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5 movies to watch this week (31 Dec 2015)

By Zaki JufriMovies - 30 December 2015 8:00 AM | Updated 3:31 PM

5 movies to watch this week (31 Dec 2015)


For fans of: ‘Selma’ (2014) and ‘The Imitation Game’ (2014)

Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep and Helena Bonham Carter lead this UK historical drama about the women’s suffrage movement of the late 19th and early 20th century – a feminist movement that saw its foot soldiers forced underground and threatened as a result of their peaceful protest for equality. From director Sarah Gavron (‘Brick Lane’) and Emmy-winning screenwriter Abi Morgan (TV’s ‘The Hour’).


For fans of: ‘Control’ (2007) and ‘Sid and Nancy’ (1986)

The ever-moody Dane DeHaan is American screen legend James Dean in this rise-to-fame biopic, co-starring Robert Pattinson as Life Magazine photographer Dennis Stock who captured some of Dean’s most striking images before Hollywood made him immortal. From Anton Corbijn, director of ‘Control’, also starring Ben Kingsley and Joel Edgerton.

Daddy's Home

For fans of: Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg

Funny guys Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg (together again after 2010's ‘The Other Guys’) compete for the adoration of their children in this comedy. When a bookish step-dad (Ferrell) is confronted by the cool-jock biological father (Wahlberg) of his partner’s children, a war for ultimate parenthood commences. READ REVIEW


For fans of: Cate Blanchett

One of the best movies of 2015, 'Carol' is a love story between two women (Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara) set in a time when that relationship was taboo. The is one of those extraordinary films that could get away with bouts of awkward silence, and still be enthralling nonetheless; its protagonists watching each other with furtive gazes, longing stares and unspoken desires. READ REVIEW 

Ex Machina

For fans of: Femme bots

One of our best films of 2015, ‘Ex Machina’ is a A Spartan equivalent of Spielberg’s epic ‘A.I.’, Alex Garland’s sci-fi thriller ‘Ex Machina’ takes the tired sentient robot genre in a different direction by humanizing it.

The triple threat casting of Oscar Isaac as the eccentric billionaire robotics inventor, Domhnall Gleeson as the young man who comes under his spell and Alicia Vikander as a cyborg are just perfect.

The movie doesn’t try to impress with the obligatory spectacle but rather it raises mind-numbing questions about sexuality, identity and the increasingly grey area between man and machine.

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