Our top pick of the movies out in cinemas this week is The BFG: The Big Friendly Giant, a Spielberg-directed adaptation of the beloved children’s book by Roald Dahl).

Here are all the new flicks you’ll be able to go see from today…

(And here are 11 other things to do this weekend.)


We’re excited to see this film based on the book by Roald Dahl, an author who dominated our bookshelves as kids. Add in the fact that it’s directed by Steven Spielberg and adapted by E.T screenwriter Melissa Mathison, and you’re on to a family-friendly winner. It tells the story of an orphan named Sophie who, while up late one night, spies a dream-weaving giant and he whisks her off to his magical land. The special effects look brilliant, especially in the way filmmakers have turned Mark Rylance into the lovable big-eared giant.


On paper, The Shallows sounds a bit like a ridiculous B movie: Blake Lively as a surfer/medical student, in a bikini, fighting a giant shark? But never mind that – it’s a gorgeously shot, surprisingly tense thriller and a worthy summer blockbuster in a season of comic book adaptations. Lively plays Nancy, a uni drop-out who’s travelled to Mexico to surf a secret beach that her (recently deceased) mum loved. Sadly, mum forgot to mention the giant, surfer-terrorising shark.


The highly anticipated Mohenjo Daro stars award-winning actor Hrithik Roshan as Sarman, an indigo farmer from a small Pakistani village called Amri. He travels to the ancient land of Mohenjo Daro where he meets love interest Chaani (played by actress Pooja Hegde in her big screen debut). Set during the Indus Valley Civilisation, it is part love story and part adventure, with some excellent fast-paced action scenes as Sarman takes on the evil Maham and fights for the freedom of the city.


If you’re a fan of George Orwell-esque dystopia (and who isn’t?) then book tickets for Equals this weekend. In the film, the world as we know it is a futuristic society called the Collective, where violence and crime have been eradicated by genetically eliminating all human emotions. Fun. Apparently they haven’t been eliminated completely though, as we see when Nia (Kristen Stewart) meets Silas (Nicholas Hoult) and the two begin a risky romance. Fans of The Hunger Games or The Island will probably love it.


Bollywood favourite Akshay Kumar plays the title role of a naval officer in the highly anticipated Rustom. The film is based around the true story of real-life sailor KM Nanavati, who, when he found out his wife was having an affair, shot and killed the man involved. It follows the story of the subsequent court case, and Rustom’s attempt to clear his name. A suspenseful thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.

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