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(New Zealand/UK/USA) It’s here: part two of the three-part adaptation of the prequel to the three-part adaptation, adapted from the one-part original. Got it? Because if that sounds bloated, then you’ve got a pretty accurate read on “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” We...
Dec 18 2013
Best mall for those awaiting the inevitable rise of our robot overlords Christmas is just great, isn’t it? It’s the perfect time to hang out with family and friends while contemplating the inexorable rise of an artificial intelligence that develops sentience and enslaves the human race...
Nov 30 2013
(South Korea) Korean director Bong Joon-ho made it big with 2006’s “The Host,” a genre mash-up of horror, dark comedy, political satire and melodrama. His latest film is his first in English, and if it weren’t for the director you’d be forgiven for thinking that...
Nov 28 2013
1.Your Grumpy Granny So your ar por has dropped in to stay from Vancouver, bringing with her equal amounts of disapproval and yarn. It’s going to be a looong week. Fook Lam Moon Start at the crack of dawn with a stroll down to the Sculpture Court, in front of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, for...
Nov 21 2013
For better or for worse, Hong Kong’s breakneck rate of development makes the city of today almost unrecognizable from that of 100 years ago. But the curve of a street, a historical sign or a façade of a building can still take us back to how it used to be. If you’re interested in old...
Nov 21 2013
(USA) Orson Scott Card’s young adult novel “Ender’s Game” is one of those books that half of the internet seems to have read, loved, and is prepared to defend with a frothy digital passion. I haven’t, and so—much like the author’s own bigoted comments on...
Nov 11 2013
The Anatomy of a Startup At heart, a startup is a few people with a new idea who want to change the world. It’s quite the goal. But the people behind startups have to want something big: otherwise, they wouldn’t be wasting their time. “When we say startup we usually refer to a...
Oct 3 2013
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Spacious David Beatty and Asif Ghafoor Launch July 2013. The Elevator Pitch “Spacious makes it much easier to find a property to buy or rent in Hong Kong.” The Deal We’ve all had to do the flat-hunting thing, and it sucks. It’s tricky to find flats online, doing it in...
Oct 3 2013
(USA) Joseph Gordon-Levitt has come a long, long way since he was the nerdy Tommy in the 90s sitcom “3rd Rock From The Sun.” He starred in 2005’s phenomenal high school film noir “Brick,” did some adorable lovelorn mooning in “(500) Days of Summer,” and...
Oct 3 2013
Stage Film is the medium of philistines. If you go to a play, at least if it sucks you can walk out in the first act, yelling about how no one knows how to enunciate any more. A Bowlful of Kindness, Oct 12-26. Second run of this local, heart-warming play about being good to each other in 1960s Hong...
Sep 27 2013