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Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

Critics’ choice


WILDLIFE
What it’s about
Fourteen-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry – a housewife and a golf pro – in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border. When Jerry loses his job – and his sense of purpose – he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Suddenly forced into the role of an adult, Joe witnesses his mother’s struggle as she tries to keep her head above water.
What people say
A beautifully observed study of an American family coming apart at the seams, it not only establishes Dano as a director to watch, but features an extraordinary performance by Carey Mulligan. – Nick de Semlyen, Empire
The emotions are sometimes raw, but there are no hysterics, no melodrama, and the performances are measured and honest. – Eric D Snider, Crooked Marquee
FINAL SCORE
What it’s about
Dave Bautista stars as an ex-soldier forced into action when armed terrorists take control of a packed football stadium.
What people say
Employing even basic logic engenders a recognition of how truly stupid this screenplay is, especially when it comes to the resolution. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews
Possibly the least political movie about terrorism ever made, it has no ambitions beyond pure escapism, and it meets its humble goal. – Dennis Harvey, Variety
OLD MAN AND THE GUN
What it’s about
At the age of 70, Forrest Tucker makes an audacious escape from San Quentin, conducting an unprecedented string of heists that confound authorities and enchant the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt, who becomes captivated with Tucker’s commitment to his craft, and a woman who loves him in spite of his chosen profession.
What people say
A delightful folk story from one of the best filmmakers working today – and a fitting final turn from Redford, all easy charm and grace. It takes a lifetime of effort to look this effortless. – Nev Pierce, Empire
David Lowery’s tale of an elderly bank robber coming up on the end of his career is pleasurably leisurely. – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
BEAUTIFUL BOY
What it’s about
Teenager Nicolas Sheff seems to have it all with good grades and being an actor, artist, athlete and editor of the school newspaper. When Nic’s addiction to meth threatens to destroy him, his father does whatever he can to save his son and family.
What people say
Beautiful Boy, rather than plumbing the hard emotional depths of addiction, skates on a surface of sentiment and gauzy visual beauty. – AO Scott, The NYTimes
A painful, frustrating, sometimes infuriating depiction of helplessness, even passivity, as a life full of potential circles the drain. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

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