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5 movies to watch this week (2 Jul 2015)

By Zaki JufriMovies - 01 July 2015 12:00 AM | Updated 9:45 AM

5 movies to watch this week (2 Jul 2015)

Ted 2

For fans of: ‘Family Guy’ television series and ‘Ted’ (2012)

Seth MacFarlane returns as co-writer, director and voice star of this sequel to the foul-mouthed comedy about a man-child (Mark Wahlberg) and his even more immature living-and-talking teddy bear, Ted. Amanda Seyfried and Giovanni Ribisi co-star.

Here, Ted marries Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth), his girlfriend from the first film, and the couple seek to adopt a child. However, to get custody, Ted has to prove to a court of law that he is a person (he's a toy bear after all). 

Securing the services of a junior woolly-headed lawyer (Seyfried), Ted's battle gets more complicated as the implications of not being a person go beyond just the proposed adoption. 

Far From The Madding Crowd

For fans of: ‘Tess’ (1979) and ‘Trishna’ (2011)

Carey Mulligan and Matthias Schoenaerts lead this adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s 1874 literary classic that delves into the complicated nature of passion, attachment and independence through a woman’s relationship with three men.

From the director of the Oscar-nominated ‘The Hunt’, the movie also stars Michael Sheen (‘Frost/Nixon’), Tom Sturridge (‘On the Road’) and Juno Temple (‘Atonement’).

Paradise Lost

For fans of: ‘Kill The Messenger’ (2014) and ‘Scarface’ (1983)

Told from the perspective of Nick (Josh Hutcherson), an innocent surfer from Canada, ‘ParadiseLost’ unfolds during the final years of the reign of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar’ (Benecio Del Toro).

Nick and his brother Dylan (Brady Corbet) set up a modest surfing retreat near Medellin, where Nick meets the woman of his dreams, Maria (Claudia Traisac), who is busy campaigning for her politician uncle.

That uncle turns out to be Pablo, and Nick is soon drawn into a world of wild extravagance, corruption and bloodshed.

Dark Places

For fans of: ‘Gone Girl’ (2014)

Charlize Theron leads this thriller mystery from ‘Gone Girl’ author Gillian Flynn, following a woman who survived the ruthless slaughter of her family when she was a child.

After 20 years, the case is re-opened, forcing her to confront the truth of the killings that left her an orphan.

Nicholas Hoult, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christina Hendricks and Ty Sheridan co-star.

Assassination Classroom

For fans of: ‘Death Note’ (2006) and ‘Rurouni Kenshin’ (2012)

Based on Japanese manga artist Yusei Matsui’s hit comic,  the live-action ‘Assasination Classroom’ features an octopus-like smiley-faced monster that teaches a class of junior high school delinquents. It so happens the monster is also determined to destroy the Earth, even as it is terribly good at his teaching job. 

Mayhem and conflicts ensue when the students, the government, and the monster are embroiled in battle.