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Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

Critics’ choice


ANON
What it’s about
In the near future, private memories are recorded and crime has almost ceased to exist. But in trying to solve a series of murders, troubled detective Sal Frieland stumbles upon a young woman known only as The Girl. She has no identity, no history and is invisible to the cops. Sal realises this may not be the end of crime, and it could be the beginning of it.
What people say
More potent as a cautionary tale than future noir, the film’s digital dystopia certainly gets a Like, even if it doesn’t quite warrant a Share. – James Dire, Empire
This is just a so-so sci-fi thriller. Like the best sci-fi, it takes a theme and explores it to its fullest extent and uses that theme to make a comment on contemporary realities. – Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD
What it’s about
In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans to raise pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided world.
What people say
While it is a perfectly serviceable placeholder in the larger series, its contributions to the Potterverse are disappointingly minor. – Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic
Starts to feel like a trip to Azkaban long before it’s over. Rowling has previously promised five Fantastic Beasts movies, but it’s clear she barely has the imagination to fill one of these things. – Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com
WIDOWS
What it’s about
A police shootout leaves four thieves dead during an explosive armed robbery attempt in Chicago. Their widows – Veronica, Linda, Alice and Belle – have nothing in common except a debt left behind by their spouses’ criminal activities. Hoping to forge a future on their own terms, Veronica joins forces with the other three women to pull off a heist that her husband was planning.
What people say
With the help of a staggering ensemble cast, Steve McQueen has made an intelligent, emotional thriller that contemplates contemporary American politics as confidently as it does blowing shit up. – John Nugent, Empire
The movie, believe it or not, gives pleasure. It’s a stark, violent, cynical but thoroughly entertaining caper picture. – David Edelstein, Vulture

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