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Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

Critics’ choice


LEAVE NO TRACE
What it’s about
A father and daughter live a perfect but mysterious existence in Forest Park, a beautiful nature reserve near Portland, Oregon, rarely making contact with the world. But when a small mistake tips them off to authorities, they are sent on an increasingly erratic journey in search of a place to call their own.
What people say
Director Debra Granik lets glimmers of hope fight their way into her unflinching view of a broken America. That’s what gives her hypnotic and haunting tale of letting go its quiet power and amazing grace. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Well-acted and well-written, calmly presented, and moving, this drama has a ring of truth, despite its extraordinary story. Perhaps that’s because it was, after all, inspired by true events. – Michael Ordona, Common Sense Media
THE CHILDREN ACT
What it’s about
In the midst of a marital crisis, a High Court judge must decide if she should order a life-saving blood transfusion for a teen with cancer despite his family’s refusal to accept medical treatment for religious reasons.
What people say
No one gives better pensive gaze here than Emma Thompson; the drama lies in the fallibility of even the most competent and well-intentioned among us. – Emily Yoshida, New York Magazine/Vulture
As mature as movies get, this elegantly costumed and designed film is a welcome getaway. – Tomris Laffly, RogerEbert.com
JOHNNY ENGLISH 3
What it’s about
The new adventure begins when a cyber attack reveals the identities of all active undercover agents in Britain, leaving Johnny English as the secret service’s last hope. Called out of retirement, English dives headfirst into action with the mission to find the mastermind hacker. As a man with few skills and analogue methods, Johnny English must overcome the challenges of modern technology to make this mission a success.
What people say
I laughed throughout this funny, fabulous spy spoof, satisfied by the clever ideas and brilliant execution. Johnny English is British through and through and it is the marvellous touches of authenticity and humour that make it zing. – Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
Try as he might, Rowan Atkinson’s slapstick pratfalls and rubbery expressions can’t stretch over the feature’s brazen attempt to rehash past glories. – Sarah Ward, Screen International
GOTTI
What it’s about
Raised on the streets of New York, young John Gotti found his way into the Gambino crime family, eventually having the boss removed and becoming head of the powerful family. His wife asked only one thing from John: to never expose their children to his profession. But he broke the vow, and John jnr took his place as his father’s Capo.
What people say
John Travolta clearly put in great effort to play John Gotti, but he’s stuck in an incomprehensible mess of a movie that was shot like a clueless knockoff of a Martin Scorsese gangster epic. – Jeffrey M Anderson, Common Sense Media
Starring in this mobster biopic that deserves to get whacked is an offer Travolta should have refused. Insane testimonials from Gotti supporters at the end are as close as this shit show will ever get to good reviews. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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