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5 movies to watch this weekend (24 Dec 2015)

By Zaki JufriMovies - 23 December 2015 9:00 AM

5 movies to watch this weekend (24 Dec 2015)


For fans of: ‘Brokeback Mountain’ and Cate Blanchett

Romantic-drama from Todd Haynes (‘Far from Heaven’) starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, based on Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel ‘The Price of Salt’. 

 ‘Carol’ follows two women (Blanchett and Mara) from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change.

‘Carol’ was the talk of Cannes 2015, it won Best Actress (Mara) and the Queer Palm award.  With five Golden Globes nominations, ‘Carol’ is also expected to have the biggest success in 2016. Co-stars - and on-screen lovers - Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara will go head-to-head for Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama, alongside Brie Larson, Saoirse Ronan and Alicia Vikander. The movie also received nods for Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Original Score and Best Director - Motion Picture.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

For fans of: Duh, ‘Star Wars’

It’s the movie of the season and a force to be reckoned with. The first in a planned trilogy, the action takes place some years after the events of ‘Return of the Jedi’, and involves scavenger Rey (Daisy Ridley) teaming up with renegade First Order Stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) and cute globular droid BB-8. Lucas' main cast returns alongside Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, and Andy Serkis.

MORE: Star Wars: The Force Awakens review ★★★★

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ shattered box office records with an estimated US$517m in worldwide ticket sales up until Sunday, a staggering debut that re-established the celebrated space saga as a global phenomenon under Disney. 

Ip Man 3 

For fans of: ‘Ip Man’ movies and Donnie Yen

Donnie Yen returns once again to the Ip Man series as Wing Chun grandmaster Yip Man for this semi-biographical martial arts film. Also stars Mike Tyson - yes, the boxer.

Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip 

For fans of: Alvin, Simon… and Theodore

The director of ‘Old Dogs’ and ‘Wild Hogs’ helms this fourth Alvin and the Chipmunks film that sees Alvin, Simon and Theodore hitting the road to prevent Dave (Jason Lee) from proposing to his girlfriend. There will also be more Chipmunk-ed covers of popular songs and many delightful puns.


For fans of: William Shakespeare and Michael Fassbender 

Michael Fassbender sees a dagger before him as Macbeth in Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy, self-fulfilling a prophecy to become King of Scotland by means of blood and betrayal. Australian filmmaker Justin Kurzel’s adaptation is perhaps the most cinematic, if not the bloodiest of them all. Another triumph is the movie’s fearsome cast whose careful and compelling reading of the work underscores the movie’s inventiveness in staying true to the source material while forging its own path. Co-stars Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth, who spurs her husband into action.

MORE: Macbeth review  ★★★★