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

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Review: CRIMES OF PASSION 一場風花雪月的事 (2013)

1 star
Despite the suggestive title, CRIMES OF PASSION is hardly a passionate romantic thriller, but rather a near-lifeless effort ruined by a poor script and weak acting.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Review: THE NOVEMBER MAN (2014)

2 stars
2 stars
THE NOVEMBER MAN starts out promisingly but grows progressively lazy and tedious until the disappointing finale.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Review: THE EQUALIZER (2014)

Review: THE EQUALIZER (2014)
While Denzel Washington's leading role is top notch, this extremely violent update of THE EQUALIZER is needlessly overlong and somewhat lacklustre.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Review: A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES (2014)

3 stars
A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES is tense and well-acted, but sometimes draggy mystery thriller.

Review: THE LOOKOUT (2007)

Scott Frank's directorial debut on THE LOOKOUT is an engrossing character study, but doesn't quite hold up as a solid crime thriller.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Review: THE GREAT HYPNOTIST 催眠大師 (2014)

3.5 stars
THE GREAT HYPNOTIST may have not reaches to its fullest potential, but remains entertaining enough for its solid mix of characters-driven psychodrama and supernatural mystery.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Review: THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY (2014)

3 stars
3 stars
Blessed with a trio of fine performances, THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY is decent, if unremarkable Hitchcockian thriller.

Review: HUNGRY GHOST RITUAL 盂蘭神功 (2014)

2.5 stars
Nick Cheung's directorial debut on HUNGRY GHOST RITUAL gets the spooky atmosphere right and has a promising setup surrounding the Hungry Ghost Festival, but not scary enough when it matters the most.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Retrospective: Top 10 Liam Neeson Roles

Retrospective: Top 10 Liam Neeson Roles

From playing real-life historical figures including Oskar Schindler, Rob Roy MacGregor, Michael Collins and Alfred Kinsey to iconic roles that sees him trained a Jedi and Batman, Northern Ireland-born actor Liam Neeson is no doubt one of the best character actors for the modern generation working today in Hollywood. Even though he has already stretched at the age of 62, there's still no sign of him slowing down in his acting career and only gets better as he grows older.

This coming September 18, Neeson returns with another dramatic role in Scott Frank-directed crime drama A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES and to honour for his upcoming performance, let's take a look back at Liam Neeson's ten best movie roles below:

Friday, 12 September 2014

Review: THE GIVER (2014)

2 stars
2 stars
For all the so-called thought-provoking themes about what it's like to be human with feelings, THE GIVER fails to scratch beyond its surface value in this shockingly lame YA adaptation.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Review: THE PURGE: ANARCHY (2014)

Review: THE PURGE: ANARCHY (2014)
While the first movie is effective enough, the second outing of THE PURGE: ANARCHY is sadly reduced to a run-of-the-mill action sequel with nothing much left to say.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Review: THE MAZE RUNNER (2014)

2.5 stars
2.5 stars
THE MAZE RUNNER is blessed with intriguing premise and some decent action beats, but not nearly enough to justify this as a satisfying whole.

Review: BEGIN AGAIN (2014)

4 stars
4 stars
Keira Knightley sings as beautifully as she acts alongside Mark Ruffalo in BEGIN AGAIN, a potent mix of feel-good drama and amazing musical numbers.

Review: KITE (2014)

0 stars
0 stars
For a supposedly sleazy B-movie that even fails to qualify as a guilty-pleasure entertainment, this live-action version of KITE is as good as watching a kite being let go and flies away into oblivion.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Review: THE DEN (2014)

4.5 stars
THE DEN is a rare gem of a near-perfect thriller masterpiece that cleverly done as a cautionary tale of an internet video chat goes wrong in a Hitchcockian mould for the web-savvy generation.