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Film Picks: Bad Genius, God Of War, Kedi and Paterson



130 minutes 

4 stars

Brilliant student Lynn (Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, above) makes money by helping her classmates cheat on school tests. Her friends Grace (Eisaya Hosuwan) and Pat (Teeradon Supapunpinyo) then propose a million-baht idea: to help students cheat on a standardised test used for university applications.

Writer-director Nattawut Poonpiriya (Countdown, 2012) keeps things surprising from start to finish, especially in the methods the students come up with to game the school system.

Yip Wai Yee


129 minutes

4 stars

Given that Hollywood blockbuster Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge is now showing, God Of War could easily be dismissed as "the other pirate movie". That would be a pity.

General Qi Jiguang (Vincent Zhao, above left, with Sammo Hung) is sent to fight pirates menacing coastal China during the Ming dynasty in the 1500s. The brigands are led by masterful Japanese strategist Kumasawa (Kurata Yasuaki). He and Qi engage in a battle of tactics as he launches attacks on three fronts.

At its helm is Hong Kong director Gordon Chan, who can be hit-or-miss, but here, he delivers layered storytelling, gripping battle sequences and an even more exciting battle of wits between Qi and Kumasawa.

Boon Chan


79 minutes

Istanbul, for historical reasons, is a city where cats are allowed to live their lives without human interference.

In this documentary, Turkish film-maker Ceyda Torun tracks seven special creatures and uncovers a parallel world as rich and interesting as the one built by the city's human inhabitants.

WHERE: The Projector, Level 5 Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road MRT: Nicoll Highway WHEN: From tomorrow ADMISSION: $13.50 INFO: For bookings and schedule, go to

John Lui



118 minutes

3.5 stars

Writer-director Jim Jarmusch must have taken a lot of pleasure in casting Adam Driver (right) as a bus driver named Paterson who lives in the town of Paterson, New Jersey.

Paterson writes lean, natural- language poetry in the style of his idol William Carlos Williams, who also happens to have authored an epic poem titled Paterson.

Slow, but filled with tenderness, this work was selected for competition for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival last year. Jarmusch celebrates small-town life and the dreamers who live in them, while choosing visuals that mirror the patterns of poetry.

WHERE: The Arts House, Screening Room, 1 Old Parliament Lane MRT: City Hall/Clarke Quay WHEN: Until Tuesday ADMISSION: $13.50 INFO: Go to for schedule and bookings

John Lui

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 09, 2017, with the headline 'Film Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe