2017 | Casey's Movie Mania | Movie Reviews, Features & Others

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Review: TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT (2017)

Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen) gone bad in TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT (2017)

In this fifth instalment of the TRANSFORMERS movies, the fate of humanity lies on the buried treasure of an ancient magical staff.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Review: TRAIN STATION (2017)

Review: TRAIN STATION (2017)

TRAIN STATION begins in a Kenya station where a man, simply known as "Person in Brown" is left stranded due to a mysterious train accident. Soon, the story sets a chain of events around the world where everything happens for better or worse based on each character's varied choices.

Capsule Reviews: THE MUMMY and DESPICABLE ME 3


Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Ulasan: LET'S GO, JETS! チア☆ダン (2017)

Ulasan: LET'S GO, JETS! チア☆ダン (2017)

Hikari Tomonaga (Suzu Hirose) mahu menyertai kelab tarian sorak untuk menarik perhatian jejaka pujaannya Kosuke Yamashita (Mackenyu). Fukui Cheerleader adalah kelab yang retak menanti belah akibat pelajar senior yang enggan mengikut ketegasan dan latihan keras oleh jurulatih Kaoruko Saotome (Yuku Amami). Saotome melantik Ayano Tamaki (Ayami Nakajo) sebagai pemimpin kelab untuk menyelia pasukan Jets dan bersiap sedia untuk bertanding di Kejohanan Kebangsaan National Dance Alliance (NDA) di Amerika Syarikat.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Review: THE HUNTER'S PRAYER (2017)

Sam Worthington as Lucas in THE HUNTER'S PRAYER (2017)

Sam Worthington plays Lucas, an assassin who supposed to put a bullet on the teenage girl named Ella (Odeya Rush) but ends up protecting her instead. Soon, they end up becoming targets of other killers hired by Richard Addison (Allen Leech).

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Review: LET'S GO, JETS! チア☆ダン (2017)

(L-R) Yui (Hirona Yamazaki) Hikari (Suzu Hirose) and Ayano (Ayami Nakajo) in LET'S GO, JETS! (2017)

Based on the true story of the cheer dance team from Fukui Commercial High School in Japan, the movie revolves around Hikari (Suzu Hirose) who wants to join the cheer dance club for the sake to impress her crush Mackenyu (Kosuke Yamashita). Soon, she realises the person-in-charge for the cheer dance club happens to be Kaoruko Saotome (Yuku Amami), the no-nonsense coach who is known for her harsh training method. Over the course of the training, Saotome appoints Ayano Tamaki (Ayami Nakajo) as the club leader to oversee the entire team (among them are Hirona Yamazaki's Yui Kito, Miu Tomita's Taeko Azuma and Haruka Fukuhara's Ayumi Nagai) as they learn to shape up for the forthcoming National Dance Alliance (NDA) National Championship in the United States.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Review: WONDER WOMAN (2017)

Diana/Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) is ready for action in WONDER WOMAN (2017)

The first big-screen adventure of WONDER WOMAN tells the origin story of Diana (Gal Gadot), the Amazonian princess who lives on the mystical island of Themyscira and how she devoted her life training for battle and becoming a warrior. Her true destiny begins when she meets a World War I fighter pilot, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) and learns a lot about the chaos in the outside world. Soon, she leaves home for London to stop the ongoing war and encounters her enemy, including General Erich Ludendorff (Danny Huston) and Doctor Poison (Elena Anaya).

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Review: BAYWATCH (2017)

The lifeguard team of Emerald Bay in BAYWATCH (2017)

BAYWATCH follows the lifeguard team of Emerald Bay led by the no-nonsense lieutenant, Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson) and his two trusty colleagues, CJ Parker (Kelly Rohrbach) and Stephanie Holden (Illfenesh Hadera), looking for this year's new recruits to join them. Trouble arises when Mitch is forced by his superior to train disgraced two-time Olympic gold medallist Matt Brody (Zac Efron) as one of his latest recruits. Then, there is a new threat involving a local drug smuggling ring operated by Victoria Leeds (Priyanka Chopra), which prompted Mitch and his team to investigate the matter.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Review: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: SALAZAR'S REVENGE (2017)

Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow in PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: SALAZAR'S REVENGE (2017)

In this fifth instalment of the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN franchise, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) finds himself as the main target of Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), a cursed pirate hunter who is hellbent on revenge against him. In order to get rid of his enemy, Jack's only hope of survival is to obtain the Trident of Poseidon. Soon, he crosses paths with beautiful astronomer Carina Smith (Kaya Scodelario) and young sailor Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites), who happens to be the son of Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), as all of them are seeking the same legendary trident.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Review: COLOSSAL (2017)

Anne Hathaway as Gloria in COLOSSAL (2017)

COLOSSAL follows Gloria (Anne Hathaway), an alcoholic and unemployed trainwreck who gets dumped by her British boyfriend Tim (Dan Stevens). With little choices left, she moves back to her small hometown to live in her parents' empty house. From there, she reconnects with her childhood friend, Oscar (Jason Sudeikis) who owns a bar and met his friends (Tim Blake Nelson and Austin Stowell). Then something unusual happens. A gigantic kaiju-like monster from out of nowhere is wreaking havoc in the heart of Seoul has made headline around the world. And strangely enough, it has something to do with Gloria...

Friday, 19 May 2017

Review: THE CIRCLE (2017)

Emma Watson as Mae in THE CIRCLE (2017)

Based on the novel of the same name by Dave Eggers, the movie follows Mae (Emma Watson), who successfully lands a job at the huge tech company called The Circle. Everything seems promising at first, along with co-founder and CEO Eamon Bailey (Tom Hanks) who never fails to give his fellow employees a positive vibe during his weekly pep talks on stage. But all that changes when Mae discovers there's something suspicious about the company.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Review: KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD (2017)

Review: KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD (2017)

The big-screen reboot of KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD tells the origin story of young Arthur (Charlie Hunnam), who grew up in the back streets of Londinium before discovering his own fate after successfully pulling the magic sword Excalibur out of the stone. This prompted Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur's villainous uncle who is responsible for his father Uther's (Eric Bana) death, to order an execution against him. However, the plan fails when a nameless mage (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) manages to save his life. Soon, Arthur joins her alongside other resistance fighters including Bedivere (Djimon Hounsou) and Goosefat Bill (Aiden Gillen of TV's Game of Thrones) in a revolutionary quest to dethrone Vortigern.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Ulasan: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 (2017)

Ulasan: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 (2017)

Guardians of the Galaxy kembali untuk buat apa lagi, selamatkan galaksi dari serangan raksasa Abilisk yang menyerang Sovereign, makhluk asing berkulit emas diketuai oleh Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki). Setelah menerima "upah" mereka, Rocket (Bradley Cooper) yang panjang tangan telah mencuri bateri berharga milik Sovereign. Dalam usaha melarikan diri, mereka terserempak dengan Ego (Kurt Russell) yang mendakwa punyai talian darah bersama Peter Quill (Chris Pratt).

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Review: ALIEN: COVENANT (2017)

Review: ALIEN COVENANT (2017)

Set 10 years after the events of PROMETHEUS (2012), the sequel follows the crew of the colony ship Covenant transporting 2,000 colonists placed in hyper-sleep while heading to the remote planet Origae-6. When tragedy strikes upon the ship and causes several casualties in its wake, the remaining crew members including android Walter (Michael Fassbender), Daniels (Katherine Waterston), Oram (Billy Crudup), Tennessee (Danny McBride), Lope (Demián Bichir), Karine (Carmen Ejogo) and few others soon discover an uncharted planet, which appears to be a potential alternative as their newfound outpost. Once they landed, everything seems fine at the beginning. But it doesn't take long before they realise there is something dangerous lurking on the planet.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Review: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 (2017)

Review: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 (2017)

In this sequel, the Guardians of the Galaxy team (Chris Pratt's Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana's Gamora, Dave Bautista's Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel's Baby Groot and Bradley Cooper's Rocket) gets into a deep trouble when Rocket steals some of the precious batteries from the Sovereign, a race of gold-skinned humanoids led by Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki). Following a space battle, they manage to escape and crash-landed on a remote planet where Quill finally meet his biological father, Ego (Kurt Russell).

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Review: SHOCK WAVE 拆彈專家 (2017)

Review: SHOCK WAVE 拆彈專家 (2017)

When the Hong Kong's Cross-Harbour Tunnel is held under siege by a wanted terrorist-bomber, Peng Hong a.k.a. Blast (Jiang Wu) and his hired mercenaries, he determines to seek vengeance against Superintendent JS Cheung (Andy Lau) of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Bureau (EOD), who betrayed him several years ago.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Review: GET OUT (2017)

Review: GET OUT (2017)

GET OUT follows an African-American photographer named Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his white girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams) as they agree to visit her parents' (Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener) suburban estate. Once there, Chris discovers there is something odd about Rose's parents and the fact that the servants including the housekeeper (Betty Gabriel) and groundskeeper (Marcus Henderson) are all African-American.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Review: FAST & FURIOUS 8 (2017)

Review: FAST & FURIOUS 8 (2017)

When Dom (Vin Diesel) is being blackmailed by a mysterious hacker named Cipher (Charlize Theron), he has no choice but betrays his family to work for her. After Dom steals a powerful EMP device during a heist, Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and the rest of the crew forced to team up with Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) to track down Dom and Cipher.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

TRIVISA Won Five Statuettes At The 36th Hong Kong Film Awards

(L-R) Philip Keung and Lam Ka-Tung in TRIVISA
The winners of tonight's 36th Hong Kong Film Awards (HKFA) were finally announced at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui. Despite leading the most nominations with 12 awards, Derek Tsang's acclaimed coming-of-age romantic drama SOUL MATE only managed to walk home one technical award with Peter Kam and Yusuke Hatano winning for Best Original Film Score. COLD WAR 2, the second most-nominated movie for this year's HKFA with 10 awards, suffered the same fate like SOUL MATE with just one award win. And that win went to Kinson Tsang and George Lee Yiu Keung for Best Sound Design.

However, the biggest winner of the night turned out to be TRIVISA, which won a total of 5 awards including Best Film, Best Director (Frank Hui, Jevons Au and Vicky Wong), Best Actor (Lam Ka-Tung), Best Screenplay and Best Film Editing. It was also particularly a memorable night for veteran character actor Lam Ka-Tung who finally earned his first HKFA win for Best Actor. He was previously a three-time HKFA nominee beginning with DANCE OF A DREAM (2002), IP MAN (2009) and COLD WAR (2013).

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

Friday, 31 March 2017

Ulasan: GHOST IN THE SHELL (2017)

Ulasan: GHOST IN THE SHELL (2017)

Seorang remaja pendatang asing Mira Killian (Scarlett Johansson) hampir mati lemas setelah serangan pengganas ke atas kapal yang dinaiki, otak Mira diletak kedalam badan android serba canggih oleh Dr Ouelet (Juliette Binoche). Setahun kemudian, Major Mira giat membenteras penjenayah siber Kuze (Michael Carmen Pitt) yang membunuh satu demi satu pekerja Hanka Corporation iaitu syarikat yang mencipta Mira. Semakin dalam kumpulan anti pengganas Section 9 menyiasat, semakin terbongkar rahsia syarikat membuatkan Major Mira mempertikaikan kewujudan dirinya.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Review: GHOST IN THE SHELL (2017)

Review: GHOST IN THE SHELL (2017)

Based on Masamune Shirow's manga and various anime movie/series incarnations of the same name, this live-action adaptation of GHOST IN THE SHELL revolves around Major Mira Killian (Scarlett Johannson), a human-cyborg hybrid who lead an anti-cyberterrorism task force of Section 9 alongside her partner, Batou (Pilou Asbæk). When a mysterious hacker named Kuze (Michael Carmen Pitt) is planning to sabotage Hanka Robotics' cyber technology, Major Mira Killian's latest mission soon led her to uncover the shady truth behind the company she works for.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Review: POWER RANGERS (2017)

Review: POWER RANGERS (2017)

Based on the popular '90s children's TV series of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the big screen reboot of POWER RANGERS tells a group of high-school teenagers -- Jason Scott (Dacre Montgomery), Billy Cranston (RJ Cyler), Kimberly Hart (Naomi Scott), Zack Taylor (Ludi Lin) and Trini Kwan (Becky G) -- from the small town of Angel Grove, who all unexpectedly gain superpowers after discovered a set of buried Power Coins and a spaceship. Soon, they are chosen as Power Rangers -- a team of superheroes band together to save the world from an alien threat led by Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks).

Monday, 20 March 2017

Review: LIFE (2017)

Review: LIFE (2017)

Following the retrieval of an unknown specimen from Mars, the six-person crew (Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Ariyon Bakare, Olga Dihovichanaya and Hiroyuki Sanada) aboard the International Space Station soon discovered the lifeform turns out to be a hostile alien being.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (2017)

Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (2017)

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST tells a story about a young prince (Dan Stevens) who is transformed into a beast after being cursed by an enchantress Agathe (Hattie Morahan) for his cruelty. In order to break the spell, his only chance is to learn how to love someone and be loved in return before the last petal of the enchanted rose fell. The person in question turns out to be Belle (Emma Watson), a bookish girl who agrees to be held as Beast's prisoner in his castle in exchange for her father's (Kevin Kline) freedom after plucking the rose illegally from the garden. As Belle gets to know the Beast better, she discovers he is actually a gentle soul beneath his tough exterior.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Review: KONG: SKULL ISLAND (2017)

Review: KONG: SKULL ISLAND (2017)

KONG: SKULL ISLAND follows a team of explorers, scientists and U.S. soldiers (among them are Tom Hiddleston's tracker James Conrad, Samuel L. Jackson's U.S. commanding army officer Lt. Colonel Preston Packard, Brie Larson's antiwar photographer Mason Weaver and John Goodman's explorer Bill Randa) during the post-1970s Vietnam War era travelling to an uncharted island in the South Pacific. Once there, they find themselves being ambushed by the mighty Kong. Soon, the remaining survivors encounter other monsters while stranded on the island.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Review: LOGAN (2017)

Review: LOGAN (2017)

Set in the near future, the mutants are already on the brink of extinction. Logan (Hugh Jackman), who is now working as a chauffeur, lives a low-profile life somewhere in a junkyard desert with the elderly Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and albino mutant tracker Caliban (Stephen Merchant). Soon, trouble arises when Logan finds himself protecting a young mutant named Laura (Dafne Keen) from a squad of mutant hunters, led by Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrook).

Monday, 27 February 2017

Ulasan: JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 (2017)

Ulasan: JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 (2017)

Selepas mendapat kereta Mustang 1969 kesayangannya, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) mahu meninggalkan kerjaya lamanya akan tetapi dia dipaksa kembali dalam dunia pembunuh upahan oleh Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio) menuntut sumpah berdarah yang pernah dilakukan John satu masa dahulu untuk membunuh Gianna (Claudia Gerini). Dalam keterpaksaan, John bersetuju lalu berhadapan dengan cabaran oleh pengawal peribadi Gianna: Cassian (Common).

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Review: THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (2017)

Review: THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (2017)

Batman (voiced by Will Arnett) may have been good on what he does as a masked crime fighter in Gotham City. But when he finds out he has accidentally adopted an orphaned boy named Dick Grayson (Michael Cera) and also facing other problems like dealing with the new police commissioner Barbara Gordon (Rosario Dawson) as well as Joker's (Zach Galifianakis) elaborate scheme, it certainly isn't easy being a Batman.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Ulasan: HACKSAW RIDGE (2017)

Ulasan: HACKSAW RIDGE (2017)

Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) menyertai tentera pada Perang Dunia ke-2 tetapi kerana pegangan agama Seventh Day Adventist sangat kuat, dia enggan mengangkat senjata atau membunuh musuh. Sikapnya memberi masalah kepada ketua latihan tentera Kapten Glover (Sam Worthington) & Sarjan Howell (Vince Vaughn) membuatkan dia sering dibuli dan dijadikan bahan jenaka sehingga terpaksa dibicarakan di Mahkamah Tentera. Doss ditugaskan menjadi Tentera Perubatan dibawah 77th Infantry Division sewaktu Battle of Okinawa. Dalam satu serangan mengejut Tentera Jepun, Doss tidak berundur dan menyelamatkan rakan-rakan seperjuangannya yang cedera di medan perang.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Oscars 2017 Review: HACKSAW RIDGE

Oscars 2017 Review: HACKSAW RIDGE

Based on a true story, HACKSAW RIDGE follows a Seventh Day Adventist and conscientious objector Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), who joins the US army to serve as a WWII medic. But unlike his fellow army recruits, Doss refuses to touch or carry a gun as a result of his strong religious faith. Still, he subsequently emerges as a pacifist hero when he manages to rescue 75 wounded soldiers during the Battle of Okinawa without firing a single shot.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Review: KUNG FU YOGA 功夫瑜伽 (2017)

Review: KUNG FU YOGA 功夫瑜伽 (2017)

Famous Chinese archaeology professor Jack (Jackie Chan) join forces with a beautiful Indian professor Ashmita (Disha Patani) to locate the lost treasure of the Magadha kingdom. Also joining the expedition are Jack's assistants, Xiaoguang (Zhang Yixing) and Nuomin (Miya Muqi) alongside treasure hunter Jones (Aarif Rahman). Trouble arises when their first stop at the Kunlun Mountains is being ambushed by Randall (Sonu Sood) and his henchmen. A series of action-comedy hijinks ensues as their subsequent adventures brought them from China to Dubai and finally India.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Review: XXX: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE (2017)

Review: XXX: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE (2017)

In this third instalment of the XXX movie series, Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) is back in action to retrieve the "Pandora's Box" from Xiang (Donnie Yen) and his rogue crew. Instead of using the American soldiers recruited by CIA, Cage put together his own crew for the mission. This includes sharpshooter Adele Wolff (Ruby Rose), driver Tennyson (Rory McCann) and deejay Nicks (Kris Wu).

Monday, 16 January 2017

Review: RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER (2017)

Review: RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER (2017)

Following the events of RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION (2012), Alice (Milla Jovovich) is given a 48-hour time period to return to The Hive in Raccoon City. En route, she reunites with Claire Redfield (Ali Larter) alongside a new team of survivors to fight against the enemies of the Umbrella Corporation once and for all.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Review: LA LA LAND (2016)

Review: LA LA LAND (2016)

Jazz pianist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and aspiring actress Mia (Emma Stone) are both struggling artists trying to fulfil their dreams in contemporary Los Angeles. Both of them eventually meet and fall for each other after a few chance encounters.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Review: ARRIVAL (2016)

Review: ARRIVAL (2016)

When twelve mysterious alien spacecraft landed on different parts of the world including one in Montana, linguistics professor Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is brought in to help the US military, led by Colonel G.T. Weber (Forest Whitaker), to attempt a communication with the extraterrestrial beings.