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.
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.
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
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