Fionn Whitehead in a scene from the movie Dunkirk.
Fionn Whitehead in a scene from the movie Dunkirk. Melinda Sue Gordon

What's on the big screen this week

FAST-movie action flick Baby Driver has been unable to boot Spider-Man: Homecoming off the top of the Australian box office, but Dunkirk may have better luck this weekend.

Director Christopher Nolan's war epic has been praised by critics and even singer Harry Styles has impressed with his acting debut.

Also out this week is the food-themed French romance Paris Can Wait, starring Diane Lane.

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

 

Dunkirk (M)

Harry Styles, Aneurin Barbard and Fionn Whitehead in a scene from the movie Dunkirk.
Harry Styles, Aneurin Barbard and Fionn Whitehead in a scene from the movie Dunkirk. Contributed

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada, and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in the Second World War.

Why you should see it: Director Christopher Nolan's highly-anticipated war epic lives up to the hype. This action spectacle is full of emotion, thanks to the ensemble cast, while still remaining true to events. Read the review.

 

Paris Can Wait (PG)

Diane Lane and Arnaud Viard in a scene from the movie Paris Can Wait.
Diane Lane and Arnaud Viard in a scene from the movie Paris Can Wait. Contributed

Anne unexpectedly finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with a business associate of her husband. What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a carefree two-day adventure replete with diversions involving picturesque sights, fine food and wine, humor, wisdom and romance, reawakening Anne's senses and giving her a new lust for life.

Why you should see it: Diane Lane shines in Paris Can Wait but the overindulgence of French food leaves a bad taste. Read the review.

 

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The Beguiled (M)

Nicole Kidman in a scene from the movie The Beguiled.
Nicole Kidman in a scene from the movie The Beguiled. Ben Rothstein

At a girls' school in Virginia during the Civil War, where the young women have been sheltered from the outside world, a wounded Union soldier is taken in. Soon, the house is taken over with sexual tension, rivalries, and an unexpected turn of events.

Why you should see it: This is not Sofia Coppola's best work but luckily her talented cast help to salvage this period piece. Read the review.

 

Baby Driver (MA 15+)

Ansel Elgort and Lily James in a scene from the movie Baby Driver.
Ansel Elgort and Lily James in a scene from the movie Baby Driver. Wilson Webb

After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a talented young getaway driver must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.

Why you should see it: Director Edgar Wright combines thrilling car chases, a killer soundtrack and wry humour into one entertaining mix in which Ansel Elgort becomes a bonafide leading man. Read the review.

 

Spider-man: Homecoming (M)

Tom Holland stars as Spider-Man in the movie Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Tom Holland stars as Spider-Man in the movie Spider-Man: Homecoming. Chuck Zlotnick

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero after his brief jaunt with The Avengers.

Why you should see it: While there's plenty of high-flying action, this is a superhero origin story grounded in the real world. Read the review.

 

It Comes at Night (MA 15+)

Joel Edgerton in a scene from the movie It Comes At Night.
Joel Edgerton in a scene from the movie It Comes At Night. Contributed

Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorises the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son. But this will soon be put to test when a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.

Why you should see it: Aussie Joel Edgerton gives a great performance in this sparsely populated thriller in which what lurks in the shadows is just as scary as what you can see.

 

The House (MA 15+)

Jason Mantzoukas, Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler in a scene from The House.
Jason Mantzoukas, Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler in a scene from The House. Glen Wilson

A dad convinces his friends to start an illegal casino in his basement after he and his wife spend their daughter's college fund.

Why you should see it: Comedy heavyweights and SNL alumni Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler draw on their improve backgrounds in this comedy about adults behaving badly. This premise is nothing new, but The House's leading duo has bucket loads of charisma. Read the review.



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