ALONG WITH THE GODS: THE TWO WORLDS (PG13)
139 minutes/ three.5 stars
This fantasy drama could also be soap-opera melodrama, however at the least it’s unapologetic about it.
Director Kim Yong Hwa, identified for making sentimental movies equivalent to 200 Pounds Beauty (2006) and Mr Go (2013), goes to nice lengths to exploit the tears right here – and it really works.
Heroic firefighter Ja Hong (Cha Tae Hyun) dies on the job and, within the afterlife, should stand trial in seven ranges of hell earlier than he can reincarnate.
Defending him at each stage are his guardians Gang Rim (Ha Jung Woo), Haewonmak (Ju Ji Hoon, above left) and Dukchun (Kim Hyang Gi, above centre), who replay the most important occasions of his life to show he was a superb man.
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THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER (M18)
121 minutes/ four stars
Heart surgeon Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) appears to have taken a fatherly curiosity in teenager Martin (Barry Keoghan).
The younger man is fixated on Murphy, his spouse Anna (Nicole Kidman), teenage daughter Kim (Raffey Cassidy) and younger son Bob (Sunny Suljic).
As Martin’s behaviour grows more unusual, Murphy breaks off the connection, however his resolution carries an otherworldly penalty.
That juxtaposition of the mundane and the nightmarishly mythic is continually at play on this film, winner of the Best Screenplay award on the Cannes Film Festival and nominee for the highest prize of the Palme d’Or for director and co-screenwriter Yorgos Lanthimos.
WHERE: Screening Room, The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane MRT: City Hall WHEN: Till Sunday, varied instances ADMISSION: $13.50 INFO: sacreddeer.peatix.com
SON OF SAUL (M18)
107 minutes/ 5 stars
The movie is introduced again as a part of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which falls on Jan 27. Hungarian director and co-writer Laszlo Nemes’ astoundingly assured function debut, winner of the 2016 Oscar for Best Foreign Film, chronicles a couple of days within the life of 1 inmate, Saul (Geza Rohrig, left). His journey peeks into the routines of a loss of life camp, from the time prisoners stroll by way of the gates to the inescapable finish.
WHERE: The Projector, Level 5 Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road MRT: Nicoll Highway WHEN: Jan 20, 8pm ADMISSION: $13.50 INFO: theprojector.sg
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (R21)
132 minutes/ four.5 stars
From the attractive setting of an idyllic northern Italian city to the casting to the selection of music, the film-maker will get the small print good in evoking a world that we turn into utterly immersed in.
In the early 1980s, lecturers who keep for a spell within the household home in northern Italy and assist out his professor father are a summer season ritual for Elio (Timothee Chalamet).
When younger Jewish-American scholar Oliver (Armie Hammer) walks by way of their door, he stirs up robust emotions of need on the a part of the precocious 17-year-old.
Chalamet slips underneath the pores and skin of Elio to provide a sensitively tuned efficiency as he swings from the heady rapture of sexual awakening and first like to being torn aside by doubt and insecurity.
WHERE: The Projector, Level 5 Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road MRT: Nicoll Highway WHEN: Various instances ADMISSION: $13.50 INFO: theprojector.sg