Arts & Entertainment

Your complete guide to Kuala Lumpur's art exhibitions, theatre plays, musicals, comedy, movie reviews and film trailers

Theatre

Wadaiko Syo: The art of taiko drumming

Japanese drumming is loud, hard and fast. Loke Poh Lin checks out the taiko school where you can learn this energetic performance

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Film

Tom Hiddleston interview: 'The reason I’m an actor is that I’m interested in identity'

Tom Hiddleston is used to flying high as Thor’s bad brother Loki, but his latest roles see him at the top of his game

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Film

The best Japanese anime shows for beginners

Japanese anime’s long and varied history makes the genre a tough nut to crack for most beginners. Ken W picks the best starter anime series to sink your teeth into.

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Film

Ghostbusters

The all-female reboot of ‘Ghostbusters’ is here – pumped-up, subversive and often very funny.

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Titus Andronicus

As part of the DPAC Arts Festival and the #Shakespeare400 celebrations, theatrethreesixty and the KL Shakespeare Players are presenting ‘Titus Andronicus’, based on The Bard’s revenge tragedy.

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Latest film reviews and releases

Film

The BFG

A little orphan girl is snatched from her bed late at night by a big-hearted vegetarian giant and whisked off to an unwelcoming land of over-sized cannibals in Roald Dahl's much-cherished 1982 book 'The BFG'.

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Film

Ghostbusters

The all-female reboot of ‘Ghostbusters’ is here – pumped-up, subversive and often very funny.

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Film

The Legend of Tarzan

This high-energy, big-budget new spin on the old Tarzan story is fun to watch if you take it as throwaway kitsch. 

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Film

Our Kind of Traitor

John le Carré’s novels have undergone some attention-grabbing adaptations in recent years, starting with ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ in 2011 and continuing recently with ‘The Night Manager’ on TV. The latest is ‘Our Kind of Traitor’, based on le Carré’s 2010 spy story. Like ‘The Night Manager’, it’s a globetrotting story of ordinary people dragged into a high-stakes conspiracy that reveals our world to be run by snakes. Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris play Perry and Gail, two pretty average Londoners on holiday in Marrakesh. One night in the hotel bar, Perry befriends Dima (Stellan Skarsgård), a boisterous Russian mafioso who begs him to take information back to the UK and hand it over to British intelligence. Dima’s USB drive contains details of British politicians helping Russian oligarchs launder money through London. In return for the scoop he wants to defect to Britain. Back home, principled but bruised MI6 agent Hector (Damian Lewis) is sympathetic to Dima’s cause, but he struggles to get support for a mission from higher up. The idea of a wimpy British holidaymaker being drawn into a dangerous plot that hops from Paris to the Alps might have you rolling your eyes. However, once you get past some bumps in the road of believability, ‘Our Kind of Traitor’ turns into a brisk, energetic drama, with Anthony Dod Mantle’s photography adding interesting layers to a fairly straightforward plot. In the hands of director Susanna White, this is a less opaque film than some recent l

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Film and TV features

Film

Tom Hiddleston interview

Tom Hiddleston is used to flying high as Thor’s bad brother Loki, but his latest roles see him at the top of his game

Read more
Film

The best Japanese anime shows for beginners

Japanese anime’s long and varied history makes the genre a tough nut to crack for most beginners. Ken W picks the best starter anime series to sink your teeth into.

Read more
Film

Emilia Clarke interview

You might not recognise Emilia Clarke. The 29-year-old is best known for playing the ethereal Daenerys Targaryen in ‘Game of Thrones’.

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Film

Best films and TV shows to watch over the holidays

If you’re going to be antisocial over the holidays, stream these films and TV shows on Netflix and iflix. We’ve selected some of the best documentaries to cult classics and even some local selections.

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