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Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

Critics’ choice


BLACKKKLANSMAN
What it’s about
The incredible true story of an American hero. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organisation aims to sanitise its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream.
What people say
For all its revelations of racist rot at the core of American society, Lee also offers a clear, specific, and wondrous, if wary, view of change that’s possible because, at one time and to some extent, it actually happened. – Richard Brody, New Yorker
A masterful tension of “I’m going to make you laugh, and I’m also going to make you feel really weird and uneasy”. – Katie Walsh, What the Flick?!
THE NUN
What it’s about
When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together, they uncover the order’s unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.
What people say
It’s lush, operatic, hardcore Catholic horror from the depths of The Omen and The Exorcist, with hints of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s Black Narcissus, washed with medieval overtones. And it’s a total, screaming blast. – Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service
The Nun comes closest to its ideal form of go-to midnight movie, the fun younger cousin of the Conjuring movies with less buildup but more of the money shots you’ll come to a theatre  to see. – Dana Schwartz, Entertainment Weekly
MILE 22
What it’s about
CIA operative James Silva leads a small but lethal paramilitary team on an urgent and dangerous mission. They must transport a foreign intelligence asset from an American embassy in Southeast Asia to an airfield for extraction – a distance of 22 miles. Silva and the soldiers soon find themselves in a race against time as the city’s military, police and street gangs close in to reclaim the asset.
What people say
Berg and Wahlberg deliver a relentlessly paced, addictively slick paramilitary thriller actively catering to fans of gonzo brutality and turbocharged machismo. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe
For a movie so excited to tell a story about the CIA’s most highly prized and least understood unit, it sure doesn’t do much to ensure you leave any more informed than you were when you sat down. – Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press

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