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5 movies to watch this week (18 Feb 2016)

By Zaki JufriMovies - 17 February 2016 1:13 PM | Updated 19 February 2016

5 movies to watch this week (18 Feb 2016)

Brooklyn

For fans of: ‘Atonement’ (2007) and ‘Far and Away’ (1992)

Saoirse Ronan leads this romance set in the 1950s as Ellis Lacey, a young Irish woman who moved to New York in search of a new life. Based on the novel by Colm Tóibín and adapted for the screen by Nick Hornby (‘An Education’).

Her homesickness is alleviated when she is introduced to Italian boy Tony (Emory Cohen). But when Ellis is called back to Ireland, the life she started to build in American begins to fade, and with the advances of charming local Jim (Domhnall Gleeson), that life may disappear entirely.


How To Be Single

For fans of: ‘Bridesmaids’ (2011) and ‘Happy Endings’ (2005)

Dakota Johnson and Rebel Wilson lead this New York-set not-quite-rom-com about two pals trying to figure out the best way to be single in a city that never sleeps (but often sleeps around). Co-stars Alison Brie, Leslie Mann and Damon Wayans Jr. 


 


13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi

For fans of: ‘Lone Survivor’ (2013) and ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ (2012) 

Action movie auteur Michael Bay brings his explosion-triggering and jingoistic style to this account of the six-member security team that went to the aid of Americans trapped in the embassy in Benghazi, when it came under fire. Stars John Krasinski, James Badge Dale and Max Martini. 


Anomalisa 

For fans of: ‘Synecdoche, New York’ (2008) and ‘Adaptation’ (2002) 

Academy Award-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’) writes and co-directs this stop-motion animated drama with shades of absurdist humour, following a self-help “guru” who can’t seem to help himself.

The film tells the story of a mentally troubled author (the voice of David Thewlis) who falls for one of his fans (Jennifer Jason Leigh).

Told through stop-motion puppetry, Kaufman transforms a straightforward story into a beautiful, subtle look at human ego and human.

'Anomalisa' is the first R-rated drama to be nominated for a Best Animated Feature trophy -- a mainstay of children's films -- at this year's Oscars.  


The Finest Hours 

For fans of: ‘The Perfect Storm’ (2000) and ‘Everest’ (2015)

Chris Pine, Holliday Grainger and Ben Foster lead this true disaster story about the 1952 Pendleton Rescue Mission, following the brave coast guards who journeyed out to save the remaining crewmen left on two oil tankers – wrecked and sinking.