The ‘June School Holidays’ is always an exciting period for movie buffs because it is the season where new movies are being released. However, with the wide selection of movies that are available, it may be difficult for you to make a decision which one to watch first because of the ever-increasing movie ticket prices.
Over the course of one month [since early May], we have watched 5 movies that are still currently showing in the cinemas and if making a decision about what movie to watch is tough, you might just want to check out what we have to say about them

Bad Neighbors
Release Date: 08 May 2014
Rating: R21
Duration: 1 hour 37 minutes

Bad Neighbors Movie Synopsis

Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne lead the cast of Neighbors, a comedy about a young couple suffering from arrested development who are forced to live next to a fraternity house after the birth of their newborn baby. Neighbors is directed by Nick Stoller.

Our Personal Review of Bad Neighbors

Bad Neighbors was extremely hilarious and we really enjoyed ourselves watching the movie. If you need a good laugh, Bad Neighbors is probably the best movie for that. Be warn though, you will need to be really open-minded as some of the scenes can be quite obscene.

Release Date: 15 May 2014
Rating: PG 13
Duration: 2 hours 3 minutes

Godzilla Movie Synopsis

An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Our Personal Review of Godzilla

When the name of Godzilla comes to mind, most people would have the impression that the film is about a monster that is out to cause destruction and endanger mankind. However, this really isn’t the case and you will find out why when you watch the movie. In all honesty, we felt that there were too much dialogue going on and when the movie has reached its climax, the audience might already be half asleep by then.

Release Date: 29 May 2014
Rating: PG
Duration: 1 hour 28 minutes

Maleficent Movie Synopsis

From Disney comes “Maleficent” – the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal – an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom – and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.

Our Personal Review of Maleficent

We are really big fans of Disney’s movies and so, we might be a little bias in our review of Maleficent. However, in all fairness, Maleficent is really a worthy movie to catch because the storyline is unlike that of the classic “Sleeping Beauty”. Though Maleficent has a slightly dark theme to it, there are strong learning points that both children and adults can draw from and we highly recommend it.

Edge of Tomorrow
Release Date: 05 June 2014
Rating: PG 13
Duration: 1 hour 53 minutes

Edge of Tomorrow Movie Synopsis

The epic action of Edge of Tomorrow unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again… and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.

Our Personal Review of Edge of Tomorrow

If you’re a sci-fi fan, the Edge of Tomorrow is just the movie for you and if you have ever watched the movie, “Vantage Point”, you might probably notice a little bit of similarity except that Edge of Tomorrow takes on a sci-fi theme with a single-person perspective; unlike “Vantage Point” that takes on multiple perspective and keeps repeating itself till the audience gets bored.

The beginning of Edge of Tomorrow was slightly draggy but it went on smoothly as the plot develops. Fans of Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt would definitely love this movie.

The Lion Men 2: Ultimate Showdown
Release Date: 12 June 2014
Rating: PG
Duration: 1 hour 47 minutes

The Lion Men 2: Ultimate Showdown Movie Synopsis

The Lion Men: Ultimate Showdown picks up after Mikey (Wang Weiliang)’s and Babyface (Maxi Lim)’s superb performance in the first round of the competition. Shi Shen (Tosh Zhang) becomes jealous of Mikey, especially after he discovers Mikey’s feelings for Xiao Yu (Eva Cheng).

More determined to succeed, Shi Shen spends every waking hour in training and neglects Xiao Yu. Even ignoring her efforts to cook a meal for him. As the finals approach, Xiao Yu begs Shi Shen to withdraw from the competition after he is nearly injured in a sabotage attempt.

Matters worsen when Xiao Yu is kidnapped during the finals. Shi Shen and Mikey are both torn between the competition and their love for Xiaoyu. Who will step up to save her?

Our Personal Review of The Lion Men 2: Ultimate Showdown

Earlier in February this year, we wrote a review about The Lion Men [Part 1] and we felt that the show was distasteful because of its numerous ad placements. In fact, after watching The Lion Men [Part 1], we decided that we were not going to pay to watch The Lion Men 2: Ultimate Showdown; afterall, who wants to spend money watching advertisements for 1.5 hours right?

So, STAR Chinese Movies, under FOX International Channels, invited us to watch The Lion Men 2: Ultimate Showdown and we must admit, it was better than The Lion Men [Part 1]. A considerable amount of effort was put in to bring out the emotional aspect of the film and we must say, Wang Weiliang and Eva Cheng did a pretty good job in portraying their roles.

Having said that, the film still has numerous ad placements and you will get what we mean when Dester Beer, NETS Flashpay, Resorts World Sentosa, and Keppel Land come to the scene. Though The Lion Men 2: Ultimate Showdown is a local production, we felt as if the movie was more targeted towards the China audience.


Melvin is an Entrepreneur, Life Coach, and Chinese Metaphysics Practitioner. He holds an EMBA and he is a passionate and engaging teacher, known for his unique combination of science, research, and spirituality.

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