Arts & Entertainment

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

Art

Penang's best art galleries

Your art appreciation begins now

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Things to do

50 things to do in Penang: Arts and culture

Here's how you can channel your inner culture vulture

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Art

Street art by Ernest Zacharevic

A look at Penang's most photogenic graffiti art

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Shopping

Independent bookshops in Penang

Where you can score some inspirational reads

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Art

Street art in Penang

A guide to George Town's glorious street art

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Latest film reviews and releases

Film

Southpaw

Like a ‘Raging Bull’ that’s been punched one too many times in the head, Antoine Fuqua’s boxing melodrama is so loaded with obviousness, there’s more pained groaning from the audience than from the guys in the ring.

Time Out says
  • 2 out of 5 stars
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Fantastic Four

It’s been ten years since the last ‘Fantastic Four’ film and its slapdash, unfunny sequel. Perfect timing then for a franchise reboot of the Marvel comic books. And it looks like this time around more attention is being paid. The director is Josh Trank, the 31-year-old boy wonder behind found-footage blockbuster ‘Chronicle’, which gives us hope for fleshed-out characters and convincing special effects. 'Whiplash' actor Miles Teller plays Reed Richards/Mr Fantastic, while ‘Sherlock Holmes’ and ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ writer Simon Kinberg is in charge of the script. We can probably count Josh Trank out of the sequel though. He’s already signed up to direct a ‘Star Wars’ spin-off set for release in 2018.

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Film

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

Has there ever been a less appealing action hero than Ethan Hunt? 

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Film

Ant-Man

Just when it seemed like the Marvel Cinematic Universe was getting so big that the whole superhero-movie bubble might burst, along comes an adventure that’s told on a much smaller scale.

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Return to Sender

Rosamund Pike picked up an Oscar nomination for her brilliantly unhinged turn in ‘Gone Girl’, and she returns to familiar territory in this dark, satisfying indie. Pike is Miranda, an uppity-yet-likeable nurse who’s brutally raped in her home. Struggling with post-traumatic stress, she resolves to visit her attacker in prison, and, through a series of jarring flirting-through-the-perspex meetings, they appear to grow close.It’s an uncomfortable relationship to witness, but, despite appearing sincere, we’re left questioning Miranda’s true intentions. Is she as all-forgiving as she appears to be? Or is this a carefully calculated set-up for an almighty vengeful finale? Put it this way, there’s no way an actress of Pike’s intelligence would have signed on for what looks like, until the last ten minutes, a very poorly judged forgive-and-forget morality tale. And besides, the clue’s in the title.Props to Pike, then, for making an inevitable twist feel like a shock conclusion. Were it not for her trademark icy, enigmatic delivery, this could easily have been a shoddily transparent slice of revenge schlock, rather than a smart, subtly pitched thriller with a fist-pumping feminist finale.

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Film

A Little Chaos

‘A Little Chaos’ is, you imagine, what Alan Titchmarsh might dream about after watching ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’. Kate Winslet plays a pioneering seventeenth-century gardener in the French court of Louis XIV, and she’s the best thing about the film. Wearing a corset so tight that it’s a miracle she can breathe, let alone act, she gives an emotionally switched-on performance as Sabine de Barra, a woman with nothing to lose after the death of her husband and daughter. Scandalising the court, she applies for a job with André le Nôtre (Matthias Schoenaerts), the real-life landscape architect behind the Gardens of Versailles. Sabine, bosom heaving, bonds with André over the begonias. But the usually excellent Schoenaerts is a big letdown, doing what can only be described as dead-fish acting while sporting a career-killing, straggly haircut. To be fair, he does have to work with some hilarious dialogue: ‘Your heart beats furiously, mine just ticks’. Helen McCrory gives ‘House of Cards’ First Lady Claire Underwood a run for her money in the ruthless-bitch stakes as his viper of a wife, while Alan Rickman, also directing, is as dry as a desert in a drought as Louis.

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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