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Chadwick Boseman in a scene from the movie Black Panther.
Chadwick Boseman in a scene from the movie Black Panther. Matt Kennedy

MARVEL'S highly anticipated new superhero origin movie Black Panther opens in cinemas today.

Boasting a talented cast, the blockbuster follows African prince T'Challa - aka the Black Panther - as he returns home to Wakanda to become king following the death of his father in Captain America: Civil War.

The film is expected to surpass the box office success of R-rated superhero film Deadpool.

Also out this week is awards favourite Lady Bird, which stars Saoirse Ronan in a funny and authentic look at the struggles of a 17-year-old girl.

The comedy drama is up for five Oscars and has already won two Golden Globes. 

Here are this week's highlights of the big screen and why you should see them:

 

Black Panther (M)

T'Challa returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to become king, but when a powerful old enemy reappears, T'Challa's mettle as king - and Black Panther - is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk.

Why you should see it: This film is a game-changer for Marvel and the film industry more widely, proving a black superhero is long overdue for his own, stand-alone blockbuster. Read the interview with Chadwick Boseman.

 

Lady Bird (M)

In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California.

Why you should see it: There's a lot of hype around this coming-of-age story about a 17-year-old high school student and her passive-aggressive mother. That hype is justified. Read the review.

 

Continuing

 

The 15:17 to Paris (M)

Three Americans discover a terrorist plot aboard a train while in France.

Why you should see it: While director Clint Eastwood clearly has good intentions in this tribute to a real-life act of heroism, the result is clumsy thanks to his casting of non-actors.

 

Fifty Shades Freed (MA 15+)

Anastasia and Christian get married, but Jack Hyde continues to threaten their relationship.

Why you should see it: Fifty Shades leads Johnson and Dornan are unlikely to suddenly find that burning chemistry the story needs, but fans will flock to see this third and final film nonetheless.

 

Insidious: The Last Key (M)

Parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet - in her own family home.

Why you should see it: Lin Shaye once again shines on screen but her efforts are not enough to save this sequel.
 

 

Phantom Thread (M)

Set in 1950s London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.

Why you should see it: Daniel Day-Lewis gives another committed performance but it's his co-star Vicky Krieps who will sweep you off your feet.

 

Molly's Game (M)

Molly Bloom, a young skier and former Olympic hopeful becomes a successful entrepreneur (and a target of an FBI investigation) when she establishes a high-stakes, international poker game.

Why you should see it: This is a solid directorial debut by acclaimed screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, featuring an intriguing story and great performances by Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba. Read the review.

 

Den of Thieves (M)

While planning a bank heist, a thief gets trapped between two sets of criminals.

Why you should see it: This Gerard Butler-helmed action flick has plenty of energy, but it's unlikely to be remembered as one of the better heist films.

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