The Parrs are back in action in scene from the movie Incredibles 2.
The Parrs are back in action in scene from the movie Incredibles 2. Pixar

What's on the big screen this week

PIXAR fans have waited 14 long years for the sequel to The Incredibles.

The Oscar-winning animated film introduced the animation studio's first all-human cast: the Parr family of super-powered crime fighters, also known as The Incredibles.

So does this sequel live up to the original? Find out in our review and interview with star Holly Hunter, who voices Elastigirl.

Also out this week is the Aussie sci-fi thriller Upgrade, which has been getting rave reviews in the US where it premiered earlier this month.

There's also the adult comedy Tag and the grey nomad drama The Leisure Seeker.

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

 

Incredibles 2 (TBA)

Bob Parr (Mr Incredible) is left to care for Jack-Jack while Helen (Elastigirl) is out saving the world.

Why you should see it: It's been 14 long years since The Incredibles made their debut, and won two Oscars, but the wait has been worth it with returning director Brad Bird hitting all the right marks in this sequel. Read the review.

 

Upgrade (MA 15+)

When Grey, a self-identified technophobe, has his world turned upside down, his only hope for revenge is an experimental computer chip implant called Stem.

Why you should see it: This great Aussie sci-fi thriller punches well above its weight and budget and is a refreshing change from the CGI blockbusters dominating our screens. Read the interview with director Leigh Whannell.

 

Tag (M)

A small group of former classmates organize an elaborate, annual game of tag that requires some to travel all over the country.

Why you should see it: While this adults-only, crude comedy is the latest in a string of such films Hollywood has been pumping out lately, it's rather funny.

 

The Leisure Seeker (M)

Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland star as a runaway couple going on an unforgettable trip in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker.

Why you should see it: The Leisure Seeker squanders the considerable acting talent of its two stars with a predictable script that doesn't really do or say much.

 

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Hereditary (MA 15+)

When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited as it slowly destroys everything they know.

Why you should see it: This is one scary movie and it stars our very own Toni Collette. Read the review.

 

Ocean's 8 (M)

Debbie Ocean gathers a crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City's yearly Met Gala.

Why you should see it: This Ocean's Eleven spin-off is fun and boasts a talented cast, but it's let down by some big plot holes. Read the review.

 

Kodachrome (M)

Set during the final days of the admired photo development system known as Kodachrome, a father and son hit the road in order to reach the Kansas photo lab before it closes its doors for good.

Why you should see it: Kodachrome's stars do their best with a script that never really kicks into gear, which isn't surprising given this is based on such a small nugget of real-life inspiration. Read the review.

 

Tea With The Dames (M)

Dames Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith have let the cameras in on a friendship that goes back more than half a century. The four acting greats discuss their careers and reminisce about their humble beginnings in the theatre.

Why you should see it: This is a much more bracing experience than its mild, milky title suggests thanks to the openness of its famous subjects. Read the review.

 

Gringo (MA 15+)

An American businessman with a stake in a pharmaceutical company that's about to go public finds his life is thrown into turmoil by an incident in Mexico.

Why you should see it: Aussie stuntman-turned-director Nash Edgerton nails the action scenes in this violent crime caper, starring brother Joel, but when it comes to the human drama and the humour, he falls flat. Read the review.

 

Solo: A Star Wars Story (M)

Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga's most unlikely heroes.

Why you should see it: We know what he will go on to achieve, but this Han Solo prequel is bucket loads of fun and steeped in plenty of Star Wars folklore for the fans. Read the review.

 

Deadpool 2 (MA 15+)

Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (aka Deadpool) brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy of supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling mutant Cable.

Why you should see it: Rising Kiwi star Julian Dennison is a great addition to this follow-up to Marvel's surprise R-rated box office hit of 2016. Ryan Reynolds is back in top form as the titular, wise-cracking hero in this satisfying sequel. Read the review.



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