Andrew Garfield and Teresa Palmer in a scene from the movie Hacksaw Ridge.
Andrew Garfield and Teresa Palmer in a scene from the movie Hacksaw Ridge. Mark Rogers

What's on the big screen this week

MEL Gibson is back in the director's chair in his new movie Hacksaw Ridge, out in cinemas today.

The wartime film is already receiving Oscar buzz and while it's based on a true American story, it was filmed in Australia and stars a cast filled with Aussie talent including Hugo Weaving, Sam Worthington, Teresa Palmer and Rachel Griffiths.

It's likely to give Marvel's hit new movie Doctor Strange a run for the top spot at the box office.

Also opening this week are Ben Affleck's new thriller The Accountant, the Australian filmed and set drama The Light Between Oceans and the gritty coming-of-age film American Honey.

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

 

The Accountant (MA 15+)

Ben Affleck in a scene from the movie The Accountant.
Ben Affleck in a scene from the movie The Accountant. Chuck Zlotnick

 

As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities and the body count starts to rise.

Why you should see it: Ben Affleck gives a committed performance but the plot falls over like a house of cards.

 

Hacksaw Ridge (MA 15+)

Andrew Garfield in a scene from the movie Hacksaw Ridge.
Andrew Garfield in a scene from the movie Hacksaw Ridge. Mark Rogers

 

The extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) who, in Okinawa at the bloodiest battle of the Second World War, saved 75 men without carrying a gun.

Why you should see it: Mel Gibson makes a triumphant return to the director's chair in this moving and visually stunning film. Read the review.

 

The Light Between Oceans (M)

Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender in a scene from the movie The Light Between Oceans.
Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender in a scene from the movie The Light Between Oceans. Davi Russo

 

A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat.

Why you should see it: Stars Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander have plenty of chemistry, striking up a real-life romance during filming, but at times it feels like this film is pulling a little too aggressively on your heartstrings.

 

American Honey (MA 15+)

Sasha Lane in a scene from the movie American Honey.
Sasha Lane in a scene from the movie American Honey. Holly Horner

 

A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.

Why you should see it: This is a refreshingly unconventional take on a coming-of-age film with a great soundtrack and a captivating star (Sasha Lane).

 

Doctor Strange (M)

Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from the movie Doctor Strange.
Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from the movie Doctor Strange. Jay Maidment

After his career is destroyed, a brilliant but arrogant and conceited surgeon gets a new lease on life when a sorcerer takes him under her wing and trains him to defend the world against evil.

Why you should see it: This is a very different kind of superhero for Marvel's Cinematic Universe. Doctor Strange leaves the crime fighting to the Avengers, instead delving into the mind-bending world of the mystical arts. Read the review.

 

Hell or High Water (MA 15+)

Ben Foster and Chris Pine in a scene from the movie Hell or High Water.
Ben Foster and Chris Pine in a scene from the movie Hell or High Water. Contributed

After years of estrangement, Texan brothers Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner (Ben Foster) decide to rob the branches of the bank threatening to foreclose on their family land. For them, the hold-ups are part of a last-ditch scheme to take back a future that was stolen from under them. But they find themselves on the radar of Marcus (Jeff Bridges), a Ranger looking for one last grand pursuit on the eve of his retirement.

Why you should see it: This film boasts a terrific cast and is an example of how the classic Western heist film can be interpreted for modern audiences without simply relying on gun slinging and horse riding.

 

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (M)

Tom Cruise in a scene from the movie Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.
Tom Cruise in a scene from the movie Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Chiabella James

Jack Reacher returns to the headquarters of his old unit, only to find out he's now accused of a 16-year-old homicide.

Why you should see it: The first Jack Reacher film was deliciously tense and thrilling. Even if you've read the books and Tom Cruise isn't your ideal Reacher, there's no denying these films are well-made, meaty crime dramas. Read the review.



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