Gemma Arterton in a scene from the movie Their Finest.
Gemma Arterton in a scene from the movie Their Finest. Nicola Dove

What's on the big screen this week

WHILE New South Wales school students enjoy their second week of school holidays, kids in Queensland are back to school and this week's three M-rated releases will give their parents some more grown-up viewing at the cinema.

Audiences can take a look at a propaganda crew during the Second World War in Their Finest, laugh at the antics of a group of elderly gents in Going in Style or opt for Pitch Perfect star, Anna Kendrick's latest comedy offering, Table 19.

Here are this week's highlights of the big screen and why you should see them:

Their Finest (M)

Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy in a scene from the movie Their Finest.
Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy in a scene from the movie Their Finest. Nicola Dove/Transmission Films

Set during the Blitz in London, with the country's morale at stake, Catrin, an untried screenwriter, and a makeshift cast and crew, work under fire to make a film to lift the nation's spirits - and inspire America to join the war. This is a moving portrayal of a young woman finding her way, and her voice, in the mayhem of war and the movies.

Why you should see it: Funny, smart and deliciously unpredictable. Read the review here.

Going in Style (M)

Alan Arkin, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine in a scene from the movie Going in Style.
Alan Arkin, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine in a scene from the movie Going in Style. ATSUSHI NISHIJIMA/Warner Bros

Three senior citizens in their 70s who live together are slowly decaying in endless days with nothing to do but feed the birds. One of them comes up with an idea - rob a bank. They certainly could use the money if they get away with it, and if they are caught, what could happen to three old men?

Why you should see it: The natural talent of stars Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin is always something to behold, but don't expect comic gold. Early reviews suggest Going in Style doesn't live up to the 1979 original.

Table 19 (M)

FOR REVIEW AND PREVIEW PURPOSES ONLY. Tony Revolori and Anna Kendrick in a scene from the movie Table 19. Supplied by Twentieth Century Fox.
FOR REVIEW AND PREVIEW PURPOSES ONLY. Tony Revolori and Anna Kendrick in a scene from the movie Table 19. Supplied by Twentieth Century Fox.

Ex-maid of honour Eloise - having been relieved of her duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text - decides to attend the wedding anyway only to find herself seated with five random guests at the dreaded Table 19.

Why you should see it: If you're looking for something to watch without having to think too hard, this could be for you, however early reviews haven't been favourable.

Continuing:

Colossal (M)

Anne Hathaway in a scene from the movie Colossal.
Anne Hathaway in a scene from the movie Colossal.

A woman discovers severe catastrophic events are somehow connected to the mental breakdown from which she's suffering.

Why you should see it: Anne Hathaway doesn't so much wrestle with her personal demons as embody them in Colossal, a strange and unnatural union between a creature feature and a low-budget indie romance. Read the review.

The Fate of the Furious (M)

Michelle Rodriguez and Vin Diesel in a scene from the movie The Fate of the Furious.
Michelle Rodriguez and Vin Diesel in a scene from the movie The Fate of the Furious. Matt Kennedy

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon, Brian and Mia have retired from the game, and the rest of the crew has been exonerated, the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom back into a world of crime that he can't seem to escape, the crew will face trials that will test them as never before.

Why you should see it: This eighth instalment of the hugely popular car-racing franchise delivers more of what fans expect, including wildly over-the-top action sequences, while opening a new chapter for the much-loved cast. Read about Vin Diesel and The Rock's 'feud'.

Personal Shopper (MA 15+)

Kristen Stewart in a scene from the movie Personal Shopper.
Kristen Stewart in a scene from the movie Personal Shopper. Jean-Marc Haedrich

A personal shopper in Paris refuses to leave the city until she makes contact with her twin brother who previously died there. Her life becomes more complicated when a mysterious person contacts her via text message.

Why you should see it: Having well and truly put her Twilight days behind her, Kristen Stewart grapples with malevolent spirits in this fashion-themed thriller that, unfortunately, ends up going nowhere.

Denial (M)

Rachel Weisz in a scene from the movie Denial.
Rachel Weisz in a scene from the movie Denial. Laurie Sparham

Acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E Lipstadt must battle for historical truth to prove the Holocaust actually occurred when David Irving, a renowned denier, sues her for libel.

Why you should see it: Rachel Weisz's powerful performance anchors this drama, but you'll leave the cinema feeling it could have done a little more to do its incredible story justice.

CHIPS (MA 15+)

Michael Pena and Dax Shepard in a scene from the movie CHIPS.
Michael Pena and Dax Shepard in a scene from the movie CHIPS. Warner Bros. Picture

The adventures of two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers as they make their rounds on the freeways of Los Angeles.

Why you should see it: If you like your humour rude and crude then you'll probably enjoy this film, but if the early reviews are anything to go by this CHiPS remake is a stinker. Read the review.

Dance Academy: The Movie (PG)

Xenia Goodwin and Dena Kaplan in a scene from the movie Dance Academy: The Movie.
Xenia Goodwin and Dena Kaplan in a scene from the movie Dance Academy: The Movie.

This 2017 movie follows the original dance academy TV show and tracks where the characters are in their lives now.

Why you should see it: Fans of the TV series will love this movie. Director Jeffrey Walker doesn't mess around with the proven formula, but the film works as a stand-alone piece as well. Read the interview with the director.

Ghost in the Shell (M)

Scarlett Johansson in a scene from the movie Ghost in the Shell.
Scarlett Johansson in a scene from the movie Ghost in the Shell. Paramount Pictures

Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic's advancements in cyber technology.

Why you should see it: The visuals in this live-action anime reboot are nothing short of mesmerising but despite a solid performance from Scarlett Johansson this film doesn't pack the emotional punch or thought-provoking gravitas you'd hope for. Read the review.

The LEGO Batman Movie (PG)

The characters Batman and Robin in a scene from The LEGO Batman Movie. Supplied by Warner Bros.
The characters Batman and Robin in a scene from The LEGO Batman Movie. Supplied by Warner Bros. Warner Bros. Picture

Bruce Wayne must not only deal with the criminals of Gotham City, but also the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted.

Why you should see it: This colourful animated romp is jam-packed with action and jokes to entertain the whole family. Read the interview with the director.


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