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Horror/thriller It Comes At Night is released this week

IT COMES AT NIGHT (15, 92 mins)
Released: July 7

A FAMILY faces the onslaught of a disease that has decimated America in a slow-burning psychological thriller directed by Trey Edward Shults.

A virulent contagion, which manifests as pus-filled boils, has swept the globe, pitting neighbours against one another for survival.

Paul (Joel Edgerton) and his wife Sarah (Carmen Ejogo) decide to ride out the storm with their 17-year-old son Travis (Kelvin Harrison Jr) by living in a fortified shack in the middle of the woods, monitoring each other for signs of infection.

Paul enforces two rules – always keep the front door locked and never go outside at night – which he hopes will keep his brood safe until the threat subsides.

One night, the family wakes to noises in the house and Paul realises to his horror that someone or something from the outside has gate-crashed the sanctuary.

The intruder turns out to be another father, Will (Christopher Abbott), who claims to be looking for water for his wife Kim (Riley Keough) and son Andrew (Griffin Robert Faulkner).

Will explains his family are also free of the disease and Kim and Andrew are hiding in an abandoned house several miles away.

In a merciless time when compassion can get you killed, Paul must decide whether to believe Will's story or eliminate the potential threat to his group's survival.


PAW PATROL: MISSION BIG SCREEN (U, 65 mins)
Released: July 7

THE computer-animated TV series about a plucky team of rescue dogs, which screens on Nickelodeon, barks on the big screen with this collection of episodes including a special preview of the four-legged heroes' newest escapade.

In Air Pups, Volcano Island erupts trapping some of the residents including Cap'n Turbot (voiced by Ron Pardo). The pups Chase (Max Calinescu), Marshall (Drew Davis), Ryder (Italo Luiz) and Skye (Kallan Holley) must take to the skies for a daring rescue mission.

When Carlos (Lucius Hoyos) falls into a pit in Tracker Joins The Pups, a new pooch called Tracker (David Lopez) saves the day.

In Pups Raise The PAW Patroller, the dogs help Daring Danny (Daniel DeSanto) to avoid a sinking feeling – and then in the special preview of Mission PAW: Quest For The Crown, Chase and co bound to Barkington to guard a priceless headpiece.

 

THE LAST WORD (15, 108 mins)
Released: July 7

HOLLYWOOD legend Shirley MacLaine delivers an eye-catching lead performance in director Mark Pellington's bittersweet comedy drama.

Successful businesswoman Harriet Lauler (MacLaine) is used to taking control of every aspect of her life. After a disturbing meeting with her doctor, she marches into the office of the local newspaper and demands to meet the resident obituary writer.

Young scribe Anne Sherman (Amanda Seyfried) meets with Harriet and is informed by the businesswoman that she will be penning her obituary while Harriet is still alive, so she can ensure it is accurate and fair.

Thus begins a haphazard road trip involving the two women, and an underprivileged African-American girl called Brenda (AnnJewel Lee Dixon), who strays into their orbit.

In the process of creating a positive impression for Anne, Harriet confronts some of the ghosts of her past and she nervously rebuilds bridges to her estranged daughter, Elizabeth (Anne Heche).

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