What's on the big screen this week
THE Planet of the Apes comes to its dramatic conclusion this week with the release of the final film, War for the Planet of the Apes.
Andy Serkis returns as Casear, who faces a new foe in The Colonel (Woody Harrelson).
Also out this week is the fantasy film A Monster Calls, based on the book by Patrick Ness. Liam Neeson voices a tree monster, who helps a boy cope with his single mum's terminal illness.
Here are this week's highlights of the big screen and why you should see them:
A Monster Calls (PG)
A young boy's vast imagination enables him to see wonder beyond his tough circumstances. When a giant monster arrives at his window, he finds an ally in the face of family tragedy and bullying at school.
Why you should see it: This visual spectacular is based on the hugely popular book by Patrick Ness, and director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible) expertly handles the film's dark themes with his young audience in mind.
War for the Planet of the Apes (M)
In the third chapter of the acclaimed franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.
Why you should see it: The Apes trilogy comes to an epic conclusion with another spectacular performance by Andy Serkis (Caesar). In contrast to the previous two films, this final outing has a Western feel to it with the apes riding horses and shooting guns in snow-covered landscapes. Read the review.
Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada, and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in the Second World War.
Why you should see it: Director Christopher Nolan's highly-anticipated war epic lives up to the hype. This action spectacle is full of emotion, thanks to the ensemble cast, while still remaining true to events. Read the review.
Paris Can Wait (PG)
Anne unexpectedly finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with a business associate of her husband. What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a carefree two-day adventure replete with diversions involving picturesque sights, fine food and wine, humor, wisdom and romance, reawakening Anne's senses and giving her a new lust for life.
Why you should see it: Diane Lane shines in Paris Can Wait but the overindulgence of French food leaves a bad taste. Read the review.
The Beguiled (M)
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+)
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.
Spider-man: Homecoming (M)
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.