Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

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Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

Critics’ choice



AVENGERS: ENDGAME
What it’s about
Adrift in space with no food or water, Tony Stark sends a message to Pepper Potts as his oxygen supply starts to dwindle. Meanwhile, the remaining Avengers – Thor, Black Widow, Captain America and Bruce Banner – must figure out a way to bring back their vanquished allies for an epic showdown with Thanos, the evil demigod who decimated the planet and the universe.
What people say
If Infinity War was billed as a must-see event for all moviegoers, whether or not they’d attended a single Marvel movie prior, then Endgame is the ultimate fan-service followup. – Peter Debruge, Variety
A victory lap that moonwalks through the best part of the MCU back catalogue and emphasises emotion as much as action, this is an intensely satisfying piece of blockbuster filmmaking. – Helen O'Hara, Empire
THE AFTERMATH
What it’s about
In 1946 Rachael Morgan arrives in the ruins of Hamburg to be reunited with her husband, Lewis, who is a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city. As they set off for their new home, Rachael is stunned to discover that Lewis has made an unexpected decision: they will be sharing the grand house with its previous owners, a German widower and his troubled daughter. In this charged atmosphere, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.
What people say
The bones of the story have been played a million times, but a talented and committed cast make this swoonsome rather than samey. – Helen O'Hara, Empire
Heart-wrenching performances punctuate this sophisticated, literary film about the messy aftermath of war. – Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media
AN ACT OF DEFIANCE
What it’s about
Nelson Mandela and nine others stand trial on charges of committing sabotage and violent acts against the government during the apartheid era in SA.
What people say
This riveting drama expertly combines nail-biting political and courtroom intrigue to explore SA’s seminal struggle against racism, and the little-known Jewish figures who sought to end entrenched discrimination in their country. – ajff.org
Jean van de Velde has crafted a film that is both a moving and powerful meditation on the sacrifices necessary to stand against injustice, and an exciting political thriller. – filmlinc.org
THE LEAST OF THESE
What it’s about
As the social fabric of life in rural India disintegrates in the 1990s, journalist Manav Banerjee and his pregnant wife move to the town of Orissa for new opportunities and the promise of a lucrative career. When speculation mounts that local Australian missionary Graham Staines is illegally proselytising leprosy patients, Manav launches an undercover investigation for his newspaper.
What people say
Could have been a telling biopic of a brave and selfless man, but ends up becoming fuzzy and overdramatic. – Kusumita Das, Firstpost
A deeply provocative and disturbing issue of “religious conversion” and a brutal and barbaric hate crime that followed, forms the story of this social drama. – Renuka Vyavahare, Times of India

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