New films to watch in cinemas this week: March 17 to 23

It’s showtime…

Check out our handy movie guide below to see what’s screening this week – from action dramas to animated films.


In this breakneck thriller by Michael Bay, decorated veteran Will Sharp (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), desperate for money to cover his wife’s medical bills, asks for help from the one person he knows he shouldn’t – his adoptive brother Danny (Jake Gyllenhaal). A charismatic career criminal, Danny instead offers him a score: the biggest bank heist in Los Angeles history: $32 million. Will can’t say no with his wife’s survival on the line. But when their getaway goes spectacularly wrong, the desperate brothers hijack an ambulance with a wounded cop clinging to life and ace EMT Cam Thompson (Eiza González) onboard. In a high-speed pursuit that never stops, Will and Danny must evade a massive, city-wide law enforcement response, keep their hostages alive, and somehow try not to kill each other, all while executing the most insane escape L.A. has ever seen.

Crime/ Action/ Drama, Rating R15, 1h 40min. Book your tickets here.


‘Koati’ is the anticipated animated comedy film featuring a family of exotic creatures from the Latin American rainforests in their biggest adventure ever. It tells the story of three unlikely friends who embark on a journey to save their home, The Land of Xo. Along the way, they discover that anyone, including themselves, can be the hero of their own story.

Adventure/ Family/ Animation, Rating PG, 1h 35min. Book your tickets here.

Ted K

Ted Kaczynski lives a life of almost complete seclusion in a simple wooden cabin in the mountains of Montana. But then, this former university professor, who despises modern society and its faith in technology, becomes radicalised. What begins with local acts of sabotage ends with deadly bomb attacks. To the outside world, Ted K becomes known as the Unabomber.

Crime/ Biography/ Drama, Rating R18, 2h. Book your tickets here.

The Bad Guys

In the new action-comedy from DreamWorks Animation, a crackerjack criminal crew of animal outlaws are about to attempt their most challenging con yet – becoming model citizens. Never have there been five friends as infamous as The Bad Guys – the dashing pickpocket Mr Wolf (Sam Rockwell), the seen-it-all safecracker Mr Snake (Marc Maron), chill master-of-disguise Mr Shark (Craig Robinson), short-fused “muscle” Mr Piranha (Anthony Ramos) and sharp-tongued expert hacker Ms Tarantula (Awkwafina), aka Webs. But when, after years of countless heists and being the world’s most-wanted villains, the gang is finally caught, and Mr Wolf brokers a deal (that he has no intention of keeping) to save them all from prison: The Bad Guys will go good. Under the tutelage of their mentor Professor Marmalade (Richard Ayoade), an arrogant but adorable guinea pig, The Bad Guys set out to fool the world that they’ve been transformed. Along the way, though, Mr Wolf begins to suspect that doing good for real may give him what he’s always secretly longed for acceptance. So, when a new villain threatens the city, can Mr Wolf persuade the rest of the gang to become… The Good Guys?

Animation/ Adventure/ Comedy, Rating PG, 1h 40min. Book your tickets here.

The Wolf And The Lion

After her grandfather’s death, 20-year-old Alma decides to return to her childhood home – a tiny island in the heart of the majestic Canadian forest. Whilst there, she rescues two helpless cubs: a wolf and a lion. They forge an inseparable bond, but their world soon collapses as the forest ranger discovers the animals and takes them away. The two cub brothers must now embark on a treacherous journey across Canada to be reunited with one another and Alma once more.

Family, Rating PG, 1h 40min. Book your tickets here.

You Are Not My Mother

It’s the week before Halloween. Char’s bedridden mother, Angela, has mysteriously gone missing. All that remains is her abandoned car parked in the middle of a field. When Angela returns home to their North Dublin estate the following evening without explanation, it becomes clear to Char and her grandmother, Rita, that something is amiss. She might look and sound the same, but Angela’s behaviour has become increasingly erratic and frightening, as if a malevolent force has replaced her. As Halloween approaches, a night steeped in ancient Irish myth and legend, Char must unearth her family’s dark secrets to uncover the truth behind her mother’s disappearance and save her, even if it means potentially losing her forever.

Drama/Horror, Rating R15, 1h 35min. Book your tickets here.

Bachchhan Paandey

In this Hindi action-comedy film, a budding director tries to research a merciless gangster for making a film on gangster-ism. But his secret attempts to conduct the research fail when he gets caught for snooping.

Action/Crime/Comedy, Rating R18, 2h 30min. Book your tickets here.

Maaly Mama

The story of ‘Maaly Mama’ (Arabic for ‘Her Excellency Mum’) revolves around a mother’s relationship with her children in light of holding an important position, which leads her to face several situations with her family.

Comedy, Rating R12, 1h 47min. Book your tickets here.

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