Whats On

What's on the big screen this week

Tom Cruise in a scene from the movie Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.
Tom Cruise in a scene from the movie Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Chiabella James

CAN Tom Cruise's hard-hitting investigator Jack Reacher or a covert comedy set in the suburbs bump The Girl on the Train off the top of the Australian box office?

Jack Reacher sequel Never Go Back and Isla Fisher's new comedy Keeping Up With The Jonses are two of the new films coming to cinemas today.

Also out in most areas are Woody Allen's new film Cafe Society and the teen thriller Ouija: Origin of Evil.

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

 

Keeping Up With The Joneses (M)

Isla Fisher and Zach Galifianakis in a scene from the movie Keeping Up With The Joneses.
Isla Fisher and Zach Galifianakis in a scene from the movie Keeping Up With The Joneses. Frank Masi

 

An ordinary suburban couple finds it's not easy keeping up with the Joneses - their impossibly gorgeous and ultra-sophisticated new neighbours - especially when they discover that Mr. and Mrs Jones are covert operatives.

Why you should see it: You may not have seen much of it in Mad Men but Jon Hamm is wickedly funny, as are Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher.

 

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (M)

Tom Cruise and Gordon Alexander in a scene from the movie Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.
Tom Cruise and Gordon Alexander in a scene from the movie Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Chiabella James

Jack Reacher returns to the headquarters of his old unit, only to find out he's now accused of a 16-year-old homicide.

Why you should see it: The first Jack Reacher film was deliciously tense and thrilling. Even if you've read the books and Tom Cruise isn't your ideal Reacher, there's no denying these films are well-made, meaty crime dramas.

 

Café Society (M)

Blake Lively and Jesse Eisenberg in a scene from the movie Cafe Society.
Blake Lively and Jesse Eisenberg in a scene from the movie Cafe Society. Sabrina Lantos

A young man arrives in Hollywood during the 1930s hoping to work in the film industry. There, he falls in love, and finds himself swept up in the vibrant café society that defined the spirit of the age.

Why you should see it: This is a little light-weight by director Woody Allen's standards, but Café Society is visually appealing and its young stars (Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively, Jesse Eisenberg) are charming.

 

Ouija: Origin of Evil (M)

Annalise Basso and Elizabeth Reaser in a scene from the movie Ouija: Origin of Evil.
Annalise Basso and Elizabeth Reaser in a scene from the movie Ouija: Origin of Evil. Justin Lubin

In 1967 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their seance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the youngest daughter is overtaken by a merciless spirit, the family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.

Why you should see it: There are plenty of moments scary enough to make you jump in this solidly put together teen horror flick.  

 

Inferno (M)

Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones in a scene from the movie Inferno.
Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones in a scene from the movie Inferno. Jonathan Prime

When Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman from unleashing a global virus that would wipe out half of the world's population.

Why you should see it: Fans of Dan Brown's bestselling Da Vinci Code series will get swept up in Professor Langdon's latest adventure. Inferno isn't as good as its predecessors, though, just like the book on which it is based. Read the review.

 

Masterminds (M)

Zach Galifianakis and Kristen Wiig in a scene from the movie Masterminds.
Zach Galifianakis and Kristen Wiig in a scene from the movie Masterminds. Contributed

 

A night guard at an armoured car company in the southern US organises one of the biggest bank heists in American history in this wacky comedy.

Why you should see it: This film is based on an amazing true story and boasts a talented cast of comedians: Kristen Wiig, Zach Galifianakis, Kate McKinnon, Jason Sudeikis and Owen Wilson. But you'll have to forgive the scattershot script.

 

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. Read the review.

 

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. Read the review.

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