What's Showing | Latest Films

What's Showing | Latest Films

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ALPHA

J I

(96 minutes) PG

Director Albert Hughes has put a lot of care and research into his evocation of this long-gone world. Seventeen-year-old Keda (Kodi Smit-McPhee ) is a member of the Solutreans, one of the Cro-Magnon tribes that wandered Europe during the Ice Age of 20,000 years ago. It's not so much a performance from Smit-McPhee as a totally credible and unselfconscious demonstration of what it would be like to fight for your life against hunger and exposure. SH

NEW FILM RELEASE | AMERICAN ANIMALS

I

(116 minutes) MA

Based on the true story (or is it?) of four guys who steal an extremely rare book from a Kentucky university, director Bart Layton's film is in hybrid territory: it looks like a feature film but it has real people as well. Here, truth is a slippery and subjective thing and beyond being a heist movie (and who doesn't love a heist movie?) there's the question of why four reasonably privileged young men would set fire to their own lives in this way?PB

NEW FILM RELEASE | A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN

J II

(117 minutes) R

French director Jean-Stephane Sauvaire's film is based on a memoir by Billy Moore, a drugaddicted British boxer living in Thailand who was arrested in 2007 for possession of stolen goods and jailed for three years. Gruelling as it is, A Prayer Before Dawn functions to some degree as a visceral thrill-ride JW

A SIMPLE FAVOUR

J I

(117 minutes) G

A Simple Favour is largely a comedy, and a good one, in which perfect mum Stephanie Sommers (Anna Kendrick) and her polar opposite Emily Nelson (Blake Lively) become friends and then something else. In one sense, it's a fresh take on the stress point of many women's lives - between career and children. PB

CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

I

(104 minutes) G

Didn't we just have a Christopher Robin movie? Well, yes, but Goodbye Christopher Robin from last year was about the complicated Milne family in the 1920s. This NEW FILM RELEASE | one is aimed at a younger audience. Ewan McGregor plays a fictional grown-up Christopher Robin, a harried executive at the Winslow Luggage Company in London. His daughter Madeline (Bronte Carmichael) gives it to him straight - ‘‘ I never see you'' . It's the modern father's dilemma. PB

CRAZY RICH ASIANS

J I

(120 minutes) M

Dedicated to Oscar Wilde's mantra that nothing succeeds like excess, Crazy Rich Asians is a lot of fun. The cast is a crafty mix of NEW FILM RELEASE | and established talents, including Constance Wu, Awkwafina and Ken Jeong. SH

DON'T WORRY, HE WONT GET FAR ON FOOT

I

(114 minutes) M

Joaquin Phoenix plays John Callahan, a cartoonist and laidback dropout with an endearingly corny sense of humour who is also a heavy drinker prone to fits of rage fuelled by resentment of the mother who gave him up at birth. Rendered quadriplegic in a car accident at 21, he regained only partial use of his upper body, drawing his cartoons laboriously with a pen held between his hands. Jack Black plays Callahan's drinking buddy in this funny and moving biopic, directed by Gus Van Sant. JW

THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS

J I

(99 minutes) PG

Before J.K. Rowling, there was John Bellairs, a specialist in fantasy for young readers. Based on his 1973 novel, this film by Eli Roth features Jonathan Barnevelt (Jake Black) and his best friend, Florence Zimmerman (Cate Blanchett), next-door neighbours who share a fond and longstanding friendship based on an amiable exchange of insults. Ten-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) falls under their spell when he comes to live with Jonathan, his uncle, after the death of his parents in a car accident. SH

LADIES IN BLACK

I

(109 minutes) PG

Several characters gain some degree of wisdom in Bruce Beresford's Ladies in Black, a film based on Madeleine St John's book The Women in Black and which he fought for years to make. He can count this film, starring Julia Ormond, Rachael Taylor and Angourie Rice, as a personal triumph. Set in Sydney in 1959, the story centres on the frock department of a fictitious upmarket store, called Goode's , a microcosm of a country on the cusp of change. JW

NIGHT SCHOOL

III

(111 minutes) M

Malcolm D. Lee directs here, fresh from the triumph of Girls Trip. Kevin Hart stars as Teddy Walker, a cocky barbecue salesman who falls on hard times and must sign up for evening classes to gain his high school equivalency certificate. Despite Hart's best efforts, the film belongs to Lee's breakout Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish as Carrie, the wised-up night school teacher. JW

THE NUN

III

(96 minutes) MA

The Nun presents itself as a very traditional kind of gothic tale, set well back in the 20th century. Assisting Father Burke (Demian Bichir) in this occult horror is Sister Irene (Taissa Farmiga) an earnest novice whose gift of second sight may come directly from God. Or maybe not. JW

THE PREDATOR

I

(104 minutes) G

By contrast with John McTiernan's 1987 sciencefiction action hybrid Predator, there are multiple predators visible in all their glory from the outset of this convoluted but enjoyable spin-off written and directed by Shane Black. Like all Black's work, this refuses to take itself seriously even for a moment. Yet in the middle of all the hubbub, it does keep circling back to one specific theme: each main character feels connected to the Predator in some way. JW

SMALLFOOT

J I

(96 minutes) PG

"Smallfoot" is yeti-speak for a human being, a species that most yeti believe to be the stuff of mythology. But Migo, an ebullient young bigfoot thinks otherwise. He's seen a smallfoot and he's out to convince the rest of his gang - or whatever the collective noun for the yeti might be - that they should try to find him. Like most modern animated features, it has a soundtrack of potential hits, together with a voice cast of big names. SH

YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE

I

(89 minutes) MA

Joe (Joaquin Phoenix) is the anti-hero , bulky, half-hidden behind a bristly beard, alternating between sociopathic violence and awkward sensitivity. Joe specialises in rescuing teenage girls from human traffickers. His weapon of choice is a hammer. JW

Source: EG: TheAge

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

This EG article is from the October 5, 2018 issue of The Age Digital Edition.

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