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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Blinded by the Light (2019) Wenlei Ma While it's far from perfect, on balance, it's an inoffensive, feel-good and inspirational British dramedy with some charming performances and an emotionally affecting story about an immigrant teenager and how he finds salvation in Springsteen's music. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
2.5/5 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Wenlei Ma Maleficent: Mistress of Evil didn't lean on its greatest strength, instead almost downplaying that mischievous Jolie performance by giving her less to do, and then overblowing everything else. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
3.5/5 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Wenlei Ma The cars are bigger, the guns are bigger, and the zombies are faster and harder to kill. But this is a movie, and a genre, where being over-the-top actually works in its favour. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
4/5 Hustlers (2019) Wenlei Ma A heist thriller-cross-social drama, Hustlers' weight is wrapped in the veneer of diamantés and stilettos, but there is real substance here. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/5 Judy (2019) Wenlei Ma This is a movie that showcases Zellweger's considerable talents, and for that alone, Judy is worth the price of entry. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
2/5 Gemini Man (2019) Wenlei Ma For a movie so reliant on its 3D pizzazz, Gemini Man is two-dimensional in every other way. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/5 Joker (2019) Wenlei Ma Joker is a jumble - sometimes brilliant and sometimes trite. Among its flashes of excellence is a self-serious movie that isn't nearly as deep as it thinks it is. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
2/5 The Goldfinch (2019) Wenlei Ma A flat and lumbering albeit beautifully filmed drama that bores more than it entertains. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/5 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Wenlei Ma It's mildly amusing, mostly thanks to Swinton's swanning and the dry-as-bone exchanges between Murray and Driver. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
4.5/5 Ad Astra (2019) Wenlei Ma Brad Pitt is nothing short of phenomenal in this remarkable, poignant and visually arresting film from James Gray. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
4/5 Good Boys (2019) Wenlei Ma The jokes come thick and fast and they're on point, a mix of sharp, squirm and brash vibes, but it's perfectly balanced. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
4.5/5 The Farewell (2019) Wenlei Ma This is an intricately constructed, deeply personal and surprisingly funny story - one of the real highlights of 2019 in cinema EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Wenlei Ma There's a grandness to its scale and production values that still makes It Chapter Two an enjoyable romp, but it's not the ghoulish scarefest it could be. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
4.5/5 The Nightingale (2018) Wenlei Ma A powerful, emotionally shattering experience, and one of the most memorable movies so far this year. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
1/5 The Kitchen (2019) Wenlei Ma Its hodgepodge mix of styles and tones isn't genre-defying, it's the mark of a movie that either started with a terrible script or lost any sense of coherence in the editing suite EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/5 Downton Abbey (2019) Wenlei Ma Was the Downton Abbey movie necessary? Of course not. But that doesn't mean the package won't delight Downton enthusiasts who'll take any excuse to revisit this opulent world EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Wenlei Ma Less of a plot-driven story and more of an opulent mood piece, Once Upon a Time is a love letter, an evocation of a specific time and place. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
4/5 Midsommar (2019) Wenlei Ma Ari Aster's approach to horror filmmaking seeps into your subconsciousness with great effect, lingering like an uninvited guest. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
3.5/5 Late Night (2019) Wenlei Ma Mindy Kaling wrote the screenplay with Emma Thompson in mind and you can see the character was crafted for exactly her talents. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/5 Palm Beach (2019) Wenlei Ma Palm Beach is a movie that falls square in the "it's fine" category. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Wenlei Ma If you're expecting Hobbs & Shaw to be anything other than a ridiculous, over-the-top action extravaganza that defies all logic and gravity, then shame on you. You should know better by now. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/5 The White Crow (2018) Wenlei Ma The White Crow offers up all these elements of Nureyev - his past, his heat, his vulnerabilities - but all those parts are dancing around each other incongruously rather than as a well-choreographed ensemble piece. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/5 The Lion King (2019) Wenlei Ma Though by no means a bad movie, The Lion King would've been better off trying to be more of its own movie, do something different in terms of story and character, and aim as high narratively as it achieved with its extraordinary visuals. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
4.5/5 Booksmart (2019) Wenlei Ma It sounds like such a cliche but you will literally laugh and cry, and flash back to your own teenage days with fondness, not horror. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
2/5 Stuber (2019) Wenlei Ma Stuber is a lumbering, tired and dumb comedy, but if that's what you're looking for, then have at it. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
Aziz Ansari: Right Now (2019) Wenlei Ma His show is funny and insightful, but it's also emotional. It's enough to make you forgive him for his sins. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
2/5 Yesterday (2019) Wenlei Ma Yesterday is billing itself as a feel-good movie, buoyed by its Beatles-fuelled soundtrack and quirky premise. But will it make you feel good? Only if your personal bar is pretty low to clear. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
5/5 Parasite (2019) Wenlei Ma Bong uses everything in his bag of cinematic tricks to craft a dazzling and devastating movie that is part modern-day parable and part family drama. Parasite will variously shock you, make you laugh (guiltily) and make you think. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/5 Ophelia (2018) Wenlei Ma A middling romantic drama about female empowerment with gorgeous visuals and a strong performance from Ridley, but is often lost among the reeds in terms of pacing and narrative cohesion. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
3.5/5 Booksmart (2019) Vicky Roach By making her own distinctive impression in a crowded field, Wilde, too, announces herself as a talent to watch. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
4/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Wenlei Ma Far From Home is exciting storytelling, and a jubilant chapter of the Spider-Man story - you'll want to see it again. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
3.5/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Wenlei Ma Toy Story 4 proves, once again, that there's still life left in this charming and smart franchise. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
4/5 Never Look Away (2018) Wenlei Ma Never Look Away is a three-hour movie of emotional depth that, despite its long running time, maintains its grip on your attention. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/5 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Wenlei Ma Make no mistake - The Secret Life of Pets 2 is a kids-only affair. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
2.5/5 Murder Mystery (2019) Wenlei Ma Murder Mystery's predictability and cliches are comforting - which has entertainment value if you're not looking to be challenged for 90 minutes. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/5 Tolkien (2019) Wenlei Ma Tolkien is innocuous but uninspiring. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
2.5/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Wenlei Ma This is Men in Black. It should be extravagant and nuts, not, well, civilised and sanitised. It's like they forgot to have fun. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
4/5 Wild Rose (2018) Wenlei Ma To call Wild Rose a feel-good triumph feels reductive, but it literally makes you feel good and smile. How can you argue with that? EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
4/5 Always Be My Maybe (2019) Wenlei Ma Fresh, charming and laugh-out-loud funny EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
3.5/5 Rocketman (2019) Wenlei Ma Rocketman isn't a sanitised peek-a-boo of someone's life, barely teasing at the surface of a complex creative genius. Rocketman gives you the warts and all version, and it's not going to pink-wash John's sexuality. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Wenlei Ma Sometimes you have to be honest about the movie you really are - smashy smash. If you can reconcile that, then it's not so awful. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
2.5/5 Aladdin (2019) Wenlei Ma Everything about Aladdin is big, and yet feels small at the same time. Its lavish production design and costuming also has the effect of looking more like a stage production than an epic movie. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
4/5 Little Woods (2018) Wenlei Ma The directorial debut by Nia DaCosta is a stunning, deep and thoughtful portrait of two marginalised women in America forgotten by city folk and the political class. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
3.5/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Wenlei Ma When there are hundreds of deaths, it's pretty incredible that John Wick 3 sustains its inventiveness and sheer bonkers-ness. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/5 Peterloo (2018) Wenlei Ma There's an emotional distance to Peterloo that often makes it seem stagey. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
2/5 The Hustle (2019) Wenlei Ma An unimaginative and moderately diverting comedy that you'd probably be content with if you literally have nothing else to watch. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
3.5/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Wenlei Ma Detective Pikachu is a weirdly enjoyable adventure that will charm the pants off you - or at the very least, Pikachu's pants. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
3.5/5 Top End Wedding (2019) Wenlei Ma Go out and support this Australian movie, not just because it deserves it but because you deserve it. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/5 Gloria Bell (2018) Wenlei Ma Gloria Bell is as complex and understated as its lead character, brought to life by Moore with a lived-in quality, and with texture. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
4/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Wenlei Ma A spectacle that is genuinely affecting and packed with properly exciting moments that will literally make you draw your breath, clap and whoop, and jump out of your seat EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019