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Film picks: Bone Tomahawk, Death Race 2000, Rendezvous With French Cinema and more

Bone Tomahawk.
Bone Tomahawk.PHOTO: SHAW ORGANISATION

BONE TOMAHAWK (R21)

132 minutes/ 4 stars

A western-meets-cannibal movie mash-up sounds like a joke premise, but this taut and disturbing thriller proves that audacious genre-bending can work if its makers love and respect the forms.

Death-metal drummer, novelist and first-time feature film-maker S. Craig Zahler makes his risky concept pay off by getting the basics right.

His cast is outstanding, starting with Kurt Russell as Sheriff Hunt, the leader of the hostage-rescue posse that includes Matthew Fox as Brooder, the town cad, Oscar-nominated Richard Jenkins as scatter-brained deputy Chicory and Patrick Wilson as O'Dwyer, husband of the kidnapped Samantha, played by Lili Simmons.

DEATH RACE 2000 (M18)

80 minutes



DEATH RACE 2000 (M18). PHOTO: SCUM CINEMA

The year 2000 is upon us and America is no longer the liberty-loving nation that it once was. To keep its citizens pacified, its totalitarian government creates the Transcontinental Road Race. Men drive turbocharged machines of death across the once-great nation, laying waste to anything or anyone who stands in their way. Starring David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone.

This road-carnage classic from 1975 is presented by the enthusiasts of horror and action, Scum Cinema.

WHERE: Screening Room, The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane MRT: City Hall/Clarke Quay/Raffles Place WHEN: Today, 8pm ADMISSION: Free, but to ensure that those who reserve tickets show up, a refundable $10 deposit is required. INFO: Bookings and details at deathrace2000.peatix.com

RENDEZVOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA


Valley Of Love. PHOTO: RENDEZVOUS WITH FRENCH

Valley Of Love (NC16, 92 minutes)brings together Isabelle Huppert and Gerard Depardieu, two French actors whose long careers have made them global names. Together for the first time in 35 years (since 1980 comedy Loulou), they play the divorced parents of a 25-year-old son who has killed himself. In this drama set in the scorching heat of Death Valley, California, the couple solve a puzzle contained in a cryptic letter from their dead son.

WHERE: Alliance Francaise Theatre, GV Plaza, The Cathay Cineplex, Shaw Theatres Lido MRT: Various WHEN: Till Sunday ADMISSION: Various prices INFO: For schedules and bookings, go to www.rendezvouswithfrench cinema.sg

OSCAR ISAAC REVISITED


OSCAR ISAAC. PHOTO: THE PROJECTOR

To get fans in the mood for the new Star Wars movie, The Projector brings back two films starring one of the sci-fi franchise's new faces, Oscar Isaac, set to take his place alongside Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.

A Most Violent Year (NC16) and Inside Llewyn Davis (NC16) feature the actor, he of the intense gaze and thick mop. The first is a low-key period drama about a businessman going over to the dark side, the other about a musician who cannot get a break, even in the worst cantinas on this planet or Tatooine.

WHERE: The Projector, Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road MRT: Nicoll Highway/ Lavender/ Bugis WHEN: From tomorrow, various times ADMISSION: $13 INFO: For bookings and details, go to theprojector.sg

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 11, 2015, with the headline 'Film picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe