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2 films to see on the week of March 8 — March 14, 2019

The Haunting Hour (a.k.a. 23:59: The Haunting Hour)

TOMMY, a socially awkward man who is bullied his army mates, finds comfort from compliments left by readers in his blog. One, a very attractive female, intrigues Tommy who imagines more — until he receives a text from her and things start to go horribly wrong. Directed by Gilbert Chan, the film stars Richie Koh, Mark Lee, and Wang Lei. “Feels like a slap-in-the-face anti-climax,” writes John Lui of Singapore’s The Straits Times.

MTRCB Rating: PG

Captain Marvel

AS FANS of the Marvel Comics series would know, Carol Danvers is an ex-US Air Force Pilot who becomes Captain Marvel, a member of an intergalactic space army, and is tasked to save the world. The movie’s events are set against the backdrop of 1995. The film stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, and Jude Law as Yon-Rogg. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a score of 83% and certifies the film as “fresh.” Peter Travers from Rolling Stone says, “You could ding it for convoluted plotting and a retro style that flattens the usual Marvel fireworks. But a dynamite Brie Larson gives hell to cosmic villains and sexist trolls. And an orange feline named Goose is the best movie cat ever!”

MTRCB Rating: PG