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

Is Dry January putting a damper on your social life? Seek solace in the quiet comfort of a cinema – these are just some of the films on show across screens in Hong Kong this week.

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Bohemian Rhapsody

The long-awaited Freddie Mercury biopic makes its way to screens, chronicling the highs and lows of the life of a legendary performer.

The Guardian says: Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury is electric but Bryan Singer’s film fails to get to the heart of his personal life.

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Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse

This animated spin-off of the popular Marvel character sees several Spideys (including the iconic Peter Parker) from alternate universes band together to put an end to a threat to all dimensions.

Variety says: Presented in a playful, pop-culture-savvy comedic package, the movie effectively expands Sony’s hold on the Spider-Man character to include a potentially infinite number of spin-off projects.

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Ralph Breaks the Internet

The Wreck it Ralph sequel sees video game villain Ralph embarking on a quest to help his best friend Vanellope, when the future of her game is left in peril.

Empire says: Entertaining, and occasionally inspired, but ‘Ralph Breaks The Internet’ is too often content to achieve a quick laugh, rather than exploring the themes its set-up suggests.

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DC’s latest superhero offering sees Jason Momoa reprise his role as the eponymous underwater hero. Learning of his royal lineage, he travels to Atlantis to fulfil his destiny.

Vulture says: Aquaman’s as formulaic, excessively thrashy, and mommy-obsessed as any other entry in the DCEU, but its visual imagination is genuinely exciting and transportive, and dare I say, fun.

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18-year old Charlie brings a beaten-up VW beetle back from a salvage yard, only to discover that the worn-out car is actually an Autobot with a life-changing mission on his mind.

Variety says: A ‘Transformers’ movie in which the plot is coherent, the robots feel like characters (as opposed to gleaming CG creations), and the action is staged and edited clearly enough to follow.

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Bad Times at the El Royale

The filmmaker behind Cabin in the Woods brings seven strangers together in an unlikely scenario. Each is keeping a dark secret, though all will be revealed over the course of a single evening.

The Guardian says: It’s an intriguing-looking film, drenched in the paranoid style of 60s American politics… Yet for all its twisty unexpectedness, it didn’t deliver a really satisfying denouement.

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Green Book

Set in the 1960s, the film follows the forging of an unlikely friendship between African-American pianist Don Shirley and Italian-American Tony Vallelonga, hired to provide security and accompany Shirley on his tour of the Deep South, when race-related tensions were at an all-time high.

Rolling Stone says: Simplistic? Maybe. But in a time when our nation is more divided than ever, the movie offers the possibility of redemption.

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Creed II

The sequel to Creed sees a challenge posed – and accepted – by the next generation of Drago and Creed men, despite the dangers this could lead to and the fatal consequence of their fathers’ fight.

Variety says: Taken on its own terms, the movie is a rousing and effective sequel, with a couple of surprise punches and, mostly, a lot of smooth feints and jabs you’ve seen before.

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A Dog’s Way Home

A feel-good film and the perfect remedy for the January blues, that follows man’s best friend and his journey home after a walkabout goes awry.

Variety says: In the pantheon of puppy pictures, this doesn’t rank as top dog, but it’s certainly not the runt of the litter either.

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James McAvoy, Samuel L Jackson, and Bruce Willis reprise their roles from the Unbreakable and Split films, with Mr Glass proving to be the force that brings together their inner evil.

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Instant Family

A couple makes the decision to foster a teenager and her two young siblings, forging a bond that isn’t without its challenges. The film is loosely based on the experiences of its director, Sean Anders.

Vulture says: It is somehow both utterly heartfelt, and utterly shameless. Don’t be surprised if it makes a trillion dollars.

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The Mule

Written and directed by Clint Eastwood, The Mule is based on the life of Leo Sharp – a 90-year-old Korean war veteran who served as a drug mule for the Sinaloa cartel.

The Hollywood Reporter says: The Mule shows that Eastwood’s still got it, both as a director and actor.

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Sink or Swim

A group of middle-aged French men on the brink of collective crises seek solace in each other’s company, and find a – somewhat surprising – shared passion in synchronised swimming.

No reviews yet

Opens January 24

Second Act

A romantic comedy which stars Jennifer Lopez as a working woman challenged by social mobility, until a forged CV lands her the job of her dreams.

Vulture says: In some ways, Second Act embodies all the ways the mainstream “women’s comedy” is having an identity crisis right now.

Opens January 24

American Animals

Based on a true story, the film chronicles the attempt of four university students to steal a rare manuscript from their university library.

Rolling Stone says: American Animals is a high-style caper that touches a deeper chord of youthful indiscretion and moral imbalance. You won’t be able to stop talking about it.

Opens January 24

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