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FILM: Wind River DIRECTOR: Taylor Sheridan YEAR: 2017 SYNOPSIS: Cory Lambert is a wildlife officer who finds the body of an 18-­year-­old woman on a Native American reservation in snowy Wyoming. When the autopsy reveals that she was raped, FBI agent Jane Banner arrives to investigate. Teaming up with Lambert as a guide, the duo soon find that their lives are in danger while trying to solve the mystery of the teen’s death. Review by Mickey Chua. Wind River is one of those annual high profile cinematic releases bound for both film critics’ and audiences’ year‐end ‘best of’ lists. An …

FILM: Wonder DIRECTOR: Stephen Chbosky YEAR: 2017 SYNOPSIS: Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. Review by Melissa Lee. At first glance, Wonder seems like your typical cheesy family fare. A ten-year-old boy with a severe facial deformity has a loving family that just wants the world to love him too — the premise alone is practically an entreaty for acceptance. Like Little Miss Sunshine, but a lot more on the nose, …

FILM: Murder on the Orient Express DIRECTOR: Kenneth Branagh YEAR: 2017 SYNOPSIS: A lavish trip through Europe quickly unfolds into a race against time to solve a murder aboard a train. When an avalanche stops the Orient Express dead in its tracks, the world’s greatest detective — Hercule Poirot — arrives to interrogate all passengers and search for clues before the killer can strike again. Review by Melissa Lee. Murder on the Orient Express is arguably one of Agatha Christie’s most well-known detective novels. When plans to remake the film adaptation were first announced, fans of Christie and the mystery genre …

FILM: Alone (Seuls) DIRECTOR: David Moreau YEAR: 2017 SYNOPSIS: Sixteen-year-old Leila wakes up in an empty city. Where are her parents? Where has everyone gone? Thinking she must be the sole survivor of a mysterious catastrophe, Leila wanders the strangely deserted streets of Fortville and eventually meets four other teenagers. Together they join forces and attempt to survive in a desolate and increasingly hostile world. But are they really alone? Review by Mickey Chua. I was recently quizzed about the place of French cinema in today’s Singaporean landscape – the general impression local audiences have towards French movies, as well …

FILM: Safari DIRECTOR: Ulrich Seidl YEAR: 2016 SYNOPSIS: Africa. In the wild expanses, where bushbucks, impalas, zebras, gnus and other creatures graze by the thousands, they are on holiday. German and Austrian hunting tourists drive through the bush, lie in wait, stalk their prey. They shoot, sob with excitement and pose before the animals they have bagged. A vacation movie about killing, a movie about human nature. Review by Hubert Lawrence Yeo. Screened as part of the Singapore Writers Festival 2017 in collaboration with Anticipate Pictures, this was my first time watching a documentary made by the Austrian film director, Ulrich …

FILM: Suburbicon DIRECTOR: George Clooney YEAR: 2017 SYNOPSIS: Suburbicon is a peaceful, idyllic, suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns — the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that. But the tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as husband and father Gardner Lodge must navigate the town’s dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit and violence. The Black Comedy That’s Neither Dark Nor Funny Enough Review by Melissa Lee. It’s hard not to go into Suburbicon with certain expectations. After all, not only is George Clooney a two-time Oscar winner, but his directorial …