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Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

Critics’ choice


DUMBO
What it’s about
Struggling circus owner Max Medici enlists a former star and his two children to care for Dumbo, a baby elephant born with oversized ears. When the family discovers that the animal can fly, it soon becomes the main attraction – bringing in huge audiences and revitalising the rundown circus. The elephant’s magical ability also draws the attention of VA Vandevere, an entrepreneur who wants to showcase Dumbo in his latest, larger-than-life entertainment venture.
What people say
This live-action reimagining of Disney’s 1941 animated classic may be the sweetest film Tim Burton has ever made. It’s also the safest. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
The character of Dumbo is still touching, but the tale of entrapment and rescue that surrounds him is not. It’s arduous and forgettable, done in busy italicised strokes. – Owen Gleiberman, Variety
THE FRONT RUNNER
What it’s about
Gary Hart, former senator of Colorado, becomes the front runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1987. Hart’s intelligence, charisma and idealism make him popular with young voters, leaving him with a seemingly clear path to the White House. All that comes crashing down when allegations of an extramarital affair surface in the media, forcing the candidate to address a scandal that threatens to derail his campaign and personal life.
What people say
A sharp-witted and wide-reaching account of a bright political hope’s fall from grace, with an impressive ensemble cast and a great performance from Hugh Jackman. – Dan Jolin, Empire
This fact-based drama is a well-acted, thorough examination of a moment in time when a politician’s personal life cost him a fighting chance at the presidency. – Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
US
What it’s about
Accompanied by her husband, son and daughter, Adelaide Wilson returns to the beachfront home where she grew up as a child. Haunted by a traumatic experience from the past, Adelaide grows concerned that something bad is going to happen. Her worst fears soon become a reality when four masked strangers descend upon the house, forcing the Wilsons into a fight for survival. When the masks come off, the family is horrified to learn that each attacker takes the appearance of one of them.
What people say However clunky and repetitive, it continues to demonstrate Peele’s understanding that great horror requires metaphors that are insanely great. – David Edelstein, Vulture
Jordan Peele’s horror shocker can’t compete with its sensational predecessor Get Out, but it doesn’t have to. – Jeffrey M Anderson, Common Sense Media
CAPTIVE STATE
What it’s about
After 10 years of extraterrestrial occupation, residents of Chicago must decide whether to continue to live under alien rule or support the resistance. When young Gabriel Drummond joins the insurgency, he soon finds himself under careful scrutiny from a shadowy figure who’s trying to crush the rebellion and its plans for freedom.
What people say
Rupert Wyatt’s science-fiction movie is less interested in futuristic spectacle and more in the human drama of what happens after the bad guys win. – Bilge Ebiri, Rolling Stone
Impressively suspenseful drama plays more like a classic tale about a disparate group of resistance fighters united in a guerrilla campaign against an occupying force. – Joe Leydon, Variety

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