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Friday September 27, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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Horsing around: Tim (Domhall Gleeson) doesn’t mind making a fool of himself to win the love of his life, Mary (Rachel McAdams), in 'About Time'.
BE warned. Only die-hard romantics will be able to stomach the surging waves of emotion flowing from this British drama. But seriously, what’s not to love about the Brits ...?
Directed and written by Richard Curtis, it’s about Tim (Domhnall Gleeson), who grew up with quirky-smart parents (Bill Nighy and Lindsay Duncan), manic sister Kit Kat (Lydia Wilson) and perpetually confused Uncle Desmond (Richard Cordery). On his 21st birthday, his father tells him that the men in the family can travel through the timeline of their lives.
So Tim decides to use this to find love. When he moves to London, he meets Mary (Rachel McAdams), a charming American. And here he uses his time-travelling ability to make their life as amazing as possible.
With the story shuttling between the family’s picturesque home in Cornwall and London, it’s hard not to warm to Gleeson’s appealingly unconventional Tim. But for me, the abundant love between Tim and Mary and also between Tim and his family members touched my heart the most. And that’s the real love story. – Azhariah Kamin (****)
MY patience for movies with cars can only go as far as Will Ferrell (Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby) will take me. If the movie has Nicolas Cage stealing cars or Vin Diesel in a tight shirt, then I’d rather walk. With Rush, I can say: sorry Will, but I’ve got another ride now.
Rush stars Chris Hemsworth as British Formula 1 racer James Hunt in this sports drama set in the 1970s. Narrated by his fellow F1 racer and fierce Austrian competitor Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl), this film explores the intense rivalry between the two.
In the 1976 F1 season, Hunt was neck-and-neck against defending champion Lauda. Both are polar opposites, with Hunt being the playboy, devil-may care type, while Lauda is the calculative, analytical driver.
This movie holds viewers’ attention through its highly engaging racing scenes and character-driven plot. The verbal banter and psychological warfare between James and Niki are fun to watch. One minute you’d be rooting for Lauda and then later, you’ll be hoping that Hunt will take home the prize.
Either way, both characters are extremely likable and relatable. It’s also more thrilling to watch when you – like me – have no clue about the history of the 1976 F1 season.
That way, you never know who is going to crash or die in the next race. Highly recommended, in fact I’m going to watch it again this weekend. – Angelin Yeoh (****)
Young Detective Dee: Rise Of The Sea Dragon
FOLLOWING the success of the first Detective Dee movie, renowned film maker Tsui Hark brings us the second instalment, Young Detective Dee: Rise Of The Sea Dragon, which takes us back to the early years of the character, to his very first case as a detective.
Mark Chao plays Detective Dee (the Tang Dynasty’s Sherlock Holmes) this time around in place of veteran actor Andy Lau, who played the detective in the first movie.
The young detective arrives in Luoyang amidst chaos: a sea dragon has destroyed several navy warships and the fearful citizens hope to appease it by sacrificing a young maiden, Courtesan Yin (Angelababy).
Carina Lau reprises her role as Empress Wu Zetian, who orders the Chief Commissioner of the Supreme Court, Yuchi Zhenjin (William Feng), to investigate the attack against the ships and solve the case in 10 days – or lose his head. He unwillingly teams up with Dee, aided by a young doctor Shatuo (Lin Gengxin), to solve the mystery.
The spectacular CGI and action scenes are worth the price of admission; from the opening scene of warships attacked by a mysterious creature in the sea to the fight scenes between Dee, Yuchi and the baddies.
The movie is more than two hours long but the action scenes and compelling plot will keep you entertained throughout. – Oh Ing Yeen (****)
I WAS quite intrigued by this movie’s trailer.
It has a good cast: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones and Dianna Agron.
The story idea was interesting – a comedy about an ex-Mafia family of four, who can’t keep their rather violent tendencies under control when they are aggravated, resulting in them being constantly relocated under the Witness Protection Programme.
Unfortunately, my expectations were not matched by the actual film.
Malavita has a not-so-good European movie vibe going for it – slow pacing and an attempt at being more existentialist than it needs to be.
De Niro plays mob boss-turned-snitch Giovanni Manzoni, with Pffeifer as wife Maggie, Agron as daughter Belle, John D’Leo as son Warren, and Jones as their primary handler, Agent Stansfield.
Each family member deals with their most recent relocation to a small town in Normandy, France, where they are truly fish out of the water, in their own way.
Unfortunately, Manzoni’s ex-boss, Don Luchese, who is now in jail thanks to him, gets word of where they are and sends a team of hitmen after them.
This results in a film that is three-quarters character development, and one-quarter fight-for-survival on the streets of small-town France.
And yes, it’s as weird as it sounds. – Tan Shiow Chin (***)
SO, this is your typical crime movie where the bright-eyed, bushy-tailed “innocent” (Justin Timberlake) is seduced by the power, money and beauty, offered by a man who seems to have it all (Ben Affleck).
And, of course, there is the beauty-cum-love interest (Gemma Arterton), who has to choose where her loyalties lie.
Timberlake plays Richie Furst, a Princeton University graduate student who introduces his university mates and lecturers to online gambling sites to help pay his fees.
When that is still not enough, he decides to take the plunge and play poker himself to fund his tuition.
Angry at losing, he investigates his loss only to discover that someone is manipulating the website. He then flies to Costa Rica to confront the site’s owner, Ian Block (Affleck), who turns around and offers him the job of his dreams.
But like all good things it is, of course, too good to be true.
When Block starts using him as a scapegoat, Furst decides to turn the tables on his employer. Unfortunately, that series of events, while trying to be clever, turns out to be rather incoherent instead.
And that’s rather the problem with the whole movie. Overall, a mediocre watch. – TSC (**)
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