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5 movies to watch this week (23 Apr 2015)

By Zaki JufriMovies - 21 April 2015 6:00 PM

5 movies to watch this week (23 Apr 2015)

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ 

For fans of: Every Marvel superhero movie already out there

It’s the movie to kick off the summer movie season and all fan boys (and girls) have been waiting for it.

Writer-director Joss Whedon returns to helm this sequel to Marvel's mega-hit, ‘Avengers’.

It’s been three years since the 2011 movie made comic-book history by successfully squeezing Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America, Thor and a multitude of other spandex-wearing heroes into a single action-fantasy epic.

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For this second instalment, the all-star lineup of superheroes doesn’t just have to contend with Ultron (voiced by James Spader), Tony Stark’s peacekeeping robot-turned-maniacal machine but new mysterious gifted sibling pair Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). That a lot of superheroes for one a barnstorming summer blockbuster. 

‘Monsters: Dark Continent’

For fans of: 'Trollhunter' (2010) and 'Monsters' (2010)

This sequel to Gareth Edwards’ ultra-low budget 2010 creature feature ‘Monsters’ focuses on a new cast of characters, and one soldier’s search for a comrade lost in the infected zone. 

Directed by Tom Green (‘Freddy Got Fingered’), making his feature debut.

‘Danny Collins’

For fans of: ‘Duets’ (2000) and ‘Begin Again (2013) 

‘Danny Collins’ is a “road not travelled” pic starring a grizzled and perma-tanned Al Pacino as the eponymous character, a Neil Diamond-like singer who struck gold in the 60s and 70s and now pleases stadiums of aging boomers with his cheesy golden oldies.

First-time director Dan Fogelman checks off all the boxes of the redemption film: drugs, illness and spunky little kids. But Pacino, Bobby Cannavale (as his estranged son) and Annette Bening as the buttoned-down manager of a modest New Jersey hotel where Collins is holed up rise above the cliches.

‘Murmur of the Hearts’

For fans of: ‘Eat Drink Man Woman’ (1994) and ‘Tempting Heart’ (1999)

Not to be confused with Louis Malle's 1971 comic coming-of-age tale of the same name, ‘Murmur of the Heart’ is the latest from Hong Kong director Sylvia Chang, who returns behind the camera to tell a story about growing up and letting go. 

Macanese actress Isabella Leong (‘The Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon Emperor’) plays a painter, Mei, who has drifted apart from her tour-guide brother after leaving the island of Lu Dao in Taiwan with their mother. Mei falls for an underachieving boxer, and begins years of soul searching, later reuniting with her brother under unexpected circumstances. 

The movie also stars Malaysian actress Lee Sinjie and Golden Horse Award nominee Joseph Chang. 

‘Child 44’

For fans of: ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ (2011) and ‘Zodiac’ (2007)

Crime mystery set during the 1950s Stalin era of the Soviet Union where a child murderer runs free, pursued by a disgraced member of the military police. Stars Tom Hardy, Joel Kinnaman, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman and Charles Dance.

In 1953 Soviet Russia, the film chronicles the crisis of conscience for secret police agent Leo Demidov (Hardy), who loses status, power and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa (Rapace) as a traitor. 

Exiled from Moscow to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with General Mikhail Nesterov (Oldman) to track down a serial killer who preys on young boys. Their quest for justice threatens a system-wide cover-up enforced by Leo’s psychopathic rival Vasili (Kinnaman), who insists “There is no crime in paradise”.