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
Detective Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson join forces to investigate a mysterious murder at Buckingham Palace. It seems like an open-and-shut case as all signs point to professor James Moriarty, the criminal mastermind and longtime nemesis of the crime-solving duo. When new twists and clues begin to emerge, the world’s greatest sleuth and his trusted assistant must now use their legendary wits and ingenious methods to catch the killer before the queen becomes the next victim.
What people say
It’s so painfully unfunny we’re not sure it can legally be called a comedy. – David Fear, Rolling Stone
There is joy to be found in the autumnal bromance of Will Ferrell and John C Reilly in Holmes & Watson. – Ben Kenigsberg, The NYTimes
What it’s about
Celebrity biographer Lee Israel makes her living profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estée Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack.
What people say
What is on paper a small-time heist film in the vein of the Coen brothers or Breaking Bad is ultimately a cover for a more observant and relatable portrait of loneliness. – Emily Yoshida, Vulture
Lee, played with unerring wit and ferocious verve by Melissa McCarthy, turns out to be terrific company. – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
What it’s about
Sarah’s young son Miles’s disturbing behaviour signals that an evil force has overtaken him. Fearing for her family’s safety, Sarah must grapple with her maternal instinct to protect Miles in favour of investigating what is causing his dark turn.
What people say
While it lacks gripping, nail-biting tension, the unnerving horror that underscores the family drama brings it to life. –Courtney Howard, Variety
The filmmakers fail to realise that the darkest horror here doesn’t lie in the triumph of true evil, but in seeing how far a regular family will go to protect itself before doing the right and necessary thing. – Henry Stewart, Slant Magazine
What it’s about
An American guy in search of love marries an African girl. The drama that results from the entire adventure explores his naïveté in love, marriage, culture and religion.
What people say
Each day brings a different lesson to learn about the ability to forgive and coexist. – timeslive.co.za
An all star cast featuring Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Joey Rasidien, Thando Thabete, Thuso Mbedu, Patience Ozokwo, Cedric Fourie, Thuli Thabete, Quincy Giles, Vusi Kunene and Baby Cele.
What it’s about
In the 1950s, the SA government tracks down and arrests a black rebel hero.
What people say
While the project of infusing a local legend with grandly cinematic, mythic status is a worthy one, the film can't quite get out of its own way, and the result is incoherently at odds with itself. – Jessica Kiang, Variety
It’s beautifully shot and much of its captivating power rests on that alone, but the director’s emphasis on aesthetics often robs the characters of depth. – Chris Rattan, NOW Toronto

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