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Aladdin
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Aladdin

Twenty-seven years on from the release of the animated classic, Aladdin gets the live-action treatment, with ‘Sherlock Holmes’ director Guy Ritchie at the helm. The well-known plot is the stuff of Disney magic: a rags-to-riches tale in which a common thief wins the heart of a princess with the help of a magic lamp that transforms him into a prince. If ‘Aladdin’ is not quite a scene-for-scene remake, it gets pretty close. The plot is tweaked with some sensible improvements. Agrabah, a mythical Silk Road city, is described in the original opening song as ‘barbaric’. It’s now simply chaotic, with a bustling population of people from as far as northern Europe (look out for Billy Magnussen’s hilarious Prince Anders) to China, and everywhere in between. It’s clear this version of Aladdin celebrates the cultures from which the ‘Arabian Nights’ folk tale emerged – a lesson no doubt learned from ‘Black Panther’, which led the way in providing an alternative to the white saviour motif of many big-budget movies. Canadian-Egyptian actor Mena Massoud perfectly captures Aladdin’s street-smart charm, while British-Gujarati actress Naomi Scott gives a fire-cracker performance as Princess Jasmine, showing she’s less concerned with finding a husband than learning the required skills to succeed her father (Navid Negahban) to the throne. Marwan Kenzari’s Jafar verges on panto villain, but there’s no denying he cuts a menacing figure. Best of all, the film is a proudly out-and-out musical. Bol

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
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John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

Keanu Reeves’s aggrieved assassin is back for another riotous kick-punch-shoot-repeat action gem.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Avengers: Endgame
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Avengers: Endgame

Arriving with the momentum that only 21 previous global blockbusters can provide Avengers: Endgame is the multiplex-rattling and curiously emotional culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe—at least until the next chapter. 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
10 best cinemas in Hong Kong
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10 best cinemas in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s multiplexes are many and varied, to say the least. There are decent indie cinemas too, if you know where to look. Allow us to show you the best cinemas in Hong Kong. 

The 21 best kung-fu movies made in Hong Kong
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The 21 best kung-fu movies made in Hong Kong

Martial-arts movies are Hong Kong’s speciality. We run down the very best that are made here.

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Hong Kong film interviews

Johnnie To
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Johnnie To

Arguably Hong Kong’s best contemporary director, Johnnie To talks to us about researching triads and the possibility of Election 3.

Juju Chan
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Juju Chan

The up-and-coming star talks about reviving Hong Kong martial arts cinema.

The co-directors of Ten Years
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The co-directors of Ten Years

The five co-directors of the controversial local dystopia tell us of their fears for Hong Kong.

Alice Mak
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Alice Mak

The creator of McDull talks about life in Hong Kong and why she’s luckier than her creation.

Wong Chun
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Wong Chun

The director of the award-winning Mad World discusses his debut film.

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The best films in cinemas now

Aladdin
Film

Aladdin

Twenty-seven years on from the release of the animated classic, Aladdin gets the live-action treatment, with ‘Sherlock Holmes’ director Guy Ritchie at the helm. The well-known plot is the stuff of Disney magic: a rags-to-riches tale in which a common thief wins the heart of a princess with the help of a magic lamp that transforms him into a prince. If ‘Aladdin’ is not quite a scene-for-scene remake, it gets pretty close. The plot is tweaked with some sensible improvements. Agrabah, a mythical Silk Road city, is described in the original opening song as ‘barbaric’. It’s now simply chaotic, with a bustling population of people from as far as northern Europe (look out for Billy Magnussen’s hilarious Prince Anders) to China, and everywhere in between. It’s clear this version of Aladdin celebrates the cultures from which the ‘Arabian Nights’ folk tale emerged – a lesson no doubt learned from ‘Black Panther’, which led the way in providing an alternative to the white saviour motif of many big-budget movies. Canadian-Egyptian actor Mena Massoud perfectly captures Aladdin’s street-smart charm, while British-Gujarati actress Naomi Scott gives a fire-cracker performance as Princess Jasmine, showing she’s less concerned with finding a husband than learning the required skills to succeed her father (Navid Negahban) to the throne. Marwan Kenzari’s Jafar verges on panto villain, but there’s no denying he cuts a menacing figure. Best of all, the film is a proudly out-and-out musical. Bol

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
Film

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

Keanu Reeves’s aggrieved assassin is back for another riotous kick-punch-shoot-repeat action gem.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Pokémon Detective Pikachu
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Pokémon Detective Pikachu

This madcap Pokémon adaptation is a tonne of fun until ponderous plotting replaces the anarchy with something you’ve seen a hundred times before.

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Avengers: Endgame
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Avengers: Endgame

An epic slab of superheroics, Marvel's big finish earns its heaviness – it may even wreck you.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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