Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (January 26-February 1), from La La Land to Moana

Leading Oscar contenders La La Land and Moana and a trio of disparate dramas offers something for everyone

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 26 January, 2017, 7:33am
UPDATED : Thursday, 16 February, 2017, 3:04pm

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1. La La Land

An odds-on favourite for this year’s best picture Oscar after tying the all-time record this week with its 14 nominations, young director Damien Chazelle’s tribute to Hollywood’s Golden Age of musicals – starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone – is the year’s first must-see film. (Opens on January 26)

2. Moana

One of five nominees to shut out Pixar in the Oscar race for best animated feature is Disney’s latest fairy tale. Co-directed by Ron Clements and John Musker of The Little Mermaid and Aladdin fame, the film follows the titular Polynesian teenager’s joyous mission to save her homeland. (Opens on January 26)

3. Split

James McAvoy gives an acting masterclass as a deranged man with at least 23 personalities in M. Night Shyamalan’s comeback effort. While the customary big twist – teasing a potential sequel – isn’t much of a conceit, this split-personality horror-thriller proves a menacing experience throughout. (Now showing)

4. Land of Mine

The horror of war is viscerally captured in Danish writer-director Martin Zandvliet’s compelling historical drama, based on actual events that saw German prisoners put to work after the second world war to clear land mines in Denmark, leaving many killed or maimed. (Now showing).

5. Glassland

Jack Reynor impresses as the struggling son of an alcoholic mother (Toni Collette) in this bleak but ultimately uplifting family drama coloured by poverty and alcoholism. For his second feature, Irish director Gerard Barrett deserves credit for avoiding melodrama and audience manipulation. (Now showing)

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