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The White Tiger
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The best upcoming movies in Singapore

We pick out the best of this month’s (and the next) silver screen offerings for all you avid movie-goers

By Cam Khalid
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With a new month comes a fresh list of titles competing for your filmgoing dollar. There's no doubt that a trip to the cinema to catch the latest Hollywood blockbuster or indie flick in full HD and surround sound is an exciting viewing experience. And with a variety of streaming services out there, you can always indulge in a full-length feature (or two) from the comfort of your digs.

Whether it's a terrifying scream fest, an explosive superhero adventure, a classic reboot, or a melodramatic tearjerker, we're always ready with a bucket of popcorn. Here are the upcoming movies to jot down in your cinema calendar (dates may be subject to change).

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January highlights

Wonder Woman 1984
Photograph: Clay Enos/Warner Bros.

Wonder Woman 1984

Now showing in cinemas

Plenty of perms, neon, and New Order music in the DC cinematic universe as per its trailer? We're sold. After her 2017 debut, the Princess of the Amazons blasts to the past (or future if from the WWI-set origin story) to confront baddies Maxwell Lord and the Cheetah, a villainess with superhuman powers, before they wreak havoc on the world.

 

Soul
Photograph: Disney/Pixar

Soul

Now showing in cinemas

Disney and Pixar's new feel-good animeted movie follows a middle-school band teacher who revisits his love for jazz. But what's jazz without some soul (pun intended)? When a little misstep takes him from the streets of New York City to The Great Before, he discovers the process of souls getting their personalities, quirks, and interests before they go to Earth. Along the way, he learns and understands what it all means to have a soul.

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The Croods
Photograph: Universal International Pictures

The Croods: A New Age

Now showing in cinemas

The prehistoric family has survived its fair share of dangers and disasters, from fanged beasts to the end of the world. But now, the Croods are about to face their next big challenge: the Bettermans. The two families are then forced to embrace their differences and work together to defeat a new threat that propels both families into an epic adventure outside the safety of the Bettermans’ modern home.

Pieces of a Woman
Photograph: Benjamin Loeb/Netflix

Pieces of a Woman

Now showing on Netflix

Grab some tissues for what sounds like a total heart-smasher. This Netflix Original reveals a young mother's year-long odyssey of mourning after a home birth that ends in tragedy. The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby shows her substantial chops again as a grieving woman learning to live alongside her unimaginable loss and Shia LaBeouf co-stars as her equally broken partner.

 

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The White Tiger
Photograph: Netflix

The White Tiger

On Netflix January 22

This Netflix adaptation of Aravind Adiga’s Booker-winning novel sees Balram Halwai (Adarsh Gourav) narrates his epic and darkly humorous rise from rags to riches, starting as a village boy who moves to Delhi. With plenty of twists like being wanted for murder and on the run, it’s a lacerating look at modern-day India that’s being billed as a darker-edged Slumdog Millionaire.

Assassins
Photograph: Assassins/The Projector

Assassins

In cinemas January 28 (The Projector only)

In 2017, Kim Jong-Un's half brother was attacked by two women at Kuala Lumpur Airport with a nerve agent that promptly ended his life. Their defense? They thought they were part of a Japanese prank show. Looking into the incredulous assassination of Kim Jong-Un's half brother, director Ryan White uncovers the deets of this curious case, from court trials to interviews with defense lawyers – all you need to know about the accidental Assassins.

Film festivals and events

DAVID HOCKNEY AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ART
Photograph: Jean-Pierre Gonçalves de Lima

Singapore Art Week at The Projector

Art Outdoor art Singapore City, Raffles Place

Singapore Art Week (SAW), Singapore's visual arts calendar pinnacle, returns to take over physical and digital realms with over 100 programmes. Beyond art galleries and the façades of iconic landmarks, SAW is also serving up a dose of art documentaries at The Projector and its online streaming service. From the serendipitous connections between Van Gogh and Asia, to the poignant street art of Jean-Michel Basquiat, these features explore several mediums and styles, with special highlights on the work of icons like Marcel Duchamp, David Hockney, and Lucian Freud.

Avatar
Photograph: State of Motion / Avatar

State of Motion: [Alternate / Opt] Realities

Things to do Marina One, Raffles Place

State of Motion returns for its sixth edition as part of Singapore Art Week. Titled [Alternate / Opt] Realities, it explores our visually engineered futures as conjured up by the science fiction genre and the magical efficacy of its images. Film-wise, its screening a range of local and regional sci-fi titles from the past three decades, featuring everything from metropolises to dystopian settings, innovative technologies to sinister regimes, and more. Highlights include Aziz M. Osman's XX Ray films, and Kuo Jian Hong's Avatar, and Mamat Khalid's Apokalips X.

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Trinh T. Minh-ha. Films.
Photograph: Trinh T. Minh-ha

Trinh T. Minh-ha. Films.

Film NTU CCA Singapore, Kent Ridge

Get a different perspective of Asia through the lens of multi-hyphenated artist Trinh T. Minh-ha. Taking a page out of ancient Vietnamese myths, 19th-century Vietnamese poem The Tale of Kiều, and Miyazawa Kenji’s novel Milky Way Railroad, the filmmaker produced captivating films like Forgetting Vietnam (2015), Night Passage (2004), The Fourth Dimension (2001), A Tale of Love (1995), and Shoot for the Contents (1991) which are being showcased as an exhibition at the NTU CCA. The first part of her latest cinematic work What About China? is also being screened at the arts space until February 28.

Other January releases

Tesla
Photograph: Tesla

Tesla

Now showing

Come Away
Photograph: Alex Bailey

Come Away

Now showing

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A Friendly Tale
Photograph: A Friendly Tale/The Projector

A Friendly Tale

Now showing (The Projector only)

Wild Mountain Thyme
Photograph: Kerry Brown

Wild Mountain Thyme

In cinemas January 14

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The Vigil
Photograph: The Vigil/The Projector

The Vigil

In cinemas January 14 (The Projector only)

Andre and his Olive Tree
Photograph: Andre and his Olive Tree/The Projector

Andre and his Olive Tree

In cinemas January 14 (The Projector only)

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Outside the Wire
Photograph: Jonathan Prime/Netflix

Outside the Wire

On Netflix January 15

Songbird
Photograph: Songbird/Shaw

Songbird

In cinemas January 21

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Caught in The Net
Photograph: Caught in The Net/The Projector

Caught in The Net

In cinemas January 21 (The Projector only)

Last and First Men, Singular Screens
Photograph: Last and First Men

Last and First Men

In cinemas January 24 (The Projector only)

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Penguin Bloom
Photograph: Joel Pratley

Penguin Bloom

On Netflix January 27

Shadow in the Cloud
Photograph: Jen Raoult

Shadow in the Cloud

In cinemas January 28

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Finding 'Ohana
Photograph: Jennifer Rose Clasen/Netflix

Finding ‘Ohana

On Netflix January 29

The Dig
Photograph: Larry Horricks/Netflix

The Dig

On Netflix January 29

February releases

MALCOLM & MARIE
Photograph: Dominic Miller/Netflix

Malcolm & Marie

On Netflix February 5

Dragon Rider
Photograph: Dragon Rider

Dragon Rider

In cinemas February 11

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To All the Boys: Always and Forever
Photograph: Katie Yu/Netflix

To All the Boys: Always and Forever

On Netflix February 12

I CARE A LOT
Photograph: Seacia Pavao/Netflix

I Care A Lot

On Netflix February 19

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Music
Photograph: Merrick Morton

Music

In cinemas February 25 (IMAX)

Nobody
Photograph: Allen Fraser/Universal Pictures

Nobody

In cinemas February 25

March releases

Moxie
Photograph: Colleen Hayes/Netflix

Moxie

On Netflix March 3

Raya and the Last Dragon
Photograph: Disney

Raya and the Last Dragon

In cinemas March 4

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Promising Young Woman
Photograph: Merie Weismiller Wallace

Promising Young Woman

In cinemas March 4

Minamata
Photograph: Larry Horricks

Minamata

In cinemas March 4

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The King’s Man
Photograph: Disney

The King's Man

In cinemas March 11

Yes Day
Photograph: Netflix

Yes Day

On Netflix March 12

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The Mauritanian
Photograph: The Mauritanian

The Mauritanian

In cinemas March 18

The Father
Photograph: The Father

The Father

In cinemas March 25

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Nomadland
Photograph: Nomadland

Nomadland

In cinemas March 25

April releases

No Time To Die
Photograph: Nicole Dove/Universal Pictures

No Time To Die

In cinemas April 1

The Comeback Trail
Photograph: The Comeback Trail

The Comeback Trail

In cinemas April 1

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The Courier
Photograph: The Courier

The Courier

In cinemas April 8

Six Minutes to Midnight
Photograph: Six Minutes to Midnight

Six Minutes to Midnight

In cinemas April 15

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A Quiet Place: Part II
Photograph: Jonny Cournoyer/Universal Pictures

A Quiet Place Part II

In cinemas April 22

BLACK WIDOW
Photograph: Jay Maidment

Black Widow

In cinemas April 29

Other upcoming 2021 highlights

Last Night in Soho
Photograph: Parisa Taghizadeh/Focus Features

Last Night in Soho

In cinemas May 6

Marry Me
Photograph: Barry Wetcher/Universal Pictures

Marry Me

In cinemas May 13

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Free Guy
Photograph: 20th Century Fox

Free Guy

In cinemas May 20

Fast and Furious 9
Photograph: Giles Keyte/Universal Pictures

Fast & Furious 9

In cinemas May 27

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Cruella
Photograph: Disney

Cruella

In cinemas May 27

Rumble
Photograph: Paramount Animation/United International Pictures

Rumble

Film

In cinemas June 3

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Luca
Photograph: Disney

Luca

In cinemas June 17

JUNGLE CRUISE
Photograph: Frank Masi

Jungle Cruise

In cinemas July 29

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Candyman
Photograph: Parrish Lewis/Universal Pictures and MGM Pictures

Candyman

In cinemas August 26

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The Boss Baby: Family Business
Photograph: DreamWorks Animation LLC

The Boss Baby 2: Family Business

In cinemas September 2

Angelina Jolie
Photograph: Shutterstock

Eternals

In cinemas October 28

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West Side Story
Photograph: 20th Century Fox

West Side Story

In cinemas December 9

News of the World
Photograph: Bruce Talamon/Universal Pictures

News of the World

TBC

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