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Teen Suspects In Colorado School Shooting Formally Charged

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Reboot overdue for ageing franchise

REVIEW / ACTION JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 (M18) 131 minutes/Opens today/ 2.5 Stars The story: After the events of John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017), in which he violated the code of the assassins’ guild by killing someone on the grounds of the Continental Hotel, Wick (Keanu Reeves) is on the run with a US$14-million bounty […]

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Humour makes sadness even more devastating

REVIEW / DRAMA BIRTHDAY (PG) 120 minutes/Opens today/ 4 Stars The story: Jung-il (Sul Kyung-gu) returns home to South Korea after a number of years abroad. His wife Soon-nam (Jeon Do-yeon) has been looking after their young daughter Ye-sol (Kim Bo-min) on her own and does not want to see him. It is gradually revealed […]

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Keanu Reeves still performs own stunts

In an age of celebrity oversharing, actor Keanu Reeves has somehow stayed one of the most private and enigmatic figures in Hollywood. The good guys he plays in action blockbusters such as Speed (1994), the Matrix movies (1999 to 2003) and the John Wick franchise (2014 to now) – which returns today for a third […]

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Music Charts

APPLE MUSIC 1. (-) I Don’t Care – Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber 2. (1) Boy With Luv – BTS featuring Halsey 3. (2) Kill This Love – Blackpink 4. (3) If I Can’t Have You – Shawn Mendes 5. (4) Me! – Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco 6. (7) […]

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Marvellous mashup

The digital platform might have killed the music distribution business, but it has also helped niche genres and lost gems find a new audience. Dub Store Records, a Japanese label with a narrowly obsessive otaku focus on reggae and ska, has been reissuing oddball gems which stray occasionally into jazz territory. This latest compilation covers […]

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A showcase of Schumann’s gift

It seems such a pity that the German Romantic composer Robert Schumann (1810-1856) wrote such a small body of music for cello – a great cello concerto and a handful of short chamber works. This album of transcriptions by German virtuoso cellist Friedrich Grutzmacher (1832-1903) of Schumann’s Lieder, selected piano pieces and an entire sonata […]

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Goth-folk singer entices with taunts and teases

Any attempt to pin down Aldous Harding is a foolhardy venture, especially when the New Zealand-born songstress is not predisposed to self-explanation. Probed about the video for her recent single The Barrel – in which she moves oddly, dressed in a white ruff and topped with a tall, domed hat, and revealing a macabre blue […]

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Brave but outdated attempt at portraying mental illness

Given actress and singer Ashley Tisdale’s breakout role as the sassy, spunky antagonist Sharpay Evans in 2006’s High School Musical, it might come as a surprise that Tisdale has struggled with anxiety and depression in her career since. For her first album in a decade, she has gone personal, talking about her battle with mental […]

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Mellow, moody numbers

Has Canadian indie rock wag Mac DeMarco gone country? The title of his fourth full-length album certainly suggests so. The moniker, and the gentle, twangy strums that open the album, are just a decoy actually, a typical cheeky move from the singer-songwriter. Here Comes The Cowboy is more akin to a comedown, Sunday morning post-party […]

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Champions of local music talent

Every week, new songs are released by young and rising names in the Singapore music scene, such as R&B/electronic singer Theodora, whose songs have racked up more than two million streams on Spotify. While traditionally, international record companies such as Universal, Sony and Warner have had a hand in putting out music by Singapore talent, […]