Movies to see on the long Labour Day weekend

Movies to see on the long Labour Day weekend

It's finally here! The Labour Day weekend isn't really the end of summer, but it certainly feels that way. Maybe it's the residual instinct ingrained in us after years of elementary and high school, when summertime meant freedom from school for a full two months and September meant the end of all that and the return to teachers, books, and (ugh) homework.

No matter how you feel about the holiday, there's still lots of ways to squeeze the most fun possible out of your extra day off! And what better way to while away an afternoon than with a movie at a Cineplex theatre. Without further ado, here's our recommendations for what to see in theatres this long weekend!

If you crave action

Atomic Blonde

If you're in the mood for some ass-kicking action, you can't go wrong with this movie. Set in Berlin in the late 80s at the height of the Cold War between East and West, Atomic Blonde tells the story of Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron), a top-level spy for MI6, who is dispatched to Berlin to take down a ruthless espionage ring that has just killed an undercover agent for reasons unknown. She is ordered to cooperate with Berlin station chief David Percival (James McAvoy), and the two form an uneasy alliance. Full of incredible close-combat hand-to-hand action and all the double-crossing you'd expect from a Cold War thriller, it's an action movie that really packs a punch!

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Baby Driver

For action of a different kind, you can't go wrong with Baby Driver. From fan favourite director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs The World) comes a truly unique heist movie in which a talented young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) with a tragic past relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.

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If you need a girls' night

Wonder Woman

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana (Gal Gadot), princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot (Chris Pine) crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny. Easily one of our most highly anticipated movies of the year, this origin story did not disappoint, and has become the highest-grossing movie by a female director ever. What better way to say sayonara to summer than by gathering your friends for a girls' night to celebrate the power of womanhood!

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Girls Trip

Best friends Ryan (Regina Hall), Sasha (Queen Latifah), Lisa (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Dina (Tiffany Haddish) are in for the adventure of a lifetime when they travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival. Along the way, they rekindle their sisterhood and rediscover their wild side by doing enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush. Part rollicking, raunchy joyride, part warm-hearted celebration of womanhood and friendship, the easy chemistry between the leads elevates this movie and makes it well worth a watch.

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If you want family-friendly fun

Spider-man: Homecoming

We admit, we sort of fell in love with Tom Holland when he debuted as a young Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War. Now fronting his own movie, we see him begin to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine but is distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man—but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Bonus: click here to read our 5 Reasons to See Spider-Man: Homecoming!

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Despicable Me 3

Gru and the minions are back! In this outing, the fledgling family is off on a new adventure when Gru (Steve Carell) discovers he has a long-lost twin brother, Dru (also Carell) and sets off to meet him alongside Lucy (Kristin Wiig) and with his adopted daughters Margo, Edith, and Agnes in tow. Having never really made it as a supervillian, Dru enlists Gru's help and tries to woo him back to his old evil ways. But they'll have to work together when a new villain, Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker), threatens everything they care about most. Small kids will love the slapstick in this one, and there's a heartfelt message about family and being true to yourself that the whole family can appreciate!

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If you’re feeling nostalgic

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

In honour of Steven Spielberg's groundbreaking film's 40th anniversary, this classic is coming back to theatres for a limited time! If you were too young to catch this epic tale of aliens visiting Earth when it first hit theatres, now's your chance to take in all the spectacle on the big screen as it was meant to be seen. Richard Dreyfuss plays Roy Neary, an ordinary worker who experiences a close encounter of the first kind—seeing a UFO. When the inexplicable vision of a strange, mountain-like formation haunts him he becomes obsessed with discovering what it represents, much to the dismay of his wife and family. Meanwhile, government agents have close encounters of the second kind—discovering physical evidence of extraterrestrial visitors. Roy chases his vision to a remote area where he and the agents will have a close encounter of the third kind: contact.

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day

James Cameron’s epic action/sci-fi movie, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger in his most iconic role, has been converted in immersive 3D by Cameron himself. First hitting our screens in 1991 with ground-breaking special effects, the 3D version will take the seminal blockbuster to the next level of effects and into the 21st century for the next generation of fans. In this sequel, Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) struggles to protect her son John, the future leader of the human resistance against the machines, from a new Terminator, sent back in time to eliminate John Connor while he’s still a child. Sarah and John don’t have to face this terrifying threat alone however. The human resistance have managed to send them an ally, a warrior from the future ordered to protect John Connor at any cost. The battle for tomorrow has begun…

Bonus: click here to read our 5 Reasons fans love Terminator 2: Judgment Day!

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If you’re into indie films

Logan Lucky

In this rollicking redneck racetrack heist movie from Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's Eleven, Magic Mike), West Virginia family man Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) teams up with his one-armed brother Clyde (Adam Driver) and sister Mellie (Riley Keough) to steal money from the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. Jimmy also recruits demolition expert Joe Bang (Daniel Craig doing a hilarious accent) to help them break into the track's underground system. Complications arise when a mix-up forces the crew to pull off the heist during a popular NASCAR race while also trying to dodge a relentless FBI agent.

Bonus: click here to read our 5 Reasons to See Logan Lucky!

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The Big Sick

Based on the real-life courtship of writers Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, this uniquely modern rom-com tells the story of Pakistan-born comedian Kumail (played by Nanjiani himself) and grad student Emily (played by Zoe Kazan) as they first fall in love, then struggle as their cultures clash when Emily discovers Kumail hasn't divulged their relationship to his parents for fear of upsetting them. When Emily suddenly contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail must navigate the crisis with her parents and the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.

Bonus: click here to read our 5 Reasons to See The Big Sick!

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If you're up for something different

Ingrid Goes West

Following the death of her mother and a series of self-inflicted setbacks, young Ingrid Thorburn (Aubrey Plaza) escapes a humdrum existence by moving out West to befriend her Instagram obsession and LA socialite Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen). After a quick bond is forged between these unlikeliest of friends, the facade begins to crack in both women's lives with comically malicious results.

Bonus: click here to read our 5 Reasons to See Ingrid Goes West!

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Patti Cake$

This film introduces Australian native Danielle Macdonald in a breakout role as aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$. Fighting an unlikely quest for glory in her downtrodden hometown in Jersey where her life is falling apart, Patti tries to reach the big time in the hip hop scene with original and affecting music, cheered on by her grandmother (Cathy Moriarty) and friends.

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If you like foreign films

A Taxi Driver (Korean with English subtitles)

In this powerful true story set in 1980, a down-on-his-luck taxi driver from Seoul is hired by a foreign journalist who wants to go to the town of Gwangju for the day. They arrive to find a city under siege by the military government, with the citizens, led by a determined group of college students, rising up to demand freedom. What began as an easy fare becomes a life-or-death struggle in the midst of the Gwangju Uprising, a critical event in modern South Korea.

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Menashe (Yiddish with English subtitles)

Deep in the heart of New York's notoriously secretive Hasidic Jewish community, Menashe, a good-hearted but somewhat hapless grocery store clerk, struggles against tradition to keep custody of his only son after his wife passes away. Deeply human and empathetic, this unique film transcends language by focusing on telling a universal story of loss, and love.

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If you're craving the IMAX experience


Dunkirk is a must-see on any theatre screen, but as visionary director Christopher Nolan filmed it in that format he obviously intended this film to be an immersive experience with the superior image and sound quality of IMAX technology. Dunkirk tells the true story of hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops who were surrounded by enemy forces, trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea facing an impossible situation as the enemy closes in, and the incredible rescue effort that was launched to save them. The film’s ensemble cast includes Harry Styles, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy.

Bonus: click here to read our 5 Reasons to See Dunkirk!

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Marvel's Inhumans

Preview this brand-new Marvel TV series on the biggest screen with this special IMAX showing of the first episodes of the series! The never-before-told epic adventure of the royal family including Black Bolt, the enigmatic, commanding King of the Inhumans, with a voice so powerful that the slightest whisper can destroy a city. After the Royal Family of Inhumans is splintered by a military coup, they barely escape to Hawaii where they are greeted with surprising interactions with the lush world and humanity around them. Now they must find a way to reunite with each other and return to their home before their way of life is destroyed forever.

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