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The films opening in our cinemas this week

Critics’ choice

What it’s about
Join the monster family as they embark on a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel. It’s smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans. But the dream vacation turns into a nightmare when Mavis realises Drac has fallen for the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka, who hides a dangerous secret that could destroy all of monsterkind.What people say
This instalment opens with a 19th-century flashback showing Dracula besting the vampire hunter Van Helsing: think a caped and fang-bearing Bugs Bunny versus Elmer Fudd. – Glenn Kenny, The NYTimes
THE FIRST PURGEWhat it’s about
To push the crime rate below 1% for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the others, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.What people say
The fourth movie in this popular series is perhaps the worst, with amateurish filmmaking and too many movie clichés combining to betray its attempts at serious social commentary and satire. – Jeffrey M Anderson, Common Sense Media
The action-horror film, which takes the franchise to its infancy, is an unabashedly violent B-movie throwback with moments that resonate with real life. – Alan Ziberman, Washington Post
EVAWhat it’s about
A French drama directed by Benoît Jacquot based on the novel Eve by James Hadley Chase. It was selected to compete for the Golden Bear in the main competition section at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival.What people say
No one does mysterious, distant femmes fatales quite like Isabelle Huppert – but just because a Huppert character is enigmatic, it doesn't necessarily mean she's fascinating. – Jonathan Romney, Screen International
As many auteurs have similarly molded Huppert throughout her extensive filmography, Eva is another exotic testament to her abilities. – Nicholas Bell, Ioncinema.com
Detective Phil Philips is a down-on-his-luck puppet who used to work for the Los Angeles Police Department. When two puppets from an old TV show wind up dead, Phil suspects something is afoot and rejoins the LAPD as a consultant. Reunited with Connie Edwards, his former human partner, the bickering duo soon find themselves in a race against time to protect other former cast members before the killer strikes again.What people say
This premise holds some promise, but it’s a joyless, soulless slog, wasting the efforts of co-stars Melissa McCarthy and Elizabeth Banks. (Only Maya Rudolph, playing Phil's ditzy but puppet-tolerant secretary Bubbles, escapes pity.) – Inkoo Kang, Slate
A few critics are calling it the worst movie of the year. Unfair! This R-rated look at a serial killer running wild in a puppet-populated LA has what it takes to be a contender for worst of the decade. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
LOOKING FOR LOVEWhat it’s about
Following a disastrous drunken display at her younger sister’s wedding, 38-year-old Buyi has her parents worried that she’s wasting her life working meaningless jobs. Her parents insist that she take her head out of the clouds and focus on finding herself a good man and settle down. Buyi is gutted. She returns from KwaZulu-Natal feeling hopeless about her love situation. Where is a heavyset black woman going to find a man in SA? Desperate, she reluctantly allows her sexy best friend Lindi to help find her a man in the exclusive man market. Between questionable concoctions, a quirky magician with a cat obsession, and a sex addict that can’t get enough of a big butt, Buyi quickly loses hope of finding Mr Right. A hilarious, heart-warming story of acceptance and hopeWhat people say
Nigerian-born director Adze Ugah’s brutally honest, raunchy and female-driven romantic comedy, Looking for Love, has a winning recipe. – Emmanuel Tjiya, sowetanlive.co.za
A no-holds-barred take on 21st-century love, sex, and emotional baggage. – IMDb.com

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