Movie Feature

5 movies to watch this week

By Zaki JufriMovies - 28 January 2015 12:00 AM | Updated 29 January 2015

5 movies to watch this week

'Mortdecai'

For fans of: 'Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me' and 'The Pink Panther'

Johnny Depp returns to the big screen in this comedy caper, playing an eccentric and moustachioed art dealer in search of a stolen painting. The movie also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany, Olivia Munn and Ewan McGregor.

'Mortdecai'

'Inherent Vice'

For fans of: 'Pineapple Express' and 'The Big Lebowski'

Joaquin Phoenix plays a detective in this new Paul Thomas Anderson film, which comes from the 2009 novel of that name by Thomas Pynchon. As Larry "Doc" Sportello, Phoenix goes on the hunt for a billionaire playboy (Eric Roberts) and the playboy's girlfriend Shasta (Katherine Waterston). The movie also stars Martin Short as a drug-addict dentist, Benicio Del Toro as a lawyer, and Reese Witherspoon as a drug-addict district attorney.

'Inherent Vice'

'Gangnam Blues'

For fans of: 'A Dirty Carnival' and 'Oldboy'

Asian superstar Lee Min-ho plays Kim Jong-dae, a man whose life of poverty drives him into the heart of political corruption. South Korean director Yoo Ha's crime-noir is about friendship and betrayal, centred on two ambitious young men during South Korea's tumultuous economic development in the 1970s, as they become involved in the real estate business of Seoul's posh Gangnam area. The movie also stars Kim Rae-won, Kim Ji-su and Jung Jin-young.

'Gangnam Blues'

'Big Eyes'

For fans of: 'Mr Turner' and 'Girl with a Pearl Earring'

Tim Burton buttons down his trademark quirkiness in this biography about artist Margaret Keane (Amy Adams). The movie chronicles the behind-closed-doors lives of Margaret and her husband Walter (Christopher Waltz), known in the 1960s for paintings of saucer-eyed waifs. Margaret made the art, while Walter promoted and took credit for it.

'Strange Magic'

For fans of: 'Moulin Rouge!' and 'Ferngully'

Billed as "'Star Wars' for girls" by executive producer George Lucas, animated musical 'Strange Magic' is set in a whimsical land of potions, goblins and fairies that is loosely inspired by Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. The film is based on a story by Lucas and directed by seven-time Oscar-winning sound designer Gary Rydstrom. The voice cast includes Evan Rachel Wood, Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth and Maya Rudolph, who sing new versions of pop and classic rock songs.