The New Paper (Singapore)

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Rating Title/Year Author
4.5/5 The Irishman (2019) Jonathan Roberts The Irishman sees everyone bringing their A game. The way the cast interacts is like music. Each seasoned player riffing off the other but never grandstanding. It is an acting masterclass. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
4/5 Knives Out (2019) Jonathan Roberts This is nothing but fun from start to finish. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
3/5 Downton Abbey (2019) Jeanmarie Tan [F]or those who followed the British period TV series which ended in 2015, there is plenty of nostalgia and fan service. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
2.5/5 Last Christmas (2019) Jeanmarie Tan [T]he first half of the film is shockingly awkward, cheesy and cringe-worthy. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
3/5 Charlie's Angels (2019) Jeanmarie Tan But in terms of delivering goofy entertainment and eye candy, it does earn its wings - although you'll probably forget about it the moment you exit the cinema. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
4/5 Frozen II (2019) Jeanmarie Tan Intimate but also epic, Frozen 2 is thankfully the adventure that fans deserve and will love. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
4/5 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Jonathan Roberts While it does not quite hit top gear, it is still a rare treat in modern cinema. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
3/5 Doctor Sleep (2019) Jonathan Roberts While Doctor Sleep is not very scary - and frankly not all of it makes sense - it is entertaining and does not feel like its 152-minute running time. It's fun. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
3.5/5 Abominable (2019) Jeanmarie Tan DreamWorks Animation's Abominable is delightful entertainment for the whole family. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
1.5/5 Midway (2019) Jonathan Roberts Midway stacks its cliches high, creating a rickety tower of Hollywood nonsense. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
2.5/5 The Addams Family (2019) Jeanmarie Tan There are some sly, funny touches, but the storyline is thin and forgettable, and the voice cast merely sound like their predecessors. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
3/5 Dolor y gloria (2019) Jeanmarie Tan There is much emotional nakedness in front of and behind the camera, and the wistfulness stays with you long after the credits roll. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
2.5/5 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Jonathan Roberts Double Tap is not terrible, but it's not what it could be. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
3.5/5 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Jonathan Roberts It is not perfect, but it is a great fresh take on a machine we long thought had rusted through. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
3/5 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Jeanmarie Tan It is always a treat seeing [Michelle] Pfeiffer breaking bad, and when she's going up against someone like [Angelina] Jolie, boy is it good. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
2/5 The Current War (2019) Jeanmarie Tan The film does its best to spark energy and dramatic tension with the score, editing and performances from a superhero-powered cast, but the light bulb moments are few and far between. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
2.5/5 Joker (2019) Jonathan Roberts With no huge plot surprises, it's another case of waiting for a film to make reveals you had figured out much earlier. Less "Ta-daa", more "Ta-duh". EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
2/5 Gemini Man (2019) Joanne Soh Smith has some bright moments, but the paper-thin plot and Lee's obsession with tech ensure you will not get your money's worth of seeing two Smiths for the price of one. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/5 The Farewell (2019) Joanne Soh To see [Awkwafina] shed tears, to watch her struggle with internal conflicts and to hear her deliver everything in Mandarin, she deserves much credit for daring to step out of her comfort zone. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
3.5/5 Midsommar (2019) Jonathan Roberts Florence Pugh... delivers an astounding, emotional performance within a single phone call. You will realise she is likely destined for awards. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/5 () Jeanmarie Tan The Informer may not be the best in the business, but it does its job well enough. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
3.5/5 Ad Astra (2019) Jonathan Roberts While it does not quite hold together for the ending, Ad Astra is a welcome change of pace that will have you debating its meaning for some time. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
2/5 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Jonathan Roberts The pace is unbalanced, so the bloody grand finale feels tired, tacked-on, rushed and without stakes. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
3.5/5 Ne Zha (2019) Joanne Soh There are several eye-popping action sequences, and while the final act feels over- indulgent, Ne Zha is still a praiseworthy effort. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/5 Weathering With You (2019) Jasmine Lim Weathering With You may throw adult audiences into an exquisitely existential mood, a testament to its triumph as a coming-of-age story that grapples with notions of love and loss. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
3.5/5 Hustlers (2019) Jeanmarie Tan [A] flashy, highly entertaining crime drama. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
3.5/5 The Bravest (2019) Jasmine Lim The Bravest's jaw-dropping CGI is its true highlight. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Jasmine Lim The movie is silly and the humour hardly elegant, but it manages to draw laughs anyway. The plot is unquestionably simple, yet there are parts that are wildly imaginative and enjoyable. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
4/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Jeanmarie Tan [It Chapter Two] delivers more horror, more humour and more heart. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 Revenge of the Pontianak (2019) Jeanmarie Tan The riveting, gorgeously-shot film is coupled with an enchanting soundtrack that intensifies the poignant scenes. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
1.5/5 Playmobil: The Movie (2019) Jeanmarie Tan Playmobil: The Movie will likely bore anyone who has reached double digits in age. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
3.5/5 Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Jeanmarie Tan [T]his family-friendly live-action adventure comedy is an unexpected treasure. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
3/5 Angel Has Fallen (2019) Joanne Soh The action sequences are taut, tense and thrilling - and quite believable too in this age of drones, the dark web, domestic terrorism and conspiracy theories. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
3.5/5 Bodies at Rest (2019) Chee Mun Yi When the puzzle pieces finally all come together, Bodies At Rest proves to be an interesting take on Hong Kong action flicks. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
3/5 Stuber (2019) John Tan [D]espite the weak action, Stuber still drives home the laughs. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
1/5 () John Tan The Rookies is an incoherent mess. It has passable action and very flashy editing, but characters are paper-thin, with little depth and unclear motivations. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
3.5/5 Money (2019) Jasmine Lim Money successfully depicts the drug-like high of chasing fool's gold and has the ability to lure the audience into its narcotic haze. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
2.5/5 Birthday (2017) John Tan Birthday promises to be a tearjerker, but does not live up to it. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/5 Murder Mystery (2019) Lydia Gan If you have 90 minutes to kill, Murder Mystery will tick the boxes for easy entertainment. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
3.5/5 Kingdom (2019) John Tan Kingdom is effectively a comic book movie, with all the pomp and bombast we have come to expect. Showcasing a dash of Hong Kong gongfu moves and realistic swordplay, it is a fun adventure boasting tight action and engaging set pieces. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
2.5/5 Anna (2019) John Tan Despite its flaws and some LGBT representation that eventually falls flat, Anna can still be an entertaining and titillating experience for those who just want to switch their brains off. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/5 Fisherman's Friends (2019) John Tan Fisherman's Friends is as predictable as the tides, but more than makes up for it with heart and charm. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
3.5/5 Blinded by the Light (2019) Chee Mun Yi Blinded By The Light is an authentic look at a teenager's journey of self-acceptance. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
2/5 Yesterday (2019) Chee Mun Yi Besides excessively long musical numbers and mediocre humour, the romantic scenes between Jack and Ellie are boring. The actors appear wooden, and the story is predictable. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
2.5/5 Shi tu xing zhe 2: die ying xing dong (2019) John Tan [T]his Hong Kong police action film has the potential to be a compelling tale about brotherhood but is gunned down by shoddy writing. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
4/5 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Kok Yufeng [I]t is hard not to fall head over heels with the heady, almost exuberant, nostalgia trip that is Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
4/5 The Divine Fury (2019) John Tan The Divine Fury delivers grounded action along with fun horror elements that are reminiscent of the Blade movies. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
3.5/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Jonathan Roberts [W]hile things get daft here, it's all performed with much charm - and charm is essential to the latter Fast & Furious films. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
2/5 Ma (2019) Jonathan Roberts It's daft, it doesn't really make sense and the talent here could have, should have created something much, much better. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
3.5/5 The Lion King (2019) Joanne Soh Despite the paint-by-numbers story, Favreau and his team of CGI wizards deserve much praise for giving us this musical safari. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019