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On the screen: Great movies and film festivals hitting Singapore this summer

Here’s our pick of films and events hitting Singapore in May and June 2015.



San Andreas    
In the aftermath of a devastating earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) and his wife (Carla Gugino) make their way from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their estranged daughter (Alexandra Daddario).
This action-adventure flick also features Kylie Minogue and Paul Giamatti. Opens 28 May at Golden Village cinemas.

Good Kill     
A conflicted Las Vegas-based fighter pilot turned drone pilot (Ethan Hawke) battles the Taliban by remote control for 12 hours a day, then goes home to the suburbs to feud with his wife and kids; dealing with his own moral dilemmas, he calls into question the rationale for targeting supposed terrorists. Also starring January Jones, Zoe Kravitz, Jake Abel and Bruce Greenwood, this sci-fi thriller investigates the human costs of advanced technology, and offers an unsettling look at drone warfare and the damage it causes not just abroad but at home, where soldiers suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder without even having stepped foot on the battleground. Opens 28 May at Cathay Cineplexes.


Big Eyes, Big Minds Singapore International Children’s Film Festival      
Back for a fifth time, Big Eyes, Big Minds, the first and only film festival in Singapore dedicated to children, will showcase a selection of films from around the globe, including award-winning live-action shorts, animation films and documentaries – some of which were created by kids themselves. The festival programmes and workshops aim to engage children, enrich their worldviews and inspire their creativity. See it from 30 to 31 May, and 6 to 7 June, at The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane. For schedules and tickets click here.


In a heart-wrenching twist on the zombie apocalyptic genre, Maggie centres on a father (Arnold Schwarzenegger) who must come to terms with the fact that his daughter (Abigail Breslin) is slowly transforming into a zombie after being infected with a deadly virus. The horror-drama also stars Joely Richardson. Opened 14 May at Cathay Cineplexes.


Mad Max: Fury Road   
Set in the farthest reaches of the planet, in a stark desert landscape in which humanity is broken, this post-apocalyptic action-adventure follows Max (Tom Hardy), who, after losing his wife and son, leaves the Main Force Patrol to roam the wasteland of the Outback. There he meets Furiosa (Charlize Theron), a woman who wishes to journey back to her homeland in order to achieve the path to survival. Opened 14 May at Golden Village cinemas.