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

Monday, 11 December 2017

Review: FERDINAND (2017)

Ferdinand (voiced by John Cena) and his gang caught in the elaborate car chase moment in FERDINAND (2017)

Based on Munro Leaf's classic children's book The Story of Ferdinand, this big-screen adaptation tells a titular Spanish bull (voiced by John Cena) who prefers to sniff flowers rather than locking horns with other bulls. One day, he manages to plot an escape from his cattle ranch and ends up getting acquaintance with Nina (Katie Silverman). Both of them become best friends, but their happy moments are shortlived when Ferdinand accidentally caused a havoc during the village's annual flower festival. He ends up being captured and transported back to the same cattle ranch. Soon, he determines to make his way back to his family with the help of Lupe the goat (Kate McKinnon), the hedgehog trio (Gina Rodriguez, Daveed Diggs and Gabriel Iglesias) and his fellow bulls.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Review: WONDER (2017)


Based on the best-selling novel by R.J. Palacio, WONDER revolves around a boy with facial deformities named August "Auggie" Pullman (Jacob Tremblay) as he tries to adapt his surrounding studying at an elementary school.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Review: PADDINGTON 2 (2017)

Paddington (voiced by Ben Whishaw) for another adventure in PADDINGTON 2 (2017)

To celebrate his beloved Aunt Lucy's (voiced by Imelda Staunton) upcoming 100th birthday, Paddington (Ben Whishaw) decides to work hard to buy the antique pop-up book as a gift. When the book is stolen one night by a washed-up actor named Phoenix Buchanan (Hugh Grant), Paddington ends up being accused instead. With Paddington's in jail, it's up to his family, the Browns (Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Madeleine Harris and Samuel Joslin) to help him clear his name and find the real culprit.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Review: DADDY'S HOME 2 (2017)

Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell return as co-dads in DADDY'S HOME 2 (2017)

This time, co-dads Brad (Will Ferrell) and Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) have to deal with their respective fathers (John Lithgow, Mel Gibson) during the Christmas holidays.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Review: MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (2017)


When a murder takes place on the Orient Express, famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) is forced to find out who's the murderer among the passengers.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Ulasan: PENGABDI SETAN (2017)


Rini (Tara Basro) kehilangan ibunya (Ayu Laksmi) yang meninggal akibat penyakit, tidak lama selepas itu dia dan tiga adik lelakinya (Endy Arfian, Nasar Annuz dan M. Adhiyat) mula mengalami fenomena aneh di sekitar rumah sementara bapanya (Bront Palarae) pergi bekerja. Jiran mereka Hendra (Dimas Aditya) dan ayahnya seorang Ustaz (Arswendi Nasution) cuba memberi bantuan terhadap keluarga yang sering mengalami gangguan paranormal.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Review: THE BRINK 狂兽 (2017)

Sai Gau (Zhang Jin) engages in a fight atop the fishing boat in THE BRINK (2017)

Upon investigating a police case related to a gang of gold smugglers led by Jiang Gui (Shawn Yue), Sai Gau (Zhang Jin) gets personal when his partner, A-de (Wu Yue) is abducted.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Review: COCO (2017)


COCO tells a story about a 12-year-old kid named Miguel Rivera (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez), whose passion is to become a musician just like his late idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). But due to his family's scorned past, they ban any form of music to be played whatsoever. Still, Miguel refuses to give up his dream as he ends up sneaking into the tomb of Ernesto de la Cruz to borrow the legendary guitar. Soon, he finds himself transported to the Land of the Dead when he strummed de la Cruz's guitar. In order to get back to the real world, he needs a blessing from one of his deceased family members or trapped in the Land of the Dead forever.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Review: PENGABDI SETAN (SATAN'S SLAVES) (2017)

Tara Basro plays Rini in PENGABDI SETAN (2017)

Following a mysterious illness that caused the death of Rini's (Tara Basro) mother (Ayu Laksmi), she and her three younger brothers (Endy Arfian, Nasar Annuz and M. Adhiyat) begin experiencing a series of strange phenomena around the house while their father (Bront Palarae) is away for work.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Review: JUSTICE LEAGUE (2017)

Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Batman (Ben Affleck) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) encounter their enemy in JUSTICE LEAGUE (2017)

When the world is held under catastrophic threat by Steppenwolf (voiced by Ciaran Hinds) and his army of Parademons, Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) recruit more superheroes including Barry Allen/The Flash (Ezra Miller), Arthur Curry/Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Victor Stone/Cyborg (Ray Fisher) to help save the day.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Review: THE KID FROM THE BIG APPLE 2: BEFORE WE FORGET 我来自纽约2: 当我们在一起 (2017)

Tommy Tam and Tan Qin Lin reprised their roles in THE KID FROM THE BIG APPLE 2: BEFORE WE FORGET (2017)

In this sequel to 2016's THE KID FROM THE BIG APPLE, Sarah (Tan Qin Lin) and her mother, Sophia (Debbie Goh) return to their hometown in Kuala Lumpur to stay with Lin (Tommy Tam) in a newly-bought condominium. However, things about to become different when Lin suffers from dementia.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Review: 24 HOURS TO LIVE (2017)

Ethan Hawke plays Travis Conrad in 24 HOURS TO LIVE (2017)

A former soldier-turned-military contractor/freelance assassin Travis Conrad (Ethan Hawke) is brought back to life, in which he has only 24 hours to accomplish his mission.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Review: JAILBREAK ការពារឧក្រិដ្ឋជន (2017)

(L-R) Dara (Dara Our) and Jean-Paul (Jean-Paul Ly) are surrounded by prison inmates in JAILBREAK (2017)

A team of cops led by Jean-Paul (Jean-Paul Ly), Dara (Dara Our) and Tharoth (Tharoth Sam) end up fighting for their survivals inside the high-security Prei Klaa prison in Cambodia while escorting the notorious criminal, Playboy (Savin Phillip).

Friday, 27 October 2017

Review: THE VILLAINESS 惡女 (2017)


THE VILLAINESS tells a story about Sook-Hee (Kim Ok-Bin), who is trained as an assassin since childhood under the guidance of her mentor and husband, Joong-Sang (Shin Ha-Kyun). When her mentor died, she is given a second chance to start a new life as a government assassin working for South Korea's intelligence agency. However, it doesn't take long before her dark past catches up with her.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Review: THOR: RAGNAROK (2017)

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is about to face his opponent in THOR: RAGNAROK (2017)

When Thor (Chris Hemsworth) fails to defeat his older sister, the Goddess of Death named Hela (Cate Blanchett) with his powerful hammer completely crushed to smithereens, he ends up being banished to a planet called Sakaar along with Loki (Tom Hiddleston). From there, he forces to fight for survival as he encounters Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and meeting a new ally in the form of Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) before making way back to Asgard to save his people and stop Hela once and for all.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Review: CULT OF CHUCKY (2017)

Chucky (voiced by Brad Dourif) returns to prey on his victim in CULT OF CHUCKY (2017)

Set after the events of CURSE OF CHUCKY, Nica (Fiona Dourif) is now residing in a mental institution where the murderous Chucky (voiced by Brad Dourif) returns to wreak havoc again.

Review: LEATHERFACE (2017)

Sheriff Hal Hartman (Stephen Dorff) encounters Leatherface in LEATHERFACE (2017)

In this prequel to 1974's TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE, young Jed (Boris Kabakchiev) is sent away by Sheriff Hal Hartman (Stephen Dorff) following a gruesome incident that caused the life of the sheriff's daughter (Lorina Kamburova). Ten years later, the now-teenaged Jed along with three other patients and a young nurse (Vanessa Grasse) held as a hostage, escaped the mental institution. Soon, they find themselves being pursued by Sheriff Hal Hartman, who is looking for justice to exact revenge against his daughter's death.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Review: FLATLINERS (2017)


Five young medical students, led by Courtney (Ellen Page), attempt to explore life after death using a defibrillation method to stop their hearts for a short period of time. Soon, they experienced a few side effects when the ghosts of their respective past begin to haunt them.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Review: GEOSTORM (2017)

Jake Lawson (Gerard Butler) attempts to save the day in GEOSTORM (2017)

The fate of humanity lies on the two estranged Lawson brothers, troubled scientist Jake (Gerard Butler) and Max (Jim Sturgess), who end up working together to stop a worldwide geostorm following a malfunctioned weather-controlling defence system a.k.a. the "Dutch Boy" from the outer space.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Review: HAPPY DEATH DAY (2017)

Tree (Jessica Rothe) forces to deal with her nightmare in HAPPY DEATH DAY (2017)

HAPPY DEATH DAY centres on a college student named Tree (Jessica Rothe), who forced to relive the day of her murder over and over again until she finds out who's killing her in the first place.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Review: THE CRUCIFIXION (2017)

A (dull) exorcism moment in THE CRUCIFIXION (2017)

THE CRUCIFIXION centres on Nicole Rawlins (Sophie Cookson), a young and eager New York Sentinel journalist who wants to pursue a story about the murder of a nun related to exorcism. During her investigation, she begins to experience a strange case of unexplained phenomena.

Review: BLADE RUNNER 2049 (2017)

Ryan Gosling is the new protagonist as K in BLADE RUNNER 2049

In this sequel to 1982's BLADE RUNNER, a young blade runner codenamed K (Ryan Gosling) is assigned to hunt down the old replicants who have overstayed their intended lifespan and "retire" them for good. During his latest mission, he discovers a long-buried secret involving the replicants as well as his own murky past.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Review: STRONGER (2017)


Based on the true-life memoir by Jeff Bauman and Bret Witter, STRONGER tells a story about Jeff Bauman (Jake Gyllenhaal), who lost both of his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing. He subsequently trying to move on his life with the help of his on-and-off girlfriend, Erin (Tatiana Maslany).

Review: CHASING THE DRAGON 追龍 (2017)

Lee Rock (Andy Lau) faces off with Crippled Ho (Donnie Yen) in CHASING THE DRAGON (2017)

CHASING THE DRAGON tells a story about the rise and fall of the triad leader and drug lord Ho (Donnie Yen) as well as the crooked police officer, Lee Rock (Andy Lau) during the bleak 1960s and 1970s crime-infested era of Hong Kong.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Review: THE FARM: EN VEETTU THOTTATHIL (2017)

Jaya Ganason plays the deaf-mute protagonist in THE FARM: EN VEETTU THOTTATHIL (2017)

THE FARM: EN VEETTU THOTTATHIL centres on a deaf-mute girl (Jaya Ganason), who gets kidnapped and trapped in a farmhouse by a masked serial killer disguised as a wolf.

Review: THE FOREIGNER (2017)

Quan (Jackie Chan) is ready to take down his enemies in THE FOREIGNER (2017)

When his teenage daughter (Katie Leung) is killed in a terrorist bombing, Quan (Jackie Chan) is taking matters into his own hands. Soon, he begins to suspect that British high-ranking government official Liam (Pierce Brosnan) has to do with his daughter's death.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Review: THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE (2017)


Based on the popular TV series of the same name, THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE centres on six young ninjas (led by Dave Franco's Lloyd), the protectors of the Ninjago city who all faced constant threats from Garmadon (Justin Theroux). Trouble arises when Lloyd made a huge mistake of using Master Wu's (Jackie Chan) Ultimate Weapon (which is actually resembled a keychain laser pointer) in an attempt to defeat Garmadon.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Review: KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE (2017)

Eggsy (Taron Egerton) is back in KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE (2017)

When the Kingsman headquarters is destroyed by a new enemy named Poppy (Julianne Moore), Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and Merlin (Mark Strong) end up seeking assistance from the U.S. division a.k.a. the Statesman (led by Jeff Bridges) to take down the culprit.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Review: MRS K (2017)

Kara Wai and Faizal Hussein engage in a fight in the middle of the traffic in MRS K (2017)

Mrs  K (Kara Wai) is a suburban housewife who lives a quiet life with her obstetrician husband (Wu Bai) and their teenage daughter (Siow Li Xuan). When her daughter is kidnapped by her former associates led by Simon Yam, she is forced to drag back into her criminal past and save her loved one at all cost.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Short Film Review: THE STORY OF 90 COINS (2015)

Han Dongjun and Zhuang Zhiqi in THE STORY OF 90 COINS (2015)

THE STORY OF 90 COINS tells a love story about Wang Yuyang (Han Dongjun), who confesses his love to Chen Wen (Zhuang Zhiqi) one night. However, she seems reluctant about accepting his proposal. In order to prove his love to her, he asks for 90 days by handing her a total of 90 coins each day. If she agrees by then, he will pay for their marriage certificate.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

JFF 2017 Review: TSUKIJI WONDERLAND

A scene from TSUKIJI WONDERLAND (2016)

TSUKIJI WONDERLAND covers the inner workings of the famed Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, as well as the history of its establishment.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Review: IT (2017)

Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) terrorises the children in IT (2017)

Set in the summer of 1980s in Derry, Maine, the seven kids (Jaeden Lieberher's Bill, Jeremy Ray Taylor's Ben, Sophia Lillis' Beverly, Finn Wolfhard's Richie, Wyatt Oleff's Stanley, Chosen Jacobs' Mike and Jack Dylan Grazer's Eddie) join forces to face the child-eating clown dubbed Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård).

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Review: AMERICAN MADE (2017)

Tom Cruise and aviator sunglasses never go out of style in AMERICAN MADE (2017)

Based on the true story about Barry Seal, Tom Cruise plays the title character as a TWA pilot who ends up working for the CIA under Monty Schafer (Domhnall Gleeson). Soon, he leads another life as a drug smuggler and made a lot of money for couriering the Medellin Cartel's cocaines from Central America to Louisiana.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Review: PARADOX 杀破狼·貪狼 (2017)

Louis Koo in PARADOX 杀破狼·貪狼 (2017)

When the Hong Kong-based police officer Lee's (Louis Koo) teenage daughter (Hanna Chan) is found missing in Pattaya, he teams up with a Thai Chinese cop Chui Kit (Wu Yue) to search for her whereabouts. Soon, they discover she is abducted by kidnappers (led by Chris Collins' Sacha) who involves in organ-trafficking business. Things get complicated when her abduction is subsequently tied to Cheng (Lam Ka-Tung), a political aide looking for an immediate heart donor to save the mayor's life.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Review: CARS 3 (2017)

Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) and his rival, Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer) in CARS 3 (2017)

Following his shocking loss to a new high-tech rookie named Jackson Storm (voiced by Armie Hammer), Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) realises his days are numbered. Fortunately, he gets his second chance to reclaim victory when his wealthy sponsor Sterling (Nathan Fillion) offers him a chance to train using state-of-the-art racing technology. Soon, he is paired with a motivational coach named Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo) to improve his skills.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Review: ONCE UPON A TIME 三生三世十里桃花 (2017)

Yang Yang and Liu Yifei in ONCE UPON A TIME (2017)

Based on the fantasy novel Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles Peach Blossoms by Tang Qi, ONCE UPON A TIME tells a story about a crown prince Ye Hua (Yang Yang) who falls in love with a white-fox goddess Bai Qian (Liu Yifei). Apparently, Bai Qian bears an identical resemblance to Ye Hua's previous love, Su Su (also Liu Yifei).

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Review: AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING (2017)

Belle (Bella Thorne) finds out the truth about the house in AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING (2017)

When a single mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and her three children -- eldest sister Belle (Bella Thorne), her comatose twin brother James (Cameron Monaghan) and little sister Juliet (Mckenna Grace) -- move into a new house, a series of creepy phenomena start to take place. Soon, Belle realises the place they live in is actually the infamous Amityville house.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Review: THE NUT JOB 2: NUTTY BY NATURE (2017)

Andie (voiced by Katherine Heigl) and Surly (Will Arnett) don't see eye to eye with each other in THE NUT JOB 2: NUTTY BY NATURE (2017)

This time, Surly (voiced by Will Arnett) and his furry friends must find ways to stop Oakton City's corrupted mayor (Bobby Moynihan) from demolishing their home.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Review: ANNABELLE: CREATION (2017)

Linda (Lulu Wilson) attempts to get rid of the Annabelle doll in ANNABELLE: CREATION (2017)

Following the tragic death of their 7-year-old daughter (Samara Lee), the Mullins -- Samuel (Anthony LaPaglia) and Esther (Miranda Otto) -- invites the nun, Sister Charlotte (Stephanie Sigman) and the orphans (including Talitha Bateman's Janice and Lulu Wilson's Linda) to live in their farmhouse that doubles as an orphanage. Then, things start to go wrong when Janice discovers the creepy Annabelle doll somewhere inside a room.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Review: THE DARK TOWER (2017)

Roland (Idris Elba) and The Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey) come face to face in THE DARK TOWER (2017)

Based on Stephen King's novel series of the same name, THE DARK TOWER tells a story about a 13-year-old kid named Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) who constantly plagued with nightmares about Roland the gunslinger (Idris Elba) and a sorcerer dubbed The Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey). Soon, his nightmares turn out to be real after he discovers a place that brought him into another dimension known as Mid World. From there, he learns about Roland looking to seek revenge against The Man in Black as well as saving the titular tower from collapsing altogether.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Review: NAPPING PRINCESS ひるね姫 (2017)

Kokone Morikawa (voiced by Mitsuki Takahata) is the main protagonist in NAPPING PRINCESS (2017)

Kokone Morikawa (voiced by Mitsuki Takahata) is a small-town high school girl from Okayama who can easily fall asleep. During her sleep, she often dreams of a technologically-advanced fantasy world called Heartland where she is a princess named Ancien. When her father (voiced by Yosuke Eguchi) in real life is suddenly arrested in Tokyo, Kokone's world of dreams and reality somehow related to each other.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Review: OVERDRIVE (2017)

Scott Eastwood and Freddie Thorp play two half-brother car thieves in OVERDRIVE (2017)

OVERDRIVE follows two half-brothers, Andrew (Scott Eastwood) and Garrett (Freddie Thorp), who are both car thieves caught stealing a vintage Bugatti from a big-time crime boss, Jacomo Morier (Simon Abkarian). In order to walk away alive, they made a deal with Morier by agreeing to steal the priceless Ferrari 250 GTO belongs to his rival, Max Klemp (Clemens Schick).

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Review: ATOMIC BLONDE (2017)

Lorraine (Charlize Theron) uses rubber hose to beat up the Berlin police in ATOMIC BLONDE (2017)

ATOMIC BLONDE centres on an undercover MI6 agent Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron), who is assigned to Berlin during the Cold War era to retrieve a missing list of secret agents. Once there, she joins forces with another agent named David Percival (James McAvoy). Soon, the mission turns out to be more complicated than it seems.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Review: VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS (2017)

Valerian (Dale DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) in VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS (2017)

Based on the French comic-book series Valérian and Laureline by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières, the movie revolves around intergalactic space agents Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) on a mission to uncover a conspiracy at the vast metropolis of Alpha.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Review: DUNKIRK (2017)

A dramatic scene from DUNKIRK (2017)

DUNKIRK focuses on the epic re-telling of the real-life Dunkirk evacuation during World War II in 1940. Among the individuals involved are two young soldiers Tommy (Fionn Whitehead) and Alex (Harry Styles), boatman Mr. Dawson (Mark Rylance); Navy Commander Bolton (Kenneth Branagh), ace Spitfire pilot Farrier (Tom Hardy) and shell-shocked soldier (Cillian Murphy).

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Review: BABY DRIVER (2017)

Music is a must for Baby (Ansel Elgort) in BABY DRIVER (2017)

BABY DRIVER revolves around a talented getaway driver named Baby (Ansel Elgort), who uses music to relieve his tinnitus. His crime boss, Doc (Kevin Spacey) considers him as a valuable asset for his heist business. Trouble arises when Baby starts dating a local waitress named Debora (Lily James) and being threatened to continue working with Doc, even after he has paid his dues.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Review: IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD この世界の片隅に (2017)

Suzu (voiced by Rena Nounen) in a scene from IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD (2017)

IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD tells a story of a young girl named Suzu (voiced by Rena Nounen), who moves from her hometown of Hiroshima to Kuru after marrying to a guy (Yoshimasa Hosoya) she hardly knows. Soon, she learns how to cope her new life as a housewife living with her family-in-law while surviving the World War II era.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Review: WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (2017)

Caesar (voiced by Andy Serkis) is being held at gunpoint in WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (2017)

Following the tragic losses of the apes during a battle against the human army, Caesar (voiced by Andy Serkis) sets out on a journey to locate the responsible Colonel (Woody Harrelson) for revenge.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Review: SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (2017)

Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (2017)

After proving his worth for assisting the Avengers in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (2016), Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland) returns home to continue his high school studies in Queens. Longing for more action like he did the last time around, he only gets to spend his days after school fighting petty crime. Soon, his golden opportunity to fight real crime finally comes true when he crosses path with a city contractor-turned-supervillain Adrian Toomes/Vulture (Michael Keaton).