Following the feedback and success of our recent 30 Films to See Before Your 30 feature, we present to you our latest series: 5 Movies to Watch This Week. As the title suggests, this will be where I personally recommend five movies I feel are definitely worth watching. I will use the introduction of these posts to also mention movies coming out in the same week, however, they will not count as one of the five. For example, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For hits theaters this Friday, August 22. Therefore, it would also be beneficial for you to check out Sin City.
I’m going to try and shy away from the more obvious/popular films in an effort to introduce new films to each reader, however, there might be times when it makes sense to mention a fairly popular movie – similar to me mentioning Sin City. For each movie on the list, I will include the film title along with the year it was released, some information about the film, and the IMDB rating based on a scale of 1-10 (unless I feel otherwise, but for the most part the ratings tend to be spot on).
Feel free to leave any film recommendations in the comments below, as I’m always searching for great movies.
Being John Malkovich (1999)
A fantasy comedy-drama written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze, the film stars John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, and Catherine Keener, with John Malkovich playing a fictional version of himself. In the film, Cusack plays Craig Schwartz, a puppeteer who finds a portal that leads into Malkovich’s mind.
Elite Squad (2007), Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010)
This Brazilian crime film is a semi-fictional account of the Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais (BOPE), the Special Police Operations Squad of the Rio de Janeiro Military Police. Captain Nascimento has to find a substitute for his occupation while trying to take down drug dealers and criminals before the Pope comes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Its sequel, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, holds industry records in the country for ticket sales and gross revenue. After a prison riot, former-Captain Nascimento, now a high ranking security officer in Rio de Janeiro, is swept into a bloody political dispute that involves government officials and paramilitary groups.
Both films received an 8.1/10
New World (2013)
A South Korean crime drama, the film shows the conflict between the police and the mob through the eyes of an undercover police officer who infiltrates Goldmoon, the biggest crime syndicate in Korea. New World is the first entry in a planned trilogy.
The Raid: Redemption (2011), The Raid 2 (2014)
An Indonesian martial arts action film written and directed by Gareth Evans and starring Iko Uwais, the film focuses on a S.W.A.T. team that becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs. Its, sequel, The Raid: Redemption, follows S.W.A.T. member Rama, the protagonist of the first film, as he is sent undercover to take down both corrupt police officials and the gangs of the criminal underworld.
7.6/10, 8.3/10, respectively
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
The tenth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the film features an ensemble cast including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, and Benicio del Toro. Light years from Earth, 26 years after being abducted, Peter Quill (played by Pratt) forms an uneasy alliance with a group of extraterrestrial misfits after he finds himself the prime target of a manhunt after discovering an orb wanted by Ronan the Accuser.
Note: While none of the forthcoming lists will include films that are still in theaters (except for the new releases, which I will mention in the intro), it would be a disservice to not recommend Guardians of the Galaxy - it’s absolutely worth catching in theaters, especially in IMAX if you have the option.