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5 movies to watch this week (19 March 2015)

By Zaki JufriMovies - 17 March 2015 7:08 PM | Updated 19 March 2015

5 movies to watch this week (19 March 2015)

‘Demonic’

For fans of: ‘The Conjuring’ (2013), ‘Insidious’ (2010)

Don’t be fooled by the posters. James Wan’s name may be printed in bold in all its marketing glory, but all the horror maestro did was just to come up with the idea.

Directed by newcomer Will Canon, ‘Demonic’ centres on the aftermath of a horrific massacre of five college students. 

In an all-too-familiar setting, a group of curious young people –armed with video cameras and who obviously have not watched any horror movies – enter an abandoned home hoping to summon ghosts. Of course, things go awry.

Enters Detective Mark Lewis (Mark Grillo) and psychologist Elizabeth Klein (Maria Bello) who question one of the survivors and try to make sense of the whole incident… until things go sideways for them as well.

 


‘Insurgent’

For fans of: Any young-adult novels-turned-films

The new young-adult movie franchise that isn’t ‘The Hunger Games’ or ‘The Maze Runner’ sees Hollywood up-and-comer Shailene Woodley returns as the saviour of a dystopian future, where people are split into factions based on their character traits.

The movie picks up where ‘Divergent’ left off, in the aftermath of a war against Abnegation, the selfless faction in which Tris (Woodley) grew up. Targeted for her gifts as a Divergent by villainous Erudite leader Jeanine (Kate Winslet), Tris is a fugitive on the run with her boyfriend, Four (Theo James), her brother, Caleb (Ansel Elgort), and friend Peter (Miles Teller).


‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

For fans of: ‘Quartet’ (2012), ‘Philomena’ (2013)

Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Lillete Dubey star in this sequel to the 2012 surprise hit about a group of ageing British expats who move into a Jaipur inn in India to revive their golden years.

Here, we see the British seniors as they settle into their lives with newfound love, and new careers. At the same time, the hotel proprietor, Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel), is juggling plans for his wedding to Sunaina (Tina Desai), and trying to buy a property to expand the business.

The story includes a trip to America with Mrs Donnelly (Smith) and the arrival of an undercover inspector. 


‘Kidnapping Freddy Heineken’

For fans of: ‘Munich’ (2005), ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ (Swedish version, 2009)

Jim Sturgess and Sam Worthington star as the masterminds behind the 1983 high-stakes abduction of beer baron Freddy Heineken (Anthony Hopkins). 

The perpetrators took two years to carefully plan the abduction, the mechanics of which provide the film’s most interesting details, from the carpentry involved in building soundproof hideouts to the framing of a Polaroid to be delivered with ransom instructions.  


‘No Country for Old Men’

For fans of: ‘Fargo’ (1996), ‘The Assassination of Jesse James’ (2007) 

Indie cinema The Projector continues its Coen Brothers retrospective this weekend, with the screening of ‘No Country for Old Men’ on 20 and 22 March. 

This much-lauded movie of the modern American West, which won a slew of Academy Awards in 2007 – including Best Picture and Best Director – is a startling return to form for the Coens after the disappointments of ‘The Ladykillers’ and ‘Intolerable Cruelty’.

Comically violent with bursts of deadpan humour, ‘No Country for Old Men’ is an existentialist thriller about drugs, money and murder, and is the Coens at their best, with excellent performances Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin.