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Movie Night: What’s On in Hong Kong Cinemas This Week

Hong Kong’s cinemas play host to a range of gripping tales, tear-jerking comedies, star-studded films, and more. Come rain or shine, a lazy Sunday afternoon at the cinema is never a bad idea. Here are just some of the films on show across screens in the city this week.



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Aladdin

The live-action remake of Disney’s animated “Aladdin” follows our favourite street urchin as he embarks on a magical journey after finding a lamp that releases an all-powerful genie. We’re expecting an overdose of nostalgia with this one.

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Brightburn

Visionary filmmaker of “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Slither” presents a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre of film – superhero horror.

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Long Shot

A hilarious love story between one of the most influential women in the world and the free-spirited journalist with an affinity for trouble. Both seemingly with nothing in common, sparks fly as their unmistakable chemistry leads to a round-the-world romance and a series of unexpected and dangerous incidents.

Empire says: Finding laughs in the current global political quagmire is a tough ask. But “Long Shot” manages to spin a winning mixture of warm-hearted fantasy and comedic edge. And Rogen and Theron shine.

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Greta

After returning a lost handbag to an eccentric French piano teacher named Greta, Frances quickly grew close to Greta. But when Greta’s maternal charms begin to dissolve and turn into plain disturbing, Frances discovers that nothing in Greta’s life is what it seems.

Vulture says: The film is intense and features a performance by Chloë Grace Moretz that’s more committed than this swill deserves.

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John Wick 3: Parabellum

After being marked as “excommunicado”, John Wick is on the run as he fights his way through an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail.

Washington Post says:The “Wick” films are best appreciated not so much as story but as pure choreography, albeit one in which the dancers’ are stabbed in the eye socket.

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POKÉMON Detective Pikachu

In a world where people collect Pokémons to battle, a boy comes across a wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth Pikachu who seeks to be a detective. They join forces to unravel the mystery of the boy’s missing father.

Empire says: It’s impossible to overstate how much this film owes to Ryan Reynolds. Even if you don’t understand Pikachu’s world, everyone can understand a great joke superbly delivered.

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The Prodigy

Sarah and John are thrilled when their son Miles starts to show signs of rapid development and extreme intelligence. Their family bliss soon turns into a living nightmare when Miles’ behaviour becomes increasingly erratic and violent and Sarah learns that her beloved prodigy may be under the grip of a dark and supernatural force.

Variety says: While it lacks gripping, nail-biting tension, the unnerving horror that underscores the family drama brings it to life.

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The Hustle

Two female con artists from two different worlds team up to take down rich rotten men who have wronged them.

The NYTimes says: Directed by Chris Addison, The Hustle closely replicates a movie from 1988 called Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Have you seen it? It’s fun.

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Avengers 4: Endgame

Thanks to Thanos, half of the universe has been wiped out. Now, it is up to the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, “Avengers: Endgame.”

Empire says: A victory lap that moonwalks through the best part of the MCU back catalogue and emphasises emotion as much as action, this is an intensely satisfying piece of blockbuster filmmaking.

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Still Human

A paralysed and hopeless divorcé, Cheong-wing (played by one of Hong Kong’s most recognisable actors, Anthony Wong) is in need of a caretaker. He meets his new live-in Filipino domestic helper, Evelyn (Crisel Consunji), who has put her dream on hold to come to Hong Kong to earn a living.

SCMP says: “Still Human” is one of those rare gems of a film which takes a distinctly Hong Kong scenario and turns it into a gently comical drama with universal appeal. 

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Wonder Park

When June discovered that Wonderland, a magical amusement park built from her own imagination, needed saving, she bands together with her animal friends to bring the park back to life.

The New York Times says: In the amiable animated feature ”Wonder Park”, a child’s imagination can power an amusement park. Unfortunately, the movie falls shy of providing the same sensory thrill ride.

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The Upside

Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston star in a film based on the story that inspired the award-winning, critically acclaimed French film The Intouchables. 

Vulture says: The Upside” is the kind of movie whose greatest virtue is that it’s not as bad as it could be.

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Dumbo

The popular Disney film gets a star-studded remake and a Burton-esque spin. Baby Dumbo is made a laughing stock with his oversized ears until carer Holt and his children uncover a special skill that could see him take flight.

Washington Post says: Dumbo is as expressively adorable as any human actor in the film, which includes many, nearly wordless turns by supporting characters as circus performers.

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Vox Lux

Having survived a seismic, violent tragedy with her sister when they were teenagers, Celeste is now a pop star and mother to a teenage daughter of her own. The movie follows Celeste as she tries to navigate a career fraught with scandals when another act of terrifying violence demands her attention.

Rolling Stone says: The film creates a universe where fame crowds out humanity. You can’t stop thinking about it.

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Coming Soon

Godzilla II: King of the Monsters

When ancient super-species – thought to be mere myths – rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

Opens on May 30


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