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5 movies to watch this week (7 Jan 2016)

By Zaki JufriMovies - 06 January 2016 9:00 AM

5 movies to watch this week (7 Jan 2016)


For fans of: J-Law

Writer-director David O. Russell reteams with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro (after 2012's ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ and 2013's ‘American Hustle’) for this comedic biopic, based on the life of Joy Mangano – inventor and founder of a family business dynasty that has raked in over US$1 billion in sales.

The Danish Girl

For fans of: ‘The Imitation Game’ (2014) and ‘My Week With Marilyn’ (2011)

Academy Award-winning actor Eddie Redmayne and director Tom Hooper (‘The King’s Speech’) gun for another Oscar with this historical love story inspired by Lili Elbe (Redmayne) and Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander), a married couple whose unbreakable union helped Lili transition from a man to a woman.

The Forest

For fans of: ‘Cabin In The Woods’ (2012) and ‘Sinister’ (2012) 

Supernatural horror led by Natalie Dormer as a woman who finds herself deep in the legendary Aokigahara Forest at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan – also known as The Suicide Forest.

A young American woman, Sara (Dormer), goes in search of her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared. Despite everyone’s warnings to “stay on the path,” Sara enters the forest determined to discover the truth about her sister’s fate – only to be confronted by the angry and tormented souls of the dead that prey on anyone who wanders into the forest.

Fathers And Daughters

For fans of: ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ (2006) & ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’ (2006

Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried and Aaron Paul lead this drama from the director of ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’, following a daughter at two different points in her life: as a child raised by her father after the death of her mother, and as an adult struggling with the residue of the past.

Jake Davis (Crowe), a Pulitzer-winning novelist, is left to raise his 5-year-old daughter, Katie (newcomer Kylie Rogers), on his own. Overcome with guilt from the loss of his wife, he struggles with the routine of raising a child compounded by his overbearing relatives’ intent on taking her away from him.

As the narrative weaves back and forth between the 1980s, and present day, we come to learn how 30-year-old Katie (Seyfried) battles the demons that stemmed from her troubled childhood and watch Jake fight to hold on to the thing he loves most – his daughter, at the cost of his fortune, sanity, and ultimately even his own life.

The Priests

For fans of: ‘The Exorcist’ (1973) and ‘The Devil Inside’ (2012)

South Korean filmmakers has always had a good grip of horror, so it is inevitable that someone will take on angels, demons and the occult – long been the mainstay of Western films.

Directed by Jang Jae-hyun, ‘The Priests’ stars A-list actors Kim Yun-seok and Gang Dong-won. The film follows priest Father Kim (Kim) who is estranged from the Korean Catholic community for his traditional views.

When a girl (Park So-dam) begins to exhibit signs of possession after a car accident, Father Kim asks the church to allow him to do an exorcism, but is rejected. The church eventually relents, and assigns a priest-in-training (Gang) to help.