Six great films to see this week in the UAE cinemas

Grab your tickets and popcorn and settle in for the movie


Charlie’s Angels
Elizabeth Banks
Starring: Naomi Scott, Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Stewart

Do we really need another remake of the 1970s TV show? It seems so, and why not? In the age of female-fronted versions of Ghostbusters and in the wake of #METOO there’s something to be said for Elizabeth Banks’ bold feminist vision for the trio. This time there are Angels and Charlies all over the world, working to take down bad guys across the globe. Looks fun.

The Good Liar
Bill Condon
Starring: Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen, Russell Tovey

Based on the book of the same name by former British intellegence officer Nicholas Searle, this thriller has a super cast and good source material. McKellen stars as a conman  who is out to swindle Mirren’s rich widow out of her big pot of cash. If only it was that easy, as McKellen’s plot doesn’t quite go to plan. Expect plenty of twists and turns.

Roland Emmerich
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Woody Harrelson, Nick Jonas

There are hundreds of epic World War II movies already but that doesn’t stop them being popular, and who better to helm this epic tale of an airborne battle between the US and Japan than Independence Day director Roland Emmerich. With a top cast (and Nick Jonas) this could really take flight with audiences.

Doctor Sleep
Mike Flanagan
Starring: Rebecca Ferguson, Ewan McGregor

No-one can convince us that we need a cinematic revisit to the world of The Shining. The orignal’s director Stanley Kubrick cooked up one of the most brilliant horrors of all time, though the book’s author Stephen King was not a huge fan. King released this follow-up, about a grown-up Danny, in 2013, some 36 years after the first instalment. He needn’t have bothered.

Playing with Fire
Andy Fickman
Starring: Judy Greer, John Cena

This feels like something of a throwback to comedies of the 1980s and ’90s. Cena is a firefighter whose team is tasked with looking after a trio of siblings – with hilarious consequences. The former WWE star is a decent comedic performer and he’s ably supported by the always-funny Judy Greer.
A decent family flick.

Terminator: Dark Fate
Tim Miller
Starring: Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger

He told us he’d be back all the way back in 1984 and he really wasn’t kidding. Arnie’s Terminator hits the big screens once more, and despite having a story by original writer/director James Cameron and Linda Hamilton back at top billing, this sequel fails to hit the heights of the incredible first two movies.

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