Film Picks: Halloween At The Projector

What We Do In The Shadows
What We Do In The ShadowsPHOTOS: THE PROJECTOR, SHAW ORGANISATION, GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL

HALLOWEEN AT THE PROJECTOR

The most imaginatively dressed patrons from tonight till Sunday will be crowned Shriek Sheik and Scream Queen.

The Projector's marketing manager Jerome Chee says: "We hope our audiences will come all tricked out because the treats are going to be well worth it."

The bill this weekend includes the cult New Zealand horror-comedy What We Do In The Shadows (NC16, 87 minutes) and the 1984 original version of Ghostbusters (PG, 105 minutes).

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


MIDDLE EAST FILM FESTIVAL

Singapore's first festival featuring the films of the Middle East includes A World Not Ours (2012, 90 minutes, above), a serio-comic look at the lives of Palestinians in Lebanon's refugee settlements.

The festival is organised by the National University of Singapore's Middle East Institute and The Projector.

WHERE: The Projector MRT: Nicoll Highway WHEN:Till Sunday, various times ADMISSION:$13.50 INFO: For bookings and schedules, go to theprojector.sg


HELL OR HIGH WATER (M18)
102 minutes/ 3.5 stars

This crime thriller blends crime action, suspense and social commentary with lashings of local colour.

Think the Coen brothers' Western noir Blood Simple (1984) but with a dash of The Big Short (2015) when the focus is on troubled home owners.

Toby (Chris Pine, photo) and Tanner Howard (Ben Foster) are brothers who tear through the small Texan towns on a Bonnie and Clyde-style crime spree.

Their exploits attract the attention of Texas ranger Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges), a wizened pro a few weeks shy of retirement, and his native American partner Alberto Parker (Gil Birmingham).


20TH GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL

One highlight is Toni Erdmann (M18, 162 minutes, photo), nominated for the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Director Maren Ade's portrait of a father-daughter relationship is bittersweet and filled with strange turns.

Winfried (Peter Simonischek, left) is the epitome of an embarrassing dad - a man who cannot resist a joke. He tries to mend his strained relationship with ambitious executive daugher Ines (Sandra Huller, above left) by clowning even harder. The result is cringing all around.

WHERE: Golden Village Vivocity, 1 Harbourfront Walk; The Projector; National Museum Of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road; Alliance Francaise de Singapour, 1 Sarkies Road; and Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road WHEN: Thursday to Nov 13, various times INFO: For schedule and bookings, go to www.goethe.de/singapore

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 28, 2016, with the headline 'Film Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe