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5 movies to watch this week (26 Feb 2015)

Movies - 23 February 2015 5:19 PM | Updated 26 February 2015

5 movies to watch this week (26 Feb 2015)

‘Focus’

For fans of: ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ (2001) and ‘Catch Me If You Can’ (2002) 

Will Smith's new movie ‘Focus’ has a lot of things going on in it. It has comedy, romance as well as an elaborate con job.

‘Focus’ is just the sort of genre-crossing movie you would expect from writer-directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, who previously helmed ‘I Love You Phillip Morris’ and ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’.

The movie also stars ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ breakout star Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro and Adrian Martinez. 

It tells the story of a seasoned con artist (Smith) who falls for a talented and beautiful newcomer to the game (Robbie). After he teaches her the tricks of the trade, their relationship goes south. Later, she re-emerges as his competition for what could be the biggest scam of their lifetime.


‘Tracers’

For fans of: ‘Yamakasi’ (2001) and ‘Brick Mansion’ (2014)

Former ‘Twilight’ werewolf Taylor Lautner is shedding his tween-movie cred and diving headlong into action movies. The 23-year-old actor stars as a New York City bike messenger who is in debt to an organised crime gang. He crashes his bike into a beautiful stranger (Marie Avgeropoulos) who quickly seduces him and introduces him to parkour, the sport where practitioners scale, leap and do precision jumping around urban structures. The catch is that the gang she hangs with uses the skills to pull off heists.


‘My Papa Rich’

For fans of: “Money No Enough’ (1998) and ‘Nasi Lemak 2.0’ (2011)

Malaysian filmmaker Ryon Lee returns to the big screen with his second movie of 2015 and his first Chinese New Year movie.

‘My Papa Rich’ tells the story of a poor, lonely man Yang (Wang Lei) who is neglected by his three children. He has only one wish, that they return home to celebrate Chinese New Year with him.

Then, his old friend Lin (Jack Neo) decides to make him a millionaire for a month. Surprised by their father’s good fortune, Yang’s three grown-up children (Rosa Chong, Teddy Chin and Mindee Ong) immediately rush home to pay him a visit and investigate his new wealth.


'Ah Boys to Men 3: Frogmen'

For fans of: ‘Ah Boys to Men’ movies

The third instalment of Jack Neo's blockbuster 'Ah Boys to Men' series sees the "boys" posted to the Naval Diving Unit, one of Singapore’s most demanding combat units. 

The S$2.5 million production stars Tosh Zhang, Wang Weiliang, Aloysius Lim and Joshua Tan who are reprising their roles, with the addition of new recruit played by Wesley Wong.

For the movie, director Neo worked closely with the Ministry of Defence and Republic of Singapore Navy for research, as well as with members of the diving unit. 

'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 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. 

The steamy film dominated Singapore's weekend box office as the biggest four-day opening of all time for R21 titles, earning S$900,000 from 12 to 15 February 2015. Since its opening, moviegoers around the world have helped the studio rake in US$410 million (S$558 million) worldwide.