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5 movies to watch this week (12 Feb 2015)

By Zaki JufriMovies - 10 February 2015 4:58 PM | Updated 5:05 PM

5 movies to watch this week (12 Feb 2015)

'Kingsman: The Secret Service'

For fans of: 'Kick-Ass' (2010) and 'Casino Royale' (2006)

It's an intriguing blend of James Bond and Austin Powers for the millennials. 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' is a rip-roaring action adventure filled with high-tech gadgetry, gentleman spy tropes, Arthurian legend and Saville Row haberdashery. 

The movie revolves around the top-secret spy organisation that protects the United Kingdom, and its process of hiring new recruits. Colin Firth is the action star, working with a street-smart fellow (Taron Egerton) who needs a purpose in life, and there is also a lisping villain (Samuel L Jackson) with a nefarious plan to annihilate the majority of the world’s population. 

Writer-director Matthew Vaughn once again adapted one of the graphic novels of Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons – the men behind the 'Kick-Ass' books. This time it was 'The Secret Service'.


'Fifty Shades Of Grey'

For fans of: 'Fatal Attraction' (1987) and 'Basic Instinct' (1992)

Fans of EL James' books who dream of hearing the words, “Mr Grey will see you now”, can delight in watching Mr Grey himself saying those words on the big screen. The mother of all erotic fantasy novels, 'Fifty Shades of Grey', finally gets its day in cinemas this week. The movie stars Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey while Dakota Johnson (daughter of actors Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, who were a couple in the 1980s) plays Anastasia Steele.

Director Sam Taylor-Johnson recently announced the movie will be followed by two sequels. The other two books in the 'Fifty Shades' trilogy, 'Fifty Shades Darker' and 'Fifty Shades Freed', have both been confirmed for the big screen.


'Black Sea'

For fans of: 'The Hunt For Red October' (1990) and 'Das Boot' (1981)

Jude Law stars as Robinson, a rogue submarine captain going after sunken treasure in 'Black Sea'. To fund his mission, he meets with a wealthy investor who forces his assistant Daniels (Scoot McNairy) to tag along. Robinson's crew includes hostile Russians and knowledgeable yet completely insane veteran submariners. Every man is set to receive an equal share of the bounty, but it doesn't take long for greed to set in and the entire crew is at each other's throats.


'The Voices'

For fans of: 'Silver Linings Playbook' (2012) and 'Babe' (1995)

Starring Ryan Reynolds, Anna Kendrick and Gemma Atherton, 'The Voices' is a quirky serial killer horror comedy set in a small American town. Reynolds plays Jerry, a mild-mannered worker at a plumbing factory, struggling with schizophrenia and murderous impulses. He is also blissfully unaware that his dog (the good-natured Bosco) and cat (the sadistic Mr Whiskers, both voiced by Reynolds) shouldn’t be talking to him.

Director Marjane Satrapi is also an author of graphic novels ('Persepolis', 'Chicken with Plums') and her third film reflects her eye for framing and penchant for using splashes of surreal colour. Arterton and Kendrick gamely play Jerry’s unfortunate love interests. 


'Wild'

For fans of: 'Eat, Pray, Love' (2010) and 'Y Tu Mama Tambien' (2001)

Reese Witherspoon stars as Cheryl Strayed, who walked 1,700km solo along the American Pacific Crest Trail in 1995 to reclaim her sense of self after hitting rock bottom in life. Thanks to director Jean-Marc Vallee ('Dallas Buyers Club'), with a script by novelist Nick Hornby and the real-life Cheryl Strayed, 'Wild' is more of an intelligent drama about a young woman forging ahead against all odds, rather than a hiking movie. Witherspoon gives a heartfelt performance, matched only by Laura Dern who plays her mother. Both Witherspoon and Dern are nominated for best actress and supporting actress Oscars respectively for their roles.