Aladdin (Mena Massoud) meets the larger-than-life blue Genie (Will Smith) in Aladdin. Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

Your ultimate guide to asking for wishes from Aladdin’s Genie

May 23rd, 2019 Action, Adventure, Child-friendly, Drama, Fantasy, Musical, Romance Marcus Goh 9 min read

Aladdin is literally the greatest wish fulfilment story in the world. After all, who hasn’t had a wish that they wanted to come true? In the film, Aladdin doesn’t just get one wish – he gets three of them. While it’s clear that Aladdin hasn’t quite thought through how to maximise his wishes (and for that matter, neither does the villainous Jafar) and get the…

How Keanu Reeves becomes the perfect hitman in ‘John Wick: Chapter 3’

May 15th, 2019 Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller, Uncategorized Andre Teh 17 min read

Keanu Reeves is back in action in John Wick: Chapter 3 as the eponymous contract killer called out of retirement. Now declared excommunicado (a persona non grata in the assassin community) and with a US$14 million bounty on his head, Wick seeks absolution from the High Table, a council of the world’s top crime bosses. Meanwhile, fellow hitman and not-so-secret admirer Zero (Mark Dacascos) and…

Pokémon Detective Pikachu. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Do you know which Pokémon can actually speak English?

May 10th, 2019 Action, Adventure, Animation, Child-friendly, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction Marcus Goh 8 min read

In Pokémon Detective Pikachu, former Pokémon trainer Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) discovers a Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds) with a special power – it/he speaks English (we’re talking about the Pikachu, not Tim)! If you’re a Pokémon fan, you’ll know why that’s amazing, because Pokémon generally can’t speak English. Pokémon communicate with each other by repeating their name again and again (kind of like Groot), so Pikachu generally goes “Pika pi”…

Movies at the cinema in May 2019

You may still be reeling from Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame, but May is marching on with a pretty decent slate of movies. From action-thrillers like Hotel Mumbai and Godzilla: King of the Monsters, to Disney’s live-action Aladdin and a subversive superhero movie produced by Guardians of the Galaxy alumni James Gunn – there’s something that you’ll surely want to watch.   Hotel Mumbai Release date: May…

Avengers: Endgame. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Who’s going to die for real in ‘Avengers: Endgame’? Our spoiler-free predictions

Apr 24th, 2019 Action, Superheroes Marcus Goh 19 min read

Half of the universe died in Avengers: Infinity War – including half of the Avengers (including all those who aren’t officially christened Avengers yet) – when the Mad Titan finally acquired all the Infinity Stones and obliterated 50% of reality. As shocking as it was, we all knew they’d be back in Avengers: Endgame for the final battle against Thanos. Every superhero in the Marvel Cinematic…

Hellboy. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Hellish characters like Hellboy that we can’t help loving

Apr 12th, 2019 Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror Marcus Goh 9 min read

Man has always had a fascination with the infernal. Almost everyone else has heard of Dante’s seminal work, Inferno (a story about his fictional journey through Hell) – but did you know that there are two other books in the series, Paradiso and Purgatio? There’s a reason for that – and we have our morbid fascination with hellish characters like Hellboy to thank for that. Think…

Shazam! Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Getting to know Shazam for the first time? Here’s what you need to know

Apr 5th, 2019 Action, Adventure, Superheroes Marcus Goh 10 min read

This April, the second most powerful DC superhero hits the big screen – Shazam! This big, buff red character is almost as powerful as Superman and has a very similar power set, just that he wields lightning bolts instead of heat vision. In fact, he’s even gone toe-to-toe with the Big Blue Boy Scout in the comics. But how much do you know about this…

Movies at the cinema in April 2019

April is the month where you’ll get bang for your buck at the cinema. This month, apart from the much-awaited Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame, which assembles some of your favourite superheroes together for the last hurrah, there are plenty of Asian films, horror flicks and comedy hits. Also, anime and manga fans, don’t miss a number of GV Exclusive Japanese titles releasing this April. Learn more…

Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Nail these powers and be a Kamen Rider now!

Mar 30th, 2019 Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Superheroes, Thriller Marcus Goh 8 min read

Do you remember the ill-fated Masked Rider series of the 90’s? Just like Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Masked Rider was a television programme that was developed using footage from an existing Japanese series. What was that series? Yes, you guessed right – Kamen Rider. The premise is simple: a hero (or two) is chosen and given special powers, a mask, and a spiffy motorcycle. His mission…

Double trouble: 5 movies of deadly doppelgängers like the ones in ‘Us’

Mar 21st, 2019 Action, Drama, Horror, Thriller Andre Teh 18 min read

Ever heard of the expression “you’re your own worst enemy”? Well, in director Jordan Peele’s new horror movie, Us, the idiom is taken to a literal level when a seemingly average American family encounter a group of strangers that look just like them. Except their doubles have creepy grins. They wear blood-red jumpsuits and fingerless gloves. And each wields a pair of large, golden scissors……