Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg in a scene from All the Money in the World.
Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg in a scene from All the Money in the World. Fabio Lovino

What's on the big screen this week

A KIDNAP caper that fascinated the world in the 1970s comes to life on the big screen for a new generation.

All The Money in the World, this week's only major new release, dramatises the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III and his desperate mother's attempt to get his wealthy grandfather to pay the ransom. 

This film made headlines for another reason last month when it was announced disgraced actor Kevin Spacey was being replaced in the film by Christopher Plummer. 

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

 

All The Money in the World (MA 15+)

Michelle Williams in a scene from All The Money in The World.
Michelle Williams in a scene from All The Money in The World. Supplied

The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom.

Why you should see it:  This is an absorbing story, made even more so by the fact that it's based on real life. Christopher Plummer gives a particularly powerful performance. Read the story.

 

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Pitch Perfect 3 (M)

Brittany Snow, Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson in a scene from Pitch Perfect 3.
Brittany Snow, Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson in a scene from Pitch Perfect 3. Quantrell D. Colbert

Following their win at the world championship, the now separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour, but face a group who uses both instruments and voices.

Why you should see it: Yes, PP3 is predictable and more of the same. But if you've ever craved to hear Aviici mixed with The Cranberries, then you'll also be pleasantly surprised. Read the review.

 

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (MA 15+)

Woody Harrelson and Frances McDormand in a scene from Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
Woody Harrelson and Frances McDormand in a scene from Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Supplied

After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town's revered chief of police.

Why you should see it: Enjoyable, funny, sad, charming and at times moving, Three Billboards is a look at ordinary people dealing with life as best they can. Read the review.

 

The Greatest Showman (PG)

Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman in a scene from The Greatest Showman.
Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman in a scene from The Greatest Showman. Supplied

Inspired by the legend and ambitions of America's original pop-culture impresario, P.T. Barnum, comes an inspirational rags-to-riches tale of a brash dreamer who rose from nothing to prove that anything you can envision is possible and that everyone, no matter how invisible, has a stupendous story worthy of a world-class spectacle.

Why you should see it: Hugh Jackman is perfectly suited to this musical drama - as supported by his recent Golden Globe nomination - which celebrates the birth of show business. Read the review.

 

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (PG)

Kevin Hart,  Karen Gillan, Jack Black and Dwayne Johnson in a scene from Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Jack Black and Dwayne Johnson in a scene from Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Frank Masi

Four high school students discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game's jungle setting, becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don't just play Jumanji - you must survive it.

Why you should see it: While they may not be able to evoke the magic of the late Robin Williams, the new Jumanji crew deliver some solid laughs and an entertaining, widely appealing adventure. Read the review.

 

Breathe (M)

Claire Foy and Andrew Garfield in a scene from Breathe.
Claire Foy and Andrew Garfield in a scene from Breathe. Supplied

The inspiring true love story of Robin and Diana Cavendish, an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease.

Why you should see it:  While Breathe is primarily structured around the big moments in the Cavendishes' lives, it's actually the little ones - the blueness of the sky, the joke shared with friends - that are the most tender and captivating. Read the review.

 

Coco (PG)

A scene from the movie Coco. Supplied by Disney.
A scene from the movie Coco. Supplied by Disney. Pixar

Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself magically transported to the stunning and colourful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events.

Why you should see it: Pixar's best family film in years is a jubilant celebration of Mexican culture. Read the review.

 

Downsizing (M)

Kristen Wiig, Matt Damon, Maribeth Monroe and Jason Sudeikis in a scene from Downsizing.
Kristen Wiig, Matt Damon, Maribeth Monroe and Jason Sudeikis in a scene from Downsizing. Paramount Pictures

As a solution to over-population, Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall and propose a 200-year global transition from big to small. People soon realise how much further money goes in a miniaturized world.

Why you should see it: With three distinct acts, Downsizing morphs from a quirky comedy to a political commentary to, well, that last part is a bit confusing. Read the review.

 

Paddington 2 (G)

Paddington (voiced by Ben Whishaw) in a scene from Paddington 2.
Paddington (voiced by Ben Whishaw) in a scene from Paddington 2.

Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.

Why you should see it:  This is the best all-ages movie you can take the family to this summer. If director Wes Anderson ever joined forces with Pixar on a live-action project, then the final result would probably look a lot like the best sections of Paddington 2. Read the review.

 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (M)

Daisy Ridley in a scene from the movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Supplied by Disney.
Daisy Ridley in a scene from the movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Supplied by Disney. Jonathon Olley

Having taken her first steps into a larger world, Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga.

Why you should see it: Director Rian Johnson delivers a fast-paced and entertaining galactic adventure that will satisfy casual cinema-goers but has divided die-hard Star Wars fans. Read the review.


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