Seven movies to watch in cinemas this week

Comic book heroes and villains, Miss Wold saboteurs, charming animation and more

Seven movies to watch in cinemas this week

Birds Of Prey
Cathy Yan
Starring: Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ewan McGregor
DC hasn’t really hit it off in the cinema since Christopher Nolan’s three-part Batman trilogy. Capitalising on one of the few redeeming features of Suicide Squad, Margot Robbie is front and centre this time as Harley Quinn. In this film a ragtag bunch of strange outcasts with amazing abilities team up to... Wait, this plot sounds familiar... This is a lot more fun than Suicide Squad, with great performances.

Director: Dave Wilson
Starring: Vin Diesel, Sam Heughan, Eiza González, Toby Kebbell
Another comic book action movie, but this time from Valiant, rather than DC or Marvel. Vin Diesel stars as Ray Garrison, a soldier who’s brought back from the dead and reanimated as a superhero with powers that are intended to be weaponised. It’s the first film by Dave Wilson, a movie special effects guru.

Finding the Way Back
Directors: Gavin O’Connor
Starring: Ben Affleck, Janina Gavankar, Michaela Watkins
Ben Affleck has abandoned the Batcape for this inspirational sports movie. He plays a former basketball star who’s battling some personal demons. Out of work, he goes back to his old college and starts coaching the team there. Will it lead him on the path to recovery? That would be nice wouldn’t it.

Director: PhiliPpa Lowthorpe
Starring: Keira Knightley, Jessie Buckley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw

This true-life tale of a group of women who disrupt the 1970 Miss World contest looks great fun. There’s a top cast and the direction comes from Lowthorpe, who has been behind the camera on three series of The Crown, Call The Midwife and more small screen successes. In a time when the feminist cause needs to be shouted about even more than ever, this is timely, too.

Dan Scanlon
Starring: Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Disney Pixar’s latest is a heartwarming tale of two brothers who want to make sure there’s still magic in the fantasy world they live in. They want to bring back their late father for one more day, but only succeed in reviving his legs. The lead voice actors are the main reason to watch this one.

Sonic the Hedgehog
Jeff Fowler
Starring: Jim CarreY, Ben Schwartz, James Marsden
Has a movie trailer ever had such universally bad reviews (Cats, perhaps?) that the filmmakers have gone back and reshot the film? This time around the blue hedgehog looks more like he does in the game and is all the better for it. Add in Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik and you have the makings of a fun kids’ film.

True History of the Kelly Gang
Director: Justin Kurzel
Starring: Russell Crowe, Essie Davis, Nicholas Hoult
Another retelling of the Ned Kelly story. Australia's most famous outlaw gets a rock and roll update this time around with fantastic direction from Justin Kurzel. 

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