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5 movies to watch this week (2 April 2015)

By Zaki JufriMovies - 01 April 2015 12:00 AM | Updated 11:57 AM

5 movies to watch this week (2 April 2015)

‘Fast & Furious 7’

For fans of: The ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise

Could this be the gang’s final ride? The seventh instalment is more than just another entry in the all-action blockbuster street-racing franchise. It's a billion-dollar memorial to its late star, Paul Walker, who died in a car crash before the movie completed filming.

The action is set in Los Angeles, where it all started, and Owen Shaw's brother (Jason Statham) seeking revenge on Dom (Vin Diesel) and his crew after they put his brother out of action in the previous movie.

Kurt Russell also joins the cast, with Dwayne Johnson, ‘Tokyo Drift’ star Lucas Black, Michelle Rodriguez and the late Paul Walker all returning.

 ‘While We’re Young’ 

For fans of: ‘The Squid and the Whale’ (2005) and ‘Frances Ha’ (2012) 

Writer-director Noah Baumbach’s latest – which happens to be his best and funniest in a long time – is perhaps the best kind of movie therapy for 40-somethings who are losing touch with their younger selves.

The movie follows New York documentary filmmaker Josh (Ben Stiller) as he hits a creative block while working on a new film, until he and his wife (Naomi Watts) are invigorated after meeting a couple of hipsters (Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried).  They start to hang out as a foursome, leading to blurred generational lines, shamanic rituals and lots of confusion.

 ‘Get Hard’

For fans of: ‘The Campaign’ (2012) and ‘Casa de Mi Padre’ (2012) 

A millionaire hedge fund manager-turned-white-collar criminal gets an education in incarceration in this pre-prison comedy starring Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart (‘Ride Along’) and Alison Brie (TV's ‘Community’). 

MORE: Will Ferrell on comedy, Kevin Hart and 'Get Hard' 

Before his jail-time, James (Ferrell) seeks the advice of an “expert” inmate in order to get hard. Or, at least, look hard, to prepare for the tough life within the walls. This marks the feature directorial debut of screenwriter Etan Cohen (no, not the same as Ethan Coen).

 ‘Two Thumbs Up’

For fans of: ‘The Great Magician’ (2011) and ‘Blind Detective’ (2013)

Hong Kong filmmaker Soi Cheang (‘The Monkey King’) is producer for this crime caper drama where four somewhat inept gangsters pose as police, scheming to rob a cross-border truck delivering cash. Things get chaotic when a rival gang show up to foil their plan.

It marks the directing debut of Hong Kong scriptwriter Lau Ho Leung and features a strong cast including Francis Ng, Simon Yam, Leo Ku, Patrick Tam, Mark Cheng and Christie Chen.

 ‘The Lazarus Effect’ 

For fans of: ‘Flatliners’ (1990) and ‘Oculus’ (2013)

Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass and Donald Glover lead this self-aware sci-fi horror from the director of ‘Jiro Dreams of Sushi’, following a group of scientists investigating the possibilities of bringing living creatures back from the dead.

During one experiment, Zoe (Wilde) accidentally succumbs to fatal electrocution. Unable to accept her death, Frank (Duplass) uses their discoveries to bring her back to life. 

But the revived Zoe is no longer the woman the scientists knew, and the consequences of Frank’s premature act are set to bring sinister consequences (obviously).