Chasing the Dragon (2017)

When I learned that Wong Jing is the writer-director of Chasing the Dragon, I feared the worst. Seriously, his filmography is pretty splotchy, mostly filled with disposable contrived movies that you won’t remember much the moment you walk out of the cinema. But my fears were unfounded, Wong Jing has pulled a rabbit out of […]

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Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

It has been 35 years since Ridley Scott’s iconic Blade Runner (1982) exploded on the screen and introduced a generation of movie-goers to hypnotic dystopian cityscapes. It broke new ground, becoming a new breed of the thinking man’s sci-fi movie. It became a visionary cult-classic. Every viewing since then feels like a cautionary tale and […]

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle

  I love Mark Millar’s work. His story ideas are always exuberantly inventive and freshly exciting. Kingsman: The Golden Circle, like Kick-Ass, Captain America: Civil War, Wanted, is one of his many babies in the comic world. Mathew Vaughn milks it and delivers a sequel that magnifies everything that worked in the original. When the […]

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It (2017)

For me, It is more successful as a coming-of-age tale than a scary movie. After last year’s excellent Netflix TV series Stranger Things where a bunch of likeable outcasts gang up against nefarious forces, It loses some steam in terms of novelty. Perhaps it is just me – I never get frightened with CGI ghost […]

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Mother! (2017)

Putting an exclamation point in a one-word film title feels pretentious and presumptuous, but Darren Aronofsky earned it many times over in a maddening foray into the female psyche. What a beautiful nightmare this is! Laden with metaphors and suffused with symbolisms, this one will mess with your mind. On the surface it is easy […]

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