Looking to take in a film this weekend? These are some of the movie highlights showing at a cinema screen near you.
Star Wars – The Last Jedi
The long-awaited chapter of the Star Wars saga sees cast members from The Force Awakens reprise their roles and continue their journey, with Benicio del Toro and Laura Dern joining the bill.
Empire says: Fun, funny but with emotional heft, this is a mouth-watering set-up for Episode IX and a fitting tribute to Carrie Fisher.
In a case of mistaken identity, the Brown family must work together and come to the rescue of their lovable friend from deepest darkest Peru.
Empire says: Marmaladen with gloriously silly jokes, pitch-perfect performances and incidental detail, this is a warm, witty and wondrously inventive great big bear-hug of a movie.
The Greatest Showman
The Golden Globe-nominated musical tells the tale of P.T. Barnum, a man who overcame incredible odds to perfect the fine art of showmanship.
Paste Magazine says: Gracey wants us to see The Greatest Showman for the show. That’s certainly possible. It’s equally as impossible to watch the film without feeling uncomfortable knowing what he’s left out of the picture.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
This revival of the childhood classic sees four teenagers in detention get sucked into the world of Jumanji, adopting the bodies of the video game characters they were controlling.
Rolling Stone says: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has enough star power and comic zest to deliver a fun time at the movies. OK, just barely.
An animated tale that follows aspiring musician Eduardo pursue his dreams despite his family’s ban on music, which leads him down the rabbit hole and into the Land of the Dead.
The NY Times says: If this movie doesn’t quite reach the highest level of Pixar masterpieces, it plays a time-tested tune with captivating originality and flair.
A film chronicling the life of Jeff Bauman, a Boston-bombing survivor and amputee who struggles with his journey to recovery and the heroic title thrust upon him.
Empire says: A deeply human and often brutally honest depiction of trauma and recovery, anchored by three superb performances — though it often falls victim to formula.
Gary Oldman portrays Prime Minister Winston Churchill and his struggles leading the nation in the days leading up to Hitler’s rise.
Empire says: Churchill’s darkest hour is Gary Oldman’s finest. Gripping, touching, amusing and enlightening, his performance is the prime reason this film must be seen — but not the only one.
Cookie-cutter suburbia holds a dark secret in this psychological thriller, directed by George Clooney.
Empire says: Suburbicon is a strange beast: a by-the-numbers ’40s film noir bolted to an unsatisfying ’60s racial drama wrapped up in a ’50s Americana satire.
When Michael (Liam Neeson) loses his run-of-the-mill job, he agrees to take part in the seemingly innocucous challenge of finding the person who doesn’t belong on the underground train, until he finds out the true cost of the test.
Variety says: Liam Neeson’s fourth collaboration with Spanish action ace Jaume Collet-Serra doesn’t match their giddiest work, but this railway runaround still arrives on time.
The Disaster Artist
Based upon Greg Sestero’s revealing book of the same name, James Franco tells the tale behind one of cinema’s most notoriously bad releases, The Room.
The Atlantic says: Franco’s movie is ultimately a chronicle of the genesis of great art—namely a work even its creator didn’t fully understand, and whose popularity few could have ever imagined.
A biopic about figure-skater Tonya Harding and the lead up to the infamous 1994 Winter Olympics. Opens 18th January.
Variety says: Margot Robbie gives a delectable performance as Tonya Harding in a biopic that saves her from infamy by being cheeky but real.
Pitch Perfect 3
The popular film franchise returns to see the Barden Bellas struggling with life after college, and searching for comfort and solace in their old acapella ways. Opens 18th January.
Variety says: It still sounds like we’re in middle-period “Glee” written by someone who finds Ryan Murphy too solemn. But as directed by Trish Sie, the movie is bubbly, it’s fast, it’s hella synthetic-clever.