(Singapore) Award-winning local director Kelvin Tong’s (The Maid) first attempt at breaking into the Hong Kong industry has resulted in the brainchild of Rule #1. Starring home-grown actress Fiona Xie in a supporting role alongside Hong Kong’s Shawn Yue (Initial D) and Ekin Cheng (The Twins Effect), the plot is at least a mildly compelling one, even though the star line-up is not.
(USA) Precocious, eccentric and extremely wealthy, 17-year-old Charlie Bartlett (Anton Yelchin, Hearts in Atlantis) is expelled from every boarding school he attends, before enrolling in a public high school run by the cynical, overstressed and hard-drinking Principal Gardner (Robert Downey Jr., Zodiac).
(USA) We have a contender for this generation’s When Harry Met Sally. Thirty-something Will Hayes (Ryan Reynolds, Smokin’ Aces) is in the process of a divorce when his 10-year old daughter, Maya (the ever charming Abigail Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine) returns from a sex-ed class in school, and interrogates him on how her parents met and fell in love. Will takes a reluctant trip down memory lane back to 1992 when he was a young, aspiring aide in the presidential elections.
(USA) We’ve got to admit: Things We Lost in the Fire did not rank among our must-see movies of the year. But in her first attempt at an English-language film, Danish director Susanne Bier (After the Wedding), not only makes it immensely watchable, she also creates a beautifully textured narrative from what would otherwise have been a contrived storyline.
(USA) Look no further for the next Hard Candy. Following in Candy’s same vein of twisted, grotesque humor, Teeth is the latest deliciously campy outing with an unabashedly wicked bite (pun very much intended).