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5 movies to watch this week (28 Jan 2016)

By Zaki JufriMovies - 27 January 2016 12:00 AM

5 movies to watch this week (28 Jan 2016)

The Boy

For fans of: ‘Orphan’ (2009) and ‘Annabelle’ (2014) 

It's amazing how dolls are still made and sold, considering how many of them turn out to be haunted or possessed, at least in movies.

In ‘The Boy’, Greta (Lauren Cohan) takes a swanky nanny job in England, only to find that her charge is actually a porcelain doll named Brahms who was made in the likeness of the elderly couple’s son, who died in a fire in 1991.

The elderly couple treats the doll as if he's their real son, and soon leave him in Greta’s hands. It's only when Greta refuses to play by Brahms's rules — a good night kiss, every night! — that things start getting really strange.

Dirty Grandpa

For fans of: ‘We’re The Millers’ (2013) and ‘Bad Neighbors’ (2014)

Robert De Niro and Zac Efron are grandpa and grandson in this raunchy road-trip comedy that starts at a funeral and somehow ends up on Spring Break.

Jason Kelly (Efron) is one week away from marrying his boss’s control-freak daughter, putting him on the fast track for a partnership at his law firm.

But when the straight-laced Jason is tricked into driving his foul-mouthed grandfather, Dick (De Niro), to Daytona for spring break, his pending nuptials are suddenly in jeopardy.

Between riotous frat parties, bar fights, and an epic night of karaoke, Dick is on a quest to live his life to the fullest and brings Jason along for the ride. Also stars Julianne Hough, Aubrey Plaza, Danny Glover and Dermot Mulroney. 

The Dressmaker

For fans of: ‘Muriel’s Wedding’ (1994) and ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ (2006)

Kate Winslet is a revenge-seeking femme fatale in this period comedy-thriller adaptation of Rosalie Ham’s novel. Tilly (Winslet) returns to her small hometown in rural Australia to pay back those who wronged her, armed with a sewing machine and haute couture style. 

It doesn't take long for the glamorous, single globetrotter to set dusty small town tongues wagging, and old resentments reappear. As Tilly takes on rivals from her past, there are frocks to be made, and a local hunk (Liam Hemsworth) to flirt with. 

Force Majeure

For fans of: ‘The Impossible’ (2012) and ‘Foxcatcher’ (2014)

Ruben Östlund directs this black comedy and observation on modern masculinity.

It tells the story of a model Swedish family — Tomas (Johannes Kuhnke), wife Ebba (Lisa Loven Kongsli) and their two children — on a skiing holiday in the French Alps. 

The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche suddenly bears down on the happy diners.

With people fleeing in all directions and his wife and children in a state of panic, Tomas makes a decision that will shake his marriage to its core and leave him struggling to reclaim his role as family patriarch. A critical favourite at the 2014 Cannes Festival, where it took the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard.

This film is part of the inaugural Swedish Film Festival.

Trespassing Bergman

For fans of: Ingmar Bergman

You cannot have a Swedish Film Festival without something about Ingmar Bergman.

In ‘Trespassing Bergman’, directors Jane Magnusson and Hynek Pallas invite some of the world’s most renowned filmmakers and stars to visit the island of Fårö and share their opinion of the late director.

In the 1960s, the great Swedish auteur moved to the island in the Baltic Sea — a location that remained a secret until his death. “If cinema is religion, then this is Mecca or the Vatican,” says Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárittu as he arrives on Fårö in the middle of the night. 

Other directors featured include Michael Haneke, Claire Denis, Martin Scorsese, Ang Lee, Isabella Rossellini, Zhang Yimou, Francis Ford Coppola, Takeshi Kitano, Wes Anderson, Lars von Trier, Robert de Niro, and Ridley Scott.

A must-see for all cinephiles.