Our in-house movie expert, Howard Elias, is back from his vacation and it's not a moment too soon because the biggest movie to hit our screens so far this year has arrived. Here is what Howard has to say about that film and a few others.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye are back! This time, they're taking on the super-villainous Ultron, who is intent on eradicating human life on Earth. Will the Avengers save the day? Of course they will, but you know it won't be easy. Joss Whedon (TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is back in the director's chair keeping this Marvel marketing juggernaut in very safe and very profitable hands. Great fun!
Showing everywhere in 2D, 3D, and IMAX, depending on the cinema.
Heart Street (Hartenstraat)
Amsterdam's Heart Street is like New York's Greenwich Village – young, hip, full of colourful characters – and that's where we find single dad and deli owner, Daan. After a series of unsuccessful online dates, Daan is convinced that there is no one out there for him… until he meets Katje, who opens a clothing store next to his. They instantly dislike each other but we know that won't last. It's romance, Dutch style! Heart Street is being screened as part of the Dutch Film Festival.
Showing at the Grand Cinema.
The Water Diviner
It was 100 years ago this week that the Battle of Gallipoli began in Turkey. This World War I campaign lasted 8-1/2 months, claimed over 100,000 lives, and resulted in a stalemate between the two sides. In The Water Diviner, actor and first-time director, Russell Crowe, plays an Australian farmer who travels to Gallipoli to find the remains of his three sons, who all died in battle there. This is not a bad film and kudos to Crowe for his first effort behind the camera, but one can't help but wonder if the story could have been a bit more magical and a bit less stereotypical. Maybe the book is better.
Showing at the MCL 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 howardforfilm.com.
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