NOW that the school holidays are wrapping up, it's time for some new adult viewing at the cinemas.

This week's new releases are two very different offerings.

Edgar Wright's Baby Driver is a fuel-filled action film with a killer soundtrack, while Nicole Kidman shines in Sofia Coppola's war-time drama The Beguiled.

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

 

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, Jamie Foxx, Eliza Gonzalez and Jon Hamm in a scene from Baby Driver.
Ansel Elgort, Jamie Foxx, Eliza Gonzalez and Jon Hamm in a scene from 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.

 

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Spider-man: Homecoming (M)

Tom Holland in a scene from the movie Spider-man: Homecoming.
Tom Holland in a scene from 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.

 

Cars 3 (G)

A scene from the movie Cars 3.
A scene from the movie Cars 3. Pixar

Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he's still the best race car in the world.

Why you should see it:  In his struggles to get back into pole position, McQueen meets a group of characters who provide a link to Lightning's late coach, mentor and friend, Doc Hudson. Perhaps the content is a bit over the heads of those younger than eight years old but the brilliant animation and entertaining elements of the movie are worth watching. Read the review.

 

Transformers: The Last Knight (M)

Megatron and Josh Duhamel as Lennox in a scene from the movie Transformers: The Last Knight.
Megatron and Josh Duhamel as Lennox in a scene from the movie Transformers: The Last Knight. Paramount Pictures

Humans are at war with the Transformers, and Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving the future lies buried in the secrets of the past and the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Now, it's up to the unlikely alliance of Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), Bumblebee, an English lord (Anthony Hopkins) and an Oxford professor (Laura Haddock) to save the world.

Why you should see it: Michael Bay's Transformers films are slick and chock full of action, which some cinema-goers find overwhelming. If you're a fan then this is well worth seeing; if you're not then best to see something else. Read the reviews.

 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (PG)

Jason Drucker in a scene from the movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.
Jason Drucker in a scene from the movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. Daniel McFadden

Greg convinces his family to take a road trip to attend his great grandmother's 90th birthday as a cover for what he really wants: to attend a nearby gamer convention. Unsurprisingly, things do not go according to plan and Heffley family antics ensue.

Why you should see it: Unsurprisingly, things do not go according to plan. The franchise may have an all-new cast but, unfortunately, it has retained the same juvenile humour. Read the review.

 

Rough Night (MA 15+)

Zoe Kravitz, Jillian Bell, Scarlett Johansson, Illana Grazer and Kate McKinnon in a scene from Rough Night.
Zoe Kravitz, Jillian Bell, Scarlett Johansson, Illana Grazer and Kate McKinnon in a scene from Rough Night. Macall Polay

A male stripper ends up dead at a Miami beach house during a bachelorette party weekend.

Why you should see it: There are seriously funny jokes and situations in this film but others, although still funny, also fall into the 'sexually awkward in a uncomfortable way' category. Still, it's a funny night out with the girls. Read the review.

 

Wonder Woman (M)

Gal Gadot in a scene from the movie Wonder Woman.
Gal Gadot in a scene from the movie Wonder Woman. Clay Enos

An Amazon princess leaves her island home to explore the world and, in doing so, becomes one of the world's greatest heroes

Why you should see it: With so much at stake, thank Zeus that Wonder Woman didn't fall into the same trap as its DC Extended Universe predecessors. Instead of taking the dull, dark and dreary path laid out before it, Wonder Woman took a full run down the byroad to somewhere warm, funny and properly entertaining. Read the review.

 

Despicable Me 3 (PG)

Gru attempts to apprehend Balthazar in a scene from Despicable Me 3.
Gru attempts to apprehend Balthazar in a scene from Despicable Me 3. Contributed

Gru meets his long-lost charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother Dru who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist.

Why you should see it: Like Toy Story and Shrek, Despicable Me is a film franchise that keeps getting better with age. The third instalment continues the formula and settling in to watch it in the cinema is like cuddling up with a comfy blanket. You know what you're going to get. Read the review.



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