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From:The Straits Timesposted on 14 June at 1:21 PM
14 June at 1:21 PM

Films to watch over the weekend

Looking for something to do? Here's a list of films.

This article was first published on June 13, 2014.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 (PG)

103 minutes

***1/2

This is the highly anticipated follow-up to How To Train Your Dragon, a film that many consider to be Dreamworks Animation's true pride, one that is arguably on a par with some of Pixar's best work.

Five years on from the first film, Viking Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his dragon Toothless are having fun flying and exploring new territories. They stumble upon a cave where they discover hundreds of dragons living together, as well as the woman (Cate Blanchett) who is keeping them safe.

In this film, writer-director Dean DeBlois lives up to expectations with a sequel filled with the wit and heart found in the first. Hiccup is older and more self-assured, and the special emotional bond he has with his dragon Toothless is stronger than ever.

This is how all sequels should be made.

Yip Wai Yee


IRANIAN FILM FESTIVAL

This first festival for a nation that has delivered many classics (Abbas Kiarostami's Taste Of Cherry, 1997; Majid Majidi's Children Of Heaven, 1997, among others) will feature eight works. All except Asghar Farhadi's A Separation (2011), winner of the Best Foreign Language Oscar and Golden Globes, are making their premiere here.

The Hidden Sense (2012, 90 minutes, PG) is a look at a typical middle-class couple, Amir and Simin, who seem to have it all but find themselves drifting apart.

I Am His Wife (2012, 100 minutes, PG) is another domestic drama, but this time looking at a marriage through the eyes of a young woman married to an insensitive man who disregards her feelings and thoughts.

Organised by the Singapore Film Society and Objectifs, the festival is supported by Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Iran in Singapore.

Where: Golden Village GV Grand, Kim Seng Plaza MRT: Orchard When: June 20 - 22 Admission: $10 from www.gv.com.sg

JL


UNDER THE SKIN (R21)

108 minutes

***1/2

Arty horror meets vague conceptual sci-fi in this work by the director of Sexy Beast (2000), the funny tale of London gangsters in their holiday homes.

British director Jonathan Glazer took a decade to complete Under The Skin, based on the 2000 novel of the same name by Michel Faber that was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award. A nameless alien assumes the form of an attractive woman (Scarlett Johansson). She drives around Glasgow and the Scottish Highlands in a van, inviting men into the vehicle. Fellow aliens riding motorcycles watch over her as she goes about her mission.

What gives Skin its heft is its stylishness. Glazer, noted for his music video and advertising work, knows how to make an arresting image. The sci-fi set design (to say too much would spoil the fun) is a stunning piece of minimalist futurism where space and time dissolve.

When the alien pod receives its "deliveries", the moment is as solemnly ritualistic as a Japanese tea ceremony and just as mesmerising.

John Lui


CHEF (NC16)

115 minutes

***

Director of the first two Iron Man movies Jon Favreau (with John Leguizamo and Emjay Anthony) writes, directs and stars in this ode to food and food culture. As a film-maker, his taste in actors is as finely tuned as it presumably is for food. Favreau plays Carl Caspar, once a star in Miami culinary circles, but is humiliated after a bad review by an influential food blogger. In a fit of rage, he blames the restaurant owner for the poor menu and is fired. Seeking to rekindle his love of cooking, he refurbishes a food truck. He urges former wife Inez (Sofia Vergara) to release son Percy (Anthony) into his care as he chases his dream of cooking and eating his way across the United States.

The project as a whole feels less like a movie and more like a pop-up shop, a loosely curated assortment of Favreau's favourite actors, food, cities and music. Luckily for viewers, he is blessed with good taste.

JL


BATU BELAH BATU BERTANGGUP (1959)

Based on a Malay folktale, this drama tells the story of a single mother and her two children who live on the verge of starvation. This black- and-white film, produced in 1959 by Run Run Shaw, was directed by Jamil Sulong, who worked with P. Ramlee on film productions and songwriting. Part of the CausewayEXchange festival.

Where: Malay Heritage Centre, Lawn, 85 Sultan Gate MRT: Bugis When: Today, 8.30pm Admission: Free Tel: 6391-0450 Info: E-mail NHB_MHC_programmes@ nhb.gov.sg & go to www.causewayexchange.com

AHMAD ALBAB (1968)

This comedy tells the story of a rich and arrogant man, whose daughter Mastura marries a poor village goatherd named Syawal. The two lead a happy simple life until Syawal comes across a cave and is greeted by a genie protecting a chest of treasures belonging to Ahmad Albab. Part of the CausewayEXchange festival.

Where: Malay Heritage Centre, Lawn, 85 Sultan Gate MRT: Bugis When: Tomorrow, 8.30pm Admission: Free Tel: 6391-0450 Info: E-mail NHB_MHC_programmes@ nhb.gov.sg & go to www.causewayexchange.com


LE RENARD ET L'ENFANT (THE FOX AND THE CHILD) (G)

This film has been described as being a nature documentary with a fairy-tale look at the story of young girl and her friendship with a fox. In French with English subtitles.

Where: Alliance Francaise Theatre, 1 Sarkies Road MRT: Newton When: Sun, 4pm Admission: $9 (members), $11 (non-members) Tel: 6348-5555Info: www.sistic.com.sg


Other Events: 

NATURE

FATHER'S DAY SPECIAL: A BASKETFUL OF ZEN GARDEN FOR DAD

This Father's Day, children from Kindergarten 1 to Primary 6 can create potted plants in baskets and cards for dad.

Where: Jacob Ballas Children's Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens MRT: Botanic Gardens When: Tomorrow, 10 - 11.30am Admission: $30, includes materials Tel: 6465-0196 Info: E-mail nparks_sbg_edu@nparks.gov.sg

CONTESTS

THE NEW FACE 2014 (THE NEW PAPER): THE MESMERISING MUSE

If you think you can be The New Face 2014, join this contest and walk away with the top prize of $10,000 cash plus an exclusive feature in Her World magazine. Finalists will get an exclusive fashion spread with professional training by top Singapore show producer Daniel Boey. Organised by The New Paper, Singapore Press Holdings.

Where: Bugis+ Atrium, Level 2 MRT: Bugis When: Tomorrow, 2 - 3pm (walk-in audition) Info: For the audition, wear a fitting top & miniskirt/shorts ensemble, high heels & light make-up & take along a close-up photograph of your face. For inquiries, e-mail mkgtnpnewface@sph.com.sg

COME AND CELEBRATE LOVE @ THE GARDENS BY THE BAY

Make a purchase on Sunday at Gardens by the Bay to enter the Buyers Draw for a chance to zip around in a Ferrari supercar or Bentley worth $2,800 on your wedding day. There will also be bridal shows as well as a performance by Merry Bees Live Music. Organised by The Straits Times and The New Paper Classified.

Where: Gardens by the Bay, Flower Field Hall MRT: Bayfront When: Tomorrow, 1pm (Merry Bees Live Music), 5pm (bridal fashion show) & Sun, 1pm (love contest), 5pm (bridal show) Admission: Pay usual entry fee to the Flower Dome & Cloud Forest Info: Register at www.sphclass.com.sg/love to receive a goodie bag worth $50 & a 20 per cent discount off the entry fee to the two conservatories

INAUGURAL FAMILY MONOPOLY CHALLENGE

The board game will be transformed into an adventure for shoppers to win prizes, such as a Chevrolet Malibu and a cruise on Superstar Virgo. The contest takes place at roadshows at various Frasers Centrepoint Malls as part of the month-long Family Monopoly Challenge.

Info: To sign up for the challenge, which is on till June 29 at the eight Frasers Centrepoint Malls, families can form a team of four & register at www.fraserscentrepointmalls.com/familymonopoly or at the roadshows at the malls. To qualify, families need to spend at least $30 at any of the malls

TOURS

RAINFOREST TOUR

Discover the tropical rainforest with the help of volunteer guides at these one-hour tours.

Where: Singapore Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre, Cluny Road MRT: Botanic Gardens When: Tomorrow, 9 & 11am (English), 10am & 4pm (Mandarin) Admission: Free on a first-come-first-served basis at the Visitor Centre Tel: 6471-7361

PETS

BARKBECUE FOR HOPE

Treat your pooch to Barkbecue For Hope, a barbecue party for canines and their owners, and part of the proceeds raised will go to the Hope Dog Rescue, a shelter for abused, neglected and abandoned dogs run by a group of volunteer animal rescuers.

Where: Fabrika, Klapsons The Boutique Hotel, Level 17, 15 Hoe Chiang Road MRT: Tanjong Pagar When: Tomorrow, 5 - 8pm Admission: $68 nett, includes a buffet dinner & one beverage for one owner plus chow for one dog Tel: 6521-9000 Info: E-mail hopeforbruno@ gmail.com or info@klapsons.com. Go to www.klapsons.com

KIDS

THE IKEA SPACE CAMP, MAKE SPACE FOR IMAGINATION

Families can go on a space adventure at both Ikea stores. Kids aged three to 12 can embark on the Space Cadet Programme by going on a mission to complete their Space Report Card and receive a $5 Ikea gift card plus a chance to win a bedroom makeover worth $10,000. Adults can indulge in Space Supper - Dim Sum Deals at the Ikea restaurant - and shop at the Ikea Galaxy Backyard Sale.

Where: Ikea Alexandra, 317 Alexandra Road MRT: Queenstown Where: Ikea Tampines, 60 Tampines North Drive 2 MRT: Tampines/Pasir Ris When: Today & tomorrow, 10 - 2am Tel: 6786-6868 Info: www.ikea.com.sg

CELEBRATE THE JUNE HOLIDAYS AT BREADTALK MALL

Get a BreadTalk IHQ junior pass and enjoy weekend activities and treats.Buy a pass at $10 or spend $30 at the mall to receive a complimentary pass. Activities include Din Tai Fung's Nerf Gun Strikeout and performances include meeting the BreadTalk Chef Mascot at 1 and 3pm and a magic show at 2pm.

Where: BreadTalk IHQ, 30 Tai Seng Street MRT: Tai Seng When: Tomorrow & Sun, June 21 & 22, 11am - 7pm Admission: Children have access to all activities with the pass Info: Receipts must be dated from May 26. Limited to one pass a child (aged 4 - 12). Go to www.breadtalkihq.com

RISE & SHINE CARNIVAL 2014

Billed as the ultimate breakfast event of the year, the carnival comes with many activities such as rugby, basketball and kids bike circuit. Also be part of a Singapore record-setting attempt for the most number of families eating sandwiches together.

Where: The Lawn @ Marina Bay MRT: Marina Bay When: Tomorrow, 8am - 12.30pm Admission: Tickets available on site tomorrow at $16 an adult. Free for children below 12 Info: carnival.riseandshine-expo.com

CHARLY T'S BALLOON SCULPTING WORKSHOP FOR THE LITTLE ONES!

Kids can learn how to sculpt balloons at this workshop, which is free for kids accompanied by dining adults. Kids' meals are available and include favourites such as mini burgers or sausages with fries with a soft drink or homemade iced tea.

Where: 112 East Coast Road, 03-15, I12 Katong MRT: Dakota/Paya Lebar When: Sun, 1pm - 2pm Admission: Complimentary for every kid accompanied by a dining adult Tel: 6636-4701 Info: Limited to 20 children on a first-come, first-served basis. Go to www.facebook.com/charlyts.sg

THERE WAS AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A FLY WORKSHOP

Children aged four to eight can have fun at this workshop, which is based on the ditty about a woman who swallowed a fly and then swallowed a spider to eat the fly. The rhyme serves as a springboard for adventures, which will help to enhance communication and sensory skills.

Where: Ion Art Gallery, Ion Orchard MRT: Orchard When: Till Tue, 10.30am - noon or 4 - 5.30pm Admission: $25 Tel: 6735-9986 Info: Book at www.act3international.com.sg or e-mail act3int@act3international.com.sg

FROZEN SING AND DANCE WORKSHOP

Learn songs from the movie Frozen and be mesmerised by each child's transformation into Princess Elsa.

Where: 9 Raffles Boulevard, 02-29/30 Millenia Walk MRT: Promenade/EsplanadeWhen: Thu, 10.30am - 12.30pm - June 20, 4 - 6pm Admission: $50 Tel: 6836-5008 Info: www.kidsperforming.com

NATURE'S PALETTE AT THE SINGAPORE BOTANIC GARDENS

Learn the basics of nature journaling through a slide talk and sketching tour, which ends with a drawing and painting session. Children will get to take home their creations and nature journals. Suitable for children in Primary 3 to Primary 6.

Where: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Botany Centre MRT: Orchard When: June 24, 9am - 1pmAdmission: $50 a child Tel: 6465-0196/6471-9961Info: Registration is required at least one week in advance. E-mail nparks_sbg_edu@nparks.gov.sg

BE A JUNIOR BIRDWATCHER

Fun-filled activities await junior birdwatchers during weekends at the Waterfall Aviary of the Jurong Bird Park. Children can hike at the Waterfall Aviary, identify the birds and match them against the images in their worksheets.

Where: Jurong Bird Park, Waterfall Aviary, 2 Jurong Hill Road MRT: Boon LayWhen: Till June 29, various timings Admission: Pay usual park entry of $25 (adult) & 16 (child aged three - 12) Tel: 6265-0022

STUDENT DEAL: BIG SAVINGS FOR 1 LUGE & SKYRIDE

Savings of almost 50 per cent await students who flash their student pass during weekdays to enjoy a Luge & Skyride package on the revamped Skyline Luge Sentosa during the school holidays. They pay $8 (usual: $15) when they take the 320m chairlift and a unique three-wheeled gavity ride.

Where: Skyline Luge Sentosa, 45 Siloso Beach Walk, SentosaMRT: HarbourFrontWhen: Till June 29, 10am - 9.30pmAdmission: $8 Tel: 6274-0472 Info: www.skylineluge.com/luge-singapore/skyline-luge-sentosa

CHILDREN'S SEASON: PLAY @ NATIONAL MUSEUM/MASAK MASAK: MY CHILDHOOD

Check out the new children's wing at the National Museum of Singapore, where kids can play with the exhibits. Relive your childhood memories as you visit the Masak Masak exhibition and explore familiar playgrounds and games of yesteryear.

Where: National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road MRT: Bras Basah/Dhoby Ghaut When: Till Aug 3, 10am - 6pm daily Admission: Free Tel: 6332-3659/ 6332-5642 Info: www.museums.com.sg/cs14

KIDS PIZZA MAKING CLASSES AT SPIZZA CLUB STREET

Spizza's Club Street outlet will be conducting a hands-on session for children aged seven to 12 every second Saturday of the month from this month till December.

Where: 29 Club Street MRT: Chinatown When: Every second Sat of the month till Dec Admission: $45, includes materialsTel: 6220-7657 Info: An extra class will be held on June 28. Each child will get a welcome drink, apron, cap & a goodie bag. E-mail info@spizza.sg

OTHERS

NGEE ANN CITY - PA DANCETHON 2014

About 3,000 senior citizens and youth will bond through dancing at the Ngee Ann City - PA Dancethon 2014. Jointly organised by the People's Association Active Ageing Council and Ngee Ann City, as part of the PA Wellness Programme, to promote active ageing and healthy living among residents.

Where: Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza, 391 Orchard Road MRT: Orchard When: Tomorrow & Sun, 1 - 9pm Admission: Free Tel: 6733-0337 Info: www.ngeeanncity.com.sg

PRICELESS SURPRISES FOR SHOPPERS THIS GSS FROM MASTERCARD

Charge at least $20 to your MasterCard and you might win $500 daily and the grand prize of a trip to see Justin Timberlake performing in Sydney. MasterCard is setting up a Priceless Surprises Machine every weekend this month to give out prizes and surprises to cardholders. Where: Various locations MRT: Various When: Weekends till June 29 Admission: Free (buy at least $20 with your Mastercard) Tel: 6274-1492 (Mon - Fri, 9am - 6pm) Info: Priceless Surprises Machine will open from 2 - 4pm at various venues for cardholders to submit at least three MasterCard charge slips to win prizes on GSS weekends at locations such as the MasterCard Theatres, B1, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands tomorrow & Sun. Go to www.mastercard.com/gss

LAST CALL

NHN: CHANGE THE WORLD

This inter-disciplinary exhibition features a mix of visual art, sound art and traditional art by three Japanese artists from different generations: Nagata Bunsho, Haioka and Nakano Yasuhiro.

Where: Mulan Gallery, 01-07, 36 Armenian Street MRT: City Hall/Bras Basah When: Today & tomorrow, 11.30am - 6.30pm Admission: Free Tel: 6738-0810 Info: www.mulangallery.com.sg

COMPILED BY MAGDALENE LUM, CALLYN CHOW & CHRIS TAN

 

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