SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ARTS THE O.P.E.N.
The O.P.E.N. section of the festival traditionally features fiction films and documentaries with bold, often experimental storytelling styles.
From Indonesia comes the short film Love Story Not (NC16, 30 minutes, 2015), a drama about two sex workers in love with the same man. This is a story not too unlike that of the American comedy Tangerine (88 minutes, 2015), which caused a sensation at the Sundance Film Festival not just for the uproarious performances from its transgender leads, but also for how it was filmed on mobile phones. Sex workers Sin-Dee (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) and Alexandra (Mya Taylor) tear up Los Angeles looking for Sin-Dee's missing pimp-boyfriend.
WHERE: Various locations MRT: Various WHEN: Till July 9 ADMISSION: O.P.E.N. Pass, $45 for all programmes from Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to sistic.com.sg), $10 at the door. Registration required before entry. INFO: For details and schedule, www.sifa.sg
NOW YOU SEE ME 2 (PG)
130 minutes/now showing/ 3.5 stars
At the end of Now You See Me (2013), ex-magician Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman) has been framed and placed behind bars by a group of illusionists calling themselves the Four Horsemen. In this sequel, Bradley is out for vengeance while the gang of four (from left, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson) gets entangled with a tech magnate Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe) with a hidden agenda.
There is quite a bit of plot to get through and a huge cast of characters to get to know. Still, Now You See Me 2 is a zippy sequel that will please fans of the original magic-trick-flick-meets-crime-caper as it manages to up the ante on the illusion set pieces.
APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD (PG)
106 minutes/ 3.5 stars
The world is stuck in the Industrial Revolution era where wood and coal are the main sources of power. When the scientist parents of April (Angela Galuppo) are suddenly killed, she tries to carry on their research in secret in Paris and uncovers a much larger conspiracy.
Marrying legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki's fantastically weird inventions with Tintin creator Herge's ligne claire, or "clear line" drawing style, this story, taken from French comics artist Jacques Tardi's work, is as vividly told as it is beautiful to look at.
This work of animation is a complex and intelligent film that requires some understanding of history and science to be fully appreciated.
Yip Wai Yee
FINDING DORY (PG)
103 minutes, now showing/ 3.5 stars
The latest Pixar product is a solid piece of entertainment for all ages, but in depth of emotion, it does not reach the standard set by predecessor Finding Nemo (2003). In Nemo, the love of a parent for his child was cast into an adventure story. The same concept is used in this spin-off, but this time it is the child seeking the parents.
Finding Nemo begins with deaths in a barracuda attack, follows up with a shark in a feeding frenzy, then moves on to an aquarium overseen by a sadistic child. Dory, on the other hand, grapples more with her mental disabilities than with keeping herself safe from sharp teeth or evil kids.