April 2014 | Casey's Movie Mania | Movie Reviews, Features & Others

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

10 Summer Movies Of 2014 To Watch For!


Come May 1 (and that is tomorrow!), the summer movie season will be officially unleashed in the cinemas everywhere. With so many summer movies to be choose from this coming May till the month of August, I have handpicked 10 summers movies listed in chronological order. Enjoy!

Friday, 25 April 2014

Review: THE OTHER WOMAN (2014)

The winning combo between Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann elevate this otherwise cliched and uneven revenge comedy into a worthwhile entertainment.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Review: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 (2014)

Despite the familiar elements, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 surpasses the 2012 reboot with effective blend of spectacular action, strong emotional hooks, bouncy wits and fine cast.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Retrospective: From SPIDER-MAN (2002) To THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (2012)


One of the highly-anticipated summer movie blockbusters of 2014 is no doubt THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2. Set for release in the local cinemas here on May 1, Marc Webb's superhero sequel has already premiered in some parts of the world including UK, Italy, Belgium, Germany and Australia. Reviews so far were decidedly mixed, where the movie is currently holds a fresh 72% rating at Rotten Tomatoes.

To coincide with the release of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, let's take a look back at the previous four SPIDER-MAN movies that have been around since its first big-screen adventure in 2002:

Review: THAT DEMON WITHIN 魔警 (2014)

A flawed but solid genre-bending thriller that mixes Dante Lam's trademark gritty cop noir and dark supernatural elements.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Review: MUPPETS MOST WANTED (2014)

Although the heist setting is cliched and the story lacks heart, MUPPETS MOST WANTED is decent enough as an enjoyable comedy filled with catchy sing-a-long songs and entertaining sight gags.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Review: TRANSCENDENCE (2014)

Despite the potentially intriguing premise, Wally Pfister's directorial debut is too preachy and too lifeless to qualify as an engrossing techno-thriller drama.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Review: THE WIND RISES 風立ちぬ (2013)

Hayao Miyazaki's swan song is heartfelt and beautifully animated motion picture, even though it's far from his best work.

Review: ICEMAN 冰封俠: 重生之門 (2014)

Donnie Yen hits a new low in this cringe-worthy mess of mediocre action, painfully cheesy comedy and jumbled plot.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

THE GRANDMASTER Made HKFA History By Winning 12 Awards!


The 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards (HKFA) has finally unveiled its winners for the night at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui. As predicted by many industry observers, Wong Kar-Wai's THE GRANDMASTER has certainly lived up to its huge expectation and won 12 awards in total including Best Film, Best Director (Wong Kar-Wai) and Best Actress (Zhang Ziyi). Not only that, the 12 awards win for THE GRANDMASTER has also set a new record for most awards won by a single movie (just so you know, the last movie that hold such record was Peter Chan's COMRADES: ALMOST A LOVE STORY back in 1997). Meanwhile, Nick Cheung won his much-deserved Best Actor award for his role in Dante Lam's UNBEATABLE. 

Here are the complete list of this year's Hong Kong Film Awards winners below:

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Review: DRAFT DAY (2014)

Despite the fresh premise dealing with behind-the-scenes dealings of the NFL, Ivan Reitman botches the movie with mediocre direction while Kevin Costner's performance is disappointingly stiff.

Review: RIO 2 (2014)

An overcrowded but entertainingly colourful sequel to 2011's RIO.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Review: THE MACHINE (2014)

THE MACHINE is blessed with Caity Lotz's impressive dual performance and fascinating visual effects for a low-budget sci-fi movie, but suffers from uneven plot and dull pacing.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Review: IN THE BLOOD (2014)

IN THE BLOOD has a fairly engaging premise, but director John Stockwell fails to make good use of Gina Carano's mixed martial arts talent.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Review: THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (2014)

With playful narrative, extraordinary cast and breathtaking production design, Wes Anderson's latest comedy is a spellbinding if soulless cinematic experience.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Review: SABOTAGE (2014)

Schwarzenegger delivers a rare dark performance in this extremely violent but ponderous cop thriller.