A chip off the ice block


THIS animated movie is kind of a throwback to the old-school musical-type Disney movies of over two decades ago.

There are numerous songs, especially in the first half, although I found none to be particularly memorable.

The story is more forward in concept, with not one but two princesses, whose sisterly bonds are tested when one of them is unable to control her wintry powers.

While there are two male leads, Prince Hans (Santino Fontana) and Kristoff (Jonathan Groff of Glee fame), it is the ladies who end up saving themselves.

The customary

hilarious sidekicks take the form of Sven the reindeer and Olaf the snowman (Josh Gad), who are fun to watch and lovable, to boot.

Visually, the movie takes advantage of its wintry setting to give the audience some lovely icy and snowy formations – watch out for Queen Elsa’s (Idina Menzel, also of Glee) gorgeous ice palace.

Altogether, an entertaining watch for the whole family. And be warned that there is a short but cute post-credits scene at the very end. – Tan Shiow Chin ***


THIS is one of your typical Jason Statham action movies, although I’m glad to say it is much better than the last one I reviewed (Safe, 2012).

Statham is former undercover agent Phil Broker, who resigns and goes off to live in the backwaters of the bayou with his daughter after a drug gang bust doesn’t go down well.

Unfortunately, he soon crosses paths with local illegal drug manufacturer Gator Bodine (James Franco). When Bodine finds out about Broker’s past, he decides to trade his whereabouts for drug distribution rights with the head of the drug gang Broker brought down.

Being a Statham film, there is, of course, lots of fighting and shoot-outs. But it is backed up by a decent storyline, written by Sylvester Stallone and based on the book by Chuck Hogan. Winona Ryder and Kate Bosworth also star as Bodine’s girlfriend Cheryl Mott and sister Cassie respectively.

A decent watch, if you fancy a simple action movie. TSC **

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

DIRECTOR Francis Lawrence presents a sequel that holds our attention throughout its 150-minute running time.

While the second film is usually the weakest in a trilogy (or in this case tetralogy), Catching Fire is better than The Hunger Games.

It is visually pleasing while showcasing the excesses of a totalitarian government.

Katniss and Peeta (Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson) are again forced into a brutal game where they must kill or be killed – but this time around it is laced with depth and purpose.

Lawrence shoulders the film skilfully, balancing struggle and strength with a deft touch. Mumtaj Begum ****

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