraid of showing the problems of trolling and the dark net, the perils of online fame – nor of taking a swipe at long-standing Disney values.

20 Dec 2018 - 7:11AM
Ralph Breaks the Internet film review: delightful Wreck-It Ralph sequel subverts long-standing Disney values

The sequel to Wreck-It Ralph puts a fascinating spin on the internet and is not afraid of showing the problems of trolling and the dark net, the perils of online fame – nor of taking a swipe at long-standing Disney values.

Review | Can You Ever Forgive Me? film review: Melissa McCarthy stars as literary forger in fascinating character study

In this fascinating character study of mean people, McCarthy doesn’t make her character likeable. Richard E Grant puts on an enjoyable act as a flamboyant street hustler.

11 Dec 2018 - 8:04PM
Can You Ever Forgive Me? film review: Melissa McCarthy stars as literary forger in fascinating character study

In this fascinating character study of mean people, McCarthy doesn’t make her character likeable. Richard E Grant puts on an enjoyable act as a flamboyant street hustler.

School teams strive to solve environmental issues

The Nature Conservancy’s story instils a love of nature in students by encouraging them to develop environmental solutions in their schools

11 Dec 2018 - 4:11PM
School teams strive to solve environmental issues

The Nature Conservancy’s story instils a love of nature in students by encouraging them to develop environmental solutions in their schools

Review | The Nutcracker and the Four Realms film review: Disney Christmas spectacle makes a courageous choice

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms trades fairy tale romance for a message of female empowerment, with young star Mackenzie Foy putting in a good show as a fearless physics whizz.

29 Nov 2018 - 7:40AM
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms film review: Disney Christmas spectacle makes a courageous choice

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms trades fairy tale romance for a message of female empowerment, with young star Mackenzie Foy putting in a good show as a fearless physics whizz.

Filmmaker who revealed horrors of Mao’s Chinese gulags talks about exposing the hidden China

Wang Bing says he doesn’t think about whether his films will foster social change, but is happy to ‘plant the seeds’ with Chinese audiences; making documentaries with a small crew allows him to escape the attention of Chinese authorities.

28 Nov 2018 - 6:13PM
Filmmaker who revealed horrors of Mao’s Chinese gulags talks about exposing the hidden China

Wang Bing says he doesn’t think about whether his films will foster social change, but is happy to ‘plant the seeds’ with Chinese audiences; making documentaries with a small crew allows him to escape the attention of Chinese authorities.

Review | Hello Mr. Billionaire review: crazy rich Chinese get satirical treatment

Shen Teng stars in this film about a man who has to spend 1 billion yuan in a month to inherit his uncle’s fortune.

19 Nov 2018 - 8:01PM
Hello Mr. Billionaire review: crazy rich Chinese get satirical treatment

Shen Teng stars in this film about a man who has to spend 1 billion yuan in a month to inherit his uncle’s fortune.

Oldboy: Park Chan-wook’s 2003 tale of revenge puts the bestial core of humanity centre stage

The brilliant but disturbing South Korean film remains a strikingly original work

17 Nov 2018 - 5:25AM
Oldboy: Park Chan-wook’s 2003 tale of revenge puts the bestial core of humanity centre stage

The brilliant but disturbing South Korean film remains a strikingly original work

Newton by director Amit Masurkar is an endearing celebration of democracy, reminding viewers why voting matters

Humour and humanity are the hallmarks of a film set in India, the world’s largest democracy

14 Nov 2018 - 2:17PM
Newton by director Amit Masurkar is an endearing  celebration of democracy, reminding viewers why voting matters

Humour and humanity are the hallmarks of a film set in India, the world’s largest democracy

Review | Hichki film review: Rani Mukerji shines as Tourette’s Syndrome sufferer in upbeat education drama

Filmmakers milk the script for all its worth, but its positive tone means you will not need to take any extra tissues; Mukerji makes her constant verbal and physical tics seem natural and uncontrived.

7 Nov 2018 - 7:04AM
Hichki film review: Rani Mukerji shines as Tourette’s Syndrome sufferer in upbeat education drama

Filmmakers milk the script for all its worth, but its positive tone means you will not need to take any extra tissues; Mukerji makes her constant verbal and physical tics seem natural and uncontrived.

Orson Welles’ Chimes at Midnight confirms him as the greatest American filmmaker of all time

The celebrated director’s lifelong fascination with Sir John Falstaff yielded a poorly received play that blossomed into a film that confirms Welles as America’s greatest filmmaker.

9 Nov 2018 - 6:18AM
Orson Welles’ Chimes at Midnight confirms him as the greatest American filmmaker of all time

The celebrated director’s lifelong fascination with Sir John Falstaff yielded a poorly received play that blossomed into a film that confirms Welles as America’s greatest filmmaker.

Review | Sicario: Day of the Soldado film review – Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin return in riveting action sequel

Day of the Soldado is relentlessly grim and should be a hit with action fans, with 17-year-old Isabela Moner in particular convincing as a kidnapped teen.

30 Oct 2018 - 7:02AM
Sicario: Day of the Soldado film review – Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin return in riveting action sequel

Day of the Soldado is relentlessly grim and should be a hit with action fans, with 17-year-old Isabela Moner in particular convincing as a kidnapped teen.

Runaway Train, starring Jon Voight and Eric Roberts, is as nail-biting today as it was in 1985

Oscar-worthy performances and gripping action make the 1985 movie, based on a script by the legendary Akira Kurosawa, well worth revisiting

29 Oct 2018 - 7:57PM
Runaway Train, starring Jon Voight and Eric Roberts, is as nail-biting today as it was in 1985

Oscar-worthy performances and gripping action make the 1985 movie, based on a script by the legendary Akira Kurosawa, well worth revisiting

Review | Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween film review – fun kids adventure sequel

It might not be as frightening as the original, but Goosebumps 2 is still a watchable slice of Halloween fun. Jack Black probably shouldn’t be in it though.

28 Oct 2018 - 6:03PM
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween film review – fun kids adventure sequel

It might not be as frightening as the original, but Goosebumps 2 is still a watchable slice of Halloween fun. Jack Black probably shouldn’t be in it though.

Review | Beautiful Boy film review: Timothée Chalamet, Steve Carell in grim addiction drama

Felix Van Groeningen’s film is based on the separate memoirs of a teenage crystal meth addict (Chalamet) and his loving father (Steve Carell) and shows the destruction that addiction can wreak on a family.

23 Oct 2018 - 5:15PM
Beautiful Boy film review: Timothée Chalamet, Steve Carell in grim addiction drama

Felix Van Groeningen’s film is based on the separate memoirs of a teenage crystal meth addict (Chalamet) and his loving father (Steve Carell) and shows the destruction that addiction can wreak on a family.

Midnight Express, Alan Parker’s 1978 prison-break movie remains a rip-roaring thriller

Originally banned by Turkey for its portrayal of sadistic guards, the celebrated film is also an exploration into the nature of justice

19 Oct 2018 - 11:04PM
Midnight Express, Alan Parker’s 1978 prison-break movie remains a rip-roaring thriller

Originally banned by Turkey for its portrayal of sadistic guards, the celebrated film is also an exploration into the nature of justice

Review | The House with a Clock in Its Walls film review: Jack Black, Cate Blanchett in children’s fantasy

Director Eli Roth’s gothic horror is like a poor man’s Tim Burton, with jokes that fall flat and few shocks, but there is no denying the stars’ talent, and the film is passably entertaining.

17 Oct 2018 - 7:02PM
The House with a Clock in Its Walls film review: Jack Black, Cate Blanchett in children’s fantasy

Director Eli Roth’s gothic horror is like a poor man’s Tim Burton, with jokes that fall flat and few shocks, but there is no denying the stars’ talent, and the film is passably entertaining.

Review | Hell Fest film review: vaguely passable horror by Get Out and Happy Death Day editor

This drab stab at reviving the slasher flick that John Carpenter’s 1978 classic started is short on shocks and gore, with just a few snatches of nasty surprises to keep the genre’s aficionados happy.

17 Oct 2018 - 7:03AM
Hell Fest film review: vaguely passable horror by Get Out and Happy Death Day editor

This drab stab at reviving the slasher flick that John Carpenter’s 1978 classic started is short on shocks and gore, with just a few snatches of nasty surprises to keep the genre’s aficionados happy.

Review | A Star Is Born film review: Lady Gaga in crowd-pleasing remake, directed by Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper’s version of the classic music industry story is simplistic and melodramatic, but there is definite chemistry with Lady Gaga and the live festival scenes really work well.

14 Oct 2018 - 9:03PM
A Star Is Born film review: Lady Gaga in crowd-pleasing remake, directed by Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper’s version of the classic music industry story is simplistic and melodramatic, but there is definite chemistry with Lady Gaga and the live festival scenes really work well.

How MDMA, magic mushrooms and LSD help cancer patients cope, and cure addictions

Taking psychedelic drugs helps people stuck in a rut, scientists believe – smokers, alcohol addicts, patients with terminal cancer or PTSD. They probably do this by removing limits the brain places on how we see the world.

15 Oct 2018 - 7:27PM
How MDMA, magic mushrooms and LSD help cancer patients cope, and cure addictions

Taking psychedelic drugs helps people stuck in a rut, scientists believe – smokers, alcohol addicts, patients with terminal cancer or PTSD. They probably do this by removing limits the brain places on how we see the world.

Review | Searching film review: John Cho in hi-tech mystery-thriller

This story of a man’s search for his lost teenage daughter through the internet is unpredictable and full of suspense and red herrings. Cho shines as the frantic father, while Aneesh Chaganty impresses in his directorial debut.

14 Oct 2018 - 8:03AM
Searching film review: John Cho in hi-tech mystery-thriller

This story of a man’s search for his lost teenage daughter through the internet is unpredictable and full of suspense and red herrings. Cho shines as the frantic father, while Aneesh Chaganty impresses in his directorial debut.

Despite tensions, Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman gave strong performances in Kramer vs. Kramer

The 1979 film is a sensitive, realistic portrayal of a divorce and ensuing custody battle that rings true nearly 40 years later

12 Oct 2018 - 7:48PM
Despite tensions, Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman gave strong performances in Kramer vs. Kramer

The 1979 film is a sensitive, realistic portrayal of a divorce and ensuing custody battle that rings true nearly 40 years later

Review | The Happytime Murders review: worst film in years mixes sex and puppets in awful adult comedy

Why Melissa McCarthy and Elizabeth Banks chose to appear in such a tasteless film is almost as much a mystery as why Brian Henson, son of Muppets creator Jim, decided to direct it. A stinking t*rd all round.

10 Oct 2018 - 7:05AM
The Happytime Murders review: worst film in years mixes sex and puppets in awful adult comedy

Why Melissa McCarthy and Elizabeth Banks chose to appear in such a tasteless film is almost as much a mystery as why Brian Henson, son of Muppets creator Jim, decided to direct it. A stinking t*rd all round.

Review | Destination Wedding film review: Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder in talky anti-romance

The opposite of Before Sunrise, this is hate at first sight; two guests flying to a destination wedding verbally destroy their fellow guests and themselves in 90 minutes of one-liners, a device that quickly becomes tedious.

9 Oct 2018 - 12:55PM
Destination Wedding film review: Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder in talky anti-romance

The opposite of Before Sunrise, this is hate at first sight; two guests flying to a destination wedding verbally destroy their fellow guests and themselves in 90 minutes of one-liners, a device that quickly becomes tedious.

Review | Kusama – Infinity film review: prominent Japanese artist profiled in intellectually absorbing documentary

Fear of sex, suicidal tendencies that manifested in her life, and her memories of the second world war figure prominently in this intellectually absorbing film that portrays the unique vision of the world’s most expensive female artist.

2 Oct 2018 - 7:00AM
Kusama – Infinity film review: prominent Japanese artist profiled in intellectually absorbing documentary

Fear of sex, suicidal tendencies that manifested in her life, and her memories of the second world war figure prominently in this intellectually absorbing film that portrays the unique vision of the world’s most expensive female artist.