In an effort to step up its efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the Singapore government has officially announced the closure of a host of public venues and restricted social gatherings to reinforce social distancing in the country until 30 April.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) announced this in light of a “recent spike of imported cases” to prevent any further spread of COVID-19. The list of public venues – unsurprisingly – includes all cinemas, including Golden Village, Shaw Theatres, Cathay Cineplexes, Filmgarde, WE Cinemas, Carnival Cinemas, Eaglewings Cinematics, and The Projector. While not exactly related, it coincides with the fact that many upcoming films are getting postponed amid the pandemic as well.
This will no doubt be a huge bummer for avid moviegoers looking to catch the likes of Bloodshot and Black Widow, the latter of which has already been taken off Disney’s release calendar. Despite this, there are still ways in which to catch up on movies in Singapore.
For starters, several upcoming films and films that have been recently released are going digital early. Here are the movies that you can either purchase online on the likes of iTunes, Google Play, and Fandango Now, or catch on streaming platforms such as Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ (find out how you can watch Disney+ in your country):
- 1917 (Prime Video)
- Bad Boys for Life (Prime Video | iTunes)
- Birds of Prey (Prime Video | iTunes)
- Bloodshot (Prime Video | iTunes)
- Fantasy Island (Coming to Prime Video and iTunes on 14 April)
- Frozen 2 (Prime Video | iTunes)
- Guns Akimbo (Prime Video | iTunes)
- The Gentlemen (Prime Video | iTunes)
- The Hunt (Prime Video | iTunes)
- The Invisible Man (Prime Video | iTunes)
- Onward (Prime Video | iTunes | Disney+)
- Sonic the Hedgehog (Prime Video | iTunes)
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Prime Video | iTunes)
- Trolls World Tour (Coming to Prime Video and iTunes on 10 April)
- Underwater (Prime Video | iTunes)
And of course, there are still the smattering of movies and TV series available to binge on the likes of Netflix (Kingdom Season 2) and HBO (Westworld Season 3), despite many of their upcoming shows postponing productions amid the pandemic.
If you’ve been there, done that for movies and TV at home, perhaps it might be a good time to catch up on some video games from some of the biggest publishers around. It also might be the best time to do some online grocery shopping to make some jjapaguri/ram-don from Parasite while catching up on your favourite shows.
Just maybe refrain from hoarding all the toilet paper while you’re at it.
Marion has a serious RPG addiction. Sometimes it bleeds into real life; he forgets to sleep because he thinks he has a Witcher’s body clock. Forgive him in advance if he suddenly blurts out terms such as “Mind Flayer” and “Magic Missile”, because never once does he stop thinking about his next Dungeons & Dragons game.