Declan Ee

Multipotentialite may be a multisyllabic mouthful, but it's a term that perfectly fits Declan Ee, one of those annoyingly good-at-everything guys whose personal and professional interests span multiple fields. ...

James Foley

APPROPRIATELY ENOUGH for someone in the movie business, director James Foley lives in a house with a view of the iconic Hollywood sign in the hills above Los Angeles.

Tim Rice

THE TRUTH IS SHE NEVER LEFT YOU. Since its release on a concept album in 1976 on the way to becoming the signature tune in the musical Evita two years later, Don't Cry for Me Argentina has permeated the collective consciousness to an extent rarely seen in the musical universe. The song - music...

Alexander Payne

THERE'S A CERTAIN kind of pressure that comes from being known as a film-lover's filmmaker, one whose dark comedies generate buzz, tackle serious subjects and invariably make money at the box office. ...

Prakaikaew Na-Ranong

Hospitality and heritage are close to Prakaikaew Na-Ranong's heart: they run in the family and are much in evidence at The Slate, the luxury beach resort she owns in northwest Phuket...

The Greatest Showman is not that great

THIS is an old-school musical biopic tweaked for modern-day audiences.

Life after Twilight for Robert Pattinson in grim crime caper

LISTEN. That hammering you hear is the final nail being driven (metaphorically) into the lid of the coffin containing Edward Cullen, the vampire played by Robert Pattinson in the Twilight saga (2008-2012) and the character that threatened to hound him to the grave, career-wise.

Painfully unconvincing on almost every level

THERE are worse places than Paris as the setting for a movie but Madame, a modern-day fairy tale about a clash of class and culture, doesn't do the City of Light (or itself, for that matter) any favours. When characters are thinly sketched and the narrative sputters, even the scenery tends to...

Murder On The Orient Express evokes old-fashioned charm

THERE are roughly two billion Agatha Christie books in print, so it stands to reason that a fair number of the planet's literate population is familiar with one or more of her whodunits. ...

Not a nail-biting battle, but fun to watch

TENNIS legend Billie Jean King was in her prime and playing for much more than a US$100,000 winner-take-all prize when she faced off against former Grand Slam champion and full-time male chauvinist Bobby Riggs in 1973.

Good old back-to-basics superhero story

IT'S curtains this time. Planet Earth is under siege, criminals are running rampant and superheroes are in short supply. ...

Suffering from an identity crisis

BY THE time Suburbicon lumbers towards its final reveal, the nagging feeling that George Clooney's sixth directorial effort might be a bit of a disappointment has become an uncomfortable reality. Clooney is a star who has enjoyed his fair share of box-office success in front of the camera but...

The story of a relationship that caused an uproar

WHAT'S an ageing monarch (Victoria) to do when she outlives her beloved husband (Albert) and loyal manservant (John Brown) by decades, but she's still in the mood for a little romance? With tongue firmly in cheek, Victoria & Abdul gives us a revisionist version of an unlikely...

A futuristic outlook

JEAN-MARIE MASSAUD doesn't care much for fame or any of the trappings that go along with being recognised by the selfie-aware masses. Instead, this design-world star is driven by a desire to create objects - furniture, lighting, cars, hotels, a football stadium even - that improve the life...

The Mountain Between Us and credibility

With apologies to Frank Sinatra, a minor tweak to the original lyric of a classic song about two strangers falling in love (actual title: Strangers In The Night) and made famous by Ol' Blue Eyes himself, becomes a perfect musical metaphor for The Mountain Between Us, a highly improbable and...

Andy Goh

It takes a certain type of daring to venture into the unknown - for an architecture practice from Singapore, that means going to an emerging market and making a pitch for a high-profile project. A little chutzpah might also be necessary to convince a developer that your specific design is just the...

A (smart) house for all seasons

Deep in the Latvian countryside, just outside the medieval castle town of Cesis and at the edge of the Baltic State's largest national park, is a holiday home that is surrounded by pristine nature - and possibly the smartest house you will ever meet...

A hero who is out of this world

FIRST the good news. Thor: Ragnarok, the third in a series of standalone films starring Chris Hemsworth as the Marvel Comics character most likely to be mistaken for a stoner surfer dude, comes across as decent entertainment - as far as superhero sequels go, at least.
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Angelita Teo

At 130 years young, the National Museum may be the senior member among Singapore's cultural institutions, but there has been an extra spring in its step lately...

See the light

PERCHED ON ELEVATED GROUND in a quiet residential neighbourhood off Bukit Timah, with sweeping views of greenery and central Singapore, The See-Through House is a study in simplicity, serenity and - as the name implies - transparency. Getting it built turned out to be a little more complicated.

Jean Tan

You don't need to be a diplomat to be an ambassador to the world - but it helps. Just ask Jean Tan, who has been both - as First Secretary at the Singapore Embassy in Washington, DC, and now as executive director of the Singapore International Foundation (SIF). ...

Blade runner sequel set to be a classic

BLEAK and beautiful, Blade Runner 2049 is a sequel that not only grapples with an existential question first posed by Ridley Scott 35 years ago in Blade Runner, it also stands alone as an intelligent and impressive piece of filmmaking, destined to join its predecessor in the pantheon of sci-fi...

Africa's little red dot

THEY CALL RWANDA the Land of a Thousand Hills - for obvious reasons - but this small (26,338 square kilometres) land-locked nation in the heart of Africa has a somewhat more surprising unofficial name: The Second Singapore.

What price would you pay to slay a monster?

THE Man with the Iron Heart is a World War II drama about the making of a monster - a high-ranking official in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia and major architect of the Holocaust - and his subsequent assassination by members of the Czech Resistance.

Throwing the kitchen sink at The Golden Circle

DESPITE the multiple exploding heads, the outrageous church-turned-into-slaughterhouse scene (set to an ear-splitting instrumental from a Lynyrd Skynyrd classic), not forgetting assorted scenes of murder and mayhem (delivered with a wink and a nod), Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) had an...