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?
Collin must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning in his Oakland, California, neighbourhood. His bond with his volatile best friend soon gets tested when Collin sees a police officer shoot a suspect in the back during a chase through the streets. Things come to a head when the buddies attend a party at the upscale home of a young and wealthy tech entrepreneur.
What people say
This indie dramedy could have been a hard-knock urban story, but instead it’s funny and insightful, with heartfelt characters, and it’s astute enough to explore many sides of the issues at hand. – Jeffrey M Anderson, Common Sense Media
For every amusing sequence skewering cultural appropriation, bourgeois posing and racial cluelessness, there are chilling moments of violence, or would-be violence. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
What it’s about
The plus-size teenage daughter of a former beauty queen signs up for her mum’s pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow in her footsteps, revolutionising the pageant and their small Texas town.
What people say
There’s so much willful, joyful uplift in the final scenes, it’s hard not to buy into every aphorism re-upped from the classic Dolly playbook. – Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
Dumplin’ isn’t a story that uses a skinny, conventionally pretty protagonist to pick apart a realm that rewards women exactly like her. It’s more imaginative than that, open to the idea that beauty itself is more expansive and subjective. – Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic
What it’s about
A 12-year-old boy embarks on a wild quest to help three tiny extraterrestrials return to their huge mother ship.
What people say
While the characters and situations may be a little too predictable and farcical for sustained enjoyable supervised viewing, there’s an overall feeling of fun that emanates from the just-right running time. – James Croot, Stuff.co.nz
It has the feel of a movie put together by a committee, determined to reach for mediocrity. – Adam Fresco, Flicks.co.nz

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