• 25 Kids And A Dad

    Mar 11, 2015

    Director Huang Hong conjures up a few powerful moments that even the most cynical viewer will be touched by, utilising his excellent cast and some exceptional village scenery.

  • Always: Sunset On Third Street

    Feb 17, 2015

    This sumptuous work was lauded on its release and in this reviewer’s mind was not deserving of quite the reception it got at the Japanese Academy awards.

  • Arrietty

    Feb 18, 2015

    An easy recommendation as it’s still a fun-filled family adventure that is suitably heart-warming and easy on the eye.

  • Bug Me Not!

    Feb 27, 2015

    ‘Bug Me Not!’ is an extremely lightweight production that is often so cringeworthy that you’ll have to resist the urge to hurl your remote at the screen.

  • Cala, My Dog!

    Feb 28, 2015

    ‘Cala, My Dog!’ is, as so many modern Chinese films are, a way of observing a misunderstood country on a detailed level.

  • CJ7

    Mar 1, 2015

    ‘CJ7’ is a warm-hearted sci-fi comedy with solid special effects and a winning performance by newcomer Xu Jiao.

  • CJ7: The Cartoon

    Mar 1, 2015

    ‘CJ7: The Cartoon’ is a definite step down from the original, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still a fun companion piece that can be enjoyed by all the family.

  • Kiki’s Delivery Service

    Apr 3, 2015

    Another superbly constructed piece of cinema that really captures the imagination and warms the heart.

  • Looking For Jackie

    Apr 13, 2015

    If they’d actually bothered to spend some time on the script or even just made a more likeable leading character, ‘Looking For Jackie’ could have been a half decent underdog story.

  • Magic Kid

    Apr 19, 2015

    The film is really just a blatant rip-off of bigger, better movies and the majority of the martial arts action is simply laughable.

  • McDull, Kung Fu Kindergarten

    Apr 22, 2015

    The high standards of satire and sentimentality that had previously been attained have been sacrificed in a bid to be ’more accessible’ – a double-edged sword if ever there was one.

  • McDull, Prince De La Bun

    Apr 22, 2015

    With musings on death, love, nostalgia and responsibility, ‘McDull, Prince De La Bun’ is a mature work that provides entertainment with enough substance to appeal to every generation.

  • McDull, The Alumni

    Apr 22, 2015

    Samson Chiu can be congratulated for taking a bold step in a new direction while still retaining much of the gentle punch that is associated with the brand.

  • McDull: The Pork of Music

    May 14, 2015

    ‘Pork Of Music’ is probably the best of the series, full of beautiful moments, delicate satire and heart-warming artwork.

  • My Neighbour Totoro

    May 3, 2015

    ‘My Neighbour Totoro’ is a true family classic that encompasses all of the elements of cinema that Miyazaki does so well.

  • My Neighbours The Yamadas

    May 3, 2015

    Even though it feels a bit more like a series of shorts than a movie, ‘My Neighbours The Yamadas’ is another immensely entertaining outing from the Ghibli stable.

  • Ponyo

    May 14, 2015

    ‘Ponyo’ is yet another strong Hayao Miyazaki movie that is as uplifting and enthralling as ever.

  • Scandal Makers

    May 21, 2015

    This comedy succeeds because of its wit and characterisation, two attributes that go hand-in-hand in the better efforts of the genre.

  • Spirited Away

    Jun 1, 2015

    Humour, heart and high-level animation all combine to make ‘Spirited Away’ an overwhelmingly rewarding and endlessly magical experience.

  • The Castle Of Cagliostro

    Feb 28, 2015

    Although it can often be overlooked by Ghibli enthusiasts simply because of the ‘Lupin’ label, ‘The Castle Of Cagliostro’ is a film that should really be seen by all Miyazaki or anime fans in general.

  • The Cat Returns

    Feb 28, 2015

    What makes it work so well, at least for me, is the ease in which it taps into the child in all of us and creates a rip roaring adventure that is fun for all the family.

  • The Spy Next Door

    Jun 1, 2015

    ‘The Spy Next Door’ showcases very little of the Jackie Chan that we all know and love, and is really nothing more than the same old American kids’ movie being recycled for the umpteenth time.

  • The Story Of Xiaoyan

    Jun 2, 2015

    After being subjected to western productions where kids are annoyingly precocious and completely uninteresting, ‘The Story Of Xiaoyan’ reminds us that there are valid stories about youth to tell.

  • Whisper Of The Heart

    Jun 26, 2015

    ‘Whisper Of The Heart’ is a heartfelt and moving piece of cinema that expertly manages to cover everything from first love and friendship to family and ambition.