Keanu Reeves in a scene from the movie John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum.
Keanu Reeves in a scene from the movie John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum. Niko Tavernise

What's on the big screen this week

IT'S a bit of a quiet release day at cinemas, with only one major film making its debut across the country.

But what a film it is. Keanu Reeves returns with his highest body count to date as assassin John Wick in the action-fest John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum.

Renowned for his down-to-earth nature, Reeves completely transforms for the physically demanding role as Wick fends off all manner of foes. 

Halle Berry joins him in the new film, and broke three ribs while training for her role as Sofia - an old acquaintance of hitman Wick. 

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

 

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (MA 15+)

Super-assassin John Wick returns with a $14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail.

Why you should see it: The team behind this over-the-top action franchise have managed to reload for a third hard-hitting round, with leading man Keanu Reeves once again impressing with his physical commitment to the role. Read the interview with Keanu Reeves.

 

Code Geass - Lelouch of the Resurrection (MA 15+)

After an 11-year wait, the fan-favourite Japanese anime series Code Geass series returns in a new feature-length epic. The world has unified around the reorganised United Federation of Nations and has enjoyed days of continuing peace, until now.

Why you should see it: This is strictly for adult fans of the anime series only.

 

Continuing:

Poms (PG)

Martha moves into a retirement community and starts a cheer leading squad with her fellow residents.

Why you should see it: This seniors comedy relies on some pretty well-worn tropes, but it's got enough comedy bite to entertain. It's also great to see so many talented film legends together on screen. Read the review.

 

The Hustle (M)

A remake of the 1988 comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in which two down-and-out con artists engage in a 'loser leaves town' contest.

Why you should see it: Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway are well-matched as opposing con women, but a few of their jokes fall flat. Wilson's physical comedy, though, can't be faulted. Read the interview with Anne Hathaway.

 

Pokemon: Detective Pikachu (PG)

Tim's Goodman is a former Pokémon trainer whose father mysteriously disappears in a car crash. Tim travels to Ryme where he partners up with Pikachu and they discover a devious plot that poses a threat to the Pokémon universe.

Why you should see it: The story isn't unique but this quirky and colourful film will delight Pokemon fans, with Ryan Reynolds' voicing of Pikachu a draw card for the uninitiated. Read the review.

 

Top End Wedding (M)

Lauren and Ned are engaged and they have just 10 days to find Lauren's mother, who has gone AWOL somewhere in the remote far north of Australia, reunite her parents and pull off their dream wedding.

Why you should see it: Miranda Tapsell leads the Aussie rom-com into uncharted territory in this cross-cultural crowd pleaser. Read the review.

 

Long Shot (M)

As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte hires Fred, a journalist she used to babysit as a kid, as her speechwriter and sparks fly.

Why you should see it: This sharp comedy with a political undercurrent benefits from the oddball chemistry of its two leads.

 

The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir (M)

A fakir tricks his local village in Rajasthan, India into believing his possesses special powers and into paying him to fly to Paris to buy a bed of nails from an IKEA store.

Why you should see it: Bollywood meets Ikea in this gabulist, feel-good entertainment with a lightly handled message about migration. Read the review.

 

Avengers: Endgame (M)

After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos has wiped out half the life in the universe. With the help of the remaining allies, the Avengers must assemble to do what is necessary to undo the Mad Titan's deed.

Why you should see itEndgame is an epic capstone on 22 movies and by the time the end credits roll, your heart will be in your throat. Read the review.

 

The Chaperone (PG)

The life of a Kansas woman is forever changed when she chaperones a beautiful and talented 15-year-old dancer named Louise Brooks to New York for the summer.

Why you should see it: This well-frocked costume drama lets its message get in the way of a good story. Read the interview with Elizabeth McGovern.

 

Gloria Bell (M)

Gloria is a free-spirited divorcée who spends her days at a straight-laced office job and her nights on the dance floor, joyfully letting loose at clubs around Los Angeles. After meeting Arnold on a night out, she finds herself thrust into an unexpected new romance.

Why you should see it: Not many writer-directors - male or female - create roles as rich and complex and compassionate as this for older women. Read the review.


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