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The best movies in cinemas this week

The biggest new film releases from Hollywood blockbusters to local productions

The long weekend provided by the Easter holidays is the perfect excuse to hit the cinema and catch a decent flick. Available for your viewing pleasure this week is the eighth installment in cinema's true neverending story, the Fast and Furious series, as well as award-winning Hong Kong film Mad World. See what other notable films are out below...

The best movies in cinemas

Fast & Furious 8

3 out of 5 stars

The whole gang's back in this enjoyable if unsurprising episode in the long-running cars 'n' guns franchise. This time out, Cipher (Charlize Theron, picture top), a platinum-blond criminal mastermind (aren’t they all?) has a cunning plan to bring ex-con Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) back to the dark side. But the rest of Dom’s crew of wiseass jalopy jockeys have no intention of letting him go...

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Mad World

4 out of 5 stars

Winner of three awards at the 36th Hong Kong Film Awards, including Best New Director for Wong Chun, Mad World is an honest look at mental health issues in Hong Kong, starring Shawn Yue as a mentally ill stockbroker trying to pull his life together and reconnect with his absent father (Eric Tsang) and former fiancée (Charmaine Fong).

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Hell or High Water

3 out of 5 stars

Toby is a divorced father who's trying to make a better life for his son. His brother, Tanner, is an ex-convict with a short temper and a loose trigger finger. Together, they plan a series of heists against the bank that's about to foreclose on their family ranch. Standing in their way is Marcus, a Texas Ranger who's only weeks away from retirement. As the siblings plot their final robbery, they must also prepare for a showdown with a crafty lawman who's not ready to ride off into the sunset.

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The Boss Baby

2 out of 5 stars

A new baby's arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator -- a wildly imaginative seven-year-old named Tim. The most unusual Boss Baby (Alec Baldwin) arrives at Tim's home in a taxi, wearing a suit and carrying a briefcase. The instant sibling rivalry must soon be put aside when Tim discovers that Boss Baby is actually a spy on a secret mission, and only he can help thwart a dastardly plot that involves an epic battle between puppies and babies.

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Beauty and the Beast

4 out of 5 stars

In this live-action re-imagining of the fairy tale, a young woman (Emma Watson) takes her father's place as prisoner in a beast's castle, only to fall in love with her beastly captor (Dan Stevens), who turns out to be a prince.

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Ghost in the Shell

2 out of 5 stars

 “Humanity is our virtue,” says a character in Ghost in the Shell — but you don’t get that feeling from the film, which is a slick, overly-digitised piece of weightless future schlock. Scarlett Johansson, whose casting caused such a furore with accusations of whitewashing, is statuesque and underutilized in this whiffed live-action remake of yesteryear's sci-fi anime dystopia.

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