REVIEW: Young Thugs: Nostalgia (1998)

Riichi (Yuki Nagata) is a boy growing up in 1969 Japan. His father (Naoto Takenaka) is low-level yakuza with a penchant for adultery and violence. His mother (Setsuko Karasuma) regularly leaves their house in disgust, only to randomly returns days - if not weeks - later. In the lead-up to Apollo 11 moon landings, Riichi ...

REVIEW: Beautiful Accident (2017)

Li Yuran (Gwei Lun-mei) is a no-nonsense and unsympathetic defence lawyer. When she is killed in a late night car accident, she finds herself in the afterlife - a nightmarish bureaucracy - where her case manager (Wang Jingchun) explains that due to a clerical error she has been incorrectly killed. As it will take seven ...

REVIEW: Justice League (2017)

In the aftermath of Superman's death, the world comes under attack from the alien menace Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds). With time running out, Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) pool their resources to assemble a group of super-powered individuals to save the planet. The short version: Justice League is an imperfect but very enjoyable superhero adventure. ...

REVIEW: Sadako vs Kayako (2016)

University students Yuri (Mizuki Yamamoto) and Natsumi (Aimi Satsukawa) watch a cursed videotape and find themselves both fated to die at the hands of the violent spirit Sadako. Across town high schooler Suzuka (Tina Tamashiro) is haunted by the vengeful ghost Kayoko that hides inside a house with a long history of violent murder. When ...

REVIEW: Free Fire (2016)

Two IRA activists, Chris (Cillian Murphy) and Frank (Michael Smiley), are escorted to a gun deal with the flamboyant South African arms dealer Vernon (Sharlto Copley). A misunderstanding ensues, shots are fired in a panic, and the deal collapses into an extended and deadly shoot-out in a disused warehouse. English director Ben Wheatley has developed ...

REVIEW: Rough Night (2017)

Jess (Scarlett Johansson) is a senatorial candidate about to get married to Peter (Paul W. Downs). Before her wedding day she travels to Miami with her four best friends: school teacher Alice (Jillian Bell), political activist Frankie (Ilana Glazer), estate agent Blair (Zoë Kravitz), and kooky Australian Pippa (Kate McKinnon). When an encounter with a ...

REVIEW: Golden Orchestra! (2016)

Aspiring violinist Chizuru (Anne Watanabe) attends a community orchestra performance, and is so entranced by their skills that she applies to join them. She makes a mistake and instead of joining the Umegaoka Philharmonic she calls the wrong orchestra, finding herself in the Umegaoka Symphony instead: a group of enthused but jaw-droppingly untalented elderly musicians. ...

REVIEW: Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

California, 2049. The replicant blade runner K (Ryan Gosling) makes a disturbing discovery at the scene of his latest mission - one that could have earth-shattering consequences for the future. There is a common wisdom that there are some films to which you should never make a sequel. No one needs Casablanca 2 (although we did get ...

REVIEW: The Void (2016)

Police deputy Daniel Carter (Aaron Poole) finds a young man covered in blood on the side of the road. He takes him to the nearest rural hospital, which is immediately surrounded by masked cultists. Breaking through the cult is a father and son bearing weapons and murderous intent. Meanwhile in the bowels of the hospital ...

REVIEW: Deep Rising (1998)

Freelance captain Finnegan (Treat Williams) accepts a contract to take a group of mercenaries across the South China Sea to an undisclosed location, not realising that he is aiding the group in a heist aboard a massive luxury cruise liner. When they arrive at the liner, however, they find it deserted with signs of a ...

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