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The films opening in our cinemas this week
CHRISTOPHER ROBINMaybe my soul is as black as tar, but Disney’s Winnie the Pooh yarn is downright un-BEAR-able. It’s the latest – and least – live-action version of a Disney animated classic. Where Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast were high-class, this ball of smarm, based on beloved characters created by British author AA Milne, is more on a level with the clunky Dr Seuss movies. – Dana Barbuto, Providence JournalSICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADOWithout a humanising element like Emily Blunt's character, this whole grim affair is just a race to the bottom in which everyone loses. – Sara Stewart, New York PostHOTEL ARTEMISStylishly realised against a backdrop of violence and faded Hollywood glamour, Drew Pearce’s vision of the near-future is laced with intrigue and dark humour. – Jonathan Pile, EmpireMARY SHELLEYA disappointingly straightforward, romance-driven take on a fascinating story of creation, but one that’s lifted by a superb central performance by Elle Fanning. –Dan Jolin, EmpireTHE DARKEST MINDSLooks a heck of a lot like other superhero movies and YA adaptations, and it’s loaded with a ton of on-the-nose metaphors for youthful oppression. But if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. – William Bibbiani, TheWrapASINAMALIMbongeni Ngema occupies a unique space in theatre history as an auteur of celebrated stage play musicals and he now brings that talent to his first film, based on his seminal work of the same name. It’s a tale filled with immense vitality, sadness and humour, combining exhilarating dance and acting with awe-inspiring choral music. – Andrew Germishuys, SAMDB News