Following the feedback and success of our 30 Films to See Before Your 30 feature, we continue our latest series, 5 Movies to Watch This Week. As the title suggests, five movies are featured each week regardless of release date along with where to watch them. Included with each film you’ll find the year it was released, a trailer, and a brief description/synopsis (sourced from the film’s official release and/or Wikipedia when necessary).
Check out this week’s picks below and be sure to look for Ex Machina to hit theaters this Friday, April 10.
Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
The original, Assault on Precinct 13 stars Austin Stoker as a police officer who defends a defunct precinct against an attack by a criminal gang, along with Darwin Joston as a convicted murderer who helps him. After police ambush and kill several gang members in Los Angels, gang members make a pact of blood to strike back at police, and conduct a siege on the police station. Staff of the closing precinct and the criminals being held there work together to fight off the attacking gang members.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Directed by Steven Spielberg, Close Encounters of the Third Kind tells the story of Roy Neary, an everyday blue collar worker in Indiana, whose life changes after an encounter with a UFO. After this life-changing event, the vision of a strange, mountain-like formation haunts him. He becomes obsessed with discovering what it represents. Meanwhile, government agents have close encounters of the second kind – discovering physical evidence of extraterrestrial visitors. Roy continues to chase his vision to a remote area where he and the agents follow the clues that have drawn them to reach a site where they will have a close encounter of the third kind – contact.
Escape from New York (1981)
Directed by John Carpenter, Escape from New York is set in a then near-future 1997 in a crime-ridden United States that has converted Manhattan Island in New York City into a maximum security prison. When the President of the United States crash lands inside, ex-soldier Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is given 24 hours to find the President, who has been captured by prisoners after the crash of Air Force One.
The Mist (2007)
Based on the 1980 novella by Stephen King, The Mist is about a freak storm that unleashes a species of horrifying creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole-up in a supermarket and fight for their lives. Although a monster movie, the central theme explores what ordinary people will be driven to do under extraordinary circumstances.
The Thing (1982)
In the winter of 1982, a twelve-man research team at a remote Antarctic research station discovers an alien buried in the snow for over 100,000 years. Once unfrozen, the form-changing alien wreaks havoc, creates terror and becomes one of them.