• Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Language: English
  • Starring: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, Kristin Scott Thomas

Even if you’ve never watched the first two Lara Croft films, the image of Angelina Jolie donning that iconic tank top must at least be somewhat familiar to you. I mean, who doesn’t remember the tough #girlboss persona that Jolie represented? The first film was released nearly 20 years ago, and the impact is still there.

Ever since then, Jolie is seen as the personification of Lara Croft. So it is only understandable that the Croft to fill in her shoes is viewed under harsh scrutiny.

Alicia Vikander has a lot of expectations to meet, and luckily for her, she hits the ground running with her version of the famous Croft.

What is it about?

It has been seven years since her father disappeared, and though he has been declared as dead, Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) refuses to accept it. And when she later discovers her father’s secret office, where she learns that he has gone on a mission to an island called Yamatai, she decides to follow him.

With a heart full of hope that he’s still alive, she goes to Hong Kong and hires a sailor, Lu Ren (Daniel Wu), to bring her to Yamatai.

It doesn’t matter that the journey there is a treacherous one; all she wants is to find her father again. Even if it means going head to head against an evil organization that has its sight set upon the same tomb her father has sworn to protect. The tomb of an evil Japanese empress.

Is it worth a watch?

If you like movies that are filled with brutal, exhilarating action scenes, then this Tomb Raider reboot might just tickle your fancy. “Tomb Raider” is spearheaded by a tough heroine who handles all obstacles in her path with an exciting mix of fearlessness, quick thinking and nail-biting recklessness.

This rebirth of Lara Croft isn’t just strong, however. She is also vulnerable and above all, human. As she goes through her first kill whilst descending into the beginning of her tomb raiding career, she experiences remorse. Remorse for taking a fellow human’s life. And this unexpected show of emotion is what makes Vikander’s version of Lara likable and without a doubt, relatable. It is different from Jolie’s Lara, which came to be fully realised, and this works in Vikander’s favour.

While there isn’t much that can be said about her co-stars as their appearances are minimal, Lara manages to serve as a noteworthy draw all on her own. That, and the thrilling action sequences, of course.

“Tomb Raider” is now in cinemas

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

Warner Bros. has finally dropped a trailer for one of the highly anticipated films of the year, and we’re already excited.

In the trailer of “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”, we get to feast our eyes on a young Albus Dumbledore, who is stunningly played by Jude Law. From what we can see, anyway. Jude is just a heartthrob through and through. Ahem.

The trailer itself is a bit thin in regards to the plot, but from what little that can be seen, the second installment of this franchise is set to pave a path for yet another thrilling blockbuster. The trailer also gives us a glimpse of Newt Scamander’s (Eddie Redmayne) friend, Leta Lestrange (Zoë Kravitz), and his brother, Theseus (Callum Turner. Check out the 1:36 mark of the trailer).

As many of you may recall, the first “Fantastic Beasts” film ended with Grindelwald’s (Johnny Depp) escape from the government. Expect to see Dumbledore and Scamander teaming up to stop that mad man in his tracks come the second movie.

What you should not expect, however, is an explicit background on Dumbledore’s romantic history with Grindelwald. As stated by director David Yates, Dumbledore’s sexuality will not make it explicitly in the upcoming film- which is a downer for many Potterheads, certainly, but this is just the second film, so there is hope yet.

Either way, we can’t wait to watch the second installment of “Fantastic Beasts”.

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” will be in cinemas on November 16th

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

It looks like it’s really happening. After a hyped up announcement last year before fading to the background not long after, we’ve been granted another teaser of the live-action version of “Bleach”.

For those of you who aren’t aware, this version of “Bleach” was inspired by the massively popular manga series of the same name. Known as one of the Big Three (a term used to describe the three most popular manga at the time they were all still ongoing), “Bleach” is likely going to be the first of its fellow Big Three members to hit the screens as a live-action.

The trailer above showcases one of the series’ most famous scenes; the moment when Kurosaki Ichigo gained his Soul Reaper powers from Kuchiki Rukia in order to fight a Hollow.

Hollows are essentially tortured human souls that had been neglected for far too long. When human souls don’t receive a proper burial by Soul Reapers, these souls suffer and turn into spiritual monsters. And as a Soul Reaper, it is up to Ichigo to battle these monsters to ensure everyone’s safety.

What do you think? Are you excited for the live-action “Bleach” movie? Let us know in the Comments section below!

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

Main poster Janji Zehan_preview

  • Genre: Drama/Romance
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Languages: Malay, English, Persian
  • Starring: Nur Fazura, Amir Rezazadeh

Itching for a movie to watch on Valentine’s Day, but you’re strapped for cash? Then this telemovie might be more your speed. Directed by Bernard Chauly dan Zabrina Fernandez, “Janji Zehan” is a local film that showcases both Malaysian and Iranian culture, thanks to the international marriage between the two main characters.

What is it about, though?

“Janji Zehan” is about the love between two newly married individuals who come from different backgrounds, languages and cultures. These two individuals are Zehan (Nur Fazura) and Arman (Amir Rezazadeh), and the story of “Janji Zehan” takes place during their honeymoon in his home country, Iran. It is while they are there that the aesthetic beauty of the country, as well as its unique culture are displayed.

But much like any other couple, though, Zehan and Arman aren’t perfect, which they soon discover almost as soon as they touch down in Iran.

“Janji Zehan” is airing on Astro First Eksklusif, channel 480 starting this 14th February (today!!)

For only RM15.90, viewers can watch “Janji Zehan” repeatedly within 48 hours after purchase

“Janji Zehan” can also be found on the digital platform, “on demand”.  

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Language: English
  • Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Walton Goggins, Ki Hong Lee, Barry Pepper, Will Poulter, Patricia Clarkson

When “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” halted production nearly two years ago, fans of the blockbuster trilogy were devastated- especially after they heard the news regarding the reason behind it. Main actor Dylan O’Brien’s injury was no joke, as he had to be hospitalised after a stunt gone horribly wrong.

And when the producers realised his injuries were far more grievous than they had thought, production had to be shut down indefinitely.

Thankfully enough, Dylan returned to the set about a year later, healed and ready to act again. What we have here now is something we’re fortunate enough to see, thanks to not only his perseverance and determination, but everyone else’s as well.

What is it about?

The entire premise of this installment revolves around the remaining Gladers’ attempt at rescuing Minho (Ki Hong Lee), who had been kidnapped by WCKD. And beneath this daunting goal rests emotional issues that need to be addressed- because if they want to rescue their friend, they’ll have to face Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), who works for WCKD.

For time may have passed for the Gladers, but that doesn’t mean they have forgotten about her betrayal- nor has Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) forgotten about his feelings for her, no matter how much he might try to.

That being said, despite Thomas’ reluctance to see her again, Minho’s safety takes precedence. All they have to do is get through a heavily-guarded, formidable wall that surrounds the Last City… That should be a piece of cake, shouldn’t it?

It’s all or nothing, and they’re not going to stop till they’ve got Minho.

Is it worth a watch?

If you’re the sort of person who isn’t overly fussed about plot, and who just wants to have something fun to watch, then “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” is right up your alley. The third installment of this Young Adult trilogy is thrilling from the beginning to the end, with fast-moving action sequences that are depicted with visual panache. It’s difficult not to be drawn into these scenes when they have been crafted with adrenaline-driven artistry; just watching them is enough to get your blood pumping.

And this is precisely the strong point of “Maze Runner: The Death Cure”.

It is when the action lets up that it can get a bit puzzling, because it brings attention to the fact that the Gladers are stopping doctors from finding the cure to save the rest of mankind. In addition, I’m sure that many would volunteer to help find the cure if the doctors had simply asked. I can’t say that I’ve read the books, though, so my opinion might be invalid.

These are plot points that are a bit difficult to understand, but again, if watching an exciting movie without sweating about the storyline is your cup of tea, then by all means. Grab a popcorn and plop yourself in the closest cinema showing “Maze Runner: The Death Cure”.

Life doesn’t have to be so serious, after all.

“Maze Runner: The Death Cure” is now in cinemas

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

Battle-Of-The-Sexes Poster - 12Jan2018

  • Genre: Biography/Comedy/Sports
  • Language: English
  • Starring: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming, Elisabeth Shue, Austin Stowell, Eric Christian Olsen

Many know Emma Stone as the sassy chick from “Easy A” and Steve Carell as the hilarious guy from “The Office”. So the idea of bringing these two comedians together on the big screen? Genius.

It certainly doesn’t hurt that the both of them are critically acclaimed for their work.

Naturally, “Battle of the Sexes” is off to a terrific start with just its front men alone. Of course, the question of whether it can keep up the momentum that it started is another matter entirely. Such is a question that will eventually be answered in this post, but let’s cover the basics first and find out what “Battle of the Sexes” is all about.

What is it about?

In tennis, the term “Battle of the Sexes” is used to describe various matches between a man and a woman.  And as what one would guess of a movie about tennis, “Battle of the Sexes” is precisely about that. It surrounds the events that led up to the much anticipated match between Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) and Billie Jean King (Emma Stone), and their personal lives- albeit dramaticised.

Bobby, who opined that women aren’t able to beat men on the tennis court, had challenged Billie to a match- which she declined. This in turn nudged him to challenge Margaret Court (Jessica McNamee) instead, the then top female tennis player in the world. When she lost to him, and consequently gave the public reason to mock women’s tennis and women’s place in the world, this backed Billie into a corner.

Knowing that if she didn’t do anything about it, feminist movement and women’s tennis would be damaged for decades to come, and so she stepped up to the plate. She knew that women don’t only belong in the kitchen and as some had so crudely put it, the bedroom. It was time for the rest of the world to understand that too.

Is it worth a watch?

In all honesty? “Battle of the Sexes” is a winner in straight sets.

It features two strong leads who play their roles perfectly- with some even going as far as to say that this film is Emma’s best performance yet. While I can’t say I’ve had the pleasure of watching all of her work, I’m inclined to agree that this is a real possibility. Her character is incredibly real, flawed and human, a true feminist who truly respects both sexes. Steve, on the other hand, is as entertaining as ever. His rendition of Bobby Riggs is arrogant, loud and irritating, and coupled with his talent for humour, yes, engaging.

Besides the main actor and actress, the story itself is worthy of praise as well. The setting takes place during a time when women had far less rights than they do now, yet despite the obvious feminist theme “Battle of the Sexes” champions, it is not obnoxious or insufferable. It explains its message calmly, with the gentility of a mother guiding her child, and does not ever, not once, disparage men. It is precisely what feminism should look like.

As for its secondary theme, the issue of LBGT rights is handled in very much the same way. All in all, “Battle of the Sexes” wins in showing that no matter who we are, we’re all human- just like everyone else. And that’s all that really matters, isn’t it?

“Battle of the Sexes” is now in cinemas

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team



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