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New movies in cinemas this week reviewed by EG TheAge, the entertainment guide to plan your weekend and beyond.

Check out latest films, Hollywood blockbusters and independent films.

A whopping 6 new movies this week..

Last updated: 13 September 2019

NEW THIS WEEK


THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2

(97 minutes) PG

Unlike the mobile phone games they derive from, the Angry Birds movies are mostly for kids. The emphasis is on slapstick action and there's also a good deal of toilet humour. The more sophisticated touches come in the dialogue, which has just enough wit to dissuade adults from climbing the walls. Children will sit through it happily enough, but they deserve better. JW



DOWNTON ABBEY

(122 minutes) PG

It's 1927 and with King George V and Queen Mary coming to visit, Buckingham Palace's snooty staff are freezing the Downton familiars out of their own kitchen.

When the TV series began in 2011, Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) was a consummate snob but her sharp edges were gradually planed away over six seasons, and the same thing has happened to butler Barrow (Robert James-Collier ), who began life as the downstairs villain. It's not a perfect film but it's a fond and fine farewell to a popular classic in the art of romancing the past. SH | Trailer

THE FAREWELL

(100 minutes) PG

Billi's grandmother Nai Nai (Zhao Shuzhen) has been diagnosed with terminal cancer but has not been told she's about to die. This premise is a fictionalised version of an episode from writerdirector Lulu Wang's own life. Billi (Awkwafina) plays along with the story of a family wedding, an excuse to slyly farewell Nai Nai in China. It's an astute summing up of the eternal interplay between tradition and change. SH

FREAKS

(105 minutes) MA 15+

The success of this pungent sci-fi horror flick with multiple layers of misdirection rests on an astonishing performance by Lexy Kolker, who was seven when it was shot. She is the spitting image of Drew Barrymore at the same age and has a similar truth on screen: great vulnerability and emotional range and a blazing temper. This last unleashes the dark superpower she doesn't even know she has because her father (Emile Hirsch) has kept her locked away, filling her with dread about the outside world. Their world has a certain screwy, fetid logic, but then directors Adam Stein and Zach Lipovsky start to mess with our heads via some neat visual effects. PB

ANGEL OF MINE

(98 minutes) MA

An Australian adaptation of a 2008 French film (L'Empreinte de l'Ange ) this tense, handsomely mounted, somewhat creepy film about maternal instincts is set and shot in Melbourne. Noomi Rapace plays a woman who sees a seven-yearold girl at a children's birthday party and instantly knows - not just thinks - this is the daughter she lost seven years earlier in a fire. It's pretty clear Lizzie is mentally ill, though not at first to Lola's mother Claire (Yvonne Strahovski), who invites her into her home. Director Kim Farrant (Strangerland) is drawn to this kind of maternal material but it's another level of risk to ask us to sympathise with a mother who is about to snatch another woman's child. PB

ANIMALS

(109 minutes) MA 15+

For anyone who has ever woken up with a mouth like the bottom of a budgie's cage, Animals will ring some familiar bells. It follows party girls Laura (Holliday Grainger) and Tyler (Alia Shawkat) as they lurch from one glass to another in Dublin. But it's not so much a comedy about the joys of getting out of it as a drama about the choices everyone has to make as they get older. It's a tribute to Australian director Sophie Hyde that these two gals are fully engaging, so bound to each other that not taking a drink feels like a betrayal. PB

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ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD

(161 minutes) MA

Midway through this Quentin Tarantino film Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) goes to see her own movie, the 1968 spy spoof The Wrecking Crew. She slips off her go-go boots and smiles at her onscreen counterpart (the actual Tate, not Robbie) as if they were sharing a private joke. She is, you might say, enjoying herself. So too is Tarantino. JW

THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM

(106 minutes) MA

Retired footballer Adam Goodes' outrage at a racist taunt from a 13-year-old girl in the stands during a Swans-Collingwood match in 2013 sparked an ugly reaction that travelled far beyond the stadium. This documentary, written and coproduced by Indigenous journalist and author Stan Grant, is an unashamedly polemical film. SH

DANGER CLOSE: THE BATTLE OF LONG TAN

(118 minutes) MA

This movie about Australia's Vietnam War does one thing extraordinarily well: it puts you there, in that rubber plantation in Phuoc Tuy province in August 1966, with the rain pissing down and 1000 North Vietnamese regulars trying to overrun a force of 108 ANZACs from Delta Company, 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. PB

NEVER LOOK AWAY

(189 minutes) M

Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's film is a towering achievement, covering four decades. On one level it's an epic story of the evolution of an East German painter struggling to find his voice; on another, it's about the depravity of the Third Reich. PB

THE NIGHTINGALE

(136 minutes) MA

There's no doubt writer-director Jennifer Kent's film is harrowing, but the violence is not gratuitous. It's a wholly convincing recreation of a Tasmanian backwater in 1825, when the colony was at its toughest and most unforgiving and an Irish convict like Clare (Aisling Franciosi) was at the bottom of the class system governing the place. After being repeatedly raped by a barbaric British army officer (Sam Claflin) Clare is left with nothing but a fierce determination for revenge, aided by Baykali Ganambarr as Aboriginal tracker Billy. But Kent is clearly out to fashion something bigger than a revenge story. SH

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