Won’t you take us to the bioscope?


Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

Critics’ choice

What it’s about
Journalist Eddie Brock is trying to take down Carlton Drake, the notorious and brilliant founder of the Life Foundation. While investigating one of Drake’s experiments, Eddie’s body merges with the alien Venom – leaving him with superhuman strength and power. Twisted, dark and fuelled by rage, Venom tries to control the new and dangerous abilities that Eddie finds so intoxicating.
What people say
Even the great Tom Hardy is defeated by this tone-deaf Marvel botch job, which delivers a puddle of simplistic, sanitised PG-13 drivel instead of the scary, dark-night-of-the-soul thunderbolt fans had every right to expect. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
A disjointed, tonally confused and mediocrely written action flick, the best thing Venom has going for it is its relatively short run time. – Wenlei Ma, News.com.au
What it’s about
During his life sentence in post-apartheid SA, brutal murderer Piet Blomfield seeks redemption through meetings with Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
What people say
What turns out to be a kind of parable dotted with real-life people and events is elevated by Bana’s terrific performance. – Michael Ordona, Common Sense Media
Heavy-handed from its early texts explaining apartheid through to its end credits. – Glenn Kenny, The NYTimes
What it’s about
A young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt aids his magical uncle in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world.
What people say
A fantastical adventure, dandy ode to weirdos, and accessible anti-war allegory for all ages, especially 10-year-old boys. – Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail
It runs out of steam at about the midway point and falls victim to clumsy, overcooked plotting. It’s fun for a while, until it becomes more trick than treat. – Adam Graham, Detroit News
What it’s about
Thomas sets off from Sodor to become the first engine to travel the world. His adventures take him to five continents as he sees deserts, jungles and dangerous mountains.
What people say
It’s short on charm but features strong female, African and Asian characters for the first time. Toot, toot! – Matthew Bond, The Mail on Sunday
As arduous as trying to push a locomotive through treacle while someone sings nursery rhymes in your face. – Ross Miller, The National

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