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5 movies to watch this week (7 Apr 2016)

By Zaki JufriMovies - 06 April 2016 9:00 AM | Updated 07 April 2016

5 movies to watch this week (7 Apr 2016)

The Jungle Book

For fans of: ‘Avatar’ (2009) and ‘Life of Pi’ (2012)

Disney gives director Jon Favreau (Iron Man) the keys to this live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale, following young Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi) as he grows up in a jungle filled with friends – Bagheera the black panther (Ben Kingsley) and Baloo the bear (Bill Murray) – and foes – Kaa the python (Scarlett Johansson), King Louie the orangutan (Christopher Walken), and Shere Khan the tiger (Idris Elba).

While the film stays truer to the tones of Kipling’s original story, Favreau also infuses his vision with shades of the original Disney animated movie. 

10 Cloverfield Lane

For fans of: ‘Ex Machina’ (2015) and ‘Gone Girl’ (2014)

Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman and John Gallagher Jr. (TV's ‘Newsroom’) lead this follow-up to Cloverfield. No longer in found-footage, this "blood relative" to the 2008 sci-fi thriller is set in a bomb shelter.

Co-written by the creator of ‘Whiplash’ and directed by Dan Trachtenberg, known for his impressive fan-film ‘Portal: No Escape’. 

Eye In The Sky

For fans of: ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ (2012) and ‘Good Kill’ (2014)

Morally complex military thriller starring Oscar-winner Helen Mirren as the commander of a drone operation, tasked with capturing terrorists in Kenya only to have the whole mission turn sideways. Co-stars the late Alan Rickman in his final feature role, Aaron Paul and Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips’). 

The Bodyguard

For fans of: ‘Rise of The Legend’ (2014) and ‘Once Upong A Time in Shanghai’ (2014)

Hong Kong legend Sammo Hung dusts off his fighting chops to star and direct this action-thriller.

Hung plays Ding, a retired police officer who has settled down in a small town on the border between Russia and China. Here, he befriends a young girl (Jacqueline Chan) whose father (Andy Lau) becomes ensnared with local criminals. When the girl and her father disappear, Ding must come to the rescue.

It’s been years since we last saw Sammo Hung on the big screen in a leading role, and this is the first movie that he’s directing since 1997’s ‘Once Upon A Time In China’. Andy Lau also sits in the producer’s chair for this movie.

Heaven In The Dark

For fans of: ‘American History X’ (1998) and ‘A Walk To Remember’ (2002) 

Starring Hong Kong actress Karena Lam and actor Jacky Cheung, ‘Heaven In The Dark’ tells the story of a woman who shares a kiss with a pastor and then files sexual harassment charges against him. The pastor ends up losing his faith as a consequence of her actions, while the woman tries to find salvation in religion.