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Film Review: Pegasus 飞驰人生 (2019) - China

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Film Review: Pegasus 飞驰人生 (2019) - China

Pegasus 飞驰人生 (2019) - China Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)   The best parts of this inspiring sport drama is the likability of the characters that blends in 90s Hong Kong movies with Hollywood “Rocky” comeback charm to complete a rounded display of suitable emotions. Superstar blogger, car rally driver and filmmaker Han Han makes his third film and probably his most commercial yet. In turn we get a film that does not challenge conventions, but nor does it slip into the problematic patriotic category with a coming of age and against the odds sports drama in...

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Film Review: Murder Mystery (2019) - USA

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Film Review: Murder Mystery (2019) - USA

Murder Mystery (2019) - USA Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)   Adam Sandler have been an overall Netflix venture disappointment and with an underwhelming expectation of the latest Netflix original - “Murder Mystery”, it’s a refreshing surprise. Matching up with Jennifer Aniston, the duo plays off each other in the best of old fashioned Hollywood comedy style. It works because both Sandler and Aniston have excellent chemistry and they are never overly indulgent on their respective self. Directed by Kyle Newacheck and Anne Fletcher, the film plays with itself and the genre in Woody Allen’s old...

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Film Review: Jo Pil-Ho: The Dawning Rage (2019) - South Korea

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Film Review: Jo Pil-Ho: The Dawning Rage (2019) - South Korea

Jo Pil-Ho: The Dawning Rage (2019) - South Korea   Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)   One of my biggest concern with Lee Jeong-beom’s “Jo Pil-Ho: The Dawning Rage” is the allusion to a much greater tragedy namely the Sewol disaster that took the lives of 250 students from Danwon High School. The fact that Lee never focused on this tragedy, but instead made it a cameo backdrop to introduce a dead friend, speaks volume about the film and overall intentions. The use of overtly dramatic dialogue, numerous cliches, constant overacting (lead actor Lee Sun-kyun, villainous...

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Film Review: The Perfection (2019) - USA

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Film Review: The Perfection (2019) - USA

The Perfection (2019) - USA   Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)   Inspired by Korean directors and most notably Park Chan Wook’s “Handmaiden”, director Richard Shepard combines these elements into a genre horror psychological thriller, dealing with child assault and abuse whilst blending in the essence of classical music and torture. The film goes through a number of phrases, namely a drama-like beginning that resembles “Black Swan” then takes a dramatic horror and gore twist in the fun of bugs living inside human bodies, but a femme fatal finale to brush it all off.   Allison...

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Film Review: Maria (2019) - Philippines

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Film Review: Maria (2019) - Philippines

Maria (2019) - Philippines   Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)   There is a lot of lingering problems with the Netflix released Filipino film “Maria”, despite the obvious femme fatale premise and “John Wick” obvious inspiration, the action film is only mildly entertaining, uninteresting characters to follow and not to mention bland directing. The leads are attractive, especially Cristina Reyes who plays the title character and avenger for the death of her family. The film lacks a decent story to follow and the action sequences that follows end up being empty. It’s a shame as I...

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