For fans of: ‘Rocky’ and boxing movies
The ‘Rocky’ franchise passes the torch to writer-director Ryan Coogler (‘Fruitvale Station’), helming this story about Adonis Johnson – son of Rocky Balboa’s foe-turned-friend Apollo Creed. Michael B. Jordan (‘Fantastic Four’) stars as Adonis, with Sylvester Stallone reprising his immortal role as Rocky.
Adonis Johnson never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia to look for an ageing Rocky Balboa to help him become a professional fighter.
For fans of: Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender sees a dagger before him as Macbeth in William Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy, self-fulfilling a prophecy to become King of Scotland by means of blood and betrayal. Co-stars Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth, who spurs her husband into action.
For fans of: ‘Up’ (2009) and ‘Inside Out’ (2015)
Prehistoric Pixar family adventure following the friendship between Spot, a young human boy, and Arlo, a giant friendly Brontosaurus.
Pixar veteran Bob Peterson (‘Up’) was previously set to direct, but troubles with the third act saw him falling out of the project. A total overhaul in the story and its direction meant ‘The Good Dinosaur’ never made its original release date, thus 2014 never saw a Pixar film.
For fans of: ‘The Professional’ (1994) and ‘Red’ (2010)
The 26th Singapore International Film Festival opens this week, offering more than 140 films from 26 November to 6 December.
One of the festival’s must-watch movies is Taiwanese director Lee Chung’s horror/kung-fu mash-up ‘The Laundryman’ (27 Nov | Grand Theatre, Marina Bay Sands | $15 from Sistic) that revolves around a laundry shop that is also a front for a hitman-for-hire operation.
When a nameless contract killer (Joseph Chang) becomes haunted by his former targets, he enlists a psychic (Wan Qian) for help, but their quest to make peace with the past puts them at odds with his ruthless employer.
Colourful and brimming with unforgettable characters, ‘The Laundryman’ puts the stylish influences of Wong Kar-Wai on the spin cycle. The movie also stars Singapore’s Yeo Yann Yann as a police detective.
For fans of: Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy
Daniel Radcliffe is Igor in this origin story, told from the assistant’s perspective, who witnesses Victor von Frankenstein (James McAvoy) grow from prosperous medical student to the eventual legend. Co-stars Jessica Brown Findlay ('Downton Abbey') and Andrew Scott ('Pride').