Cinemas: what’s on this week

Undated Film Still Handout from Rio. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Fox Australia Film. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.
Undated Film Still Handout from Rio. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Fox Australia Film. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

Your guide to the films on general release now

The Roommate (15, 91 mins)

Sara Matthews (Minka Kelly) leaves behind her troubles in Des Moines and starts anew at the University of Los Angeles, where she is welcomed with open arms by her wealthy roommate, Rebecca (Leighton Meester). Friendship blossoms and Sara heals her wounded heart in the arms of hunky freshman, Stephen (Cam Gigandet). Then life begins to spiral out of control - first Sara’s cat disappears without trace and then she senses that someone is watching her. As the threats against the freshman increase, Sara realises too late that the person she thought she could trust is the one trying to send her to the grave.

Rating: Two stars

Rio 3D (U)

Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg) is a domesticated blue macaw who lives in relative luxury in the sleepy community of Moose Lake, Minnesota. The bird doesn’t want for anything, his hot chocolate made to perfection with six mini marshmallows by his doting owner and best friend Linda (Leslie Mann). Brazilian conservationist Tulio (Rodrigo Santoro) arrives in Moose Lake to ask Linda to bring Blu to Rio de Janeiro, so the rare bird can mate with the only known female blue macaw, Jewel (Anne Hathaway). No sooner has Blu met Jewel than the birds are kidnapped by greedy animal smugglers led by the nefarious Marcel (Carlos Ponce). Jewel orchestrates a daring escape bid, evading the clutches of the smuggler’s feathered sidekick, a conniving cockatoo called Nigel (Jemaine Clement).

Rating: Three stars

Mars Needs Moms 3D (PG)

Nine-year-old Milo (voiced by Seth Green) doesn’t appreciate his mother (Joan Cusack) as much as he should. Martians descend from the skies and kidnap Milo’s mother, intending to spirit her away to the red planet where they will use her to power the nanny bots that take care of their hatchlings. Milo stows on board the Martian craft and seeks refuge in the Martian rubbish tip, home to a techno-savvy human called Gribble (Dan Fogler). The astronaut vows to help Milo rescue his mother from the terrifying Supervisor (Mindy Sterling). En route, the plucky nine-year-old also meets a rebel Martian called Ki (Elisabeth Harnois).

Rating: Three stars

Tomorrow, When The War Began (12A)

Seventeen-year-old Ellie (Caitlin Stasey) asks her parents if she can borrow the family Land Rover so she can drive her friends to a remote sinkhole known as ‘Hell’ for one final hurrah before the school holidays end Best friend Corrie (Rachel Hurd-Wood) and her jock boyfriend Kevin (Lincoln Lewis), beauty queen Fiona (Phoebe Tonkin), joker Homer (Deniz Akdeniz), devoutly religious Robyn (Ashleigh Cummings) and classmate Lee (Chris Pang) head into the wilderness. They set up camp at ‘Hell’ which boasts a stream and waterfall, as well as venomous critters that could crawl inside an inviting sleeping bag. When they return to their hometown of Wirrawee, they discover an invading military force has rounded up the entire population. The youngsters vow to overcome insurmountable odds to reclaim Wirrawee.

Rating: Three stars

Sucker Punch (12A)

Baby Doll (Emily Browning) is institutionalised by her cruel and abusive stepfather. Incarcerated in a facility with seemingly no hope of escape, Baby Doll loses her flimsy grasp on reality until a wise man (Scott Glenn) advises her that the path to salvation lies in the fantastical realm she shares with fellow inmates Sweet pea (Abbie Cornish), Rocket (Jena Malone), Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens) and Amber (Jamie Chung). As the girls abandon harsh reality for this imaginary realm where they can become mistresses of their own destiny, they also discover the courage and steely resolve to combat brutality in the real world.

Rating: Two stars

Killing Bono (15)

Brothers Neil (Ben Barnes) and Ivan (Robert Sheehan) go to the same school as Paul Hewson (Martin McCann). The brothers form their own band while Paul forms U2, the band that would transform Hewson into his musical alter ego, Bono. Neil covets his friend’s newfound celebrity and when Paul reveals he wants Ivan to play second guitar in the band, Neil vetoes the suggestion without consulting his sibling, determined to form his own band with Ivan. U2 slowly conquer the world and Neil and Ivan pursue their dreams in London. They find a cheap warehouse apartment overseen by gay landlord Karl (Pete Postlethwaite) and next-door neighbour Gloria (Krysten Ritter) becomes the band’s manager. As the band goes through various guises, Neil conceals how close Ivan came to being in U2.

Rating: Three stars

Source Code (12A)

Helicopter pilot Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes on a train, sitting opposite Christina Warren (Michelle Monaghan). Confusingly, she calls him Sean and a visit to the ballroom reveals that he is trapped inside the body of a teacher called Sean Fentress. Colter wakes almost instantly in a top secret facility under the control of Dr Rutledge (Jeffrey Wright), who needs Colter to identify the bomber. Rutledge orders uniformed officer Colleen Goodwin (Vera Farmiga) to send the pilot back into the “source code”, which has been culled from the real Sean Fentress’s memory. Each time Colter is transported back into the parallel reality, he gathers intelligence about his fellow passengers including businessmen Max Denoff (Russell Peters) and student Derek Frost (Michael Arden).

Rating: Four stars

Hop (U)

EB (voiced by Russell Brand) lives on Easter Island with his father (Hugh Laurie). The young rabbit is destined to ascend the throne as master of all that is sugary and ovoid however EB harbours dreams of becoming a drummer in a rock band. So he runs away from the warren and heads for the glittering lights of Hollywood, where he finds an unexpected ally in eternal loser Fred O’Hare (James Marsden), who glimpsed the Easter Bunny delivering baskets when he was a boy. Having revealed his true identity to Fred, EB heads off and auditions for Hoff Knows Talent in front of judge David Hasselhoff (playing himself). Meanwhile, Fred struggles to win the approval of his parents (Gary Cole, Elizabeth Perkins), who dote on his goody-two-shoes, adopted sister (Tiffany Espensen). Thankfully, older sister Sam (Kaley Cuoco) helps Fred to achieve his potential.

Rating: Three stars