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Film Picks: Luca Guadagnino Desire Trilogy, French Animation Film Festival, and more



There has been a lot of hype surrounding Italian film-maker Luca Guadagnino over the past year for directing the lush gay romance, Call Me By Your Name (2017).

Here is the chance to re-watch the Oscar-winning film (for Best Adapted Screenplay) as well as two of Guadagnino’s acclaimed older films on the big screen – I Am Love (2010), about a matriarch’s sexual desires, and A Bigger Splash (2015, starring Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton), about a series of affairs that unfolds over one vacation. The three films are known collectively as Guadagnino’s “desire trilogy”.

WHERE: The Projector, Level 5 Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road MRT: Bugis/Lavender/Nicoll Highway WHEN: Till June 3, various times ADMISSION: $13.50 from

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The seventh edition of the French Animation Film Festival opens with Zombillenium (2017, below), the critically acclaimed film about a Halloween theme park where the monsters working there happen to be real.

See this and six other French animated offerings at this festival that is sure to please the entire family.

WHERE: Alliance Francaise Theatre, Level 1, 1 Sarkies Road WHEN: May 25 - 27, various times ADMISSION: From $13 from

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If you missed the Drones world tour by British rock band Muse two years ago, this film will be the closest you can get to their well-reviewed live shows.

Featuring footage shot during several of the band's famously energetic shows, the 1 1/2-hour film will also have interview soundbites with the band fronted by the charismatic Matt Bellamy.

There is more than a month to the screening, but this is a one-night-only event happening concurrently in cinemas worldwide, so Muse fans should get those tickets early.

WHERE: The Projector WHEN: July 12, 8.30pm ADMISSION: $13.50 from

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120 minutes/4 stars

Ryan Reynold's second outing as the red-suited assassin Deadpool doubles down on what made the first movie stand out, if its gleeful embrace of cartoonish limb-lopping is any indication.

Anything less than M18-rated levels of bloodletting would have been a disappointment because Deadpool is one of the last Marvel franchises out of Disney's wholesome grasp - it still belongs to Fox - and is indelibly branded as the one with all the grown-up things left out of the more kid-friendly superhero films.

Here, Wade is working through a personal trauma when he meets Russell (Julian Dennison), a boy with the power to shoot fire from his hands. When cyborg villain Cable (Josh Brolin, above) appears, seeking to kill Russell, Wade forms a team of heroes he dubs the X-Force to protect the boy.

John Lui

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 18, 2018, with the headline 'Film Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe