16 local movies to look out for this year

1 January 2013 / 3 years 9 months ago

Source: Straits Times OnlinePHOTO: MM2 ENTERTAINMENTIn the coming months, local production houses look likely to pitch up to 16 films to operators of mainstream cinemas. If all of them are taken up, it will mark a slight increase on the dozen that hit the screens last year.Notwithstanding a slate this year that is awash in formula horror flicks and broad comedies, there will be a few works from Singapore-based film-makers going off the beaten track.Even after shedding the esoteric dramas and documentaries from the list - works less likely to get a theatrical release - there are still a dozen films remaining. This is a healthy number and follows on from three years of steady numbers, proving that the slump of 2009, when only six local movies made it to the big screen, was an aberration.The commercial giant this year has to be Ah Boys To Men II, the second part of the box-office record-breaking film that opened late last year. Directed and co-written by Jack Neo, the first part of the comedy about recruits in the Singapore Armed Forces earned $6.03 million, edging out the Neo- starring Money No Enough (1998), which made $6.02 million.This week sees the return of comedian Gurmit Singh to the big screen, his first in a starring role since the critically drubbed and viewer-snubbed PCK The Movie (2010) which, even by the generous standards of Singapore slapstick, was deemed terrible.Will Singh reclaim his big-screen credibility in Taxi! Taxi!? There is a chance he will, mainly because he will have to drop the mugging he adopts when he plays his trademark character, the boorish contractor Phua Chu Kang.In this odd-couple comedy, opening tomorrow, Singh plays a mild-mannered professor-turned-taxi driver and everyone's favourite Ah Beng Mark Lee plays his cab-driving mentor who happens to be, yes, an Ah Beng.Find out the other titles in The Straits Times Life! tomorrow.

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