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Popcorn and Opinions: April 2

By Localiiz 1 April 2015
With the long weekend coming up, our thoughts are turning to the great outdoors. But the great indoors, too, have some worthy attractions, new movies being one of them. Our in-house movie expert, Howard Elias, is here to tell us why you may want to eschew the semi-fresh air for just a few hours this week.

Fast & Furious 7

Do you like seeing muscle cars parachute down to the earth from a cargo plane or perhaps watching a car chase high up, inside Abu Dhabi's Etihad Towers? If that's your thing, along with huge explosions and wild stunts, then this film is right up your alley. Even with the untimely death in 2013 of Paul Walker, Furious 7 (as it is also called) still hits all the right gears, leaving us to assume that Furious 8 will be revving up its engine in the near future.
Showing everywhere in 2D, 3D and IMAX, depending on the cinema.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

Our favourite asexual, yellow sea sponge is back for a new adventure, but this time it's on land. When the magical, secret formula for the Krabby Patty goes missing, Bikini Bottom is thrown into an apocalyptic tizzy and it's up to SpongeBob and his pals to figure out who the thief is. Kids will appreciate this animated/live action comedy more than adults, but there are a few one-liners that only the big kids will understand. Stars Antonio Banderas as Burger-Beard, the Pirate.
Showing everywhere in 2D and 3D; English and Cantonese, depending on the cinema.

Wolf Totem

After a Beijing student is sent to the steppes of Inner Mongolia during the Cultural Revolution to teach the locals how to read and write Chinese, he develops a fascination for the hinterland's wolves, which are seen by the Party faithful as a menace that must be destroyed. Wolf Totem is a visually spectacular film but the political undertones that were present in Jiang Rong's novel of the same name have been replaced with a message of environmental sustainability.
Showing at the AMC, Broadway, Grand and UA cinemas.
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

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