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Movie Review | Real Steel

I gotta admit that upon seeing the trailer, I wasn’t entirely sold. Certainly NOT a Transformers rip-off, Real Steel is much more than just brawling robots. It’s a film with heart and loads of soul. After plenty of rom-coms and family satires under his belt, Shawn Levy impresses us with this sci-fi gem which just might…

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Fright Night (2011) – Vampires are Scary again

Remakes are hard to do. Story focus, character alignment and even special effects have to be thought out extra carefully. It’s impossible to avoid comparisons and the hordes of die-hard original fans that come with them. Thankfully, there isn’t much to complain about Craig Gillespie’s take on Tom Holland’s 1985 vamp flick cum cult classic  Fright…

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REVIEW | Drum Tao: A Heart Pounding Performance

I have a habit. Whenever I am about to watch any performance at all, may it be a movie or a play or drumming, I will try and abstain from anything that may concern that performance. This is to prevent me from having any predisposition or expectations at all. A blank slate of paper. Hence…

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Singapore Writers Festival 2011: 5 Things To Expect This October

Get set to unleash your inner bookworm when the Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) returns with its 14th edition this year. Organised by the National Arts Council, this now-annual festival will take place from 22 – 30 October 2011. Some 120 participating writers will take part in more than 100 events held across the Festival District’s five central venues:…

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Cowboys and Aliens

Iron Man director Jon Favreau returns with a magnificent mash-up of two distinguished genres – Western and Sci-Fi, to bring you one of 2011’s most anticipated blockbusters, Cowboys and Aliens. Synopsis In 1873, an unknown gentleman (Daniel Craig) wakes up on a desert, with an incision through his gut and a strange metal band shackled to his left…

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Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon

2011’s most anticipated summer blockbuster has finally arrived and boy oh boy, do we have much to spill! Alas, we can finally (and very, very sadly) bid goodbye to Optimus Prime, Ironhide and the rest of the autobots in this final installment of Michael Bay’s  Transformers series. Synopsis The movie begins with a really cool “re-enactment” of…