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
Scott and Annie Russell couldn’t be happier after buying their dream home from a mysterious and lonely widower named Charlie in Napa Valley, California. Their newfound paradise soon turns into a living nightmare when Charlie – still strangely attached to the house – begins to show up and interfere in their daily lives. When his erratic behaviour turns to obsession, the young couple soon find themselves caught up in a violent confrontation that threatens to destroy everything they hold dear.
What people say
Yet another example of the “psychopathic stalker” sub-genre that was popular in the early 1990s, this thriller is thoroughly mechanical and laughable, almost totally lacking in any kind of humanity. – Jeffrey M Anderson, Common Sense Media
It takes the woman of the couple a comically long time to detect the creepiness in his attentions, given the twitchy, eyeball-rattling derangement that Dennis Quaid delivers. – AO Scott, The NYTimes
What it’s about
An uplifting comedy about Martha (Diane Keaton), a woman who moves into a retirement community and starts a cheerleading squad with her fellow residents, Sheryl (Jacki Weaver), Olive (Pam Grier) and Alice (Rhea Perlman), proving that it’s never too late to follow your dreams.
What people say
Desperately wanting to look and feel like Something’s Gotta Give, it settles for a septuagenarian Lifetime aesthetic. – Chandler Levack, Globe and Mail
Lessons are learned by characters of all ages, but Poms frequently feels awkward rather than uplifting. – Sarah Ward, Screen International  
What it’s about
Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson star as female scam artists, one low rent and the other high class, who team up to take down the dirty rotten men who have wronged them.
What people say
The South of France looks fabulous – as do the Jimmy Choo stilettos that Anne Hathaway wears. The music bounces happily like a French farce. So far so good. But the film is a disappointment: a mix of contrivance, tawdry humour and patchy performances. – Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile  
Could swindle a few dollars out of its unsuspecting viewers but its attempt to win big comes up a bust as we’ve ultimately seen all these tricks before. – Peter Gray, This is Film

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