Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

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Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

Critics’ choice



COLETTE
What it's about
After moving to Paris, author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette agrees to ghostwrite a semi-autobiographical novel for her husband. Its success soon inspires her to fight for creative ownership and overcome the societal constraints of the early 20th century.
What people say
This is the firebrand Colette that Knightley plays with every fibre of her being. She's something to see. - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
This biopic offers a fascinating, revelatory look at how far women's rights and LGBTQ acceptance have come in a century. - Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media
DR SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS
What it's about
Each year at Christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter and louder celebrations. When the Whos declare they are going to make Christmas three times bigger this year, the Grinch realises there is only one way for him to gain some peace and quiet: he must steal Christmas. To do so, he decides he will pose as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, even going so far as to trap a lackadaisical misfit reindeer to pull his sleigh. Meanwhile, down in Who-ville, Cindy-Lou Who – a young girl overflowing with holiday cheer – plots with her gang of friends to trap Santa Claus as he makes his Christmas Eve rounds so that she can thank him for help for her overworked single mother. As Christmas approaches, however, her good-natured scheme threatens to collide with the Grinch's more nefarious one. Will Cindy-Lou achieve her goal of finally meeting Santa Claus? Will the Grinch succeed in silencing the Whos' holiday cheer once and for all? Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and narrated by Pharrell Williams.
What people say
The latest animated iteration of Christmas's most famous nemesis might not be strictly necessary, but it's still pretty fun – and revamped just enough to feel fresh. - Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
Colourful and amusing enough, and yet, like so many Christmas movies, it's all a bit forgettable – and iffy ... Bah, humbug. - David 'Mad Dog' Bradley, Adelaide Review
THE HEALER
What it's about
A young man discovers that he has a mysterious ability to heal people. He meets a teenage girl with cancer who convinces him to embrace his gift.
What people say
Although the cause may be noble, the end effect is decidedly less rewarding. - Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times
Good for the social cause but a horror as a film. - Javier Ocaña, El Pais

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