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Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

Critics’ choice


THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB
What it’s about
Fired from the National Security Agency, Frans Balder recruits hacker Lisbeth Salander to steal FireWall, a computer program that can access codes for nuclear weapons worldwide. The download soon draws attention from an NSA agent who traces the activity to Stockholm. Further problems arise when Russian thugs take Lisbeth’s laptop and kidnap a math whiz who can make FireWall work. Now, Lisbeth and an unlikely ally must race against time to save the boy and recover the codes to avert disaster.
What people say
Lisbeth is never going to be cuddly or sunny, but that doesn’t mean she has to be robotic or impossible to read. That’s something that Foy and Alvarez clearly understand, and the result is a heroine not only worth cheering for, but one worth loving. – Kate Erbland, indieWire
The whole thing feels rote, like a previously unconnected, generic thriller screenplay that was rewritten to be part of the Lisbeth universe. – Michael Gingold, Birth.Movies.Death.
LIFE ITSELF
What it’s about
College sweethearts Will and Abby fall in love, get married and prepare to bring their first child into the world. As their story unfolds in New York, fate links them to a group of people in Seville, Spain, including a troubled young woman, a man and his granddaughter, a wealthy landowner and a plantation manager.
What people say
Bad things happen to nearly everyone in this movie. But the real tragedy strikes when you buy a ticket. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Oscar Isaac and Olivia Wilde star in Dan Fogelman's journey into maudlin ridiculousness. – AO Scott, The NYTimes
TWO TAILS
What it’s about
After becoming best friends, a beaver and a cat embark on a dangerous mission to rescue their friends who were abducted by aliens.
What people say
The message is the same as always: we must unite in the face of adversity, together we can defeat anything, the bad always pay and the good always win. – Pablo A Scholz, Clarín
OVERLORD
What it’s about
On the eve of D-Day, US paratroopers drop behind enemy lines to penetrate the walls of a fortified church and destroy a radio transmitter. As the soldiers approach their target, they soon begin to realise that there’s more going on in the Nazi-occupied village than a simple military operation. Making their way to an underground lab, the outnumbered men stumble upon a sinister experiment that forces them into a vicious battle against an army of the undead.
What people say
Manages to satisfy expectations of pure escapism even as it digs deeper, and it’s a welcome alternative to so many movies that don’t even try. – Kalyn Corrigan, indieWire
What it lacks in novelty, subtlety or character, it partially makes up in sheer abandon. This is a big, loud, violent, gleefully gory sledgehammer of a film with, crucially, a careful tongue in cheek. – Demetrios Matheou, Screen International
BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE
What it’s about
The El Royale is a run-down hotel that sits on the border between California and Nevada. It soon becomes a seedy battleground when seven strangers – a cleric, a soul singer, a travelling salesman, two sisters, the manager and the mysterious Billy Lee – converge on a fateful night for one last shot at redemption before everything goes wrong.
What people say
An exquisitely shot slice of pulp, bolstered by a tastily villainous Chris Hemsworth and Cynthia Erivo’s spellbinding singing. If only it didn’t overstay its welcome. – Cameron Frew, Movie Corner
Every puzzle piece clicks together smoothly, and while there is joy in watching everything fit, the film feels like there’s something missing. It lacks true substance. It’s all aesthetics, no guts. But damn if the “bad times” aren't beautiful to watch. – Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service

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