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5 movies to watch this week (9 April 2015)

By Zaki JufriMovies - 07 April 2015 5:21 PM | Updated 09 April 2015

5 movies to watch this week (9 April 2015)

‘The Longest Ride’ 

For fans of: Nicholas Sparks movies, such as ‘The Notebook’

Nicholas Sparks, the novelist behind ‘The Notebook’, ‘Message in a Bottle’ and ‘Nights in Rodanthe’, is back with another heart-rending tale of love and loss.

An elderly man (Alan Alda) lies trapped in a car accident, fighting to remain conscious while seeing visions of his deceased wife and their life together. A high school senior (Britt Robertson) meets and falls in love with a young bull rider (Scott Eastwood).

The two couples have little in common and are separated by years and experience, but will find their lives converge, and discover that the most difficult decisions often yield extraordinary journeys.

‘The Last 5 Years’ 

For fans of: ‘Rent’ (2005) and ‘Pitch Perfect ‘(2012)

If there is singing involved, there is always the ever-reliable Anna Kendrick, The ‘Pitch Perfect’ star leads this adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s Tony Award-winnning stage musical as a struggling actress recounting the highs and lows of her love affair with a young novelist. From the director of ‘PS I Love You’, Richard LaGravenese.

‘The Gunman’ 

For fans of: ‘Taken’ (2008) and ‘The Bourne Identity’ (2004) 

Sean Penn plays a veteran assassin ready to retire, but the organisation that he works for has no intention of letting him go in this action-thriller from the director of ‘Taken’.

Based on the 1981 novel ‘The Prone Gunman’ by French novelist Jean-Patrick Manchette, the movie also stars Idris Elba and Javier Bardem.

‘Murmur of the Hearts’

For fans of: ‘Eat Drink Man Woman’ (1994) and ‘Tempting Heart’ (1999)

Not to be confused with Louis Malle's 1971 comic coming-of-age tale of the same name, ‘Murmur of the Heart’ is the latest from Hong Kong director Sylvia Chang, who returns behind the camera to tell a story about growing up and letting go.

Macanese actress Isabella Leong (‘The Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon Emperor’) plays a painter, Mei, who has drifted apart from her tour-guide brother after leaving the island of Lu Dao in Taiwan with their mother. Mei falls for an underachieving boxer, and begins years of soul searching, later reuniting with her brother under unexpected circumstances. 

The movie also stars Malaysian actress Lee Sinjie and Golden Horse Award nominee Joseph Chang. 

‘The Con Artist’

For fans of: ‘The Italian Job’ (2003) and ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ (2001)

Kim Woo-bin ('The Heirs') and Lee Hyun-woo ('Secretly, Greatly') star in this smart crime caper which follows an expert safecracker, who has 40 minutes to steal slush funds hidden inside a customs building. The movie is directed by Kim Hong-sun, who won a Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Director prize for his 2012 film, ‘Traffickers’.