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5 movies to watch this week (5 Mar 2015)

By Zaki JufriMovies - 03 March 2015 6:17 PM | Updated 05 March 2015

5 movies to watch this week (5 Mar 2015)


For fans of: ‘District 9’ (2009) and ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ (2014)

Ever since he wowed film fans with his social-satire-slash-science-fiction-actioner ‘District 9’, Neill Blomkamp has been a director to watch. The South African filmmaker recently announced that he would be helming the next ‘Alien’ film. 

For now, Blomkamp has ‘Chappie’ out in cinemas. Chappie (Sharlto Copley from ‘District 9’) is an experimental robot who is stolen by its inventor (Dev Patel from ‘Slumdog Millionaire’), and then programmed and educated to think and feel for itself. 

Hugh Jackman stars as Vincent, a corrupt law enforcer, piloting his own highly destructive monster-droid, and hell-bent on destroying Chappie.

‘The Spongebob Movie: Sponge out of Water’

For fans of: 'SpongeBob Squarepants' and anything from Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon’s daft deep-sea burger flipper in square pants uncharacteristically surfaces on shore in CG and 3D, playing superhero in a live-action environment opposite a mugging Antonio Banderas as a villainous pirate. 

The plot sees SpongeBob (voiced by Tom Kenny) teaming up with his nemesis, Plankton (Mr Lawrence), on a time-travelling adventure to retrieve the vanished secret recipe for the Krabby Patty, a burger that keeps their underwater town, Bikini Bottom, sane. 

‘Unfinished Business’

For fans of: ‘The Hangover’ series (2009-2013) and ‘Wedding Crashers’ (2005)

Before we see him in the second season of the much-anticipated ‘True Detective’, Vince Vaughn is up to his usual antics again in this comedy.

Also starring Dave Franco, Sienna Miller and Tom Wilkinson, the movie is about a hardworking small-business owner (Vaughn) and his two associates (Franco and Wilkinson), who travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives. But trouble ensues, including an unplanned rivalry with an ex-lover and ex-business partner.

‘Song One’

For fans of: ‘Begin Again’ (2014) and ‘Laggies’ (2014)

If you’re a fan of Anne Hathaway, this is the movie to watch, since she is in almost every scene in this romantic drama. The actress stars as Franny, an undergraduate studying nomadic cultures in Morocco who is called home to New York when her brother Henry (Ben Rosenfield) is hit by a cab and goes into a coma.

She busies herself trying to find out what her brother was up to before his accident, and winds up meeting Henry's idol, British singer/songwriter James Forester (Johnny Flynn). 

‘Lang Tong’

For fans of: ’12 Storeys’ (1997) and ‘Dumplings’ (2004)

Drawing inspiration from cult favourite Takashi Miike’s 'Audition' (1999) and Fruit Chan’s 'Dumplings' (2004), 'Lang Tong' is veteran TV and film director Sam Loh’s second feature-length movie after his 2004 debut, 'Outsiders'. 

'Lang Tong', which means "good soup" in Cantonese, is about Zach, a remorseless serial womaniser and swindler, who meets his match in Li Ling (Vivienne Tseng), an alluring and well-to-do woman who makes a wicked bowl of pork rib soup. Things take an unexpected turn when Zach meets the woman's younger sister Li Er (Angeline Yap) and begins an affair with her, culminating in a crime of passion. 

Serving bountiful amounts of violence and sex, 'Lang Tong' is set to attract strong media and online buzz, having already sold out its world premiere screening during the Singapore International Film Festival in December 2014.

Beware who you sleep with and what you eat | Photo: Facebook / Lang Tong 靓汤