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Popcorn and Opinions: April 30

By Localiiz 30 April 2015
The Avengers: Age of Ultron juggernaut is showing no signs of weakness this week as evidenced by the dearth of new films to hit our big screens. Cinema operators have cancelled film releases in response to the masses' love of the superheroes. Fortunately for us, Howard Elias, is here to guide our way through the new movies out this week.

Dior and I

Bad grammar aside, Dior and I presents a behind-the-scenes look at artistic director, Raf Simons, as he mounts his first haute couture collection for fashion house Christian Dior. I was expecting this film to be as exciting as the look on most models' faces these days but I was pleasantly surprised. Even the sartorially challenged among us should enjoy it.
Showing at the AMC, Broadway, Grand, and UA cinemas.

Moomins on the Riviera

A bit of background for those (like me) who don't know, the Moomins are a family of chubby, bohemian trolls who vaguely look like hippopotami. Their stories were created by Finnish novelist, painter, illustrator and comic strip author, Tove Jansson. In this film, the Moomins, along with Snorkmaiden and Little My (just go with it), sail for the Côte d'Azur, where their unity is put to the test. Moomins is charming and witty, which will appeal to adults. For kids who have brought up on a diet of trucks and planes that transform into monsters, this film is a welcome change.
Showing at the AMC, Grand, and UA cinemas. In English with Chinese subtitles only.

Murmur of the Hearts

This year's Opening Night film at the Hong Kong International Film Festival, Murmur of the Hearts is the story of Taiwanese siblings Yu-mei (Isabella Leong) and Yu-nan (Lawrence Ko), who were separated by their parents at a young age and now, as adults, struggle with anger and regret as they attempt to reconcile their estrangement. If you can sit through the parts that drag on too long, the payoff at the end is worth the price of admission.
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

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