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ANT-MAN AND THE WASP

(118 minutes) PG

Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp is a more poised operator than her colleague, Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man , and while he regards her with a mixture of lust and awe, she extracts him from yet another misadventure . Newly introduced villain Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen ) is an angst-ridden mystery woman whose powers are mightiest of all. SH

NEW BLACKKKLANSMAN

(145 minutes) MA

Spike Lee’s back, so back. BlacKkKlansman is a brilliant satire, a trenchant political statement and a love/hate letter to America, warts and all. He takes an unlikely true story ' the infiltration of the Ku Klux Klan in the late 1970s by a black undercover cop named Ron Stallworth ' and makes it more deliberately unbelievable by treating it as a Blaxploitation genre pic, complete with freaky camera moves and funked-up soundtrack. PB

NEW C’EST LA VIE

(117 minutes) M

Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano are the writing and directing team here, returning to full comedy with the workers behind an extravagant wedding, which will take place this day in a 17th century chateau. The venerable Jean-Pierre Bacri, a much-loved comic actor and writer, plays Max Angely, the boss, who’s at the end of his tether from 9am. PB

NEW THE DARKEST MINDS

(103 minutes) M

Based on the first novel in a trilogy by American writer Alexandra Bracken, The Darkest Minds offers up a particularly punishing scenario. A mystery disease has wiped out most of America’s children and the survivors have been imbued with abilities so powerful that the State fears it won’t be able to control them. So they’re rounded up, herded into brutal ‘‘ rehab’ ’ camps and treated like slaves. SH

THE EQUALIZER 2

(121 minutes) MA15+

Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) has a mission to carry out, involving the rescue of a little girl who has been kidnapped by her nogood father. It doesn’t take long to confirm McCall’s willingness to resort to extreme measures remains in tact. For an action film, The Equalizer 2 is a slow burner. JW

MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN

(114 minutes) PG

This is a sequel that had to happen, even though it’s taken 10 years to appear. Meryl Streep returns, but there’s not nearly enough of her on screen. It was her glee in sending herself up that set the tone of the original, but here, director Oliver Parker proves why he’s a master of mature-age comedy. SH

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE ' FALLOUT

(147 minutes) M

Six films in, we don’t know much about Ethan Hunt, the dashing super spy played by Tom Cruise. The MI formula balances Cruise’s circus daredevilry with the use of digital effects and here, Hunt’s in a race against time to recover a stolen batch of plutonium. Showing his knack for plot twists, director Christopher McQuarrie is back and playing to Cruise’s strengths. JW

ON CHESIL BEACH

(105 minutes) M

For Edward Mayhew (Billy Howle) and Florence Ponting (Saoirse Ronan), sex is a mountain, not a molehill and On Chesil Beach is a big-screen debut for Dominic Cooke, powered by flashback. Set in England in 1962, before the pill made sex without reproduction a thing, before feminism decreed that women could also enjoy sex. This is a story about how lives can be changed by inaction. PB

SKYSCRAPER

(102 minutes) M

Dwayne ‘‘ The Rock’ ’ Johnson frequently looks alarmed at the lunacy behind the stunts he performs. When it comes to thinking of ways to raise the stakes, the film’s writers have no shame, but there’s an old-fashioned feel to the stunts. SH

THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME

(117 minutes) MA

This is a character study in a blockbuster package, meaning the espionage plot is no more complex than it has to be. Mila Kunis plays Audrey, a Los Angeles grocery clerk who learns that her missing boyfriend (Justin Theroux), is in fact involved with the CIA. JW

SUMMER 1993

(95 minutes) PG

Frida (Laia Artigas) is six when she’s uprooted from her home in Barcelona. Both of her parents are dead, the cause undisclosed, and she’s to live in the Catalan countryside with her uncle, Esteve (David Verdaguer) and aunt, Marga (Bruna Cusi), who have a four-year-old daughter, Anna (Paula Robles), a blithe child who immediately accepts Frida as her big sister. SH

WHITNEY

(120 minutes) M Six years after Whitney Houston’s death, Kevin Macdonald’s Whitney reveals some painful allegations within the Houston family. In a movie like this, there is no unassailable truth. Macdonald interviews with a keen eye and ear, probing for answers, but all of those who surrounded Whitney are implicated to some extent in her downfall. PB

THE WIFE

(100 minutes) M

Joan (Glenn Close) is rapidly reaching the point where she will indulge her husband Joe (Jonathan Pryce) no longer. He doesn’t love her enough to subdue the reflexive impulse that has him flirting with every young woman he meets, but he’s fragile. Close builds this performance bit by bit with tight smiles and wary, knowing looks. PB

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PAUL BYRNES (PB) SANDRA HALL (SH) & JAKE WILSON (JW)

This EG article is from the August 17 issue of The Age Digital Edition.

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