McKenna Roberts and Dwayne Johnson in a scene from Skyscraper.
McKenna Roberts and Dwayne Johnson in a scene from Skyscraper. Supplied

What's on the big screen this week

DWAYNE 'The Rock' Johnson reunites with Central Intelligence director Rawson Marshall Thurber in the new action epic Skyscraper.

A love letter to Die Hard and The Towering Inferno, the film is set in Hong Kong in the fictional 220-storey building The Pearl.

Johnson plays war vet and amputee Will Sawyer, who now works as a security expert assessing tall buildings. 

Also out this week is the Aussie sci-fi film Occupation, which was shot on the Gold Coast last year and stars an international cast. Thanks to international interest, the indie film has already been given the green light for a sequel. 

Finally, American comedy darling Anna Faris stars in the remake of Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell's 1987 film Overboard.

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


Skyscraper (M)

FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and war veteran Will Sawyer now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in Hong Kong he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he's been framed for it.

Why you should see it: If you can suspect believe, then this ludicrous action film will entertain and thrill with its high-flying action. As always, it's hard to dislike Dwayne Johnson. Read the interview with director Rawson Marshall Thurber.


Occupation (M)

A small group of town residents must band together after a devastating ground invasion. As they struggle to survive, they realise they must work together for a chance to strike back.

Why you should see it: Director Luke Sparke's love of '80s action movies is clear in this sci-fi flick, which punches well above its budget. Read the interview with star Stephany Jacobsen.


Overboard (PG)

A spoiled, wealthy yacht owner is thrown overboard and becomes the target of revenge from his mistreated employee.

Why you should see it: This remake of the 1987 film starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell fails to find the romance in the comedy and squanders Anna Faris's talents.  



Ant-Man and The Wasp (PG)

As Scott Lang balances being both a super hero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past.

Why you should see it: Paul Rudd still has all the charm and sarcasm as Scott Lang/Ant-Man as the first film. Evangeline Lilly is a more than capable sidekick, but it feels like she could have been a bit more complex. Read the review.


Mary Shelley (PG)

Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin's family is horrified when she elopes with poet Percy Shelley, accompanied by her half-sister Claire. While staying in the home of Lord Byron at Lake Geneva, the guests are challenged to write a ghost story, which leads Mary to conceive her classic novel Frankenstein.

Why you should see it: Elle Fanning puts in a powerful performance as the tradition-bucking author. Queensland screenwriter Emma Jensen has penned a beautiful and intimate script, but the film could do with some faster pacing. Read the interview with Jensen.


Show Dogs (PG)

Max, a macho, solitary Rottweiler police dog is ordered to go undercover as a primped show dog in a prestigious dog show, along with his human partner, to avert a disaster from happening.

Why you should see it: This cliched comedy will entertain the little ones with its canine hijinks but that's about it.



Sicario: Day of the Soldado (MA 15+)

The drug war on the US-Mexico border has escalated as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border. To fight the war, federal agent Matt Graver re-teams with the mercurial Alejandro.

Why you should see it: This sequel leaves the men to get down and dirty. While it may lack some of the twists of its predecessor, it's bloody and thrilling viewing. Read the review.


Adrift (M)

A young woman sails into the eye of a hurricane to save the man she loves.

Why you should see it: This film is an awe-inspiring mix of survival drama and romance featuring an impressive performance by Shailene Woodley. Read the review.


Hotel Transylvania 3: Monster Vacation (PG)

Mavis surprises Dracula with a family voyage on a luxury Monster Cruise and the rest of Drac's Pack cannot resist going along. But once they leave port, romance arises when Dracula meets the mysterious ship Captain, Ericka. Now it's Mavis' turn to play the overprotective parent.

Why you should see it: Expect more of the same family-friendly monster humour as Adam Sandler and the gang reunite for a third outing, this time playing on cruising clichés. Read the interview with Fran Drescher.


Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (M)

When the island's dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.

Why you should see it: There is so much action packed into this sequel to the franchise reboot, Jurassic World, that you'll certainly get your money's worth of sharp teeth and claws, chase scenes and dino-on-dino showdowns. The plot's a bit far-fetched though, so make sure to bring your imagination. Read the review.


Brothers' Nest (MA 15+)

Two brothers arrive at the family home intent on murdering their stepfather Roger. Terry and Jeff's motive is simple: killing their step-dad will render their dying Mother's plan to change her will in his favour redundant.

Why you should see it: Clayton Jacobson directs and stars alongside his brother Shane in this dark comedy about family loyalties and deep-seated sibling rivalries. It's a welcomed reunion of the duo, 12 years after the success of KennyRead the review.


Incredibles 2 (PG)

Bob Parr (Mr Incredible) is left to care for Jack-Jack while Helen (Elastigirl) is out saving the world.

Why you should see it: It's been 14 long years since The Incredibles made their debut, and won two Oscars, but the wait has been worth it with returning director Brad Bird hitting all the right marks in this sequel. Read the review.

Spaniards loving the Aussie sunshine in Airlie Beach

Spaniards loving the Aussie sunshine in Airlie Beach

Spaniards loving the Aussie sunshine in Airlie Beach.

MV Banks finally departs the Whitsundays at a cost of $365k

MV Banks finally departs the Whitsundays at a cost of $365k

MV Banks finally departs Whitsunday Island on the high tide.

Spaniards hit the deck around Dolphin Point and Nara Inlet

Spaniards hit the deck around Dolphin Point and Nara Inlet

Spaniards hit the deck around Dolphin Point and Nara Inlet.

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