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Best films to catch at the Hong Kong International Film Festival
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Best films to catch at the Hong Kong International Film Festival

Even if Oscar season is over and done with, Hong Kong cinephiles can still satiate their film appetites with the upcoming Hong Kong International Film Festival, which lasts until April 1. Here’s our pick of the best. 

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.

Captain Marvel
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Captain Marvel

Superheroes save the world on a regular basis, but their movies aren’t nearly as courageous: For every ingenious ‘Black Panther’ that departs from the billion-dollar formula, you get ten timid time-wasters. ‘Captain Marvel’, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first female-led instalment, means a lot symbolically—especially to young girls who resonate with Gal Gadot’s confident portrayal of Wonder Woman. But you can’t help but wish the watershed moment arrived with a more richly imagined central character. Even within the MCU itself, you can locate fiercer, more complex women (Elizabeth Olsen’s tortured Scarlet Witch comes to mind), and while ‘Room’ and ‘Short Term’ 12 star Brie Larson is certainly capable of expressing wire-taut uncertainty, she’s a bit stranded in the rubber suit, playing a role that gives her scant opportunity to be human. It seems beneath her. That disconnect is too bad since ‘Captain Marvel’, co-scripted by ‘Mississippi Grind’ directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (plus an army of story writers), tries hard to floor you with its freshness. Sometimes that effort is too obvious, as it is with the film’s utterly unnecessary first 20 minutes: a spew of Trekkian world-building that introduces planet Hala, the Kree, the Supreme Intelligence, the evil Skrull (maybe take notes) and, only slightly less mystifying, Jude Law as a martial-arts master. Eventually our hero (Larson), an alien supersoldier, plunges through the roof of a Blockb

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Hong Kong’s top 10 sexiest movies
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Hong Kong’s top 10 sexiest movies

With plenty of sexy actresses and actors, it’s no surprise that some Hong Kong movies are full of sex. Here are the very sexiest made.

Green Book
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Green Book

Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali are masterful in this rousing period piece, alternating belly laughs with an unflinching view of a nation at war with itself.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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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

Captain Marvel
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Captain Marvel

Brie Larson isn't given enough to do in a Marvel movie that marinates in '90s nostalgia but doesn't quite rise to the occasion of its own significance.

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
The Favourite
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The Favourite

Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz spar for the affections of their queen in Yorgos Lanthimos's swooningly rude period piece – a royal flush.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

This sequel doesn’t have the original’s breathless inspiration, but it’s still a funny and warm-hearted watch.

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
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How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

This ever-imaginative franchise mislays its mojo slightly in an overcrowded final outing.

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
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