John Lui Film Correspondent and Boon Chan Media Correspondent recommend

Anime Film Fest, The Lego Batman Movie, and more

Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale
Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale PHOTOS: ODEX, SCUM CINEMA, SWEDISH FILM FESTIVAL, WARNER BROS

ANIME FILM FEST

Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale is the highly anticipated big-screen adaptation of the popular manga about various virtual-reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game worlds.

It premieres in Japan tomorrow and fans here can watch it soon after at the Anime Film Fest, which also includes titles such as YuGiOh!: The Dark Side Of Dimensions (2016) and One Piece Film: Gold (2016).

There will be merchandise and interactive game booths and a cosplay wefie competition at City Square Mall.

WHERE: GV City Square, 180 Kitchener Road MRT: Farrer Park WHEN: Monday to Feb 26 ADMISSION: $13 (Monday to Thursday), $15 (Friday to Sunday) from www.gv.com.sg INFO: www.facebook.com/ODEXanime

Boon Chan


THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (PG)

105 minutes/ 4 stars

This spin-off of the hit animated flick The Lego Movie (2014) gleefully sticks a pin into the self-inflated pomposity of overblown superhero flicks.

It is chock-full of that familiarly irreverent tone, non-stop wisecracks and, of course, the inventive use of the humble Lego brick.

For all the silliness and mayhem, it asks smart, pointed questions about the genre: What is a superhero without his nemesis? In the case of Batman, a lonely man with attachment issues, shunned even by the rest of the Justice League.

Boon Chan


SCUFF 2017

The only festival here celebrating horror, action and grindhouse movies, the Singapore Cult And Underground Film Festival this year features the American work The Eyes Of My Mother (2016, M18, 76 minutes), in which a girl raised on an isolated farm grows up to have strange tastes in friends.

Coffy (1973, M18, 90 minutes) is a classic of the blaxploitation genre, featuring Coffy (Pam Grier, photo), a nurse who becomes a killing machine to avenge the death of her sister.

WHERE: Alliance Francaise, 1 Sarkies Road MRT: Newton WHEN: Feb 24 to 26 ADMISSION: $13, $42 for the four-film package INFO: For schedule and bookings, go to scumcinema.com

John Lui


SWEDISH FILM FESTIVAL 2017

Now in its second year, the festival will feature the winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence (2014, NC16, 101 minutes), containing a series of scenes seen through the eyes of two travelling salesmen. This work, and others from acclaimed film-maker Roy Andersson, will be the focus this year.

WHERE: The Projector, Level 5 Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road MRT: Nicoll Highway WHEN: Till Sunday ADMISSION: $13.50 INFO: For bookings, go to theprojector.sg

John Lui

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 17, 2017, with the headline 'Film Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe