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On The Screen: Great films and TV shows hitting Singapore this summer

Or, square eyes! Whether you’re hoping to catch the a Hollywood blockbuster at the movies or chill out in front of some decent TV shoes, here’s our pick of this month’s happenings on the big screen and the small screen in Singapore.



The Angriest Man in Brooklyn
A foul-tempered Brooklyn man (Robin Williams) is told he has 90 minutes to live, sending him rushing all over New York to make amends. This dramedy also stars Mila Kunis and Game of Thrones actor, Peter Dinklage. Opens 19 June at Golden Village cinemas.


After Miami-born chef, Carl (Jon Favreau), tries to open a restaurant in Los Angeles and fails, he returns to Miami to start a food truck, and reconnects with his family, including his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara). This star-studded comedy also features Robert Downey Jr and Scarlett Johansson. Opens 5 June at Golden Village cinemas.



After a disastrous blind date, single parents Lauren (Drew Barrymore) and Jim (Adam Sandler) agree to never see each other again. But when they sign up for the same African safari, they’re forced to share a suite during a weeklong family getaway. This romantic comedy is the third collaboration between Barrymore and Sandler – and sure to make for a good time. Opens 5 June at Shaw Theatres.


Transformers: Age of Extinction
A mechanic (Mark Wahlberg) and his daughter make a discovery that brings down Autobots and Decepticons upon them, as well as a paranoid government official (Kelsey Grammer). As the fourth instalment of the popular franchise, this film features an all-new human cast, and both new and returning Transformers characters. Opens 26 June in 3D, IMAX 3D and digital at Shaw Theatres.


For Kids: Big Eyes, Big Minds Singapore International Children’s Film Festival
Back for a fourth time, this festival – the first in Singapore dedicated to kids – will showcase a selection of films from around the globe, including live-action shorts, animation films and documentaries, some of which were made by kids. The festival’s programmes and workshops have been curated to engage children, enrich their worldview and inspire creativity. 13 to 31 May, 1 June and 6 to 8 June at The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane. Tickets are $12.90 from bytes.sg. For schedules, head here. https://www.bigeyesbigminds.com




As Asia’s first children’s channel (StarHub Channel 306) dedicated to exploring the animal world, ZooMoo incorporates short-format programmes – using animation, puppetry, music and wildlife footage – to help young viewers get to know and love animals. Created by wildlife filmmakers and early childhood educators from New Zealand’s University of Otago, ZooMoo features a cast of funny characters like Clawdia the Cat, Ninja Gorilla and Hanna the Hyena, among others.

And the fun doesn’t stop there. This viewing experience is enhanced by the ZooMoo Second Screen App, which offers interactive games, puzzles and other learning activities on the go. Available on iTunes and Google Play, this free application lets little ones “feed” over 100 animals on ZooMoo Island, watch real life videos, learn about endangered species and hear animal sounds. The app’s clever Parent’s Page allows grownups to learn about their youngsters’ playing sessions, including their favourite animals. zoomoo.tv


How to catch the World Cup 2014
How to catch the World Cup 2014


Football frenzy
This month, the World Cup’s got the telly teeming with football-themed fare, plus the much-anticipated sports event itself.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup
This quadrennial tournament will kick off on 12 June, with Brazil taking on Croatia, and end with the Final on 13 July. You’ll be able to catch the action on both SingTel and StarHub – and on your mobile via mio TV GO – for a one-time fee of $105. However, those who sign up for or extend their Gold Pack or mio Stadium+ contracts for two years can watch all 64 matches for free. SingTel mio Channels 141 and 142; StarHub Channels 223 and 224. For schedules, visit miotv.com.sg.


Sleeping Giant: An Indian Football Story
This documentary follows two young boys on their journey from the backstreets of Mumbai to London, after beating out 1,700 other hopefuls vying for the opportunity to be taken under the wing of a famous English football club and trained like pros.  With contributions from renowned journalists and football specialists, this story opens up the discussion on why India – a sports-obsessed nation of 1.2 billion people – is still an untapped football market, and whether sports success is a result of nature or nurture, talent or opportunity. Premieres 4 June at 10.50pm on BBC Knowledge (StarHub Channel 407).


Disney Does Football for Father’s Day
The Disney Channel will celebrate Father’s Day with the movie, Soccer Dog: European Cup, which follows Kimble, a canine hero who escapes the clutches of an evil scientist bent on performing animal experiments, and Zack, an American boy brought to Scotland to reunite with the father he never knew. After a bumpy introduction, Zack and his dad bond through soccer and, when the unusually nimble Kimble storms onto the field one day, their lives change forever. Can’t get enough football? Dads and little ones can also enjoy the Mickey Mouse Short, O Futebol Classico, in which Mickey tries desperately to find the perfect view at the World Cup final in Brazil. Both features premiere 15 June, starting at 10am on Disney Channel (StarHub Channel 312, SingTel mio Channel 234).