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5 movies to watch this week (19 May 2016)

By Zaki JufriMovies - 18 May 2016 12:40 PM | Updated 12:41 PM

5 movies to watch this week (19 May 2016)

X-Men: Apocalypse

For fans of: Superhero movies and Jennifer Lawrence

Humanity is under threat yet again as an ancient god-king-mutant named En Sabah Nur awakens and decides to wipe out the modern world out of sheer disgust of it. So it is up to the X-Men to save the day again.

Filmmaker Bryan Singer follows up his ‘X-Men’, ‘X-Men 2’ and ‘Days of Future Past’ (as well as Matthew Vaughn’s ‘First Class’) with this all-encompassing entry to the Marvel mutant superhero franchise.

Stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner and Rose Byrne. 

The Nice Guys

For fans of: ‘Lethal Weapon’ (1987) and ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’ (2005)

Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe are an odd-couple forced to team up in 1970s Los Angeles, in Shane Black's black crime comedy. The writer/director has described it as a spiritual sequel to his own ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’.

Down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Gosling) and hired leg-breaker Jackson Healy (Crowe) work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power.

The Man Who Knew Infinity

For fans of: ‘A Beautiful Mind’ (2001) and ‘Good Will Hunting’ (1997)

Dev Patel (‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’) is Srinivasa Ramanujan in this historical biopic, the mathematical genius who grew up in a poor region of India and gained admittance to Cambridge University during the First World War. Jeremy Irons plays his professor and mentor G.H. Hardy. Co-stars Toby Jones and Stephen Fry.

Elvis And Nixon 

For fans of: ‘Miles Ahead’ (2015) and ‘Black Dynamite’ (2009)

Bonkers true story comedy about the untold meeting between Elvis (Michael Shannon) and President Nixon (Kevin Spacey) which led to one of the most iconic photographs in the US National Archives. From director Liza Johnson (‘Hateship Loveship’) and co-written by actor Cary Elwes (‘The Princess Bride’).

The Witch

For fans of: ‘The Shining’ (1980) and ‘Sinister’ (2012)

Production designer-turned-director Robert Eggers mined fairy and folk tales, prayer manuals and historical journals to give us one of the most unnerving distinctive horrors we’ve ever seen.

Set in colonial New England circa 1630, ‘The Witch’ follows a family into self-imposed exile on the edge of an imposing forest.When their newborn son mysteriously vanishes from the farm, suspicions turn towards teenage daughter Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy). The girl is blamed again when her brother Caleb (Harvey Scrimshaw) goes missing and then comes back changed.

MORE: ‘The Witch’ review

Is witchcraft at work? Or is something else feeding the family’s fears?