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5 movies to watch this week (14 Jan 2016)

By Zaki JufriMovies - 13 January 2016 12:00 AM

5 movies to watch this week (14 Jan 2016)

Our Brand Is Crisis

For fans of: ‘Rock The Kasbah’ and ‘Suffragette’ (2015)

Sandra Bullock leads this political comedy from director David Gordon Green as a hotshot campaign strategist who takes her renowned skills to South America.

Co-stars Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie, and Zoe Kazan. Loosely based on the 2005 documentary of the same name, the movie is written by Peter Straughan, the Oscar-nominated writer of ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’. 


For fans of: ‘Unknown’ (2011) and ‘The Killing Room’ (2009) 

Newly minted Golden Globes Best Actress winner Brie Larson leads this harrowing drama as a mother trapped in a windowless, 10-by-10-foot enclosure with her five-year-old son Jack. From the director of ‘Frank ‘and ‘What Richard Did’. Based on the novel by Emma Donoghue, who came to the story after learning about the victims in the Fritzl case.

To shield her child from the horrible reality of the situation, she playfully names their confinement ‘Room’ and conjures a whole new world for Jack. But when her composure starts to break, and his curiosity about ‘Room’ grows, only one option becomes available to them – breaking free


For fans of: ‘Moneyball’ (2011) and ‘Foxcatcher’ (2014)

Will Smith leads this true story sports drama as Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who discovered a serious kind of brain trauma caused by American football. But in his attempt to bring these findings to light, he is constantly outfoxed by some of the richest, most powerful institutions in the world. Co-stars Alex Baldwin, Luke Wilson, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. 

Port Of Call

For fans of: ‘Rigor Mortis’ (2013) and ‘Glamorous Youth’ (2009)

Directed by Philip Yung and shot by Christopher Doyle, ‘Port of Call’ is based on a real incident where a teenage prostitute (played by Jessie Li) is brutally murdered and dismembered by a truck driver Chi Chung Ting (Michael Ning). Officer Chong (Aaron Kwok) who is in charge of the case aims to unravel the reason of the cruel murder.

A potboiler that explores Hong Kong’s disaffected youth and modern Chinese society, the movie was the winner of the 2011 Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum prize and won the Bucheon Choice award at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival 2015.

Lead actress Li’s amazing performance in the crime thriller led her to win Best Actress at Bucheon and was nominated for the Best Newcomer award at the 52nd Golden Horse Awards.

The 5th Wave

For fans of: ‘War of The Worlds’ (2005) and ‘The Host (2013)

Chloë Grace Moretz leads this young adult sci-fi as a survivor of an alien invasion that has claimed most of the human race, wiping them out in four strategically different waves of attacks.

As the fifth wave looms to secure the victory, Cassie (Moretz) races against the clock to save her younger brother. From the director of ‘The Disappearance of Alice Creed’, based on the bestseller by Rick Yancey. Co-stars Maika Monroe and Liev Schreiber.