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    Avengers Assemble! (Walt Disney Pictures)

    Marcus Goh is a Singapore television scriptwriter. He’s also a Transformers enthusiast and avid pop culture scholar. He Tweets/Instagrams at Optimarcus and writes at marcusgohmarcusgoh.com. The views expressed are his own.

    Secret ending? Mid credits scene, but no post credits scene.

    Running time: 141 minutes (~2.25 hours)

    “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is a superhero movie that’s the second in the “Avengers” franchise, that’s set in the shared Marvel Cinematic Universe. It sees the Avengers battling Ultron, a rogue android of their own design. It stars Robert Downey Jr (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/Hulk), Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton/Hawkeye), Don Cheadle (James Rhodes/War Machine), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch), Paul Bettany (Vision/JARVIS),

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    Onassis (Epy Quizon) holds Tong Wen (Shane Mardjuki) hostage. (Kaya Toast Pictures)

    Marcus Goh is a Singapore television scriptwriter. He’s also a Transformers enthusiast and avid pop culture scholar. He Tweets/Instagrams at Optimarcus and writes at marcusgohmarcusgoh.com. The views expressed are his own.

    Secret ending? No.

    Running time: 122 minutes (~2 hours)

    “Unlucky Plaza” is a Singaporean comedy-drama that revolves around the woes of a disgraced Filipino restaurant owner in Lucky Plaza as he stumbles into the turbulent domestic life of a wealthy family. It stars Epy Quizon (Onassis Hernandez), Adrian Pang (Sky/Terence Chia), Judee Tan (Michelle Chan), Shane Mardjuki (Tong Wen), Guo Liang (Baby Bear), Janice Koh (Cindy), Pamela Oei (Mrs Heng), Christian Wong (Popoy), Osman Sulaiman (Inspector Azman), and Anita Kapoor as herself.

    “Unlucky Plaza” hooks you with its title, and sets the tone for a quirky and very stylised movie. It addresses fairly recent issues rather than the

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  • Review: ‘Iron Ladies Roar’ is quirky but funny

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    Coach Bee (Sudarat Budporm) and the Iron Ladies. (Encore Films)

    Marcus Goh is a Singapore television scriptwriter. He’s also a Transformers enthusiast and avid pop culture scholar. He Tweets/Instagrams at Optimarcus and writes at marcusgohmarcusgoh.com. The views expressed are his own.

    Secret ending? No, but the entire credits has several bloopers and extras.

    Running time: 120 minutes (2 hours)

    “Iron Ladies Roar” is the next instalment in the “Iron Ladies” series of movies and is a Thai comedy that follows the adventures of a group of transvestite volleyball players as they reunite to play the sport they all love. It stars Rattapoom Tokongsup (Mui), Parunyu Rojanawatitham (Kan Tok), Sudarat Budporm (Coach Bee), Padung Songsang (Katharthep-Noinhar, or just Noin), Chaiwat Thongsaeng (Nu), Weeradit Srimalai (Man), Wongsapat Tangniyom (Parn), Patdanai Satesuwan (Tom), Kittipat Samantrakulchai (Dao), Worachai Sirikongsuwan (Jung), Arussaman Jittasiri and (Chart). It is rated M-18.

    It’s

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    Sophia (Britt Robertson) and Luke (Scott Eastwood). (Twentieth Century Fox)

    Marcus Goh is a Singapore television scriptwriter. He’s also a Transformers enthusiast and avid pop culture scholar. He Tweets/Instagrams at Optimarcus and writes at marcusgohmarcusgoh.com. The views expressed are his own.

    Secret ending? No.

    Running time: 128 minutes (~2.25 hours)

    “The Longest Ride” is a romantic film based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name. It follows the tumultuous romance of a bull rider and art enthusiast, even as they learn about a decades old romance from a man they save. It stars Britt Robertson (Sophia Danko), Scott Eastwood (Luke Collins), Alan Alda (Ira), Jack Huston (Young Ira), and Oona Chaplin (Ruth).

    “The Longest Ride” is, admittedly, my first Nicholas Sparks movie. Surprisingly, it isn’t as bad as I had been told – the story might be forced and transparent at times,  but it stills delivers a heartwarming experience and a touching romance. By telling the two tales

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  • Review: ‘Robot Overlords’ doesn’t have enough robot overlords

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    Sean (Callan McAuliffe) is in control. (Shaw Organisation)

    Marcus Goh is a Singapore television scriptwriter. He’s also a Transformers enthusiast and avid pop culture scholar. He Tweets/Instagrams at Optimarcus and writes at marcusgohmarcusgoh.com. The views expressed are his own.

    Secret ending? No.

    Running time: 90 minutes (1.5 hours)

    “Robot Overlords” is a science fiction dystopian movie that follows a ragtag group of teens as they attempt a daring rescue in a world ruled by totalitarian robots. It stars Callan McAuliffe (Sean Flynn), Ben Kingsley (Robin Smythe), Gillian Anderson (Kate), James Tarpey (Nathan), Ella Hunt (Alexandra), and Milo Parker (Connor).

    “Robot Overlords” is a blend of British science fiction – an aesthetic and genre that rarely go together. It definitely has a indie feel to its production quality, but makes up for it in dialogue and performances. It isn’t quite the explosion extravaganza the the title suggests, but still delivers a pretty enjoyable movie

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  • Review: ‘The Gunman’ is all action, no story

    Sean Penn is the Gunman. (Shaw Organisation)

    Marcus Goh is a former Singapore television scriptwriter. He’s also a Transformers enthusiast and avid pop culture scholar. He Tweets/Instagrams at Optimarcus and writes atmarcusgohmarcusgoh.com. The views expressed are his own.

    Secret ending? Thankfully, no.

    Running time: 115 minutes (~2 hours)

    “The Gunman” is an action movie about an ex-soldier who returns to right the wrongs that he has committed, and finds a plot that’s much deeper than he expected. It stars Sean Penn (Jim Terrier), Jasmine Trinca (Annie), Javier Bardem (Felix), Ray Winstone (Stanley), Mark Rylancd (Cox), and Idris Elba (J Barnes). It is rated NC-16.

    “The Gunman” is yet another offering in what appears to be the emerging genre of action movies starring old men that look far too geriatric to be believably fighting off mooks half their age. In any case, it’s directed by the same person who did “Taken,” so you can expect more of the same action. Unfortunately, it takes a

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  • Review: ‘Get Hard’ promises fun, off colour entertainment

    James (Will Ferrell) and Darnell (Kevin Hart). (Warner Bros Pictures)

    Marcus Goh is a former Singapore television scriptwriter. He’s also a Transformers enthusiast and avid pop culture scholar. He Tweets/Instagrams at Optimarcus and writes at marcusgohmarcusgoh.com. The views expressed are his own.

    Secret ending? No.

    Running time: 100 minutes (~1.75 hours)

    "Get Hard" is a comedy that involves a rich, sheltered executive who gets accused of fraud. With only a month before his incarceration, he enlists the help of his car washer to learn how to survive in prison. It stars Will Ferrell (James King), Kevin Hart (Darnell Lewis), Alison Brie (Alissa), and Craig T. Nelson (Martin Barrow). It is rated M-18.

    From its title alone, you can surmise that “Get Hard” will be filled with off colour humour, and it’s M-18 rating confirms that. And you’d be right - “Get Hard” isn’t going to be a philosophical treatise on the prison system. But rather than repeatedly forcing lewd sight gags and tawdry

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    Cornelia (Naomi Watts) is alone in a crowd. (Shaw Organisation)

    Marcus Goh is a former Singapore television scriptwriter. He’s also a Transformers enthusiast and avid pop culture scholar. He Tweets/Instagrams at Optimarcus and writes at marcusgohmarcusgoh.com. The views expressed are his own.

    Secret ending? No.

    Running time: 97 minutes (~1.5 hours)

    "While We’re Young" is a comedy-drama about a middle-aged couple facing a mid-life crisis. But when a young couple in their 20s enters their life, it forces them to re-evaluate what’s important to them. It stars Ben Stiller (Josh), Naomi Watts (Cornelia), Adam Driver (Jamie), Amanda Seyfried (Darby), and Charles Grodin (Leslei Breitbart). It is NC-16.

    It’s difficult to classify “While We’re Young” into any genre, at least within the first 20 minutes. So don’t come in with any preconceived notion of whether it’s a comedy or drama, because your expectations will be probably be skewed.. Rather, take it as a narrative about a couple finding

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  • Brian (Paul Walker) and Dom (Vin Diesel) look at the fastest car in the world. (Universal Pictures)

    Marcus Goh is a former Singapore television scriptwriter. He’s also a Transformers enthusiast and avid pop culture scholar. He Tweets/Instagrams at Optimarcus and writes at marcusgohmarcusgoh.com. The views expressed are his own.

    Secret ending? No.

    Running time: 137 minutes (~2.25 hours)

    "Fast and Furious 7" (also known as "Furious 7") is the seventh instalment in the "Fast and Furious" series. This movie sees the brother of the previous movie’s antagonist coming to take revenge on our heroes, even as the government enlists the crew for a covert recovery mission. It boasts a star-studded cast of Vin Diesel (Dominic Toretto), the late Paul Walker (Brian O’Conner), Dwayne Johnson (Luke Hobbs), Michelle Rodriguez (Letty Ortiz), Tyrese Gibson (Roman Pearce), Chris "Ludacris" Bridges (Tej Parker), Jordana Brewster (Mia Toretto), Djimon Hounsou (Mose Jakande), Tony Jaa (Kiet), Ronda Rousey

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  • Review: ‘Mr Pip’ suffers from strange directorial choices

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    Mr Watts (Hugh Laurie) and Xzannjah (Matilda Naimo). (Shaw Organisation)

    Marcus Goh is a former Singapore television scriptwriter. He’s also a Transformers enthusiast and avid pop culture scholar. He Tweets/Instagrams at Optimarcus and writes at marcusgohmarcusgoh.com. The views expressed are his own.

    Secret ending? No.

    Running time: 115 minutes (~2 hours)

    "Mr Pip" is the film adaptation of the novel "Mister Pip." It follows the unlikely bond between a teacher and a student, and how one book changes both their lives. It stars Hugh Laurie (Tom Watts), Xzannjah (Matilda Naimo), Healesville Joel (Dolores Naimo), and Eka Darville (Pip).

    "Mr Pip" is a fairly intense movie, even if its opening scenes don’t quite give that impression. You’ll have to go in with expectation that it’s not a feel-good movie, but one that requires much reflection and thought after viewing. With that in mind, however, you’ll have a greater appreciation of the film and the message that it tries to send.

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    Mr Watts at work.

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