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The latest films reviewed by EG - TheAge, the entertainment guide to plan your weekend and beyond.

Check out latest films, Hollywood blockbusters and independent films.

Updated: May 24, 2019

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ALADDIN

(128 minutes) PG

Guy Ritchie, an unlikely Disney recruit, fixes the mood with an opening sequence that takes you with Aladdin as he goes out to pick pockets in the bazaar. Starring Mena Massoud in the title role, the film's palette is best summed up as "anything goes". It's a blinding celebration of saturated colour with a production design wrapped around a preponderance of golden domes, carved pillars and filigree screens. SH

A thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney's animated classic, "Aladdin"is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future. Directed by Guy Ritchie, who brings his singular flair for fast-paced, visceral action to the fictitious port city of Agrabah, "Aladdin"is written by John August and Ritchie based on Disney's "Aladdin."The film stars Will Smith as the Genie; Mena Massoud as Aladdin; Naomi Scott as Jasmine; Marwan Kenzari as Jafar; Navid Negahban as the Sultan; Nasim Pedrad as Dalia and Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders.



THE REPORTS ON SARAH AND SALEEM

(132 minutes) MA

Saleem (Adeeb Safadi) a Palestinian delivery driver, is involved in a casual affair with Sarah (Sivane Kretchner), an Israeli cafe owner. Saleem's pregnant wife (Maisa Abd Elhadi) suspects nothing. Neither does Sarah's husband (Ishai Golan) who isa colonel in the Israeli army. PB


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ACUTE MISFORTUNE

(90 minutes) MA

In 2008, 19-year-old journalist Erik Jensen was sent to interview the artist Adam Cullen, who then invited him to write his biography. Four years later, Cullen was dead at the age of 46. Now we have the movie, co-written by Jensen and director Thomas Wright, with stinging, performances by Daniel Henshall and Toby Wallace. PB

ALL IS TRUE

(101 minutes) M

Director-star Kenneth Branagh is barely recognisable as William Shakespeare in his final years, returned to Stratford-upon-Avon and his wife Anne (Judi Dench). The script by Ben Elton presents, with a light dusting of dry humour, a plausible imagining to fill the yawning gaps in the record of Shakespeare's life. JW

BREAKING HABITS

(87 minutes) M

This story is beyond weird. Even for wacky California, these women are out there. In the Central Valley, marijuana growing has long been a lucrative illegal business. Trying to make it legal upsets the gangsters, as well as the cops. PB

BURNING I

(148 minutes) M

Based on a story by Haruki Murakami, Burning belongs to a tradition in which two men serve as mirror images for one another, as in many of the thrillers of Alfred Hitchcock. Here the "innocent' ' is Jong-su (Yoo Ah-in ), a young aspiring fiction writer from a rural background. Facing him is Ben (Steven Yeun), a globetrotting playboy with no visible means of support. JW

THE HUSTLE

(93 minutes) M

Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway are the odd couple in this gender-flipped remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, but they struggle to summon the necessary chutzpah to pull it off. All up it's pretty bloodless, without the vital spark that high-wire nonsense needs if it's to fulfil its sole aim, which is to raise the spirits. SH

LITTLE WOODS

(103 minutes) M

In Little Woods, North Dakota, Deb (Lily James) and her adoptive sister Ollie (Tessa Thompson) eke out a living feeding oil field workers. They're just getting by until the bank forecloses, giving them just a week to raise the money, by any means necessary. Writer-director Nia DaCosta infuses the action with an atmosphere of dread, and packs it with insights into the forces that produced the Trump presidency. SH

LONG SHOT

(125 minutes) M

Ex-journo Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) lands a job writing speeches for Charlotte Palmer (Charlize Theron), Secretary of State to Bob Odenkirk's Trump-lite President. What Rogen and Theron have isn't exactly chemistry, and as political commentary it's fanciful. But if the film is a wish-fulfilment fantasy, it still has a certain edge. JW

THE NIGHT EATS THE WORLD

(94 minutes) MA

Sam (Norwegian actor Anders Danielsen Lie) wakes up in an undead Paris after getting drunk at his ex-girlfriend's apartment during a noisy party. That'll teach him. You can find themes of loneliness, alienation, even the Holocaust, if you squint and look hard. Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "see Paris and die". PB

PETERLOO

(155 minutes) M

Mike Leigh's subject here is drawn from history: the Peterloo Massacre of 1819, in which government militias charged on a crowd of Manchester workers who had peacefully assembled to demand an extension of voting rights. Leigh's storytelling is humanist and antihumanist at once, in a mode that might be called "grotesque realism". JW

THE REALM

(131 minutes) M

Rodrigo Sorogoyen's film centres on Manuel Lopez Vidal (Antonio de la Torre), a regional politician on the fast track to Madrid until the bribery and money-laundering that have been an intrinsic part of his modus operandi begin to unravel. When things go wrong, it happens so suddenly that even Manuel is surprised. SH

ROCKABUL

(90 minutes) M

In some ways, this is a traditional film about a heavy metal band: they form as friends, write some songs, find an audience and everyone gets stoned. The difference here is the stones are actual stones, thrown at them during a performance in one of the more traditional corners of Afghanistan. PB

TOP END WEDDING *** Our Pick

(102 minutes) M

City lawyer Lauren (Miranda Tapsell) and her fiance Ned (Gwilym Lee) traverse the Northern Territory in search of her missing mother, so their planned wedding can proceed. SH

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PAUL BYRNES (PB), SANDRA HALL (SH) & JAKE WILSON (JW)

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