At The Movies: Crowd-pleasing mob tale The Irishman; cracker of a thriller Monos

Monos is Colombia's entry to the Academy Awards and winner of the Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival. PHOTO: ANTICIPATE PICTURES
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SINGAPORE - Netflix's The Irishman might be the big awards film of the week, but before tackling that three-hour behemoth, one should consider Monos (M18, 103 minutes, opens Dec 6 at The Projector, 4 stars), a cracker of a thriller with no stars and a manageable running time.

On an idyllic mountainside in Colombia, a rag-tag bunch of child soldiers with nicknames like Rambo, Wolf, Dog, Smurf and Lady march, shoot, play football and fall in love. Calling themselves Monos, they are rebels fighting in a forgotten corner of a people's uprising.

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