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 Pontianakstarring 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 called his “love letter to the 60s L.A Hollywood“.

Music lovers should not miss Yesterday and Blinded By The Light, respectively inspired by The Beatles and Bruce Springsteen. Korean boy band BTS fans should catch music documentary Bring The Soul: The Movie on the big screen.

 

Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw

Release date: August 1, 2019
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby, Helen Mirren
Genre: Action/Adventure

Enemies to partners. Photo credit: IMDB

The action flick is a spin-off of The Fast and the Furious franchise, centred around Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), a loyal agent of America’s Diplomatic Security Service and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), a lawless outcast and former British military elite operative. When they first faced off in 2015’s Furious 7, the duo swapped smack talk and body blows as they’ve tried to take each other down. But when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton (Idris Elba) gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever, the two sworn enemies pair up as unlikely allies who are forced to team up to bring down the only guy who might be badder than themselves. They’ll be joined by Vanessa Kirby (who played Princess Margaret in Netflix series The Crown) who takes on the role of a brilliant and fearless rogue MI6 agent.

 

Khandaani Shafakhana (Hindi)

Release date: August 1, 2019
Cast: Sonakshi Sinha, Varun Sharma, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Annu Kapoor, Badshah
Genre: Drama/Comedy

Love at first sight. Photo credit: India.com

Khandaani Shafakhana follows the life of a happy-go-lucky Punjabi girl, Babita Bedi (Sonakshi Sinha) who can do anything for her family, including continuing her family tradition of running a fertility clinic to promote awareness on sex and love in her country. She will have to face many obstacles from her conservative society that has a stigma attached to sex clinics and the women operating them.

 

Bring The Soul: The Movie

Release date: August 7, 2019
Cast: RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V, Jung Kook
Genre: Music documentary

Probably the biggest boy band in the world right now. Photo credit: The Hollywood Reporter

One of the biggest boy band in the world, BTS, brings their “Love Yourself” tour in Europe to the big screen this August as they invite fans behind the scenes of their whirlwind tour.

The music documentary is a glimpse into BTS’ world away from the stage, featuring intimate group discussions alongside spectacular concert performances from the seven-member group that held 24 concerts in 12 cities – including two dates at London’s Wembley Stadium.

 

Line Walker 2 Invisible Spy (Mandarin)

Release date: August 8, 2019
Cast: Nick Cheung, Louis Koo, Francis Ng
Genre: Action

Louis Koo, Francis Ng and Nick Cheung in spy-thriller Line Walker 2 Invisible Spy. Photo Credit: Sina

In Line Walker 2 Invisible Spy, the action-thriller imagines that Hong Kong is besieged by terrorists. The police force is plagued by a conspiracy involving a triad mole within the force.

A frightening car crash in downtown Hong Kong sparks a war between the local police and international criminal organisations. Superintendent Yip (Francis Ng) and Inspector Ching (Nick Cheung) from the Criminal Intelligence Bureau (Counter Terrorism) has arrested a female hacker named Yiu involved in the accident. The Commissioner believes that moles have been planted in their midst and thus, a deep probe into a mysterious gang is needed. With everyone in the Police Force suspected to be a rat, and investigation led astray by Yiu’s statements, heads of the department are completely clueless about who is good or evil.

 

Yesterday

Release date: August 8, 2019
Cast: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Kate McKinnon, Ed Sheeran
Genre: Comedy/Romance

Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away… Photo credit: IMDB

Yesterday, everyone knew The Beatles, or at least had heard of their iconic songs. Today, Jack (Himesh Patel) is the only person on Earth who remembers their songs after waking up in an alternate timeline where they never existed. And as a struggling musician trying to break into the industry, he is about to become a very big deal.

From director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire), Yesterday is a comedy about music, dreams, and the long and winding road that leads to the love of your life. It also stars Lily James, Kate McKinnon and Ed Sheeran as himself.

 

The Art of Racing In The Rain

Release date: August 8, 2019
Cast: Milo Ventimiglia, Amanda Seyfried, Gary Cole, Kathy Baker, Ryan Keira Armstrong, Martin Donovan, Kevin Costner
Genre: Drama

The dog knows… Photo credit: IMDB

Based on the best-selling novel by Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a heartfelt tale narrated by a witty and philosophical dog named Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner). He recalls the life lessons he has learned from his owner, Denny Swift (Milo Ventimiglia), an aspiring Formula One race car driver. Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition and understands that the techniques needed on the racetrack can also be used to successfully navigate the journey of life. The film also stars Amanda Seyfried as his wife, and Ryan Kiera Armstrong as their young daughter Zoe.

 

The Kitchen

Release date: August 8, 2019
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss, Domhnall Gleeson, James Badge Dale
Genre: Action/Drama

These ladies are not to be underestimated. Photo credit: IMDB

Andrea Berloff makes her directorial debut in this American crime thriller based on the Vertigo comic book miniseries by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle. The Kitchen brings together Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss as the wives of Irish mobsters who take over organized crime operations in 1970s Hell’s Kitchen neighbourhood in New York City, after the FBI has arrested their husbands. Left with little but a sharp ax to grind, the ladies take the Irish mafia’s matters into their own hands—proving unexpectedly adept at everything from running the rackets to taking out the competition…literally.

 

Singham (Punjabi)

Release date: August 9, 2019
Cast: Parmish Verma, Sonam Bajwa
Genre: Action/Comedy

Parmish Verma plays a righteous DSP in Singham. Photo Credit: Pinterest

In Singham, a valiant and righteous cop, Dilsher Sikhon (Parmish Verma) becomes a Deputy Superintendent of Police in his own village, Singham Khurd, to rehabilitate the drug engulfed youth of Punjab. This sets him against Bhuller (Kartar Cheema), a powerful but vicious businessman, mafia boss and an aspiring politician with connections to high-profile players. Bhuller challenges Dilsher Sikhon’s ethics and beliefs, but with support of his love and faith in his values – Singham gets back at him in his quest for justice.

 

The Divine Fury (Korean)

Release date: August 15, 2019
Cast: Park Seo-Joon, Ahn Sung-Ki, Woo Do-Hwan
Genre: Horror/Thriller

Park Seo Joon is a martial art fighter the in The Divine Fury. Photo credit: IMDB

The Divine Fury is an action-horror film directed by Jason Kim, starring Park Seo-Joon, veteran actor Ahn Sung-Ki and Woo Do-Hwan.

Park stars as Yong Hoo, a martial champion fighter who discovers that he has inexplicable wounds on his palms, marks that correspond to the wounds suffered by Jesus on the crucifix. Hoping to rid himself of the painful stigmata, Yong-hoo searches for Father An (Ahn) who is also an exorcist of the Vatican. Together, they join forces in a fight against powerful evil forces that wreak havoc on the human world.

 

Blinded By The Light

Release date: August 15, 2019
Cast: Viveik Kalra, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Ganatra, Nell Williams, Aaron Phagura, Hayley Atwell, Dean-Charles Chapman
Genre: Drama

Jump for joy. Photo credit: IMDB

Blinded by the Light is an inspirational musical movie based on the songs of Bruce Springsteen, starring Viveik Kalra. Viveik is Javed, a Pakistani British teenager living in a drab London suburb in 1987 who discovers the music of Bruce Springsteen. Amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the times, he writes poetry as a means to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the inflexibility of his traditional father. But when a classmate introduces him to the music of “the Boss,” Javed sees parallels to his working-class life in Springsteen’s powerful lyrics, giving him the courage to do things he wouldn’t have otherwise dared to, like asking Eliza (Nell Williams), a girl in his literature class, out on a date.

Based on Sarfraz Manzoor’s acclaimed memoir Greetings from Bury Park, the coming-of-age movie is directed, written and produced by Gurinder Chadha (Bend it Like Beckham). It premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and also stars Hayley Atwell, Kulvinder Ghir and Meera Ganatra.

 

Stuber

Release date: August 15, 2019
Cast: Kumail Nanjiani, Dave Bautista, Iko Uwais, Natalie Morales, Betty Gilpin, Jimmy Tatro, Mira Sorvino, Karen Gillan
Genre: Action/Comedy

Run or die. Photo credit: IMDB

The buddy action comedy tells the story of a mild-mannered Uber driver named Stu (Kumail Nanjiani), who is obsessed to get his first 5-star rating on the ride-hailing app. He picks up a passenger (Dave Bautista) who turns out to be a cop hot on the trail of a brutal killer. Thrust into a harrowing ordeal where he is forced to drive him around town in order to catch a notorious drug lord named Oka Tedjo, Stu desperately tries to hold onto his wits, his life and his five-star rating.

 

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re,Surrection (Japanese) [GV Exclusive]

Release date: August 15, 2019
Cast: Jun Fukuyama, Takahiro Sakurai, Yukana, Akio Ohtsuka, Ami Koshimizu, Ayumu Murase, Kaori Nazuka
Genre: Animation

A surprise attack that spells the end for the universe! Photo credit: IMDB

The Japanese anime film is based on the Code Geass anime series, with the story taking place after the Zero Requiem arc, a full year after Lelouch vi Britannia’s Zero Requiem Plan.

Two years have passed since the end of Code Geass, and the world is well on its way to recovery. But when world-famous hero Zero and Britannian Princess Nunally are kidnapped in a surprise attack by an unknown force, a chain of events are set into motion that could spell the end for this peace that millions have already died for.

 

Trouble

Release date: August 15, 2019
Cast: Big Sean, Jason Mraz, Snoop Dogg, Kevin Chamberlin, Colby Lopez, Manny Streetz, Marissa Jaret Winokur
Genre: Animation

What an adventurous dog. Photo credit: hdqwalls

Trouble is a pampered dog that must learn to live in the real world, as he tries to escape his former owner’s greedy children. Starring a voice cast that includes pop singers like Big Sean, Jason Mraz and Snoop Dogg, the animated movie also features real-life dog whisperer, César Millan.

 

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Release date: August 15, 2019
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie
Genre: Drama/Comedy

All that glitters is not gold. Photo credit: IMDB

Quentin Tarantino returns to the director’s chair with Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, a comedy-drama starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, set in 1969 Los Angeles – the golden age of Hollywood.

TV star Rick Dalton (DiCaprio), the former star of a Western television series, finds his career faltering due to ongoing alcoholism issues. He meets up with his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt), lamenting that his career is over. Both pals embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves in the Hollywood film industry they hardly recognize anymore.

This movie, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to positive response, is the last film to feature American actor Luke Perry (of Beverly Hills 90210 fame), who died in March 2019.

 

Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl (Japanese)

Release date: August 15, 2019
Cast: Kaito Ishikawa, Asami Seto, Inori Minase, Nao Toyama, Atsumi Tanezaki, Maaya Uchida, Yurika Kubo
Genre: Animation

We will get through it together. Photo credit: IMDB

The anime film adaptation, based on the popular novel series written by Hajime Kamoshida, is coming to Golden Village cinemas this August, with a fan screening that comes with exclusive official movie premiums.

Sakuta Azusagawa is a second-year high school student living in Fujisawa, where the sky and sea shines. His relationship with his girlfriend Mai Sakurajima hits a rough patch when he stumbles on a girl who looks exactly like his first love, Shoko Makinohara. For some reason, two versions of Shoko exist—a junior high student and the adult. The adult Shoko leads Sakuta by the nose, causing a huge rift in his relationship with Mai. In the midst of all this, he discovers that the middle school Shoko is suffering from a grave illness and his scar begins to throb…

 

Angel Has Fallen 

Release date: August 22, 2019
Cast: Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lance Reddick
Genre: Action/Thriller

Gerard Butler returns to this action flick as agent Mike Banning. Photo credit: Entertainment Weekly

The third film in the Olympus Has Fallen film series sees the return of Gerard Butler as secret service agent Mike Banning. After the events in the previous film, London Has Fallen, Mike finds himself framed for an assassination attempt on President Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman). Pursued by his own agency and the FBI, Banning turns to unlikely allies in a race against time to clear his name and uncover the real terrorist threat.

 

Bodies at Rest (Mandarin)

Release date: August 22, 2019
Cast: Nick Cheung, Richie Jen, Zi Yang
Genre: Action/Drama

Who’s behind the mask? Photo credit: Edinburgh International Film Festival

Nick Cheung and Richie Jen headline the action flick by Finnish director Renny Harlin, which opened at the recent Hong Kong International Film Festival.

Working in the morgue, a hardworking forensics expert and his assistant are suddenly accosted by masked criminals who barged in to demand access to a body involved in a recent crime. The cat-and-mouse game unfolds over a single night as the criminals desperately attempt to hide their true identities. The doctor finds himself sinking deeper and deeper into a quagmire as his past inadvertently catches up with him. Each explosive twist soon pushes the characters beyond their limits.

 

Revenge of the Pontianak (Malay)

Release date: August 22, 2019
Cast: Nur Fazura, Remy Ishak, Hisyam Hamid
Genre: Horror

You don’t want to mess with the Pontianak. Photo credit: The Straits Times

Singaporean director Glen Goei makes his long-awaited return to the cinema with Revenge of the Pontianak, a decade after his previous production, The Blue Mansion.

A modern interpretation of the classic Southeast Asian Pontianak folklore legend, the film seeks to humanise one of Southeast Asia’s most revered horror icons with a with a romantic twist in the plotline. Set in 1965 in a small village in Malaysia, Khalid and Siti are preparing for their wedding when a Pontianak (Nur Fazura) begins terrorising the village with a string of supernatural occurrences and horrific deaths. As the villagers become more fearful and paranoid, Khalid is forced to confess to the murder of a girl he made pregnant years ago, now believed to have returned as a Pontianak to seek revenge. To kill this vengeful vampire, he rallies all the men of the village and sets into the jungle to hunt her down.

 

Dora and the Lost City of Gold

Release date: August 29, 2019
Cast: Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Michael Peña, Eva Longoria, Adriana Barraza, Temuera Morrison, Jeff Wahlberg, Nicholas Coombe, Madeleine Madden, Danny Trejo
Genre: Family/Adventure

Dora comes to live! Photo credit: IMDB

Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a live-action adaptation and continuation of Nickelodeon’s television series, Dora the Explorer.

Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents, nothing could prepare Dora (Isabela Moner) for her most dangerous adventure ever – high school. Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading Boots (her best friend, a monkey), Diego (Jeffrey Wahlberg), a mysterious jungle inhabitant (Eugenio Derbez), and a rag tag group of teens on a live-action adventure to save her parents (Eva Longoria, Michael Pea) and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost city of gold.

 

Playmobil: The Movie

Release date: August 29, 2019
Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Daniel Radcliffe, Kenan Thompson, Jim Gaffigan, Adam Lambert
Genre: Animation

It’s time to fight! Photo credit: IMDB

The animated feature film inspired by the Playmobil brand toys features a star-studded voice cast including Daniel Radcliffe, Anya Taylor-Joy, Adam Lambert, Meghan Trainor and Kenan Thompson.

Charlie (Gabriel Bateman) and his teenage sister, Marla (Anya Taylor-Joy), disappear into the vast and wondrous animated world of Playmobil toys. Charlie finds himself imprisoned in a kingdom by the evil Emperor Maximums (Lambert), prompting Marla to team up with a food truck driver (Jim Gaffigan) and a secret agent (Radcliffe) to save her brother. Along the way, she runs into other characters, from Vikings and knights to robots – in her colourful rescue mission.

 

Sources: IMDB, Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, SinaEdinburgh International Film Festival, The Straits Times, Pinterest

 

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