Movies at the cinema in August 2019

We celebrate Singapore’s 54th birthday this month with heaps of movies for you and your family to catch at the cinemas! Local director Glen Goei makes his long-awaited return to the cinema after a 10-year hiatus, with Revenge of the Pontianak, starring Nur Fazura and Remy Ishak. Modern auteur Quentin Tarantino’s 9th film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is finally screening this month, which reviewers have…

Doraemon and Nobita in 'Doraemon: Nobita's Chronicle Of The Moon Exploration'. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Why Doraemon would be the perfect astronaut!

Jul 30th, 2019 Animation, Child-friendly Marcus Goh 9 min read

Ah, the Moon. Ever since humanity gazed into the heavens and realised that the Moon was actually a physical, spheroid astronomical body, we’ve been obsessed with attempts at space travel, just like in Doraemon: Nobita’s Chronicle Of The Moon Exploration. Remember the great Space Race of the 1950s (if you’re old enough to, that is)? So it’s no wonder that in movies and television, outer space…

Crayon Shin-chan: Dangerous Honeymoon - The Lost Daddy. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Anime like ‘Crayon Shin-chan’ can make these ordinary places seem romantic

Jul 15th, 2019 Animation, Child-friendly Marcus Goh 8 min read

The amazing thing about anime is how it can make anything look beautiful – just look at the Crayon Shin-chan series! While Shin-chan and his family are unmistakably ugly (they were designed that way, after all), they’re still pretty decent to look at, in a cute anime way. Just take a look at Shin-chan and his parents in Crayon Shin-chan: Dangerous Honeymoon – The Lost…

Toy Story 4. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

How come none of these classic toys have appeared in a ‘Toy Story’ film yet?

Jun 23rd, 2019 Adventure, Animation, Child-friendly, Comedy, Fantasy, Teens Marcus Goh 13 min read

One of the joys of watching a Toy Story film is to see how your favourite toy would behave if it came to life. Everyone has owned at least one of the toys that have appeared in the Toy Story film franchise before, be it a Tyrannosaurus rex, a Potato Head figure or even a colourful slinky. It’s always a thrill to see a new…

Marina Bay Sands in Detective Conan: The Fist of Blue Sapphire. Credit: ©2019 Gosho Aoyama/Detective Conan Committee and Odex

See Singapore in a different light in ‘Detective Conan: The Fist of Blue Sapphire’

Jun 10th, 2019 Action, Animation, Child-friendly, Crime, Drama, Thriller Marcus Goh 9 min read

The year was 2016. The Singapore Writers’ Festival had a very special guest – the  creator of the Detective Conan series, Gosho Aoyama. Of course, Detective Conan fans were delighted to have the creator of their beloved series visiting our sunny island – but little did they know that he had fallen in love with Singapore as well. So when Aoyama-san returned home, he set…

Movies at the cinema in June 2019

It’s the June holidays, finally. This means catching a break from having to rise at an ungodly time, and whole afternoons at the cinema! Kids will love animated films such as the new musical comedy UglyDolls, the heartwarming (and probably tear-jerking) Disney’s Toy Story 4, as well as Japanese movie Detective Conan: The Fist Of Blue Sapphire, which is set in Singapore. Action movie fans are probably…

Some not-so-secret voices of pets like those in ‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’

May 30th, 2019 Adventure, Animation, Child-friendly, Comedy Andre Teh 14 min read

If you’re a pet owner, have you ever wondered what would it be like to understand your animal companion’s barks, purrs or chirps? Well, thanks to the magic of animation and voice acting, the critters in Illumination Entertainment’s new movie perfectly intelligible! Our favourite house pets in The Secret Life Of Pets 2 get up to some big adventures to boot in this sequel to the 2016 film….

Celebrities’ kids who are allowed to be unconventional

May 28th, 2019 Animation, Celebrities, Child-friendly, Event, Free Stuff, GV Exclusive Rachel Chan 11 min read

What do you do if your son wants to dress up like a Disney princess? Or if your daughter insists on dressing in only boys’ clothes? Do you make your kids change the way they are? Or do you go the route of the UglyDolls and celebrate what’s unconventional? These days, modern parents are wiser to the fact that gender identification can be non-binary, and…

Aladdin (Mena Massoud) meets the larger-than-life blue Genie (Will Smith) in Aladdin. Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

Your ultimate guide to asking for wishes from Aladdin’s Genie

May 23rd, 2019 Action, Adventure, Child-friendly, Drama, Fantasy, Musical, Romance Marcus Goh 9 min read

Aladdin is literally the greatest wish fulfilment story in the world. After all, who hasn’t had a wish that they wanted to come true? In the film, Aladdin doesn’t just get one wish – he gets three of them. While it’s clear that Aladdin hasn’t quite thought through how to maximise his wishes (and for that matter, neither does the villainous Jafar) and get the…

Pokémon Detective Pikachu. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Do you know which Pokémon can actually speak English?

May 10th, 2019 Action, Adventure, Animation, Child-friendly, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction Marcus Goh 8 min read

In Pokémon Detective Pikachu, former Pokémon trainer Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) discovers a Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds) with a special power – it/he speaks English (we’re talking about the Pikachu, not Tim)! If you’re a Pokémon fan, you’ll know why that’s amazing, because Pokémon generally can’t speak English. Pokémon communicate with each other by repeating their name again and again (kind of like Groot), so Pikachu generally goes “Pika pi”…