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
A US musical fantasy film directed by Guy Ritchie, who co-wrote the screenplay with John August. The film stars Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, and Billy Magnussen.
What people say
Guy Ritchie knows what to preserve, and what to enhance. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and the resulting Aladdin is fun, celebratory and yes, nostalgic. – Katie Walsh, Tribune New Service
A throwback to the 1950s and the heyday of the MGM musical, when various countries and cultures were packaged into vibrant confections of song, dance, exotic sets and costumes. Ritchie has come up with something that fits right in. – Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
What it’s about
Joan Stanley is a widow living out a quiet retirement in the suburbs when, shockingly, the British Secret Service places her under arrest. The charge: providing classified scientific information – including details on the building of the atomic bomb – to the Soviet government for decades. As the interrogation gets under way, Joan relives the dramatic events that shaped her life and her beliefs. 
What people say
Despite strong performances from Sophie Cookson and Judi Dench, this potentially exciting espionage tale is dreary and forgettable. – Amon Warmann, Empire
Director Trevor Nunn does not do his best work in Red Joan. He made a serviceable film, which informs more than entertains. – Martha K Baker, KDHX (St Louis)  
What it’s about
Fred Flarsky is a gifted and free-spirited journalist who has a knack for getting into trouble. Charlotte Field is one of the most influential women in the world – a smart, sophisticated and accomplished politician. When Fred unexpectedly runs into Charlotte, he soon realises that she was his former babysitter and childhood crush. When Charlotte decides to make a run for the presidency, she impulsively hires Fred as her speechwriter – much to the dismay of her trusted advisers. 
What people say
A bit raunchy, a little sweet, and totally entertaining. – Adam Lubitow, Rochester City Newspaper  
The pleasingly adolescent absurdities soon regress to grindingly infantile and the raunch grows repetitious until the comedy wears out its welcome. – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
What it’s about
“Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives,” but Kena and Ziki long for something more. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.
What people say
Its lead protagonists and their endless reserve of raw, bittersweet chemistry are its greatest asset. – Emily Yoshida, Vulture
A small revelation, not least because it marks the breakthrough of a filmmaker of such exhilarating, cheerfully courageous vision. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

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