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5 movies to watch this week (12 Mar 2015)

By Zaki JufriMovies - 10 March 2015 5:11 PM | Updated 13 March 2015

5 movies to watch this week (12 Mar 2015)

‘Cinderella’

For fans of: Every Disney fairytale animated movie

The House of Mouse goes back to its fairytale roots with a live-action version of the classic tale, ‘Cinderella’.

Lily James, who plays Lady Rose in the popular UK TV series ‘Downton Abbey', is in the title role. She gets a little help from her fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter) to fend off her wicked stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and win over the prince (Richard Madden). 

Director Branagh is taking a revisionist approach to the tale, veering from the “damsel in distress” 1950 animated version and putting both the prince and Cinderella on equal footing.

Richard Madden, better known as Robb Stark on US TV series 'Game of Thrones', plays Prince Charming.

 


‘Wild Card’

For fans of: ‘The Mechanic’ (2011) and  ‘The Transporter’ (2002) 

Jason Statham returns to the big screen in ‘Wild Card’, a remake of 1986's ‘Heat’ that starred Burt Reynolds and based on William Goldman's novel of the same name.

Statham plays Nick Wild, a Las Vegas bodyguard, the quintessential loyal tough guy who always finds himself in a spot. Nick agrees to help a friend Holly (Dominik Garcia-Lorido) seek revenge on evil gangster Danny (Milo Ventimiglia) who brutalised and raped her. Problems naturally ensue after Danny and his henchmen return to exact vengeance of their own.


‘Boychoir’

For fans of: ‘Whiplash’ (2014) and ‘Billy Elliot’ (2000)

If you liked ‘Whiplash’, then this thoughtful music school drama, which stars Dustin Hoffman as a tough-loving head conductor of a singing academy, is worth a watch.

‘Boychoir’ follows Stet (Garrett Wareing), a guy from the wrong side of the tracks who, by virtue of his voice, finds himself at the exclusive school where other characters abound: teacher Mr Drake (Eddie Izzard) and an infuriating headmistress (Kathy Bates). The school wants to go to the big concert in New York City, but the choir has never made the grade. Will bad boy Stet make good in time?


‘Run All Night’

For fans of: ‘Unknown’ (2011) and ‘Taken’ (2008)

He may be 61 this year, but age is not stopping Liam Neeson when it comes to playing action heroes.

Hot on the heels of ‘Taken 3’ comes ‘Run All Night’, which sees the actor as a weary mob hitman. He must protect estranged son Mike (Joel Kinnaman) from his longtime mob boss after Mike witnesses a couple of murders committed by the boss’ son – and all happening in one night.

This movie re-teams Neeson with his ‘Non-Stop’ and ‘Unknown’ director Jaume Collet-Serra, and also stars Vincent D’Onofrio, Ed Harris, Genesis Rodriguez, and rap singer Common.


‘Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal’

For fans of: ‘A Chinese Ghost Story’ (1987) and ‘White Haired Witch’ (2014)

Peter Pau, the Oscar-winning cinematographer of Lee Ang's ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, is at the helm of this epic Chinese fantasy.

The movie tells the story of legendary demon hunter Zhong Kui, played by Chen Kun (‘Painted Skin’), who must do battle with magical forces from the heavens and the underworld in his efforts to save his people and the woman he loves (Li Bingbing).