SING STREET (PG13)
206 minutes/5/5 stars
Dublin in the 1980s is a hard place for Conor (played with a winning swagger by first-time actor Ferdia Walsh-Peelo). The Irish economy is tanking and money woes are tearing apart his parents' marriage. Conor grows up, mainly by falling in love - with the unattainable Raphina (Lucy Boynton), the music of Hall and Oates, A-ha, Duran Duran, Joe Jackson, and the lads in his rock band (who, like Walsh-Peelo, are mainly instrumentalists acting for the first time).
Writer-director John Carney made two other films in which pop and rock do the job of dialogue and action: The Oscar-winning Once (2007) and Begin Again (2013), but this is the most autobiographical of the three and the most entertaining.
99 minutes/4/5 stars
Singapore film-maker Lei Yuan Bin's award-winning documentary was made as part of a larger study on the idea of domesticity in public housing.
Three single women, each living alone, are looked at quietly as they go about their lives. The result is a moving portrait of what it means to make a home in modern-day Singapore. This film is featured in a retrospective screening of the works of local film-making collective, 13 Little Pictures.
WHERE: The Projector, 6001 Beach Road, Golden Mile Tower, 05-00 MRT: Nicoll Highway WHEN: Tomorrow, 2.30pm ADMISSION: $13 INFO: theprojector.sg
CAPTAIN FANTASTIC (M18)
119 minutes, 4.5/5 stars
Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen, extreme right) and his brood have set up home in the leafy splendour of the forests of the Pacific North-west. No phones, computers or screens of any kind distract the kids from hunting-gathering, meditation, strenuous exercise and readings from the classics of the American Left. Ben's goal is to raise a generation of philosopher-kings.
After a decade of isolation, an emergency forces them to leave their refuge and, in a schoolbus named Steve, the group smacks headfirst into junk culture, high-fructose-corn-syrup America.
Matt Ross won the directing prize in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes for this work, filled with memorable characters and winning performances, especially from the children.
A former soldier (Jesuthasan Antonythasan, right), a woman who claims to be his wife, and a girl who says she is their daughter are Sri Lankan refugees resettled into a tough part of Paris. They have to cope with culture shock, while dealing with secrets and lies carried over from the old country.
The French production - directed and co-written by Jacques Audiard, maker of the critically acclaimed Rust And Bone (2012) and A Prophet (2009) - won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival last year. WHERE: The Projector, 6001 Beach Road, Golden Mile Tower, 05-00 MRT: Nicoll Highway WHEN: From tomorrow, various timings ADMISSION: $13 INFO: theprojector.sg