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Popcorn and Opinions: February 12

Thanks to the deluge of Oscar nominated films currently in our cinemas, the distributors are only releasing two films this week. Our in-house movie expert, Howard Elias, is here to give us the lowdown on both of them. For last week’s review click here.

Fifty Shades of Grey

Let’s be honest. Did you really think this film would be anything other than two hours of big screen Mommy Porn? The screenplay is (apparently) quite faithful to the book, so if you got all hot and sweaty reading the provocative banter between Christian and Anastasia, you won’t be disappointed watching them engage in verbal foreplay and more in the film. Is Fifty Shades of Grey good cinema? No. Will it sell tickets? Yes.

Showing everywhere. Not surprisingly, it’s been rated as a Category III film.

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Take a fairly recent James Bond film, plant your tongue firmly in your cheek, throw in some hip hop music and you have Kingsman: The Secret Service. Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), hams it up as a bespectacled super spy who plucks a young man (Taron Egerton, Testament of Youth) off the streets of London and puts him into the organisation’s highly-competitive training program just as an evil high tech genius (Samuel L. Jackson, the Captain America series) emerges on the scene. Very loosely based on the comic book, The Secret Service, this is not a deep film but it is fun.

Showing everywhere.


Howard Elias is a Hong Kong-based film critic and film event organiser. You can hear his reviews every Thursday morning at about 8:40 am on RTHK Radio 4, and read his reviews anytime on his website at howardforfilm.com.

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