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Looking for a movie to see this week in Melbourne? Check out the latest releases in Australian cinemas, all reviewed by Time Out critics.

Films in cinemas now

Emily Mortimer in Australian horror film Relic
Photograph: Supplied

Relic

4 out of 5 stars
Film Thriller

Dementia is the monster in this Aussie horror movie

Queen & Slim
Photograph: Universal Pictures

Queen & Slim

3 out of 5 stars
Film Drama

A couple goes on the lam in this racially charged update of a familiar formula

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Photo: Mary Cybulski/Focus Features

Dark Waters

3 out of 5 stars
Film Drama

Given the talent involved, this drama about a quiet but deadly environmental disaster should have been more gripping

The Invisible Man
Photograph: Universal Pictures

The Invisible Man

4 out of 5 stars
Film Horror

HG Wells’ seminal sci-fi novel becomes a tart statement on toxic men and their gaslighting ways

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Photograph: Twentieth Century Fox

The Call of the Wild

3 out of 5 stars
Film Drama

Harrison Ford has plenty of experience working with big, furry co-stars, but in The Call of the Wild, his hairy companion is a little more down to earth than Chewbacca. A St Bernard-Scotch collie, Buck is the protagonist of this latest adaptation of Jack London’s 1903 novella. If you’re familiar with the story or you’ve seen any of the other umpteen adaptations, you’ll know the dognapped hero goes through a series of human-sidekicking adventures in the Yukon – pulling sleds, dodging avalanches and facing down grizzly bears, before tussling with his wolf ‘ancestor’ wild side. The curveball in this version is that it’s not entirely live action. Bar a couple of goats, all of the animal cast is rendered in CGI, while our pooch hero is performed by motion-capture expert Terry Notary (Rise of the Planet of the Apes). The results are, at best, mixed. While director Chris Sanders (How to Train Your Dragon) is able to pull off action set pieces and human-dog interactions that would be a big ask for even the most versatile canine performer, Buck has a slightly fake look and lacks the tangible reach-out-and-pat charm of an actual dog. It’s the uncanny (or uncanine-y?) valley writ large. Fortunately, Ford is his usual charismatic (and entirely non-CG) self as a kindly-grouchy frontiersman. Janusz Kaminski’s lush cinematography is a sizeable compensation too. Although it gets a bit mushy at times – with a vision of nature that is frankly fantastical (the animals don’t talk, but they cle

Photograph: Focus Features

Emma

3 out of 5 stars
Film Comedy

Jane Austen’s spry matchmaker gets a fizzy modernisation

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Photo: Claire Folger/Warner Bros.

Richard Jewell

3 out of 5 stars
Film Drama

A real-life wrong-man story makes a few accusations of its own

Photo: Courtesy of Neon

Parasite

5 out of 5 stars
Film Drama

Bong Joon-ho's triumphant satire has scooped four Oscars – here's why 

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The Lighthouse
Photograph: A24

The Lighthouse

5 out of 5 stars
Film Thriller

Robert Eggers (The Witch) directs a swirling descent into madness that takes your breath away

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Patrons enjoy Silent Comedy at Arbory Bar and Eatery
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