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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.

Last updated: 15 November 2019

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CHARLIE'S ANGELS

Director Elizabeth Banks takes the helm as the next generation of fearless Charlie's Angels take flight. In Banks' bold vision, Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska are working for the mysterious Charles Townsend, whose security and investigative agency has expanded internationally.



AILO'S JOURNEY

(86 minutes)

Ailo is a baby reindeer, born too early in the wilderness of Lapland, on a patch of green amid the snowy thaw. His mother tries to leave him, her instinct telling her to rejoin the herd as soon as possible, but she can't do it. She stops, she thinks, she snorts and grunts, then returns to the quivering, blinking calf, wobbling on his four spindly legs. So begins Ailo's Journey - a stunningly beautiful French nature film, filmed in live action. PB

I AM NO BIRD

(77 minutes)

If you want to get people arguing, marriage is still a good topic to bring up. Struggles over the definition of the term continue in many parts of the world. This is the context for I Am No Bird, the new documentary by Melbourne filmmaker Em Baker, who follows the wedding preparations of four women, in Australia, China, Mexico and Turkey respectively - all of them looking forward to the big day, however different their circumstances. JW

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BALLOON

(125 minutes) M

This story takes place in a small community in southern East Germany, where two families have constructed a home-made hot-air balloon. They are going to use it to cross the border at night into West Germany. This really happened. PB

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 television series began in 2011, Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) was a snob but her sharp edges were gradually planed away and the same has happened to butler Barrow (Robert James-Collier ). SH

FREAKS

(105 minutes) MA15+

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. PB

HAPPY SAD MAN

(93 minutes) M

John, who's about 70, has had a long battle with bipolar disorder. He dresses in eccentric clothes and has a bright infectious laugh, but his joy disappears easily when director Genevieve Bailey trains her camera on his face. Happy Sad Man is about men and mental illness. The film rewards close viewing. PB

THE IRISHMAN

(209 minutes) MA

The Irishman is pure cinema and one of Martin Scorsese's jazziest, most difficult films, borrowing from many sources while riffing freely though often mournfully on the themes and techniques of his previous crime epics Goodfellas and Casino. Robert de Niro plays Frank Sheeran, an associate of union boss Jimmy Hoffa, played by Al Pacino. This slow-burning melodrama is organised around a single shocking moment. Much of the time Hoffa seems like the central personality, the one with the tragic arc. But ultimately the story belongs to Frank: a guy not much different from the rest of us, a sinner with an outside chance at redemption. JW

JOKER

(122 minutes) MA15+

Even before its release, audiences were primed to regard Joker as a serious work of art. It is an interesting cultural phenomenon but, whatever its pretensions, this is undeniably a comic book movie. Mentally ill sad sack Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) is a Joker who doesn't know how to tell a joke, and never learns. JW

JUDY

(118 minutes) M

In Hollywood's pantheon of doomed idols, Judy Garland is up there with Marilyn Monroe. Renee Zellweger's performance in British director Rupert Goold's film is an act of immersion, concentrating on Garland's last year. SH

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD

(161 minutes) MA15+

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 on-screen counterpart (the actual Tate, not Robbie) as if they were sharing a private joke. JW

PAIN AND GLORY

(114 minutes) MA15+

Spanish director Pedro Almodovar's latest film is a kind of anti-film about a world famous filmmaker called Salvador Molla (Antonio Banderas). Most of it takes place in one apartment, the lead character can hardly walk given his back pain and he no longer wants to be part of the wider world. This then is Almodovar as the lion in winter - still powerful, still with plenty to say but wondering how much longer? PB

PAVAROTTI

(114 minutes) M That Luciano Pavarotti is worthy of an in-depth documentary is indisputable. The doubt is that this is actually "in depth", as enjoyable as it is. Director Ron Howard knows how to make us love the man as well as the extraordinary voice. That he does that with a man who was sometimes appalling in his behaviour towards others is itself a feat. In this case, that's largely by omission. PB

YULI

(111 minutes) M

Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta's life presents a dizzying success story. It begins in Havana where 10-year-old Carlos is displaying a precocious gift for the new art of breakdancing, climaxes in London where the Royal Ballet Company anoints him as its first black Romeo, and comes to a gently upbeat conclusion back in Havana. SH

GEMINI MAN

Experience the visual spectacle of GEMINI MAN, starring Will Smith. Gemini Man is an innovative action-thriller starring Will Smith as Henry Brogan, an elite assassin, who is suddenly targeted and pursued by a mysterious young operative that seemingly can predict his every move.

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