Coming soon: Movies opening July 16

Coming soon: Movies opening July 16
Paul Rudd plays the titular superhero in Marvel's Ant-Man, opening in cinemas next week.
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Ant-Man

Classification: PG
Run time: 117 mins
Genre: Superhero, Action, Comedy
Directed by: Peyton Reed

The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios' "Ant-Man." Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Foodies

Classification: PG
Run time: 94 mins
Genre: Documentary
Directed by: Thomas Jackson, Charlotte Landelius & Henrik Stockare

A documentary on the fine dining subculture of foodies. The interest in haute cuisine has grown exponentially. Now, we enter the world of one of the most influential people on the food scene - the foodie. A subculture of blogging food critics with a mission to eat at the best restaurants on earth. Through our close study, we get access to the world's most exclusive restaurants and get to know a group of slightly bizarre but charming food maniacs.

I Am Somebody (Chinese)

Classification: PG
Run time: 139 mins
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Directed by: Derek Yee

In the middle of China, there's a town called Hengdian. In this town, there is a movie lot that is bigger than the studios of Universal and Paramount put together. This is the Hengdian World Studios, aka "Hollywood of the East". It attracts production teams from all over the world, and as a result, creates a new label in the Chinese population - "Hengpiao", which literally means the "Hengdian Nomads". These people are mostly extras on the movie set, and they're usually perceived as those who dream of becoming movie stars.

Until in August, 2012, director Derek Yee met some of the extras during a set visit, and he was touched by their live stories. "I'm Somebody" is inspired by these extras, and for once they get to be the leads. The story evolves around several young people chasing their dreams in Hengdian. They have no knowledge in movie-making, and their bumbling misadventures turn out to be valuable lessons for their lives. Director Yee wishes this film could inspire countless "nomads" from all walks of life. The obstacles that we're facing would become the greatest gifts of our lives.

Max

Classification: PG
Run time: 111 mins
Genre: Adventure, Family
Directed by: Boaz Yakin

A dog that helped US Marines in Afghanistan returns to the US after his handler Kyle (Robbie Amell) got killed. Kyle's brother Justin (Josh Wiggins) reluctantly befriends the dog after his family adopts it, forming a deep bond.

Our Sister Mambo (Opens July 15)

Classification: PG
Run time: 93 mins
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed by: Ho Wi Ding

Inspired by a 1957 Hong Kong production 'Our Sister Hedy', Our Sister Mambo is directed by Ho Wi Ding from a screenplay by Michael Chiang. Set against the backdrop of modern Singapore, the film stars acting talents from Singapore and Malaysia.

Following the well-meaning efforts of the spritely second daughter, Mambo (Michelle Chong) to get her sisters - big sister Grace (Ethel Yap), third sister Rose (Oon Shun An) and baby sister June (Joey Leong) hitched, with hiccups and misunderstandings along the way. Watch Our Sister Mambo to find out how Mambo, with the help of her BFF Siti (Siti Khalijah) tries to steer things back on track.

Welcome to New York

Classification: R21
Run time: 120 mins
Genre: Drama
Directed by: Abel Ferrara

Mr Devereaux (Gerard Depardieu) is a powerful man. A man who handles billions of dollars every day. A man who controls the economic fate of nations. A man driven by a frenzied and unbridled sexual hunger. A man who dreams of saving the world and who cannot save himself. A terrified man. A lost man.

Watch him fall.

andrewg@sph.com.sg

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