Film Picks: The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years
The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring YearsPHOTOS: AKANGA FILM ASIA, SHAW ORGANISATION, 20TH GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL

THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK - THE TOURING YEARS (PG13)
138 minutes/ 4 stars

Now, any dunce can stitch together a perfectly okay 90 minutes by cramming hits into jukebox video, and this one does have a playlist that would make any Beatles fan weep with joy.

But director Ron Howard burrows beneath the myth to show where the Fab Four (left) came from and why they caused a global youthquake.

When the band launch into She Loves You, the teen hysteria becomes easier to understand. Thanks to the digitally restored sound and video, the song is a caffeinated sugar rush, and it is the same with Twist And Shout, Ticket To Ride and Can't Buy Me Love.

Their primal power is overwhelming.


20TH GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL

Agnes (M18, 101 minutes) chronicles a love affair with an existential flavour. Walter (Stephan Kampwirth) is a 40something writer and Agnes (Odine Johne, above), a student, enters his life. What follows is a rumination on the fragility of identity, set in the world of German academia.

Agnes is one of more than 30 films in this year's edition of the festival. Johne will speak at the screening tomorrow. WHERE: Golden Village VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk; The Projector, 05-00 Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road; National Museum Of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road WHEN: Till Nov 13, various times

INFO: For schedule and bookings, go to goethe.de/singapore


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) 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 professional a few weeks shy of retirement, and his native American partner Alberto Parker (Gil Birmingham).


SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

This year's line-up of 161 films runs the gamut, in country of origin and in style. There are sensitive arthouse dramas as well as sexploitation flicks and action thrillers.

Singaporean film-maker K. Rajagopal's A Yellow Bird gets its long-awaited premiere. The film was in the news when it was in the running for a Camera d'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. It tells the story of an ex-convict (local actor Sivakumar Palakrishnan, photo) and his unlikely friendship with a prostitute (China's Huang Lu).

WHERE: Various locations including Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue; The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane; and Shaw Theatres Lido, 350 Orchard Road WHEN: Nov 23 - Dec 4, various times INFO: For schedule and bookings, go to sgiff.com

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 04, 2016, with the headline 'Film Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe