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5 movies to watch this week (13 Aug 2015)

By Zaki JufriMovies - 11 August 2015 5:00 PM

5 movies to watch this week (13 Aug 2015)

Pixels

For fans of: ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ (2012) and ‘Herbie Fully Loaded’ (2005)

When 1980s-era arcade game characters attack the United States, the country's military call up the finest video gamers - played by Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad - to repel the threat.


Attack On Titan - Part 1

For fans of: Crazy Japanese manga-turned movies like ‘Death Note’ (2006) and‘Rurouni Kenshin’ (2012)

Live-action feature, based on Hajime Isayama’s wildly successful manga-turned-anime, set in a world where the human race has become an endangered species, fortifying themselves inside colossal walls from giant humanoid creatures that seemingly live for one purpose – feasting on people.

For 100 years, this pocket of civilisation has managed to thrive. But now the wall is broken, and it’s up to young Eren Yeager to prevent humanity’s extinction.


Harbinger Down

For fans of: ‘The Thing’ (1982) and ‘Alien’ (1979)

Starring Lance Henriksen (‘Alien) and Camille Balsamo (‘The Paperboy’), this Kickstarter-funded project by special effects designer Alec Gillis harks back to classic creature-horror flicks like ‘The Thing’ and ‘The Fly’

The movie follows the crew of a fishing vessel who discovers a downed Russian spacecraft with the preserved corpse of a cosmonaut, which contains nasty extraterrestrial parasitic creatures that can transform human hosts into bigger and nastier alien creatures.


The Crossing Part 2

For fans of: ‘Titanic’ (1997) and ‘Red Cliff’ (2008) 

The second and final part of John Woo's epic two-part film, ‘The Crossing’ focuses more on the disaster of the Taiping steamer.

Starring Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro Song Hye-kyo, Huang Xiaoming, and Tong Dawei, the period epic is set against the upheavals of revolutionary China in 1949, ‘The Crossing’ tells of three couples from different backgrounds who make a fateful voyage on a ship as they flee China for Taiwan.  

For ‘Part 1’, we wrote “the movie feels contrived, and the emotional core lacks substance. Narratives and sub-plots jump in and out awkwardly and never settle in, making it quite an incoherent mess. The incidents and stories are too protracted and the pacing is excruciating slow, even for a two-hour sitting. This is certainly far removed from the style of the virtuoso who gave us ‘Red Cliff’, an epic that was by far a more enjoyable watch.”

Hopes, however, are high for ‘Part 2’. 


Brothers

For fans of: ‘Warrior’ (2011)

Bollywood actors Akshay Kumar (‘Boss’) and Sidharth Malhotra (‘Ek Villain’) play estranged brothers and sworn enemies in mixed martial arts drama ‘Brothers’.

Akshay plays a school teacher who quits his job to become a full-time mixed martial arts fighter to raise money for his ailing daughter. Sidharth Malhotra plays his younger brother who seems resentful of Akshay's talent and feels overshadowed by him.