Laura Vandervoort in a scene from Jigsaw.
Laura Vandervoort in a scene from Jigsaw. Brooke Palmer

What's on the big screen this week

THE trick or treaters who took to the streets for Halloween this week might have been more hesitant to do so if they'd seen horror flick Jigsaw first.

German-born Aussies and identical twins, Michael and Peter Spierig direct the film which they told News Corp would offer less "torture porn" and more classic thriller.

Jigsaw continues on from the Saw horror franchise, featuring John Kramer, AKA Jigsaw, as the main villain.

Also debuting this week is Bad Moms 2, a horror story of a different kind which follows a group of mothers facing the torture of Christmas; and Australian comedy directed by Ben Elton, Three Summers.

What's on the big screen this week:

 

Bad Moms 2 (MA15+)

Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell in a scene from Bad Moms 2.
Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell in a scene from Bad Moms 2. Supplied

Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn return to the roles of three stressed-out mums, but this time things are a little more festive as they prepare for the biggest event of the year: Christmas.

Why you should see it: There's sure to be plenty of crude gags and a sweet message at its heart.

 

 Jigsaw (MA15+)

Matthew Passmore in a scene from Jigsaw.
Matthew Passmore in a scene from Jigsaw. Brooke Palmer

John Kramer, aka Jigsaw, the stuff of nightmares, first hit screens in the Saw franchise and is set to haunt viewers' dreams again with the release of Jigsaw.

When people start dying in a variety of grisly ways, investigations lead police to Jigsaw. The only problem is he was meant to have died 10 years earlier.

Why you should see it: While some early viewers have said Jigsaw doesn't offer anything new, others say horror film buffs who are fans of the Saw series will appreciate a cleanly produced genuine thriller.

 

Three Summers (M)

Michael Caton in the film Three Summers.
Michael Caton in the film Three Summers. David Dare Parker

Australian romantic comedy Three Summers is Ben Elton's second movie as writer-director and is set at a summer music festival in Western Australia  where the feisty lead singer of an Irish folk band (former Home & Away star Rebecca Breeds) meets a folk music-hating Theremin player (Irish actor Robert Sheehan from Misfits) and sparks start to fly.

There's an impressive line-up of stars who portray a group of quirky characters including fiercely Aussie Morris Dancer (Michael Caton), an indigenous dance troupe, a group of wine-loving empty nesters, a power tripping security guard, a wannabe girl rock band and some musical asylum seekers.

Why you should see it: The cast alone is worth the watch, and Ben Elton will deliver an interesting look at Australian life in 2017.

 

Continuing:

Suburbicon (MA 15+)

Julianne Moore and Matt Damon in a scene from Suburbicon.
Julianne Moore and Matt Damon in a scene from Suburbicon. Hilary Bronwyn Gayle

Suburbicon is a peaceful, idyllic suburban community but the tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as husband and father Gardner Lodge must navigate the town's dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit, and violence.

Why you should see it: While this is an overall misfire from director George Clooney, Suburbicon does feature great design work and solid efforts by leads Matt Damon and Julianne Moore.

 

Thor: Ragnarok (M)

Mark Ruffalo (as Hulk), Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson and Tom Hiddleston in a scene from Thor: Ragnarok.
Mark Ruffalo (as Hulk), Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson and Tom Hiddleston in a scene from Thor: Ragnarok. Marvel

Thor must face the Hulk in a gladiator match and save his people from the ruthless Hela.

Why you should see it: Kiwi director Taika Waititi has reinvigorated the Thor franchise, bringing his quirky sense of humour, an '80s soundtrack and colourful visuals to Chris Hemsworth's latest Marvel outing. Read the review.

 

Home Again (M)

Reese Witherspoon in a scene from the movie Home Again.
Reese Witherspoon in a scene from the movie Home Again. Karen Ballard

A single mum's new life in Los Angeles takes an unexpected turn when she takes in three unlikely houseguests, struggles to re-invent her career, and finds herself entangled in a new relationship.

Why you should see it: Reese Witherspoon returns to her rom-com roots, but unfortunately this film feels out-dated and completely unrealistic. Read the review.

 

The Snowman (MA 15+)

Michael Fassbender in a scene from the movie The Snowman.
Michael Fassbender in a scene from the movie The Snowman. Jack English

Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman.

Why you should see it: This thriller is a big missed opportunity, which fails to live up to its famous source material. Don't expect to be scared or to get a satisfying resolution. Read the review.

 

Geostorm (M)

Gerard Butler and Alexandra Maria Lara in a scene from Geostorm.
Gerard Butler and Alexandra Maria Lara in a scene from Geostorm. Supplied

When the network of satellites designed to control the global climate start to attack Earth, it's a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything and everyone.

Why you should see it: This film's release was delayed and chunks were reshot, so don't get your hopes up. It's yet another disaster film and Gerard Butler's latest action vehicle.  Read the review.

 

The Mountain Between Us (M)

Kate Winslet and Idris Elba in a scene from The Mountain Between Us.
Kate Winslet and Idris Elba in a scene from The Mountain Between Us. Kimberly French

Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow-covered mountain.

Why you should see it: Even when there's no action, charismatic leads Kate Winslet and Idris Elba keep this chilly romantic drama moving. The landscapes are beautiful too.  Read the review.

 

The Foreigner (MA 15+)

Jackie Chan in a scene from the movie The Foreigner.
Jackie Chan in a scene from the movie The Foreigner. Contributed

A humble businessman with a buried past seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. A cat-and-mouse conflict ensues with a government official, whose past may hold clues to the killers' identities.

Why you should see it: This action thriller flips the usual stereotypes of Western cinema, making Pierce Brosnan the bad guy. And 63-year-old Jackie Chan brings great gravitas to his leading role. Read the review.

 

Happy Death Day (M)

Jessica Rothe in a scene from Happy Death Day.
Jessica Rothe in a scene from Happy Death Day. Supplied

Tree must relive the same day over and over again until she figures out who is trying to kill her and why.

Why you should see it: This Scream meets Groundhog Day thriller embraces and plays with the genre's usual tropes, which is its appeal. Read the review.

 

Blade Runner 2049 (MA 15+)

Ryan Gosling in a scene from the movie Blade Runner 2049.
Ryan Gosling in a scene from the movie Blade Runner 2049. Stephen Vaughan

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard, a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

Why you should see it: This long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott's cult hit sci-fi film from 1982, directed by Denis Villeneuve with Scott producing, has been getting rave reviews. Not only is this a visual masterpiece, it's backed up with a great story. Read the review.

 

Final Portrait (M)

Geoffrey Rush and Armie Hammer in a scene from Final Portrait.
Geoffrey Rush and Armie Hammer in a scene from Final Portrait. Parisa Taghizadeh

Geoffrey Rush portrays Alberto Giacometti in this biopic of the Swiss painter and sculptor.

Why you should see it: Oscar-winner Rush once again shines on the screen in his latest portrayal of an eccentric genius. Strangely, this film makes watching paint dry interesting. Read the review.



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