Beat the heat this weekend and bask in the cool, dark comfort of an air-conditioned cinema. These are just some of the films on show in theatres around the city this week.
Crazy Rich Asians
In the long-awaited silver screen treatment of Kevin Kwan’s novel of the same name, New York-native Rachel Chu takes a trip to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family, only to find that he’s been concealing an aspect or two about his life back home.
Vulture says: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is a shiny, affluence-porn rom-com with a big immigrant heart.
The Spy Who Dumped Me
Audrey and Morgan’s lives of mundanity are shaken when an ex-boyfriend turns out to have been living the life of a secret agent. The girls are forced to go on the run and take part in a risky, yet comical, game of cat and mouse across Europe.
The NYTimes says: Espionage is not what this movie is about, and romance isn’t either. The engine that drives the plot and sparks the jokes is the friendship between Aubrey (Mila Kunis) and Morgan (Kate McKinnon).
Riley wakes up from a coma to find her world turned upside down, and when the justice system fails her, she takes matters into her own hands, transforming into a vigilante force to be reckoned with.
The New Yorker says: Peppermint […] is built on a hierarchy of victims—those who deserve what they get and those who don’t—and its flip, slick aesthetic reflects that narrow perspective
Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation
The monsters board a cruise liner for the perfect summer holiday, but when Dracula falls for the ship’s Captain, the holiday changes course, with a remote chance of smooth sailing.
Vulture says: The kids could do a lot worse.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
This sequel and prequel, rolled into one neat, music-filled package, follows Donna (Meryl Streep) on the journey that brought her to the Greek island in her youth, and sees Sophie set to reopen the hotel and reunite those closest to her heart.
Empire says: You’ll cackle at Christine Baranski’s crackling dialogue, cry when Meryl sings ‘My Love, My Life’, and when all is said and done, you might even be tempted to go again.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
The popular film franchise returns after a long hiatus, seeing Cruise reprise his role as Ethan Hunt, with a mission (unsurprisingly, given its title) going awry and Hunt tasked to prevent a nuclear disaster from occurring.
Empire says: A combination of thrilling stunts, insane daring, and clever writing make this a stunning piece of action cinema. Just be sure to take your heart meds first, and hold on tight.
Billionaire Boys Club
The phrase ‘get rich or die trying’ takes on a whole new meaning, in a biopic chronicling the real-life Billionaire Boys Club and the Ponzi scheme they conceived, that ended in the murder of an investor.
The Hollywood Reporter says: “Here’s the dirty little secret about being rich,” the movie begins — and then it proceeds to tell us nothing we haven’t all known about money for a very long time.
How much do you really know about your family? In the weeks following her mother’s passing, Annie is tasked with learning about the life those before her really led.
Rolling Stone says: Hereditary is a new horror landmark that puts a unique face on things that go bump in the night.
Swimming With Men
Eric Scott lives a monotonous life that’s veering dangerously close to a mid-life crisis, but he has other plans; namely, to join a men’s synchronised swimming team and just keep swimming.
The Guardian says: This film floats, but, like a synchro-swimmer doing the “egg beater” leg movement, it needs a fair bit of strenuous activity to keep it upright.
The Children Act
Based on a novel by Ian McEwan, the film chronicle’s a judge’s strife as she must decide whether to grant a teenage boy a life-saving blood transfusion that would violate his beliefs as a Jehovah’s Witness.
Empire says: If it lacks filmmaking fireworks and emotional wallop, ‘The Children Act’ delivers a sensitive, thoughtful drama about complicated issues. And it is another reminder, if one were needed, of the subtlety and skill of Emma Thompson’s stratospheric talent.
Denzel Washington reprises his role as vigilante Robert McCall. In this sequel, McCall is given even more reason for vengeance when his best friend is killed, and he will stop at nothing to bring her murderers to his own brand of justice.
Variety says: Rather than power forward on the assumption that we know and understand this character, it circles back and gives McCall the chance to delve into the life he’d left behind.
The fourth instalment of this sci-fi franchise follows the chain of events that begin with a boy accidentally triggering the Predators’ return to Earth, and the team of operatives tasked with securing the safety of the planet.
Forbes says: What works doesn’t quite compensate for what doesn’t, even if at the end of the day this Predator sequel gets the job done in terms of being a violent and gory Predator sequel.
A futuristic adventure film that sees down-on-his-luck teen Miles befriend a state of the art, military robot dog AXL. To keep man’s best friend in safe hands, he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime, with love interest Sara by his side.
Hollywood Reporter says: Oliver Daly’s kid-oriented feature only strains hopelessly for Amblin Entertainment-style magic. The result is that A.X.L. feels in desperate need of repairs.
Based on the titular novel by Ann Patchett, this drama follows famed soprano Roxanne’s (Julianne Moore) journey to South America to perform for a wealthy Japanese entrepreneur. The room of dignitaries and social elites soon falls foul to a political hostage situation.
NYTimes says: Neither romance nor hostage drama nor political thriller, it never builds a head of steam. Unlike a real opera singer, it doesn’t know how to exhale.
Opens September 27
A historical epic that traces a young hunter’s Ice Age journey and the relationship he forges with an injured wolf along the way.
Empire says: If it’s surprisingly sweet-sounding subject matter for Albert Hughes’ first solo film, he treats it with respectful seriousness. It’s a family movie but one unafraid to show some very sharp teeth.
Opens September 25
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir
Based on the novel The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe, the film chronicles Ajatashatru’s adventures from Mumbai to Paris, and the unlikely people he meets along the way.
The Hollywood Reporter says: A winsome if all-too-saccharine migration adventure.
Opens September 27
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