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
Dr Don Shirley is a world-class African-American pianist about to embark on a concert tour of the Deep South in 1962. In need of a driver and protection, Shirley recruits Tony Lip, a tough-talking bouncer from an Italian-American neighbourhood in the Bronx. Despite their differences, the men soon develop an unexpected bond while confronting racism and danger in an era of segregation.
What people say
Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali both give fabulous performances in this feel-good road-trip drama that’s part buddy comedy, part history lesson and part social commentary on friendship and race. – Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
The great success of the film lies in its modesty, and the straightforward way it recognises seismic change in the incremental turning of a human heart. – Anne Hornaday, Washington Post
What it’s about
Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned cyborg Alita is found unconscious in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido, a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes her to his clinic. When Alita awakens she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. As she learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious past.
What people say
Best enjoyed for the fun, slick action and the astonishing, super-expressive realisation of Alita herself, because elsewhere it’s cyberpunk business as usual, marred by some sloppy plotting. – Dan Jolin, Empire
A mesmerising feat of filmmaking – and stunning in 3D – that struggles under the weight of adapting such rich source material. – Molly Freeman, Screen Rant

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