What's Showing | Latest Films

What's Showing | Latest Films

The latest films showing in Melbourne cinema's reviewed from EG in Friday's The Age

Last updated: 10 August 2018

Latest Films Showing This Week


ANT-MAN AND THE WASP

(118 minutes) PG

Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp is a more poised operator than her colleague, Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man , and while he regards her with a mixture of lust and awe, she extracts him from yet another misadventure . Newly introduced villain, Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen ) is an angst-ridden mystery woman whose powers are mightiest of all. SH

THE EQUALIZER 2

(121 minutes) MA15+

Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) has a mission to carry out, involving the rescue of a little girl who has been kidnapped by her nogood father. It doesn’t take long to confirm McCall’s willingness to resort to extreme measures remains in tact. For an action film, The Equalizer 2 is a slow burner. JW

INCREDIBLES 2

(118 minutes) PG

Sequel to the 2004 film about the superhero family hidden away in suburbia. The charm of Brad Bird’s films lies in the way they combine farce with highly tuned stunts and a delicate way with characterisation once seen only in handdrawn animation. SH

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM

(128 minutes) M

The volcano on Isla Nublar has erupted and will soon kill all those rampant dinosaurs unless someone mounts a rescue mission. Enter the Dinosaur Protection Group, headed by former park manager Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) and bolstered by dino-wrangler Owen Grady (Chris Pratt). The pair are soon at risk of being shredded by dinosaurs. SH

MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN

(114 minutes) PG

This is a sequel that had to happen, even though it’s taken 10 years to appear. Meryl Streep returns, but there’s not nearly enough of her on screen. It was her glee in sending herself up that set the tone of the original, but here, director Oliver Parker proves why he’s a master of mature-age comedy. SH

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE — FALLOUT

(147 minutes) M

Six films in, we don’t know much about Ethan Hunt, the dashing super spy played by Tom Cruise. The MI formula balances Cruise’s circus daredevilry with the use of digital effects and here, Hunt’s in a race against time to recover a stolen batch of plutonium. Showing his knack for plot twists, director Christopher McQuarrie is back and playing to Cruise’s strengths. JW

ON CHESIL BEACH

(105 minutes) M

For Edward Mayhew (Billy Howle) and Florence Ponting (Saoirse Ronan), sex is a mountain, not a molehill and On Chesil Beach is a big-screen

SUMMER 1993

(95 minutes) PG

Frida (Laia Artigas) is six when she’s uprooted from her home in Barcelona. Both of her parents are dead, the cause undisclosed, and she’s to live in the Catalan countryside with her uncle, Esteve (David Verdaguer) and aunt, Marga (Bruna Cusi), who have a four-year-old daughter, Anna (Paula Robles), a blithe child who immediately accepts Frida as her big sister. SH

NEW SUPERFLY

(116 minutes) MA

The Superfly films are all about swagger, African-American style. The original was born in 1972, during the heyday of the blaxploitation movie. The setting has changed, moving from Harlem to Atlanta, home of trap music, a brand of Southern rap with connotations of gangsterism and drug dealing. Priest (Trevor Jackson) has had enough of the business and wants to go straight. Unwilling to leave empty-handed , he’s planning one last job, so big that it will set him up forever. The whole thing plays like a fancy dress parody of a crime movie, except nobody seems to be having much fun. SH

WHITNEY

(120 minutes) M

Six years after Whitney Houston’s death, Kevin Macdonald’s Whitney reveals some painful allegations within the Houston family. In a movie like this, there is no unassailable truth. Macdonald interviews with a keen eye and ear, probing for answers, but all of those who surrounded Whitney are implicated to some extent in her downfall. Spotting the liars and the hypocrites becomes part of the viewer’s task. PB

THE WIFE

(100 minutes) M

Joan (Glenn Close) is rapidly reaching the point where she will indulge her husband Joe (Jonathan Pryce) no longer. He doesn’t love her enough to subdue the reflexive impulse that has him flirting with every young woman he meets, but he’s fragile. Close builds this performance bit by bit with tight smiles and wary, knowing looks. PB

debut for Dominic Cooke, powered by flashback. Set in England in 1962, before the pill made sex without reproduction a thing, before feminism decreed that women could also enjoy sex. This is a story about how lives can be changed by inaction. PB

SKYSCRAPER

(102 minutes) M

Dwayne ‘‘ The Rock’ ’ Johnson frequently looks alarmed at the lunacy behind the stunts he performs. When it comes to thinking of ways to raise the stakes, the film’s writers have no shame, but there’s an old-fashioned feel to the stunts. SH

NEW THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME

(117 minutes) MA

This is a character study in a blockbuster package, meaning the espionage plot is no more complex than it has to be. Mila Kunis plays Audrey, a Los Angeles grocery clerk who learns that her missing boyfriend (Justin Theroux), is in fact involved with the CIA. Beneath the film’s pop feminism bubbles an anger which might potentially have more than one target. JW


Source: EG: TheAge

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

This article is from the 10 August issue of The Age Digital Edition.

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