New On Screen: June 2023

Celebrate the return of Hollywood veterans Harrison Ford, as he reprises his beloved Indiana Jones role, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, with his new biographical documentary, Arnold.

By Yong Shu Chiang        15 June 2023

Indiana Jones and The Dial of Destiny

Out in cinemas 29 June (Available at Shaw Theatres)

Stars: Harrison Ford, Mads Mikkelsen, Phoebe Waller-Bridge

The man with the hat and the whip is back. Indiana Jones (Ford), an archaeologist and adventurer with a penchant for treasure and danger, may be retiring as a college professor in this, the fifth movie of the beloved franchise, but he is not quite done being the hero. Feeling a bit of a relic himself, Indy is roused into action by his goddaughter Helena (Waller-Bridge), who seeks an ancient artefact he had once thwarted the Nazis from obtaining. Twenty-five years later, Indy reluctantly resumes the quest and bumps up against an old adversary once again.

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Harrison Ford: A national treasure

The Star Wars legend is still in his element at 80, starring on both the big screen and small, and will soon bid farewell to one of his most iconic roles as the intrepid Indiana Jones.

Harrison Ford will almost certainly be remembered for three notable roles in his career.

He was already a young actor on the rise when he assumed the role of a cocky space smuggler, Han Solo, in George Lucas’ Star Wars in 1977.

He would then originate the rugged archaeologist Indiana Jones for Steven Spielberg with Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). One year later, he played one of his most memorable characters, the bounty hunter Deckard, in Ridley Scott’s classic, Blade Runner.

He went on to reprise the role, more than 30 years later, in 2017’s Blade Runner 2049.

This year, at age 80, he will almost certainly play Indy for the last time, in the upcoming film Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

But the actor shows no sign of slowing down just yet, as he currently stars in two series, the western 1923 and the comedy-drama Shrinking, and he has signed on for two more Marvel movies set for release in 2024.

Ford worked as a self-taught carpenter while starting out as an actor, before he came to the attention of Lucas, who cast him in American Graffiti (1973). 

He would star in two more notable films from the era, The Conversation (1974) and Apocalypse Now (1979), as he found mainstream success with the Star Wars saga.

Over the years, he has had continued success in a variety of roles. He played the intelligence agent Jack Ryan in two adaptations of Tom Clancy’s best-selling novels. 

In 1986, he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for the film Witness.

He also played an all-action American President in the thriller Air Force One (1997). 

After he hangs up his hat and bullwhip as Indy, Ford can next be seen in Captain America: New World Order, opposite Anthony Mackie, and Thunderbolts.

The Ghost Station

Out in cinemas now (Available at Shaw Theatres)

Stars: Kim Bo-ra, Kim Jae-hyun, Shin So-yul

Stories of haunted places, such as train stations, are the stuff of urban legend. A reporter sniffing around for an exclusive, Na-young (Kim Bo-ra), gets a juicy tip-off when her friend tells her of strange goings-on taking place at a particular Korean subway station. Things take a stranger turn when she interviews her source, a train conductor, who is later discovered to have died before the meeting. She learns that more mysterious deaths have occurred since the station first opened, as it dawns on her that she and her friend are now in deep trouble. 

The Flash

Out in cinemas now (available at Shaw Theatres)

Stars: Ezra Miller, Sasha Calle, Michael Keaton

Barry (Miller), a forensic investigator who leads a double life as the superhero known as The Flash, can move at such great speeds that he is not only fast enough to outrun bullets, he can even “outrun” time itself. With the power to travel into the past, he decides to risk the consequences of changing history by saving his mother from a premature death. This course of action then traps Barry in an alternate reality, where another Barry lives, and where no other super-powered humans like him exist to ward off the powerful and hostile aliens who arrive.

American Born Chinese

Out now, Disney+

Stars: Michelle Yeoh, Ben Wang, Ke Huy Quan

Jin (Wang) is an average high schooler who worries about his grades and social life. For a teenager, that is already a lot. One day, he is paired up with a gawky new student Wei-Chen, who does not seem like he would improve Jin’s social standing. Things escalate quickly as Jin realises Wei-Chen is not from this world, and he gets caught up in a battle between the gods of Chinese mythology, such as Guanyin (Yeoh) and Sun Wukong. The fate of multiple worlds then rests on Jin’s shoulders as he has to guide Jin at school and the forces for good in this titanic struggle.


Out now, Netflix

Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of those larger-than-life characters who is known the world over by just his first name – Arnold or Arnie as he is affectionately called. A champion bodybuilder-turned-Hollywood icon, who made a sensational late-career move into politics as the Governor of California, Arnold is famed for his many box-office hits, including Conan the Barbarian, Total Recall, and the Terminator and Expendables movies. The Austria-born Arnold also has a trademark accent, one that features throughout this three-part docuseries about his life.

The Crowded Room

Out now, Apple TV+

Stars: Tom Holland, Amanda Seyfried, Emmy Rossum

In 1970s New York, a slight young man named Danny (Holland) is arrested as a suspect in a shocking crime. He maintains his innocence as an investigator (Seyfried) is assigned to interrogate him. She soon finds out that Danny has fragmented memories of the events leading up to the shooting he is accused of, and of people he had met – including one who had saved him from bullies. But when the authorities are unable to track down Danny’s friends, they begin to wonder if they were his accomplices, or the unlucky victims of an unlikely killer. 

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