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  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2

    ★★★★

    John Wick 2 compares favorably to its predecessor in many ways, perhaps because of the latter’s success.

    The film starts days after the righteous revenge rampage visited upon the Russian mob by our titular character. But, far from hanging up his assassin suit and retiring into blissful obscurity, Wick is forced to honour a blood oath he made to a former associate who’s taken notice of his seeming return from retirement, and assassinate a powerful figure in the underworld –…

  • John Wick

    John Wick

    ★★★½

    John Wick is a solid B-grade action flick whose internet reputation somewhat overshadows the real deal. 

    With the recent release of the much talked-about third instalment in the John Wick film franchise, it was perhaps inevitable that I had to spend some time catching up with this little sliver of pop culture. 

    Its whole memetic appeal arises from its single-liner plot: legendary retired hitman, played by Keanu Reeves, takes revenge on gangsters who stole his car and killed his dog.…

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  • Apprentice

    Apprentice

    ★★★★

    While imperfect, this Boo Junfeng film is still a solid win for Singapore cinema.

    Apprentice is the second full feature film by Boo Junfeng, a director whose short in Seven Letters I admired highly. Parting was an elegant and beautifully short love letter to lost moments in time, and was, in my opinion, the best of the films in that anthology.

    With Apprentice, Boo turns to an altogether darker subject. It is a film about the death penalty, but focusing…

  • Shadow

    Shadow

    ★★★★

    Visually spectacular if not particularly deep – like a Chinese 300.

    Shadow is the latest from acclaimed wuxia director Zhang Yimou. Set in an anachronistic, eternally rain-soaked version of Three Kingdoms China, the film tells the tale of Jing, a man relentlessly trained from childhood to serve as a pitch-perfect body double – a shadow – to his benefactor, a power-hungry general known to his starry-eyed subordinates as Dudu.

    Dudu wishes to execute a plan to take back their kingdom’s…