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 alongside their respective IMDB ratings. Check out our picks below and look for Interstellar starring Matthew McConaughey and Big Hero 6 to hit theaters this Friday, November 7.
The Berlin File (2013)
A South Korean spy thriller written and directed by Ryoo Seung-wan, The Berlin File features Ha Jung-woo who stars as a North Korean agent in Berlin who is betrayed and cut loose when a weapons deal is exposed. Together with his wife, a translator at the North Korean embassy in Berlin played by Jeon Ji-hyun, they try to escape being purged, with Ryoo Seung-bum and Han Suk-kyu playing North and South Korean operatives on their trail. Buy it here or stream it here.
IMDB Rating: 6.7/10
The Deer Hunter (1978)
The Deer Hunter is a war drama co-written and directed by Michael Cimino about a trio of Russian American steelworkers and their service in the Vietnam War. The film stars Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Savage, John Cazale, Meryl Streep, and George Dzundza. The story takes place in Clairton, a small working class town on the Monongahela River south of Pittsburgh and then in Vietnam, somewhere in the woodland and in Saigon, during the Vietnam War. Buy it here or stream it here.
IMDB Rating: 8.2/10
Naked Lunch (1991)
A science fiction drama written and directed by David Cronenberg and starring Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Ian Holm, and Roy Scheider, Naked Lunch is an adaptation of William S. Burroughs' 1959 novel of the same name. After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally murders his wife and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in a port town in North Africa. Buy it here or stream it here.
IMDB Rating: 7.1/10
The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)
A crime drama directed by Derek Cianfrance, The Place Beyond the Pines stars Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, and Ray Liotta. The film powerfully explores the consequences of motorcycle rider Luke's (Ryan Gosling) fateful decision to commit a crime to support his child. The incident renders him targeted by an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective. The two men become locked on a tense collision course which will have a devastating impact on both of their families in the years following. Buy it here or stream it here.
IMDB Rating: 7.4/10
A crime thriller written by Richard Price and Alexander Ignon and directed by Ron Howard, Ransom stars Mel Gibson, Rene Russo, Brawley Nolte, Gary Sinise, Delroy Lindo, Liev Schreiber, Evan Handler, Donnie Wahlberg, and Lili Taylor. When multi-millionaire Tom Mullen (Gibson) and his wife Kate (Russo) attend a science fair, their son Sean is kidnapped. Tom soon finds himself facing the battle of his life when the kidnappers demand that he cough up $2 million in less than 48 hours. Desperate to save his son from almost certain death, Tom takes a gutsy gamble by appearing on television and publicly placing a large bounty on the heads of the kidnappers. Buy it here.
IMDB Rating: 6.6/10