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 The Equalizer (starring Denzel Washington), and Jimi: All Is by My Side (starring Andre 3000) to hit theaters this Friday, September 26.
Blue Ruin (2013)
A thriller directed by Jeremy Saulnier, Blue Ruin stars Macon Blair as a beach vagrant named Dwight. Living out of his car and scavenging through trash cans and dumpsters for food and money, a policewoman finds Dwight and gives him the news that Wade Cleland, the man who murdered his parents, is soon to be released from prison. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family. Buy it here or stream it here.
A Hijacking (2012)
A Danish thriller written and directed by Tobias Lindholm, A Hijacking (Danish: Kapringen) is about the crew of a Danish cargo ship that’s hijacked by Somali pirates who proceed to engage in escalating negotiations with authorities in Copenhagen. The plot alternates between the events on board the hijacked ship, and those occurring in the shipping company’s office back in Denmark. It focuses largely on the experiences of the ship’s cook and the shipping company’s CEO, acting as the negotiator. Buy it here or stream it here.
A History of Violence (2005)
A crime thriller directed by David Cronenberg and written by Josh Olson, A History of Violence is an adaptation of the 1997 graphic novel of the same name by John Wagner and Vince Locke. The film stars Viggo Mortensen as the owner of a small-town diner who is thrust into the spotlight after killing two robbers in self-defense, thus forcing him to confront his violent past. Buy it here or stream it here.
Outrage (2010), Beyond Outrage (2012)
A Japanese yakuza film directed by and starring Takeshi Kitano, the film is centered around the boss of a major crime syndicate who orders his lieutenant to bring a rogue gang of drug traffickers in line, a job that gets passed on to his long-suffering subordinate. Outrage is followed by a 2012 sequel, Beyond Outrage, wherein the police launch a full-scale crackdown on organized crime, igniting a national yakuza struggle between the Sanno of the East and Hanabishi of the West. It’s also worth noting that there is reportedly a third film in the works. You can buy Outrage here and stream it here, and you can find Beyond Outrage here or here.
The Fly (1986)
A science fiction horror film directed and co-written by David Cronenberg, The Fly stars Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis as Seth Brundle, a self-involved research scientist, and Veronica Quaife, a science-magazine reporter. Inviting Veronica to his lab, Seth prepares to demonstrate his “telepod,” which can transfer matter through space. As they grow closer, she ultimately prompts Seth into experimenting with humans rather than inanimate objects. Seth himself eventually enters the telepod, preparing to transmit himself through the ether — but he doesn’t know that he is sharing the pod with a tiny housefly. Buy it here or stream it here.
5 Movies to Watch This Week | Blue Ruin, A Hijacking and More is a post by Brian Farmer on Highsnobiety.