Chris Hemsworth (H) with M (Tessa Thompson) in Men in Black: International. Credit: Sony Pictures Releasing

5 burning questions answered about the ‘Men in Black’ universe

Jun 16th, 2019 Action, Adventure, Comedy, Science Fiction Marcus Goh 11 min read

If you’ve never watched a Men in Black movie (gasp!), here’s the lowdown. The Men in Black are a secret organisation on Earth consisting of mostly gorgeous people dressed in spiffy black suits. Their mission: to keep the peace on Earth. What sort of peace, you may ask? Well, it turns out that Earth is actually a melting pot of cultures – for alien civilisations…

Marina Bay Sands in Detective Conan: The Fist of Blue Sapphire. Credit: ©2019 Gosho Aoyama/Detective Conan Committee and Odex

See Singapore in a different light in ‘Detective Conan: The Fist of Blue Sapphire’

Jun 10th, 2019 Action, Animation, Child-friendly, Crime, Drama, Thriller Marcus Goh 9 min read

The year was 2016. The Singapore Writers’ Festival had a very special guest – the  creator of the Detective Conan series, Gosho Aoyama. Of course, Detective Conan fans were delighted to have the creator of their beloved series visiting our sunny island – but little did they know that he had fallen in love with Singapore as well. So when Aoyama-san returned home, he set…

X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

The many different names of Jean Grey – the Dark Phoenix

Jun 7th, 2019 Action, Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Superheroes Marcus Goh 11 min read

It’s that time of the year when all girls who are named Jean rejoice – because a powerful, feminine role model named Jean returns to the silver screen in X-Men: Dark Phoenix. In case you’re not up to speed, here’s the basic premise of the whole movie. the X-Men are mutants – human beings who are born with special powers (thanks to a genetic mutation)…

Movies at the cinema in June 2019

It’s the June holidays, finally. This means catching a break from having to rise at an ungodly time, and whole afternoons at the cinema! Kids will love animated films such as the new musical comedy UglyDolls, the heartwarming (and probably tear-jerking) Disney’s Toy Story 4, as well as Japanese movie Detective Conan: The Fist Of Blue Sapphire, which is set in Singapore. Action movie fans are probably…

Godzilla II: King of the Monsters. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Could monstrous Titans like Godzilla be lurking in Singapore all this while?

Jun 1st, 2019 Action, Adventure, Disaster, Science Fiction Marcus Goh 10 min read

In Godzilla II: King of the Monsters, it’s revealed that Godzilla isn’t the only gigantic prehistoric monster on our planet – plenty of others exist. Of course, if you watched 2017’s Kong: Skull Island, you’d already have learnt that lots of Lovecraftian giants roam Earth (like Skullcrawlers and King Kong himself). So it should be no surprise that gargantuan lepidopterans like Mothra lurk in the deepest…

Some not-so-secret voices of pets like those in ‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’

May 30th, 2019 Adventure, Animation, Child-friendly, Comedy Andre Teh 14 min read

If you’re a pet owner, have you ever wondered what would it be like to understand your animal companion’s barks, purrs or chirps? Well, thanks to the magic of animation and voice acting, the critters in Illumination Entertainment’s new movie perfectly intelligible! Our favourite house pets in The Secret Life Of Pets 2 get up to some big adventures to boot in this sequel to the 2016 film….

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”…

Games conmen play like the one in ‘The Hustle’

May 8th, 2019 Comedy Andre Teh 13 min read

We hate them in real life but love them in the movies. Conmen, or in the case of Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson in new comedy The Hustle, conwomen – occupy a special place in the public imagination. It’s the only place where we celebrate them for their temerity to steal people’s money from right under their noses. Part psychologist, part sociologist and all illusionist,…