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

With the Hong Kong heat holding out this October, there are few better places to keep cool than the comfort of a screening room. Tempted to take in a film? These are just some of the movies on show in theatres around the city this week.



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Crazy Rich Asians

In the long-awaited silver screen treatment of Kevin Kwan’s novel of the same name, New York-native Rachel Chu takes a trip to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family, only to find that he’s been concealing an aspect or two about his life back home.

Vulture says: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is a shiny, affluence-porn rom-com with a big immigrant heart.

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Mission: Impossible – Fallout

The popular film franchise returns after a long hiatus, seeing Cruise reprise his role as Ethan Hunt, with a mission (unsurprisingly, given its title) going awry and Hunt tasked to prevent a nuclear disaster from occurring.

Empire says: A combination of thrilling stunts, insane daring, and clever writing make this a stunning piece of action cinema. Just be sure to take your heart meds first, and hold on tight.

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Equalizer 2

Denzel Washington reprises his role as vigilante Robert McCall. In this sequel, McCall is given even more reason for vengeance when his best friend is killed, and he will stop at nothing to bring her murderers to his own brand of justice.

Variety says: Rather than power forward on the assumption that we know and understand this character, it circles back and gives McCall the chance to delve into the life he’d left behind.

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The Predator

The fourth instalment of this sci-fi franchise follows the chain of events that begin with a boy accidentally triggering the Predators’ return to Earth, and the team of operatives tasked with securing the safety of the planet.

Forbes says: What works doesn’t quite compensate for what doesn’t, even if at the end of the day this Predator sequel gets the job done in terms of being a violent and gory Predator sequel.

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Bel Canto

Based on the titular novel by Ann Patchett, this drama follows famed soprano Roxanne’s (Julianne Moore) journey to South America to perform for a wealthy Japanese entrepreneur. The room of dignitaries and social elites soon falls foul to a political hostage situation.

NYTimes says: Neither romance nor hostage drama nor political thriller, it never builds a head of steam. Unlike a real opera singer, it doesn’t know how to exhale.

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ALPHA

A historical epic that traces a young hunter’s Ice Age journey and the relationship he forges with an injured wolf along the way.

Empire says: If it’s surprisingly sweet-sounding subject matter for Albert Hughes’ first solo film, he treats it with respectful seriousness. It’s a family movie but one unafraid to show some very sharp teeth.

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The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir

Based on the novel The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe, the film chronicles Ajatashatru’s adventures from Mumbai to Paris, and the unlikely people he meets along the way.

The Hollywood Reporter says: A winsome if all-too-saccharine migration adventure.

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Smallfoot

Spinning a popular children’s tale on its head, family-friendly animated film Smallfoot chronicles the Yeti’s journey to uncover a mythical creature – the human.

Variety says: A confused plot and an overcooked question-everything message ruin this otherwise cute high-concept cartoon about a community of yetis intimidated by the discovery that humans are real.

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Venom

Tom Hardy brings another Marvel character to the silver screen, in what critics speculate could be the franchise’s darkest tale yet.

No reviews yet.

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A Simple Favour

Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively star in a suspenseful thriller that follows Kendrick’s struggle to solve the mystery of her disappearing friend.

Rolling Stone says: It’s not hard to figure out where the story is going, yet Feig keeps the mystery percolating while Kendrick and Lively perfect all the plays that prove they’re a dream team of opposites.

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Johnny English Strikes Again

Reprising his role as Britain’s brainless secret agent, Rowan Atkinson’s Johnny English undertakes a mission to guard the identities of the country’s covert operatives.

The Guardian says: The third outing for Atkinson’s parody James Bond would seem ideal for the floundering Brexit era – but it largely fails to rise to the occasion.

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The Nun

The fifth film in The Conjuring franchise follows a Roman Catholic priest’s journey to Romania, to investigate the supposed suicide of a cloistered nun.

Empire says: It may be a familiar old dark castle runaround, but Corin Hardy delivers eerie images and nerve-scraping sound effects. Lapsed Catholics, in particular, will have nun nightmares after this.

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Loving Pablo

Based on Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar, the film chronicles the memoirs of Virginia Vallejo, a Colombian journalist and author who had an affair with the notorious drug lord, Pablo Escobar.

Hollywood Reporter says: Like flipping through the pages of a pulpy best-seller, watching Loving Pablo has its moments of guilty pleasure but leaves an empty feeling when you reach the end.

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Coming Soon

Destination Wedding

A romantic comedy that follows two strangers as they head to a Californian destination wedding and their lives slowly become increasingly intertwined.

Opens October 11.

Rolling Stone says: Though the film holds out a glimmer of hope for two broken people who just might be made for each other, it’s too little, too late.


First Man

First Man chronicles the life and times of Neil Armstrong in the run up to the Apollo 11 mission, and what led him to become the first man on the moon.

Opens October 11.

Empire says: Astonishing. The definitive take on a monumental moment in history — without ever losing sight of the man underneath the visor.


The Happytime Murders

In a world where puppets and people live harmoniously, this dark comedy follows a police investigation into a string of murders.

Opens October 11.

Empire says: Who Framed Roger Rabbit meets Meets The Feebles, in a disappointing adult comedy that never lives up to the promise of its premise.


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