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
M Night Shyamalan brings together the narratives of two of his standout originals – 2000’s Unbreakable, from Touchstone, and 2016’s Split, from Universal – in one explosive, all-new comic-book thriller: Glass. From Unbreakable, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn, as does Samuel L Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr Glass. Joining from Split are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast. Following the conclusion of Split, Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.
What people say
It isn’t a terrible film but neither is it a particularly good one, and it certainly doesn’t stick the landing the way the filmmaker and his hardy fans have probably hoped. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe
An uneven but satisfying finale to an accidental trilogy that looks like an action/thriller but is really an exploration of modern superhero mythology. – Christopher Lloyd, The Film Yap
What it’s about
It’s 1851, and Charlie and Eli Sisters are both brothers and assassins, boys grown to men in a savage and hostile world. The Sisters brothers find themselves on a journey through the northwest, bringing them to the mountains of Oregon, a dangerous brothel in the small town of Mayfield, and eventually, the gold rush land of California – an adventure that tests the deadly family ties that bind.
What people say
It’s a warped dream of the Western that successfully subverts and delivers a ravishingly beautiful spectacle. – Ben Rolph, Ben Film Talk
A revisionist Western road movie comedy with a heaping side of existential drama and great performances. – Sarah Marrs, Lainey Gossip
What it’s about
Broke, alone and facing foreclosure on his business, 90-year-old horticulturist Earl Stone takes a job as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. His immediate success leads to easy money and a larger shipment that soon draws the attention of hard-charging DEA agent Colin Bates. When Earl’s past mistakes start to weigh heavily on his conscience, he must decide whether to right those wrongs before law enforcement and cartel thugs catch up to him.
What people say
The story at its core deals with matters that have long been Mr Eastwood’s professional, and clearly personal, concern. When the old man finally mans up to his failings, the movie succeeds with special poignancy. – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
A dull, drab affair cruelly stretched out to nearly two hours in length, The Mule isn’t terrible, it’s just not terribly good. – Matt Hudson, What I Watched Tonight

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