Top 5 films to watch in Hong Kong this week: February 25-March 2

Irish immigrants, boxing, sea rescue, the first sex change operation and the Catholic Church abuse and cover up scandal in Boston among the pick of the flicks

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 25 February, 2016, 6:30pm
UPDATED : Monday, 07 March, 2016, 3:39pm

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1. Spotlight

Ensemble dramas seldom get better than this newsroom procedural based upon the real-life scandal of mass-scale child molestation in Boston’s Catholic Church, counting Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams among its uniformly excellent cast. (Now showing)

2. Brooklyn

Saoirse Ronan announces her arrival as one of Hollywood’s best young actresses with this enthralling 1950s-set romance, which follows her Irish immigrant character as she navigates a new life in New York. (February 26 and 28, opening film of European Union Film Festival)

3. Creed

While Sylvester Stallone has stepped back from the limelight, this seventh round of the Rocky franchise proves to be a surprise knockout regardless. Credits also to go to Michael B. Jordan, who’s equally imposing as Rocky’s protégé – and son of Apollo Creed. (Opens on February 25)

4. The Finest Hours

The spectacular storm is the star of this good old-fashioned disaster thriller. A realistically rendered dramatisation of a true-life 1952 rescue at sea, it features Chris Pine as the rescue mission head and Casey Affleck as the engineer of the sinking tanker. (Opens on February 25)

5. The Danish Girl

All eyes were on Eddie Redmayne as he followed up on his best actor Oscar with the challenging role of Lili Elbe, the world’s first recipient of sex reassignment surgery. Instead, it’s Alicia Vikander who is the true breakout as his tortured yet sympathetic wife. (Opens on February 25)