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The best and worst movies in cinemas now

What to see and skip in cinemas. Video: The New Daily
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If you find yourself at a loose end this weekend, get to a cinema.

There are so many new release movies you could fill an entire day.

Here are five in cinemas now – some brilliant, others far from it.

Fifty Shades Darker (February 9)

Let’s face it, this movie was never going to be good per se.

Fans of the bestselling books – about a young college student swept up in the dark, oversexed world of a handsome millionaire – will at least be expecting some fun, raunchy escapism.

Unfortunately, Fifty Shades Darker fails to deliver both laughs and sex appeal thanks to a plot that is over-complicated, cheesy and far-fetched.

Verdict: Skip it

fifty shades darker
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson star in Fifty Shades Darker.

Hidden Figures (February 16) 

Hidden Figures is the extraordinary true story of three African-American women who helped NASA launch astronaut John Glenn into space.

Straight after its release it shot to the top of the Australian box office – and for good reason.

Viewers get an astonishing look at how these brilliant women managed to break through the race relations barrier.

Despite NASA seeking out their incredible minds, they were treated as second-class citizens, asked to use the ‘coloured’ toilets and coffee machines and often overlooked for promotions.

Verdict: See it

Taraji P Henson plays one of three black women who broke boundaries by working at NASA.
Taraji P Henson plays one of three black women who broke boundaries by working at NASA.

The Great Wall (February 16)

Many feared The Great Wall, starring Matt Damon, would be yet another Hollywood film that whitewashes a foreign culture.

In reality, it gives more screen time to Chinese actors and is based on Chinese mythology. It’s clear this big-budget epic was created solely to be a bridge between Hollywood and China’s burgeoning film market.

Don’t see it for the plot or the script and don’t go if you think it’s going to be a historical drama. It’s not. See it because the special effects are incredible, the battle scenes are epic and Matt Damon’s ponytail is spectacular.

Verdict: See it

Matt Damon is the bridge between Hollywood and China's growing film industry.
Matt Damon is the bridge between Hollywood and China’s growing film industry.

Trainspotting 2 (February 23)

Fans of the original will no doubt enjoy this rollicking, violent romp that revisits Mark, Sick Boy, Begbie and Spud 20 years on.

While a great effort for a sequel, the film fails to serve much of a purpose when it comes to furthering the characters’ storylines and at two hours long can feel aimless.

Strong performances, shameless gross-out gags and comic levels of violence tick all the boxes, but director Danny Boyle and writer John Hodge needed to provide more insight to justify this film’s existence.

Read the full review here.

Verdict: Skip it

Mark Renton and Sick Boy are back in action.
Mark Renton and Sick Boy are back in action.

Jasper Jones (March 2)

Australian author Craig Silvey’s novel Jasper Jones became an instant classic in 2009.

It tells the story of a young boy whose life is turned upside down when the town outcast, an indigenous boy named Jasper, comes to his window late at night to ask for help.

Read the book first, then see the movie. A warning – strong adult themes make it unsuitable for kids under 13.

Verdict: See it

Jasper Jones (left) pulls Charlie Bucktin (centre) and Laura Wishart (right) into his dark, tumultuous adventures.
Jasper Jones (left) pulls Charlie Bucktin (centre) and Laura Wishart (right) into his dark, tumultuous adventures.

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