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1. Mary Pop­pins Re­turns (U)

Based on the books by PL Travers, Mary Pop­pins Re­turns pre­scribes two hours of pure, sen­ti­ment-soaked es­capism. The bril­liant Emily Blunt is prac­ti­cally per­fect in ev­ery way.

2. The Favourite (15)

Courtly in­trigue pits two am­bi­tious women against each other for the af­fec­tions of an emo­tion­ally brit­tle queen in di­rec­tor Yor­gos Lan­thi­mos’s rol­lick­ing com­edy of de­li­ciously cruel in­ten­tions. Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone savour ev­ery bile-drenched syl­la­ble of their feud­ing harpies but it is Olivia Col­man who shines bright­est.

3. Aqua­man (12A)

Ja­son Mo­moa flexes his mus­cles as the tit­u­lar DC Comics su­per­hero in this fea­ture which fleshes out the epony­mous king of the un­der­wa­ter realm from his brief ap­pear­ances in Bat­man V Su­per­man: Dawn of Jus­tice and Jus­tice League.

4. Bum­ble­bee (PG)

The ro­bots in dis­guise re­ceive a wel­come and sweetly sen­ti­men­tal re­boot in the sixth in­stal­ment of the Trans­form­ers fran­chise. Bum­ble­bee un­folds be­fore events of the orig­i­nal Trans­form­ers and ser­vices a softly beat­ing heart be­neath gleam­ing metal.

5. An­dre Rieu’s 2019 New Year Con­cert From Syd­ney

World fa­mous vi­o­lin­ist An­dre Rieu per­forms his first New Year con­cert in Syd­ney’s Town Hall, filmed for the big screen at cin­e­mas across the world.

6. Ralph Breaks the In­ter­net (PG)

Rich Moore and Phil John­ston’s imag­i­na­tive fol­low-up to the 2013 feel-good com­puter an­i­ma­tion Wreck-it Ralph goes big­ger with­out stray­ing far by pro­pel­ling its ar­cade game char­ac­ters into the mind-bog­gling realms of the World Wide Web with a warm hearted script.

7. Spi­der-man: Into The Spi­der-verse (PG)

Peter Ram­sey, Bob Per­sichetti and Rod­ney Roth­man’s com­put­eran­i­mated ad­ven­ture in­tro­duces a menagerie of gifted spi­der-folks, who tick myr­iad racial, so­cio-eco­nomic and an­thro­po­mor­phic boxes. Laughs come thick and fast cour­tesy of a self-ref­er­en­tial script that glee­fully pokes fun at it­self. The ori­gin story em­ploys a strik­ing vis­ual palette.

8. Bo­hemian Rhap­sody (12A)

Who wants to live for­ever? Fred­die Mer­cury does in Bryan Singer’s mu­si­cal biopic, a great­est hits trib­ute blessed with a heart­break­ing per­for­mance from Rami Malek as the charis­matic front­man, which in­cludes Queen’s tri­umphant, epic Live Aid set in the 80s.

9. Fan­tas­tic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindel­wald (12A)

David Yates’s fre­quently thrilling se­quel con­tin­ues to ex­pand and en­rich mytholo­gies be­yond the won­der years of the Harry Pot­ter alumni. Ed­die Red­mayne en­dears us even more to his awk­ward loner bran­dish­ing his wand while pro­duc­tion de­sign and cos­tumes are a heav­ing ban­quet for the eye.

10. Holmes & Wat­son (12A)

The world’s great­est sleuth and his trusted as­sis­tant must now use their leg­endary wits and in­ge­nious meth­ods to catch the killer be­fore the queen be­comes the next vic­tim.

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