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What's on the big screen this week

A scene from the movie Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.
A scene from the movie Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. Contributed

THERE'S plenty to entertain the entire family at the cinemas over the September school holidays.

Animated films Captain Underpants and The Emoji Movie will engage the little ones, while Rip Tide, box office hit It and American Assassin should appeal to teens.

Then for the adults there is the period drama Victoria and Abdul and Jennifer Lawrence's disturbing thriller Mother!

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

 

Victoria and Abdul (PG)

Judi Dench and Ali Fazal in a scene from the movie Victoria and Abdul.
Judi Dench and Ali Fazal in a scene from the movie Victoria and Abdul. Contributed

Queen Victoria strikes up an an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.

Why you should see it: Judi Dench is brilliant in her reprisal of the prickly monarch and her co-star, Ali Fazal, is charming enough - just don't expect this film to delve into the political and racial issues of the time. It barely scratches the surface. Read the review.

 

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (G)

A scene from the movie Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.
A scene from the movie Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. Contributed

Two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, hypnotize their principal into thinking he's a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.

Why you should see it: This is clean, fun family entertainment with a neat and tidy story sure to delight all ages.

 

Mother! (MA 15+)

The haunted house steals the show in Darren Aronofsky’s Mother!
The haunted house steals the show in Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! Contributed

A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

Why you should see it: This is a challenging film that will give you the creeps. If you enjoy that sort of cinema experience then this is the thriller for you. Read the review.

 

The Emoji Movie (G)

Hi-5 (James Corden), Gene (TJMiller) and Devil (Sean Hayes) in a scene from the movie The Emoji Movie.
Hi-5 (James Corden), Gene (TJMiller) and Devil (Sean Hayes) in a scene from the movie The Emoji Movie. Sony Pictures Animation

Gene, a multi-expressional emoji, sets out on a journey to become a normal emoji.

Why you should see it: This animation has been universally slammed by critics as one giant app ad. You could have revelled in how bad it is, if it wasn't so boring.

 

American Assassin (MA 15+)

Michael Cuesta and Dylan O'Brien on the set of the movie American Assassin.
Michael Cuesta and Dylan O'Brien on the set of the movie American Assassin. Contributed

Twenty three-year-old Mitch lost his parents to a tragic car accident at the age of fourteen, and his girlfriend to a terrorist attack just as they were engaged. Seeking revenge, he is enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy as a black ops recruit.

Why you should see it: Despite an all-star cast, this film is one long string of spy movie clichés. It's a shame considering the film is based on Vince Flynn's best-selling novels.

 

Rip Tide (G)

Debby Ryan in a scene from the movie Rip Tide.
Debby Ryan in a scene from the movie Rip Tide. Contributed

Teenage model Cora is the daughter of the head of a major modelling agency and has always worked hard to live up to the expectations of her mother. When a damaging video of Cora goes viral she departs for Australia to spend time with her aunt Margot.

Why you should see it: This film is squarely aimed at the Disney-mad tween set, but despite some underwhelming performances this story of female empowerment oozes positivity.

 

Continuing

It (MA 15+)

Bill Skarsgasrd in a scene from the movie It.
Bill Skarsgasrd in a scene from the movie It. Warner Bros.

It first horrified us in the form of Stephen King's 1986 novel of the same name, a story about a group of bullied preteens known as The Losers Club, who are terrorised by the immortal clown, Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard). Skarsgard has described the filming of It one of the loneliest experiences he'd had while on set as he was kept separate to the young cast so they could bond while he nailed the role.

Why you should see it: If you are already wary of clowns, perhaps you actually shouldn't see this film, however those who love a good scare will be treated to what's being dubbed the scariest movie of the year. Read the review here.

 

The Dinner (M)

Richard Gere in a scene from the movie The Dinner.
Richard Gere in a scene from the movie The Dinner. Icon Films

The Dinner is splitting critics down the middle as some label the film adaptation of Herman Koch's novel overcomplicated and others approve of the depiction of family dysfunction. The film centres around a meal at a classy restaurant between successful politician Stan Lohman (Richard Gere) and his brother Paul (Steve Coogan) and their wives.  The dinner is a tense affair and as the evening progresses, the characters' cracks begin to show and a dark secret about their children emerges.

Why you should see it: If you like a film that gets you thinking and delivers a twist at the end, this is it. Read the review here.

 

Girls Trip (MA 15+)

Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish and Regina Hall in a scene from Girls Trip.
Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish and Regina Hall in a scene from Girls Trip. Michele K. Short

When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there's enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

Why you should see it: This hilariously raunchy film isn't for the prudish, but it's sure to be a hit here after taking the US box office by storm. Read the review.

 

The Hitman's Bodyguard (MA 15+)

Samuel L Jackson and Ryan Reynolds in a scene from the movie The Hitman's Bodyguard. Supplied by Roadshow Films.
Samuel L Jackson and Ryan Reynolds in a scene from the movie The Hitman's Bodyguard. Supplied by Roadshow Films.

The world's top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Court of Justice. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time.

Why you should see it: Stars Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson do their best with what would otherwise be a lazy comedy. Read the review.

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