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Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

Critics’ choice


GLORIA BELL
What it’s about
A free-spirited divorcee spends her nights on the dance floor, joyfully letting loose at clubs around Los Angeles. She soon finds herself thrust into an unexpected new romance, filled with the joys of budding love and the complications of dating.
What people say
The Chilean writer-director Sebastián Lelio teams up with a transcendently perfect Julianne Moore for a redo of his also wonderful movie Gloria. – Manohla Dargis, The NYTimes
It’s best when it’s least definite, when the conversations are full of awkward holes and the relationships are in flux. – David Edelstein, Vulture
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM
What it’s about
After gunning down a member of the High Table – the shadowy international assassins’ guild – legendary hit man John Wick finds himself stripped of the organisation’s protective services. Now stuck with a $14m bounty on his head, Wick must fight his way through the streets of New York as he becomes the target of the world’s most ruthless killers.
What people say
Combat-heavy pulp of the highest order, this is the most enjoyably over-the-top entry so far. Where else can you get samurai dogs and a Tarkovsky reference? – Nick de Semlyen, Empire
As masterfully executed as the action is, watching two-plus hours of mayhem without any palpable dramatic stakes, or nuance, or any emotion at all save bloodlust offers undeniably diminishing returns. – Andrew Barker, Variety
DETECTIVE PIKACHU
What it’s about
Ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son, Tim, to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, wisecracking, adorable super-sleuth Detective Pikachu. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to work together, as Tim is the only human who can talk with Pikachu, they join forces to unravel the tangled mystery.
What people say
Reynolds’s performance as the overly caffeinated Pikachu makes this family-friendly mystery fun for more than die-hard Pokémon fans, but it’s best for those who’ve always wanted to catch ’em all. – Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
Enjoyable bit of escapist fare thanks to Reynolds’s predictably manic voice performance and the beautiful CGI world building. – Mihir Fadnavis, Firstpost
THE STOLEN PRINCESS
What it’s about
Ruslan, a wandering artist who dreams of becoming a knight, meets beautiful Mila and falls in love with her. However, an evil sorcerer kidnaps Mila so Ruslan sets out to rescue her.
What people say
The film makes use of self-deprecating humour and offers a quirky take on all those Disney Princess films. – Devesh Sharma, Filmfare  
The narrative flails its way through a series of contrivances and feeble attempts at humour. – Rashid Irani, Hindustan Times

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