BLACK Panther is still going strong at the Aussie box office, and there's one major contender taking it on this week.
Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander stars as a young Lara Croft in Tomb Raider, a new take on the action franchise which made Angelina Jolie a household name.
This reboot draws inspiration from the 2013 version of the video game, which portrays Croft as a young and ambitious archaeology graduate.
Also out this week are the Aussie campfire comedy That's Not My Dog and Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's documentary one the current refugee crisis.
Here are this week's highlights of the big screen and why you should see them:
Tomb Raider (M)
Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared.
Why you should see it: There's nothing wrong with Alicia Vikander's more realistic take on the video game heroine, but the film's race-against-time narrative has more action than Lara Croft even needs. Read the Q&A with Alicia Vikander.
Human Flow (M)
This is director and artist Ai Weiwei's detailed and heartbreaking exploration into the global refugee crisis.
Why you should see it: Even though this film is epic in scale, it manages to bring an intimacy to the plight of the displaced. Weiwei's sobering message isn't lost amongst the breathtaking visuals.
That's Not My Dog (M)
The loveable Shane Jacobson (playing himself) is throwing a party. Invited are the funniest people Shane knows comprising of Australia's biggest stars along with several Australian music legends playing their biggest hits live, right throughout the party.
Why you should see it: Jacobson is on a bit of a bad run as of late, following up the dismal The BBQ with this all-star comedy party. While a film devoted to the art of the joke, starring some of Australia's brightest comedy talents, sounds good in theory, this one leaves you with the you-had-to-be there feeling. Plus the blatant product placements are annoying.
12 Strong (MA 15+)
A team of CIA agents and special forces head into Afghanistan in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks in an attempt to dismantle the Taliban.
Why you should see it: Chris Hemsworth brings some classic, old school charm to this action-packed war tale. He's supported by a great cast and the real-life story is inspiring. Just don't expect this film to delve into the geo-political issues around the war. Read the review.
The Mercy (M)
An amateur sailor who competed in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in the hope of becoming the first person in history to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping.
Why you should see it: This is another drama based on an incredible true story. Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz are both excellent as Donald and Clare Crowhurst. Read the review.
Death Wish (R 18+)
A family man becomes a vigilante killing machine when his family is violently attacked by robbers.
Why you should see it: Unfortunately, director Eli Roth's reimagining of the 1974 revenge thriller lacks the grit of the original. This tale of a vigilante father also suffers from a case of bad timing following the recent spate of gun violence in the US.
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (M)
Larger than life, wild, scary and androgynous - Grace Jones plays all these parts. In this film viewers also discover her as a lover, daughter, mother, sister and even grandmother, as cameras follow her on a holiday road trip across Jamaica where her family roots are uncovered.
Why you should see it: This unconventional rock biopic feels more like a collection of moments than a traditional story. Grace Jones fans will thoroughly enjoy it.
Monster Family (PG)
The Wishbone family are far from happy. In an attempt to reconnect as a family, Mum and Emma plan a fun night out. However, her plan backfires when an evil witch curses them, and they're all turned into monsters.
Why you should see it: This lacklustre animated film isn't likely to be a hit with kids or parents. Clunky and poorly written, there's little for the likes of Emily Watson, Nick Frost and Jason Isaacs to worth with.
Red Sparrow (MA 15+)
Dominika Egorova is many things: a devoted daughter determined to protect her mother at all costs, a prima ballerina whose ferocity has pushed her body and mind to the absolute limit, and a master of seductive and manipulative combat.
Why you should see it: Once again Jennifer Lawrence puts in a terrific performance, so much so that you can even forgive her Russian accent. Read the review.
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