Each week we update you on what new films are hitting cinemas around town with mini-reviews so you can impress your friends with your critical eye and all the movie trivia you know 😉 What’s in store for movie lovers this week?? Spider-Man returns with many spider-men in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy in Creed 2, a mother trying to save her son in Ben is Back starring Julia Roberts, a haunted house in Ghostland, an exorcism goes bad in The Possession of Hannah Grace and a story of a family coping with addiction in A Beautiful Boy.
Popcorn bonus inside!
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98% Fresh (Critics) – 92% Fresh (Audience)
The plot: Bitten by a radioactive spider in the subway, Brooklyn teenager Miles Morales suddenly develops mysterious powers that transform him into the one and only Spider-Man. When he meets Peter Parker, he soon realizes that there are many others who share his special, high-flying talents. Miles must now use his newfound skills to battle the evil Kingpin, a hulking madman who can open portals to other universes and pull different versions and limitless possibilities of Spider-Man into our world.
Popcorn bonus: Tamer Hosny does Spider-man’s Arabic translation voice-over
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83% Fresh (Critics) – 85% Fresh (Audience)
The plot: Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history.
Ben is Back
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83% Fresh (Critics) – 90% Fresh (Audience)
The plot: Building on her success with Oscar nominated film Wonder, Julia Roberts returns in another moving tale with an emotionally, physically and dramatically convincing role as a mother trying to save her son. 19-year-old Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges) unexpectedly returns home to his family’s suburban home on Christmas Eve morning. Ben’s mother is relieved and welcoming but wary of her son staying clean. Over a turbulent 24 hours, new truths are revealed, and a mother’s undying love for her son is tested as she does everything in her power to keep him safe.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44% Fresh (Critics) – 53% Fresh (Audience)
The plot: Following her aunt’s death, Colleen and her daughters inherit a house, during their first night in their new home, murderers enter the home, putting Colleen in a situation where she must fight to save her daughters’ lives. When the girls suffer a terrible trauma during the night, their disparate personalities diverge even further. The eldest daughter, Beth, is said to become a famous horror author with a perfect family and life in Los Angeles, while her sister, Vera, can’t cope and loses her mind faced with an unshakable sense of paranoia. Sixteen years later the daughters and mother reunite at the house, it is then that strange events begin to take place.
The Possession of Hannah Grace
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 14% Fresh (Critics) – 33% Fresh (Audience)
The plot: A shocking exorcism spirals out of control, claiming the life of a young woman. Months later, Megan Reed (Shay Mitchell) a cop who is just out of rehab takes the graveyard shift in a city hospital morgue, she faces a series of bizarre, violent events caused by an evil entity in one of the corpses. Locked alone inside the basement corridors, Megan begins to experience horrifying visions and starts to suspect that the body may be possessed by a ruthless demonic force.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68% Fresh (Critics) – 78% Fresh (Audience)
The plot: Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.