Emily Blunt in a scene from the movie The Girl on the Train.
Emily Blunt in a scene from the movie The Girl on the Train. Contributed

What's on the big screen this week

TIM Burton's quirky new film Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children has proved a hit in the second week of the September school holidays.

The adventure film debuted at the top of the Australian box office this past week.

But with children heading back to school this week's two new releases are aimed squarely at parents.

Mark Wahlberg stars in Deepwater Horizon, an action thriller based on the real-life tragedy of America's worst ever oil spill, and Emily Blunt goes dark for the psychological thriller The Girl on the Train.

Here are this week's highlights of the big screen and why you should see them:

 

Deepwater Horizon (M)

Mark Wahlberg in a scene from the movie Deepwater Horizon.
Mark Wahlberg in a scene from the movie Deepwater Horizon. David Lee

 

A story set on the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, which exploded during April 2010 and created the worst oil spill in US history

Why you should see it: This film is full of action, which is no surprise coming from director Peter Berg, but it falls down occasionally when it comes to the human drama.

 

The Girl on the Train (MA 15+)

Emily Blunt in a scene from the movie The Girl on the Train.
Emily Blunt in a scene from the movie The Girl on the Train. Contributed

Devastated by her recent divorce, Rachel (Blunt) spends her daily commute fantasising about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.

Why you should see it: Emily Blunt may not have been the actress fans of Paula Hawkins' bestselling novel pictured as Rachel, but she gives a powerful performance in this tense thriller.

 

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (M)

Eva Green, Asa Butterfield and Georgia Pemberton in a scene from Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.
Eva Green, Asa Butterfield and Georgia Pemberton in a scene from Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Jay Maidment

When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers.

Why you should see it: Tim Burton's signature filmmaking style suits this story perfectly and he encourages us all to embrace our inner 'freak. It's also nice to see the always enigmatic Eva Green in a role other than the temptress. Read the review.

 

The Magnificent Seven (M)

Luke Grimes, Haley Bennett and Denzel Washington a scene from the movie The Magnificent Seven.
Luke Grimes, Haley Bennett and Denzel Washington a scene from the movie The Magnificent Seven. Sam Emerson

With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue, the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns. As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.

Why you should see it: Denzel Washington doesn't make a bad movie and while this is a remake of, well a remake, this Western is entertaining. It just could have been so much more. Read the review.

 

Storks (G)

A scene from the movie Storks.
A scene from the movie Storks. Warner Bros Pictures

 

Storks have moved on from delivering babies to packages. But when an order for a baby appears, the best delivery stork must scramble to fix the error by delivering the baby.

Why you should see it: Not only does this film boast a hilarious voice cast including the stars of comedy sketch series Key and Peele, but it's also from the mind of former Pixar animator Doug Sweetland. Read the review.


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