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Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

Critics’ choice


I STILL SEE YOU
What it’s about
Bella Thorne stars in this spellbinding and romantic supernatural thriller. Ten years after an apocalyptic event left the world haunted by ghosts, Roni (Thorne) receives a threatening message from beyond the grave. Joining forces with a mysterious classmate, Roni descends into a shadow world that blurs the bounds of the living and the dead – and begins a desperate race against time to stop a cunning killer.
What people say
Once all the pieces are in place, the film becomes a more conventional and less interesting thriller, with a single violent villain the heroes have to overcome. – Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times
A ghostly thriller that’s all plot, no emotion and thrill-free, despite the presence of Belle Thorne, the hardest working woman in show business. – Roger Moore, Movie Nation
HUNTER KILLER
What it’s about
US submarine captain Joe Glass is on the hunt for a sub in distress in the Arctic Ocean. He soon learns that a secret Russian coup is in the offing, a conspiracy that threatens to dismantle the world order. With crew and country on the line, Glass must assemble an elite group of Navy SEALs to sneak through enemy waters, rescue the kidnapped Russian president and prevent World War 3.
What people say
This military thriller starts stiffly, and not everyone seems fully committed, but as the pieces come together, it becomes a passably tense entertainment for fans of huge explosions. – Jeffrey M Anderson, Common Sense Media
The film comes across as another excuse for good ole American patriotism to save the world, and feels more than slightly outdated in the current environment. – Neil Soans, Times of India
SHOCK AND AWE
What it’s about
In 2003, as the Bush administration prepares to invade Iraq, sceptical journalists question the administration’s claim that Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction.
What people say
This drama is a love letter to investigative journalism, and it’s earnest (perhaps too much so? ) in conveying an important lesson from recent history. – Michael Ordona, Common Sense Media
What should unfold like a contemporary thriller instead becomes a lecture, with a story line of a young military enlistee (movingly played by Luke Tennie) added to humanise the stakes. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
FRANK AND FEARLESS
What it’s about
A kickass visual comedy about villains that get outsmarted in the African bush by Leon Schuster.
What people say
Together with co-writer director, Gray Hofmeyr, Frank and Fearless takes Schuster to the next level by introducing a relevant and engrossing story and a depth of emotion which sets it apart from anything else previously produced by this iconic filmmaker. – thesouthafrican.com
The rhino who will steal everyone’s hearts. The movie is, like always, funny but it comes in with a serious message. – jacarandafm.com

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