Amy Adams stars alongside Jake Gyllenhaall in Nocturnal Animals which hits screens this week.
Amy Adams stars alongside Jake Gyllenhaall in Nocturnal Animals which hits screens this week. Merrick Morton

What's on the big screen this week

AMY Adams features in two films released today - thriller Nocturnal Animals by director Tom Ford, and sci-fi flick Arrival.

Adams stars alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in Nocturnal Animals which is receiving awards buzz from critics for its gritty delivery of a tale about a couple's unravelling relationship.

Arrival on the other hand takes viewers on an other-wordly adventure as Adams plays a linguist recruited by the military to communicate with aliens who have arrived with their spaceships.

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

Arrival (PG-13)

Amy Adams in a scene from the movie Arrival. Supplied by Roadshow Films.
Amy Adams in a scene from the movie Arrival. Supplied by Roadshow Films.

Twelve giant spaceships appear in random locations across the globe and a linguist is called in by the military to try and crack the aliens' language. Amy Adams stars alongside Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker.

Why you should see it: Sci-fi fans will appreciate this new angle on the classic alien invasion story line.

Nocturnal Animals (MA15+)

 

Amy Adams and writer/director Tom Ford review a scene between takes on the set of the movie Nocturnal Animals.
Amy Adams and writer/director Tom Ford review a scene between takes on the set of the movie Nocturnal Animals. Merrick Morton

An art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband's novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat and a symbolic revenge tale.

Why you should see it: If you're in the mood for a good psychological thriller artfully put together, then tune in.

The Accountant (MA 15+)

 

Ben Affleck plays a mathematics genius in a scene from the movie The Accountant.
Ben Affleck plays a mathematics genius in a scene from the movie The Accountant. Chuck Zlotnick

As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities and the body count starts to rise.

Why you should see it: Ben Affleck gives a committed performance but the plot falls over like a house of cards.

Hacksaw Ridge (MA 15+)

 

Andrew Garfield and Teresa Palmer in Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge. Supplied by Icon Films.
Andrew Garfield and Teresa Palmer in Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge. Supplied by Icon Films. Mark Rogers

The extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) who, in Okinawa at the bloodiest battle of the Second World War, saved 75 men without carrying a gun.

Why you should see it: Mel Gibson makes a triumphant return to the director's chair in this moving and visually stunning film.

The Light Between Oceans (M)

 

Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender in a scene from the movie The Light Between Oceans.
Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender in a scene from the movie The Light Between Oceans. Davi Russo

A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat.

Why you should see it: Stars Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander have plenty of chemistry, striking up a real-life romance during filming, but at times it feels like this film is pulling a little too aggressively on your heartstrings.

American Honey (MA 15+)

 

Riley Keough and Shia LaBeouf in American Honey. Supplied by Universal Pictures.
Riley Keough and Shia LaBeouf in American Honey. Supplied by Universal Pictures. Holly Horner

A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a travelling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.

Why you should see it: This is a refreshingly unconventional take on a coming-of-age film with a great soundtrack and a captivating star (Sasha Lane).

Doctor Strange (M)

 

Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from the movie Doctor Strange.
Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from the movie Doctor Strange. Jay Maidment

After his career is destroyed, a brilliant but arrogant and conceited surgeon gets a new lease on life when a sorcerer takes him under her wing and trains him to defend the world against evil.

Why you should see it: This is a very different kind of superhero for Marvel's Cinematic Universe. Doctor Strange leaves the crime fighting to the Avengers, instead delving into the mind-bending world of the mystical arts.

Hell or High Water (MA 15+)

 

Chris Pine and Ben Foster in a scene from the movie Hell or High Water. Supplied by Madman Entertainment.
Chris Pine and Ben Foster in a scene from the movie Hell or High Water. Supplied by Madman Entertainment.

After years of estrangement, Texan brothers Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner (Ben Foster) decide to rob the branches of the bank threatening to foreclose on their family land. For them, the hold-ups are part of a last-ditch scheme to take back a future that was stolen from under them. But they find themselves on the radar of Marcus (Jeff Bridges), a Ranger looking for one last grand pursuit on the eve of his retirement.

Why you should see it: This film boasts a terrific cast and is an example of how the classic Western heist film can be interpreted for modern audiences without simply relying on gun slinging and horse riding.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (M)

 

Tom Cruise in a scene from the movie Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Supplied by Paramount Pictures.
Tom Cruise in a scene from the movie Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Supplied by Paramount Pictures. 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. Read the review.


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