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What films are out this week: From Shotgun Wedding to Pathaan

It’s a good week for film buffs (Pictures: Ana Carballosa/Supplied)

If the Oscars announcements have whet your appetite for a trip to the flicks, then have we got a treat for you.

They may not all be worthy of a little gold statue, but there’s something in our bunch of picks for everyone.

Need a good old-fashioned romcom to blast away the January blues? J-Lo can sort that with Shotgun Wedding.

In the mood for some Bollywood? Shan Rukh Kahn returns in action thriller Pathaan.

And for an Oscar contender, you can’t go wrong with All The Beauty And The Bloodshed, a genius retelling of artist Nan Goldin’s battle against the Sackler family over their manufacturing of the opioid painkiller OxyContin.

One thing’s for sure. You won’t be stuck for choice.

Shotgun Wedding

Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel in Shotgun Wedding (Picture: Ana Carballosa)

A sunny J-Lo romcom set on an island resort? Just the smile your January blues ordered, this frothy nonsense casts the ageless Ms Lopez as Darcy, above, an uncertain bride whose groomzilla boyfriend (Josh Duhamel) is obsessed with creating the ‘perfect wedding’ in a Philippines paradise. Problems arise when the ceremony is invaded first by Darcy’s ex (Lenny Kravitz) and then by pirates.

This raises enough high jinks involving zip wires, hair extensions and bashing bandits over the head with stiletto shoes to keep you entertained.

Co-produced by Lopez, it also showcases the ageless icon’s smoking-hot body. And why not? It’s left to White Lotus star Jennifer Coolidge to voice what we’re all thinking as she gazes at those super-toned abs, ‘I just wanna ask, is that genetics, or…?’

15. Out Friday on Prime Video

All The Beauty And The Bloodshed

Nan Goldin in All the Beauty and the Bloodshed (Picture: Supplied)

Oscar-nominated and tipped to win every other best documentary gong, too, this would be simply a portrait of photographer Nan Goldin in other hands. However, director Laura Poitras has constructed something far more haunting.

It’s another David versus Goliath story from Poitras, whose previous work includes Edward Snowden doc Citizenfour. The film is framed by Goldin’s fight to bring wealthy art patrons, the Sackler family, to account for their manufacturing of OxyContin, the opioid painkiller Goldin was addicted to.

Yet Poitras’s genius is the way she links Goldin’s activism back to her mentally ill sister and delivers insights into the relationship between art, sexuality, power, pain and commerce, and society’s silencing of difficult women. All that and some seriously groovy photos too.

18. Out Friday in cinemas

Pathaan

Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone in Pathaan (Picture: Supplied)

Bollywood icon Shah Rukh Khan takes the lead in this fourth entry in the Hindi spy-action-thriller franchise. Hold on to your hats – he’s an exiled Raw agent brought in from the cold to thwart a terrorist nuclear attack.

12A. Out Friday in cinemas

Plane

Gerard Butler as Brodie Torrance (Picture: Lionsgate)

If Shotgun Wedding wasn’t a headache enough for the Philippines tourist board, this US action thriller has a commercial pilot, Gerard Butler, struggling to save his passengers from bloodthirsty militia after an emergency landing on a remote Philippine island.

15. Out Friday in cinemas

Unwelcome

Douglas Booth and Hannah John-Kamen in Unwelcome (Picture: Laura Radford)

An Irish-UK folk horror in which an English city couple (Hannah John-Kamen and Douglas Booth, both pictured) relocate to a rural Irish idyll, only to find murderous goblins lurking in the bottom of their garden.

15. Out Friday in cinemas

The Wandering Earth II

The Wandering Earth II (Picture: Supplied)

Celebrate Chinese New Year 
with this prequel to one of the highest-grossing non-English language movies of all time. Andy Lau joins Wu Jing in a sci-fi blockbuster that sees humankind under threat as the sun threatens to engulf the Earth. Yikes!

12A. Out Friday in cinemas



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