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The best new movies in Singapore to catch

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

Cheryl Sekkappan
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Cheryl Sekkappan
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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 and February highlights

Scream
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Scream

In cinemas January 13

One of horror's most frightening and celebrated franchises is getting something of a reboot. Scream (2022) picks up 25 years after the events of Scream (1996) to bring new thrills and spills to the big screen. This time, the quiet town of Woodsboro is being shaken up once again by a new killer – and the teenaged victims are related to the original cast of characters played by Neve Campbell, David Arquette, and Courtney Cox. Expect old town secrets to be revealed, and for a chilling new Ghostface. To refresh your memory before catching Scream (2022), don't forget to catch up on the first four movies available for sale or rent on streaming sites like Amazon Prime, Google Play and Apple TV.

Yuni
Photograph: The Projector

Yuni

At The Projector January 14

Part of Singapore Art Week's (SAW) showcase of Indonesian director Kamila Andini, Yuni is a touching coming-of-age tale centred on a bright and ambitious girl living in rural Indonesia. 16-year-old Yuni is expected to get married, but has bigger dreams of pursuing college and leaving behind her dead-end town. Pressures mount as marriage proposals start to come in – shedding light on the difficulties that many Indonesian women face in terms of arranged marriages, access to further education and the lack of sexual education. This striking film was the Platform Prize Winner at the Toronto International Film Festival 2021, and will only have two screenings as part of SAW. 

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Licorice Pizza
Photograph: Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures Inc.

Licorice Pizza

In cinemas January 20

Set in 1970s southern California, Licorice Pizza by American director Paul Thomas Anderson plays out like a sun-drenched fever dream. The romantic comedy follows 15-year-old high schooler Gary who falls in love with an older woman, Alana, who claims she's 25. What follows is a freewheeling flirtation that takes the duo on adventures around the San Fernando Valley. Anderson's solid filmmaking transforms what could be a meandering and mundance romance into a surprisingly poignant and nostalgic piece.                      

Ah Girls Go Army
Photograph: MM2 Entertainment Singapore

Ah Girls Go Army

In cinemas February 1

This Lunar New Year, head to the cinemas for an easy and light-hearted movie-going experience with Jack Neo's Ah Girls Go Army. The movie reimagines a Singapore where there are not enough boys, forcing a draft of girls into the army. Catch the tears, friendships and shenanigans as a bunch of Gen Z teen girls undergo training under the tough leadership of Sergeant Chow and Liutenant Roxanne – and how their trials in the army help them discover their potential and resolve issues in their personal lives. 

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Jackass Forever
Photograph: Paramount Pictures

Jackass Forever

In cinemas February 3

There's something to be said about watching a bunch of grown men be total jackasses on camera. Jackass Forever is a reality comedy movie that's dangerous, absurd and hilarious – you'll cringe and laugh as the cast shoot themselves out of cannons, take on snakes, punch each other in the nuts, get other unsuspecting victims in the nuts, and much more. It's not a movie for everybody, but fans of the Jackass series will find much to love in this latest installment. 

Death on the Nile
Photograph: Rob Youngson

Death on the Nile

In cinemas February 10

Adapted from Agatha Christie's travel mystery of the same name, Death on the Nile begins with an idyllic cruise that turns into a nightmare when the young and beautiful heiress Linnet Ridgeway is mysteriously shot and killed on her honeymoon getaway. Enter Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot, who takes on the task of sussing out the murderer aboard the glamourous river steamer. Kenneth Branagh is both director and main actor, alongside stars like Gal Gadot, Tom Bateman, Emma Mackey, Letitia Wright and Russell Brand. 

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Marry Me
Photograph: Universal Pictures

Marry Me

In cinemas February 10

A textbook musical romcom that's sure to deliver on those warm, cheesy feels anyway – Marry Me centers on pop superstar Kat Valdez (Jennifer Lopez) who's about to get married to her fiancé in front of an audience of loyal fans. Turns out he's been cheating on her, a fact she finds out right before the ceremony. Things get loopy when she instead proposes to a recently-divorced math teacher holding a 'marry me' sign in the crowd. Are you surprised that he says yes? Will the unlikely newlyweds fall in love and get their happily every after? 

Spencer
Photograph: STX Films

Spencer

In cinemas February 10

Princess Diana is one of the most recognised and celebrated figures in modern history – which only amps up the pressure on biopics like Spencer. Actress Kristen Stewart takes on the monumental task of portraying this beloved and tragic figure, playing a Diana trapped in a decaying marriage, on the verge of breakdown, and forced to play nice throughout the royal family's Christmas festivities. By all accounts, Stewart is a revelation in the role, bringing the looks, mannerisms and submerged anguish of Princess Diana to life. 

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Uncharted
Photograph: Sony Pictures

Uncharted

In cinemas February 17

Tom Holland trades his Spidey suit for a well-fitted Henley and cargo pants in the action-adventure film Uncharted. Playing Nathan Drake, he and his mentor Victor "Sully" Sullivan go on a quest to find "the greatest treasure never found" while picking up clues to Drake's long-lost brother on the way. Based on a video game of the same name, Uncharted will further test Holland's action chops with loads of death- (and physics) defying action sequences. 

The Worst Person in the World
Photograph: NEON

The Worst Person in the World

At The Projector February 24

The finale in Joachim Trier's “Oslo Trilogy”, this Norwegian film is billed as a dark romantic comedy-drama about a young woman named Julie who is floundering in love and life due to her indecisiveness. Set in Oslo, this film follows four years of her life as she learns bittersweet lessons on the road to self-discovery. For her striking portrayal of a woman in an existential crisis, actress Renate Reinsve picked up the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival 2021. 

Other upcoming 2022 highlights

The Batman
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The Batman

In cinemas March 3

Turning Red
Photograph: @pixarturningred/Instagram

Turning Red

Available on Disney+ March 11

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The Lost City
Photograph: Paramount Pictures

The Lost City

In cinemas March 24

Everything Everywhere All At Once
Photograph: @a24/Instagram

Everything Everywhere All At Once

In cinemas March 25

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Morbius
Photograph: Sony Pictures

Morbius

In cinemas March 31

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain
Photograph: @louiswainmovie/Instagram

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

In cinemas March 31

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Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
Photograph: @fantasticbeastsmovie/Instagram

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

In cinemas April 14

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
Photograph: Lionsgate via @nickcagemovie/Instagram

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

In cinemas April 21

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Photograph: @marvel

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

In cinemas May 5

Thor: Love and Thunder
Photograph: Marvel Studios

Thor: Love and Thunder

In cinemas May 6

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Top Gun: Maverick
Photograph: Scott Garfield

Top Gun: Maverick

In cinemas May 26

Lightyear
Photograph: Disney and Pixar's Lightyear/Facebook

Lightyear

In cinemas June 16

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