Reviews

Netflix review: ‘Fuller House’

Whatever happened to predictability? Well, I’m happy to report it’s alive and well in “Fuller House,” the sequel to the popular ’80s and ’90s sitcom “Full House.” And that’s a good thing. Growing up, I loved “Full House.” I loved…

‘Eddie the Eagle’ wins a participant medal

Part “Rudy” and part “Cool Runnings,” “Eddie the Eagle” tells the story of real life British ski jumper Michael “Eddie” Edwards who rose to fame at the 1988 Winter Olympics. For what, exactly? To this day, that remains a mystery…

‘Deadpool’ gets it right

Yes! All is now forgiven for that horrible portrayal of Deadpool in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” Gone are the ridiculous arm blades and the foolish decision to sew his mouth shut. There’s a reason he’s called the “merc with a mouth!”…

‘13 Hours’ is an intense, complete thriller

I knew you still had it in you, Michael Bay. When hipster film geeks doubted and badmouthed you online, I stayed loyal. After all, how could the director of classics such as “Bad Boys,” “The Rock” and “Armageddon” possibly be…

‘Creed’ gives a powerful one-two combo

I’ll be honest. When I heard that Hollywood was making “Creed,” I assumed it was yet another greed machine idea to squeeze out whatever life and money were left in the well-loved Rocky franchise. Boy, was I wrong. Well, not…

HIFF review: ‘Seoul Searching’

Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 8:15 p.m., Dole Sunday, Nov. 22 at 5:00 p.m., Dole I’m a huge fan of teen films. Tales of awkward high schoolers finding themselves, hanging out with their friends and trying to get laid really appeal…

Something new: Noi Thai Cuisine

Noi Thai Cuisine recently opened at Royal Hawaiian Center, offering traditional Thai dishes with modern touches. Fans of Noi Thai’s Oregon restaurant or the Bai Tong chain in Seattle might recognize the cuisine. Both chains are owned by JJ Chaiseeha…

HIFF review: ‘Dear Thalia’

Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 4:00 p.m., Dole I felt a lot of shame and anger watching “Dear Thalia.” Not at society or at the homeless issue, but at myself. Living near Kakaako, I have driven by the tents of the…

‘The 33’ is feel good by the numbers

I remember when the story of trapped Chilean miners went global back in 2010. I wasn’t much of a news watcher back then, but I found myself fascinated by the story of 33 men trapped thousands of feet underground, fighting…

HIFF review: ‘The Throne’

Koreans are fascinated with their own history. Some of the country’s biggest hits in TV and cinema are set centuries ago. It’s easy to see why, given the family and political struggles for power that define Korea’s past, but it’s…

HIFF review: Food docs to whet your appetite

Food always features prominently at HIFF. This year is no different: There are a trio of food documentaries that will have you planning your next meal before the credits start rolling. “Foodies” Friday, Nov. 13, 5:45 p.m., Dole Sunday, Nov.…

HIFF Review: 5 movies to start with

Can’t decide what films to catch at the Hawaii International Film Festival? Ed Morita and I will be posting our reviews of upcoming HIFF films in this blog post. We’ll be adding new reviews daily, so keep checking in for…

‘Spectre’ makes Bond a bit boring

Director Sam Mendes and star Daniel Craig had a huge challenge in filming “Spectre” because it had to follow up their own previous work on the fantastic “Skyfall.” “Spectre” starts with an amazing long tracking shot that follows Bond from…

‘Bridge of Spies’ lacks intrigue

Steven Spielberg just directed a two and half hour movie about a global scale “who has the biggest penis” contest. That’s pretty much what “Bridge of Spies,” Spielberg’s latest, comes down to. Inspired by true events during the Cold War,…

‘Pan’ is a big disappointment

A naïve boy leaves home and is thrown into the middle of a rebellion against an evil empire. The rebels are led by a brave and beautiful young woman who regards the boy a savior to help end the war.…

‘Sicario’ is the best film of 2015 … so far

“Sicario” is the Spanish word for “hitman.” It’s also the title of the best movie of 2015 — so far. I’ve only seen two of director Denis Villeneuve’s films prior to “Hitman”: the criminally overlooked “Prisoners” and the severely twisted…