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New movies in cinemas this week Check out latest films, Hollywood blockbusters and independent films. Reviews by EG TheAge, Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun and imdb.com. Last updated: 13 March, 2020
NEW THIS WEEKMILITARY WIVES (86 minutes) M Military Wives is director Peter Cattaneo's (The Full Monty) story of a group of wives and partners who find strength and solace in singing, while their men (and some women) serve in Afghanistan. The possibility of death on the field of battle hangs over their practice sessions like a sword, waiting to strike someone mid-song . The performances from Kristin Scott Thomas (Kate) and Sharon Horgan as Lisa are the film's best asset. PB
NOW SHOWING1917 (119 minutes) MA Sam Mendes' First World War film looks like it was made in one take because he and cinematographer Roger Deakins designed it that way. The story takes place over about 10 hours as two men are sent forward across several miles of no man's land to make contact with a British unit, cut off from communication. PB A GUIDE TO SECOND DATE SEX (81 minutes) MA British filmmakers excel at romcoms about awkward sex and failed romance. George MacKay is cast here as Ryan, who's just started to date again after a messy break-up . He and Laura (Alexandra Roach) met at a club and now they're nervously anticipating a second date in more sober circumstances. SH BOMBSHELL (108 minutes) M Bombshell is the third screen account of Fox News founder Roger Ailes' downfall. Here the women take over the narrative. Our chief guide is Kelly (Charlize Theron), who came relatively late to the campaign, revealing her experience of Ailes only to confirm the testimonies of other Fox women. SH EMMA (117 minutes) PG Jane Austen's Emma is the consummate romcom. Played by Anya Taylor-Joy , everything revolves around Emma's propensity for meddling in the lives of those who surround her. Seduced by the delusion that she knows what's best for everybody, she takes on a new protegee, Harriet Smith (Mia Goth). SH DARK WATERS (126 minutes) M Mark Ruffalo plays Rob Billot, a whistleblower whose courage has little to do with the flashier brand of heroism displayed by more conventional movie crusaders. His virtues lie in persistence and an inexhaustible curiosity. He's a modest man, who is reluctantly drawn into a case so consuming it threatens his career, marriage and health. SH ESCAPE AND EVASION (91 minutes) MA Josh McConville plays an Australian army officer who has returned from a mission to Myanmar suffering post-traumatic stress syndrome. What really helps make Australian director Storm Ashwood's film work is McConville's success in evoking a sense of what it must be like to suffer PTSD. SH HONEYLAND (86 minutes) M Documentary has never been pure. Honeyland takes us to the Balkans, where two ageing women live in a slate hut with a dog and three cats amid an arid mountain landscape. It's primitive, beautiful, elemental - just the sort of place to produce a great documentary story. And it does. PB IN MY BLOOD IT RUNS (85 minutes) PG Australian director Maya Newell's follow up to her first documentary feature Gayby Baby again draws its moral authority from a child's voice. The central figure is Dujuan Hoosan, a young boy who belongs to the Arrernte people in Central Australia, living primarily in Alice Springs in the care of his grandmother. While he has a mischievous side, Dujuan is articulate and serious and it's easy to imagine him as a future leader. JW JOJO RABBIT (108 minutes) M Writer/director/actor Taika Waititi plays a comedic version of Hitler, who appears as a 10-year-old German boy's imaginary friend. It's an audacious form of comedy. Jojo Rabbit is bold in its reimagining of a familiar subject. PB JUST MERCY (137 minutes) M Starring Michael B. Jordan as a Harvard law graduate and Jamie Foxx as a convicted murderer, Just Mercy takes you into the medieval workings of the Alabama justice system in the 1980s. The script is distilled from a memoir by Bryan Stevenson, who campaigned for a review of the cases against many of the state's death row prisoners. SH THE LIGHTHOUSE (109 minutes) MA Even before Thomas Wake (Willem Dafoe) and Ephraim Winslow (Robert Pattinson) plod up the beach towards the isolated New England lighthouse which is to be their home, you know that things are about to get down and dirty. SH LITTLE WOMEN (135 minutes) G Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women in 1868. Feminists have long argued about whether the book empowers young girls or enfolds them in a corset of middle-class fantasy about home and hearth. Director Greta Gerwig glosses over that hump with minimal fuss and admirable simplicity by allowing for both. PB MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN (144 minutes) M Edward Norton wrote, directed and produced this smart, good-looking crime movie. And he increased the degree of difficulty even further by starring in it, too. It's a comprehensive reworking of a well-regarded 1999 novel by Jonathan Lethem. Norton's hero, Lionel Essrog, a private eye with a small-time agency, is pitched into a labyrinthine political conspiracy when his boss, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis), is shot dead by mobsters. SH THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN (125 minutes) M Mel Gibson plays Scottish lexicographer James Murray, founding compiler of the Oxford English Dictionary. Sean Penn is Dr William Chester Minor, who's carnival of crazy, showy compendium of ticks and whirrs is the kind Academy voters often mistake for good acting. The film paints Minor as Murray's rescuer but nobody can save Minor from his torment. PB
SHOWINGThe Invisible Man (124 minutes) R The Invisible Man is a horror-thriller from Universal starring Elisabeth Moss as Cecilia, "C," a woman who escapes her abusive boyfriend Adrian (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) only to find out that Adrian, "a leader in the field of optics" who supposedly died by suicide early in the film, is actually still alive, and has designed a suit that makes him completely invisible... Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears (104 minutes) M This big screen adventure for Miss Phryne Fisher should please adoring fans, but newbies will find it all a bit damn hokey, with silly plotting, some ropey acting and the unwise decision to turn the protagonist into a James - or Jane - Bond. Birds of Prey - Harley Quinn MA15+ You ever hear the one about the cop, the songbird, the psycho and the mafia princess? "Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)" is a twisted tale told by Harley herself, as only Harley can tell it. When Gotham's most nefariously narcissistic villain, Roman Sionis, and his zealous right-hand, Zsasz, put a target on a young girl named Cass, the city is turned upside down looking for her. Harley, Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya's paths collide, and the unlikely foursome have no choice but to team up to take Roman down. Sonic the Hedgehog (100 minutes) PG Sonic the Hedgehog is a live-action adventure comedy based on the global blockbuster video game franchise from Sega that centers on the infamously brash bright blue hedgehog. The film follows the (mis)adventures of Sonic as he navigates the complexities of life on Earth with his newfound -- human -- best friend Tom Wachowski (James Marsden). Sonic and Tom join forces to try and stop the villainous Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) from capturing Sonic and using his immense powers for world domination. The film also stars Tika Sumpter and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic. The Call of the Wild (105 minutes) PG Living a charmed life in the sunny climes of Santa Clara valley, rambunctious, super-strong St Bernard/Scotch Collie Buck is stolen and transported to the snowy wastes of the Yukon. Becoming a sled dog, he crosses paths with bereaved outdoorsman John Thornton (Harrison Ford) who sets off an adventure into the unknown. THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON (97 minutes) M After breaking out of an old folks home, Zak, a good-hearted young man with Down syndrome, heads down the coast of North Carolina in search of his wrestling idol, aided by new friend Tyler (Shia LaBeouf) and pursued by well-meaning carer Eleanor (Dakota Johnson). JW Bloodshot It is very weird to think a highly respected thespian of Vin Diesel's refined calibre has never graced the frame of a superhero movie until now. Vinny D ain't exactly making up for lost time with his late entry into the genre. In fact, he barely pushes himself to make any effort at all in Bloodshot. Downhill At turns pointedly unpleasant and unfeasibly inert, Downhill plummets into the void where comedy ends and drama begins. Don't look too long or hard at where it's going, or you too might feel as if you've been dropped from a great height.
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