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ICEMAN 3D (PG13)

Rating: 3/5

Hong Kong martial arts superstar Donnie Yen is 50 years old, but doesn't look a day past 35, thanks to his stoic demeanour and incredible gongfu chops.

In his latest action comedy vehicle Iceman 3D, he plays one of three Ming Dynasty warriors (alongside Chinese actors Wang Baoqiang and Yu Kang) who are frozen in time following a snowstorm.

They are transported - 400 years later - to modern-day Hong Kong, where Yen's character falls in love with a bar hostess (Eva Huang).

If you're a fan of Yen's Ip Man movies, there is nothing groundbreaking about the action set pieces here. You'd enjoy the film's humour though, which is crass yet charming.

Yen swears constantly, pees in the open and in one scene, drinks from a toilet bowl, thinking it's an ancient well.

- Tan Kee Yun


OCULUS (NC16)

Rating: 4/5

I was dreading going to this movie.

Producer Jason Blum is the same guy who did Paranormal Activity and Insidious, two very scary films.

Oculus is about a family with a murder problem.

Tim (Brenton Thwaites) is released from a mental hospital 10 years after killing his dad, who had killed his mum.

Tim's sister Kaylie (Karen Gillan) is convinced that all this nastiness was caused by a haunted mirror, and sets out to prove it.

Considering that the action revolves around an evil mirror, it's only fitting that Oculus inhabits a warped world in which reality becomes indistinguishable from illusion.

The cast is fantastic, particularly Gillan. There's something about a ginger in a horror movie that makes it extra creepy.

- Jason Johnson


BRICK MANSIONS (PG13)

I think most of us took Paul Walker for granted, but now that he's gone, it has become painfully clear what a wonderful performer he was.

In Brick Mansions, he stars as Damien, a policeman who volunteers to enter a walled-off ghetto to retrieve a weapon of mass destruction that has fallen into the hands of a gangster (RZA).

He teams up with Lino (David Belle), a parkour expert who wants to rescue his girlfriend from the same thug.

The adaptation of the French film District 13 features some thrilling action, and Walker is a convincing butt-kicker.

What might surprise you is the flick's heart. Brick Mansions shows a lot of sensitivity towards the ghetto denizens, taking care to humanise characters that might be portrayed as cardboard villains in lesser films.

Of course the main thing that comes through is Walker's easy-going goodness.

- Jason Johnson