For fans of: ‘Zootopia’ (2016) and ‘Minions’ (2015)
Sony Pictures Animation brings the mobile game phenomenon to the big screen with this family film, featuring the voices of Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad and Danny McBride.
The movie takes us to an island populated by happy, flightless birds. In this paradise, Red (Sudeikis), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Gad), and the volatile Bomb (McBride) have always been outsiders. But when mysterious green pigs visit the island, it falls to these outcasts to figure out what the intruders are up to.
For fans of: ‘The Journey’ (2014) and ‘Our Times’ (2015)
Directed by Michael Woo, the film is a coming-of-age story focused on a trio of teenage friends — Royston, Violet, and Hao Ren — who overcome all challenges and obstacles to fulfil their dreams. Along the way, they learn about themselves, the meaning of friendship, the management of parent-child and teacher-student relationships, as well as the need to have courage to stand up for what they believe in.
Features a star-studded cast including Gurmit Singh, Quan Yi Fong, Henry Thia, Aloysius Pang, Joshua Tan, Jeffrey Xu, Joyce Chu, Jordan Ng and members of The Sam Willows.
For fans of: ‘Gattaca’ (1997), ‘The Island’ (2005)
Singapore stars in a movie once again, this time in a futuristic ‘Romeo & Juliet. Drake Doremus’ (‘Like Crazy’, ‘Breathe In’) sci-fi romance envisions an understated dystopia, where human emotion is seen as a disease that must be treated and cured.
Expressionless faces and collegiate pleasantries are the ideal, and those whose feelings break the surface are diagnosed with ‘Switched-On Syndrome’ and tracked by the Health and Safety Department. Against this backdrop, co-workers Nia (Kristen Stewart in a perfect role) and Silas (Nicholas Hoult) begin to feel dangerous stirrings for one another.
Look out for familiar landmarks such as Henderson Waves
For fans of: ‘The Obs: A Singapore Story’ (2014) and ‘The Naked DJ’ (2015)
This heart-warming doc is definitely in the running for being one of the best films of 2016.
‘The Songs We Sang’ is a vivid and in-depth look into the journey of xinyao (literally “songs of Singapore” in Mandarin) since its birth. Steeped in xinyao's history and authenticity, this movie captures the spirit of a Singapore culture that has since become a significant part of a nation’s collective cultural heritage.
Taking its title from a pivotal seminar on xinyao held by the Mandarin student publication ‘Nanyang Students’ in 1982, ‘The Songs We Sang’ is infused with the energy, enthusiasm and creative courage of xinyao and its artists, and looks towards future generations of artists who will colour Singapore’s cultural tapestry.
For fans of: Stanley Kubrick
Head down to The Projector to catch Stanley Kubrick's brilliant nightmare of a film. The cult ‘A Clockwork Orange’ takes the heavy realities of the 'do-your-thing' and 'law-and-order' syndromes, runs them through a cinematic centrifuge, and spews forth the commingled comic horrors of a regulated society.
Uncomfortably proximate, disturbingly plausible and obliquely resolved, the film employs outrageous vulgarity, stark brutality and some sophisticated comedy to make an opaque argument for the preservation of respect for man's free will - even to do wrong.
Stars Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates and Warren Clarke