John Lui

John Lui
John Lui's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Straits Times (Singapore)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/5 25% Gemini Man (2019) This high-budget, A-list actor attempt at what is usually a pulpy sub-genre of science-fiction feels limp for the reason that it is an A-list, high-budget movie, slumming. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/5 100% So Long, My Son (Di jiu tian chang) (2019) This slow-moving drama sneaks up on the viewer. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/5 99% The Farewell (2019) There are big, tear-jerking scenes, with Awkwafina and older actress Zhao nailing the chemistry as to what brings them together, and why saying goodbye will bring such terrible sorrow. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
2.5/5 68% Joker (2019) It is a narcissistic fantasy beloved of mass shooters and war criminals, not antiheroes. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) Ad Astra is a visually stunning movie that could do with more silence and less dialogue. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3.5/5 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) There is an honesty to the Rambo story that is rare in movies - he wants bad men to die and takes the shortest, most over-the-top bloody route possible. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
2/5 24% The Goldfinch (2019) A late plot development turns what feels like a so-so introspective examination of grief into an aggressively mediocre heist movie. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
3.5/5 100% Fagara (Huajiao zhiwei) (2019) The movie succeeds, mostly because of the degree of care taken with each woman's background, which is rooted in concerns peculiar to their age, class and society. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
2.5/5 88% Hustlers (2019) The strippers - and audiences - deserve a better, more shaded picture. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/5 50% In Your Hands (Au bout des doigts) (2018) This film serves as a reminder, too often forgotten in dramas which lean on dialogue, that cinema is a medium of vision and sound. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3.5/5 90% Plus One (2019) This is a sweet, heart-on-a-sleeve celebration of love blossoming in unlikely circumstances. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
2/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) A flabby, nearly three-hour affair where everything matters so therefore, nothing does. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Revenge of the Pontianak (2019) The depth of sincerity of this tribute to the classics and its loving adherence to the form cannot be doubted. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
2/5 42% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) As is standard practice, the sequel packs in more, but that extra weight is like an overloaded diver's belt pulling the enterprise down into the depths. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
3.5/5 85% Pavarotti (2019) A celebration of a life that runs close to two hours will test anyone's patience, especially one stuffed with this much repetitive praise. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
2.5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) It is like being trapped in a taxi with a driver who is not the sweet man you thought he was at the start of the conversation...this work is a record of an obsessive film fan's fixation on a tiny slice of history. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3.5/5 79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) The pacing, editing, character development and visuals are as slick as they come - there is no moment here that feels overlong or wasted - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3.5/5 88% Blinded by the Light (2019) The story shines when it makes observations about the generational gap between immigrant parents and their children. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
2/5 42% Stuber (2019) The oddest thing about this almost complete rip-off of other, better buddy-cop movies is how good actors such as Nanjiani and Bautista got involved in something so dire. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
2.5/5 22% The Kitchen (2019) Such a pity then that the promising premise is ruined by fractured editing, mixed messages on violence and incoherent character motivation. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
2.5/5 62% Yesterday (2019) An intriguing story about honest mediocrity versus plagiarised stardom is sabotaged by a need to please Beatles nostalgists. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
2.5/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) The successful Fast & Furious franchise has its first spin-off and the baby has everything that audiences like about its parents: car porn, a comic-book approach to stories and massive vehicular action setpieces. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
2/5 54% Ma (2019) This movie proves that interesting casting choices putting a new spin on old ideas do not guarantee that a horror movie will be either scary or even entertaining. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
4/5 96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) How the story poetically blends that idea with the bloody and often lurid tale of a kingpin's rise to power is remarkable. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
4/5 100% The Kleptocrats (2018) This one is as juicy as they come... - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Clean Up (2018) The melancholic yet suspenseful first feature from writer-director Kwon Man Ki...is skilfully directed and edited, and treats its characters with compassion. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
4/5 99% Amazing Grace (2019) The sound is pristine and the visuals put the viewer there, with the enraptured audience. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
3/5 53% The Lion King (2019) Watching this, it is hard to muster an emotion not previously associated with the first movie...It would have been a bold, fresh move for director Jon Favreau to have pencilled in a few changes... - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2/5 51% Tolkien (2019) The spoon-feeding does not just feel silly and pandering, it is distracting - as in a video game, Easter egg-hunting draws attention away from the key story. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2/5 56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) This could almost be a stoner comedy, except there are no drugs, no jokes and not enough weirdness. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2.5/5 38% The Professor and the Madman (2019) Unlike the tome, this movie is neither useful nor necessary. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
2.5/5 67% The White Storm 2: Drug Lords (2019) Characters can change, but they should not become two completely different people. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
4/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) This movie is perfectly pitched as a sweet pick-me-up, a human-sized romp that looks back to the blip, while moving the story forward. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
2/5 30% Red Joan (2019) Unintended silliness makes young Joan look foolish for being entranced by them, robbing her of agency when the film is desperate to prove the opposite. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
5/5 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Social satires rarely come as funny, unpredictable or as generous to its characters as this. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
2.5/5 66% The White Crow (2019) It is made more dramatic by Nureyev's frequent tantrums...and made worse by the over-exposure of persons important to the plot, but useless as characters worth caring about, such as Exarchopoulos' socialite, Saint. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
3/5 100% The Wolf's Call (Le chant du loup) (2019) Despite the excursions into fantasy, this submarine saga with a French flavour is a fun watch. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
1.5/5 36% Anna (2019) It is one thing to watch a film-maker turn his kink into a movie, but it is another when that kink carries a specifically European strain of racism. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
4.5/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Happily, the long wait has paid off. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
1.5/5 23% Men in Black International (2019) It tries to pass itself off as the real thing, but the mask keeps slipping. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/5 97% Deadwood: The Movie (2019) This film remains a fitting and satisfying farewell. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
2.5/5 89% Rocketman (2019) This is a biography that falls into the trap of thinking that suffering is the same thing as depth. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Turner is generally good in her role, but it would have been better if she had given it more range - being anguished all the time can get tiring for audiences. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
3.5/5 90% Always Be My Maybe (2019) The core Sasha-Marcus romance is kept straightforward, perhaps too much so, such that it falls into predictability and unearned last-minute redemptions. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet A Home with a View (2019) There are real laughs - or rather, bitter chuckles - to be had in this quick, 90-minute trip into the Hong Kong dream that for many is more like a nightmare. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
3.5/5 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Efron offers an excellent performance as a character who used his attractiveness and white, middle-class male privilege to wreak havoc. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3.5/5 57% Aladdin (2019) The new version is a grin-inducing, toe-tapping delight filled with stunning choreography. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
2/5 60% Greta (2019) This is a lot of A-list acting power to throw into a B-movie, one that throws away its sheen of mystery by the mid-point to become a run-of-the-mill work of horror. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) That realism, however, is tempered by the glamour exuded by Natasha and Daniel. Their lower-middle class immigrant selves are filmed with the heightened colours and dynamic movement of a fashion product. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
2.5/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) In its third iteration, the franchise is showing its age. - The Straits Times (Singapore) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019