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Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

Critics’ choice


DOG’S WAY HOME
What it’s about
As a puppy, Bella finds her way into the arms of Lucas, a young man who gives her a good home. When Bella becomes separated from Lucas, she soon finds herself on an epic 640km journey to reunite with her beloved owner. Along the way, the lost but spirited dog touches the lives of an orphaned mountain lion, a down-on-his-luck veteran and some friendly strangers who happen to cross her path.
What people say
In the pantheon of puppy pictures, this doesn’t rank as top dog, but it’s certainly not the runt of the litter either. – Courtney Howard, Variety
Heartwarming, mildly funny, and occasionally thrilling without ever being anything more than just fine. – Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
AFTER
What it’s about
Tessa Young is a dedicated student, dutiful daughter and loyal girlfriend to her high school sweetheart. Entering her first semester of college, Tessa’s guarded world opens up when she meets Hardin Scott, a mysterious and brooding rebel who makes her question all she thought she knew about herself – and what she wants out of life.
What people say
Has been criticised for glorifying toxic relationships. – Clémence Michallon, The Independent
RACETIME
What it’s about
Frankie-Four-Eyes and his team face off against conceited newcomer Zac, who is not above cheating a little to win a sled race.
What people say
Like a toboggan ride down a steep and snowy hill, knowing the destination doesn’t lessen the fun of the journey one bit. – Chris Knight, National Post  
Although Racetime is incredibly capable in its sweetly depicted drama, the film remains predictable, with any attempt to generate some suspense (or at least uncertainty) falling flat. – Chelsea Phillips-Carr, Globe and Mail
BREAKTHROUGH
What it’s about
Breakthrough is based on the inspirational true story of one mother’s unfaltering love in the face of impossible odds. When Joyce Smith’s adopted son John falls through an icy Missouri lake, all hope seems lost. But as John lies lifeless, Joyce refuses to give up. Her steadfast belief inspires those around her to continue to pray for John’s recovery, even in the face of every case history and scientific prediction. From producer DeVon Franklin (Miracles from Heaven) and adapted for the screen by Grant Nieporte (Seven Pounds) from Joyce Smith’s own book, Breakthrough is an enthralling reminder that faith and love can create a mountain of hope, and sometimes even a miracle.
What people say
Tests how much audiences are willing to believe of a scenario that, though based on a true story, seems too undercooked for any kind of movie treatment. – Kate Erbland, indieWire
Presents itself as the true story of a modern miracle. But it’s also a portrait of what religious faith looks like when there’s no pesky doubt to get in the way. – Owen Gleiberman, Variety
HELLBOY
What it’s about
Based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola, Hellboy, caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge.
What people say
Captures the breathless quality of reading 30 issues of a single comic-book series in one sugar-addled afternoon, shoving as many amazing characters and storylines and images into one film as it can possibly hold. – William Bibbiani, TheWrap
It’s really a series of violent vignettes strung together, getting more and more outlandish and introducing characters at such a blistering pace that you just want it to stop already. – Mark Kennedy, Associated Press

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