Movie Picks

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno.
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Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

Jessica Alba.
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The Equalizer.
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Small screen big glory?

Movie stars going on TV no longer career ender

The Knick.
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Why swordplay beats firepower every time

Guns are dumb. It takes no real skill to pull a trigger, and even less courage.

Death can be dealt so easily and so impersonally with a gun that life - human or animal - is utterly devalued. Killing becomes a casual decision.

Swords, on the other hand, are not casual. They require skill, athleticism, even artistry.

You have to get up close with a sword, putting your own life in peril.

Of course it would still suck being hacked up by a sword, but when it comes to movies and such, there's absolutely no question that they're way cooler than guns.

Take Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, opening in theatres here tomorrow.

In the film, swordsman Kenshin is a former assassin who defends the new Japanese government against a mad rebel - and he's glorious.

Jason Johnson takes a closer look at Kenshin and some of his greatest swashbuckling fellows.

Read the full report in our print edition on Aug 27.

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Family man Djokovic ready to focus on U.S. Open

AIMING HIGH: Novak Djokovic (above) is bent on winning the US Open to make it Grand Slam No. 8.
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Tommy sends Derek out of badminton world meet

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Sarawak tell Perak fans to stay away

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LionsXII need a miracle in Malaysia Cup

DOWNCAST: Safuwan Baharudin and goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud show their dejection after JDT II's second goal. The LionsXII are also incensed that referee Samsudin Ibrahim rescinded his penalty decision after Faris Ramli (above, No. 17) was brought down because the assistant referee (background) flagged for offside.
DOWNCAST: Safuwan Baharudin (above) and goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud show their dejection after JDT II's second goal. The LionsXII are also incensed that referee Samsudin Ibrahim rescinded his penalty decision after Faris Ramli was brought down because the assistant referee flagged for offside.

Beleaguered LionsXII coach Fandi Ahmad ended his post-match press conference by saying: "Just pray for us, we'll continue to work hard. We won't give up hope just yet."

After being held 2-2 at home by Johor Darul Ta'zim II last night in front of 4,026 fans, the LionsXII now need a miracle to qualify for the quarter-finals as they are five points behind second-placed Felda United in Group A with two games to go.

The only way for the LionsXII to progress is to beat Pahang in Kuantan on Friday and then Felda United in Selayang next Tuesday - a tall order, considering they couldn't muster a win at Jalan Besar this Malaysia Cup - and hope results elsewhere go their way too.

Lack of luck, no penalties, near-misses and big slices of fortune for the opponents - this has been pretty much the story of the LionsXII this season.

Read the full report in our print edition on Aug 27.

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Stags too experienced for Warriors

FOCUS: Tampines coach Rafi Ali (above) demands full concentration from his players in their high-profile clash with the Warriors on Friday.
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