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Written and directed by David Lowery, the film is an oddity, a haunting drama of love after death that drapes Oscar winner Casey Affleck in a flowing white sheet as the titular spectre for the majority of the running time.

John Leitch’s action-packed spy caper, based on the graphic novel The Coldest City by Antony Johnston and Sam Hart is so knowingly 1980s in that it is all style and no substance and the style becomes numbing.

Recommended Film of the Week: The Hitman’s Bodyguard (15)

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Set before Steven Patrick Morrissey became the iconic lead singer of The Smiths, Mark Gill’s slow-burning biographical drama charts his formative years as he wrestles with his demons in the bedroom of his parents’ home in 1976 Manchester.

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Demonic doll Annabelle first appeared in the opening sequence to supernatural horror The Conjuring, and the malevolent mannequin has now spawned a stand-alone prequel set in the 1950s, which sketches the origins of the children’s toy.

Unlike a lot of war movies, ‘Dunkirk’ is a realistic depiction of the desperate fight for survival that thousands of men faced.

Director Aisling Walsh’s moving drama paints a dignified portrait of Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis, who weathered agonising rheumatoid arthritis as she shared her vision of the world in brightly coloured paintings.

French writer-director Luc Besson created flashy sci-fi epic The Fifth Element starring Milla Jovovich and Bruce Willis and has now realised his dreaming of realising Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres’ comic series Valerian And Laureline on the big screen.

Universal Pictures’ attempt to create their own shared universe begins with The Mummy - a film which, if the plan succeeds, will eventually tie into other creatures based on their monster properties such as Frankenstein, Dracula and the Wolfman and form what is being called The Dark Universe.


Our recommended film of the week is 47 Metres Down (15)

After two successful films and a minions spin-off, comes the third instalment proper in the Despicable Me series.


Based on the real-life courtship of Pakistani-American comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily V Gordon, who co-wrote the script, this cross cultural romcom manages to be amusing despite spending half its running time in hospital.


Hunter and hunted size each other up in Doug Liman’s anti gung-ho film, but the small scale situation of soldier and sniper undercuts the tense by over estimating the enemy.


Recommended Film of the Week: Dunkirk (12A)


Christopher Nolan and his producer wife Emma Thomas realise their dream of immortalising the largest evacuation of allied forces during the Second World War on lustrous 70mm celluloid.

With the new Twin Peaks back on our TV screens, this revealing documentary offers a timely look at what helped to shape one of cinema’s most acclaimed and enigmatic directors.


FIVE STARS for Dunkirk, which stars Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Harry Styles, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Fionn Whitehead, Jack Lowden and Aneurin Barnard

British director Guy Ritchie returns with this fantasy epic based on the legend of King Arthur.

Someone has managed to persuade Fox to spend a large amount of money on a summer blockbuster that is predominantly subtitled, has little action despite the title and still manages to be totally engrossing.

Colin Farrell quietly fills his shoes as the wounded Yankee soldier but Coppola’s dreamy Civil War drama is a little too much picture book pretty costume drama.

The glory days of Pixar’s first 10 films – the almost unbroken ascension from Toy Story to Up – seem a distant memory as this third sequel offers little new to grab your attention.


‘Homecoming’ is the best Spider-Man movie to date, largely because of its compelling story, believable characters and well-developed plot.

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Jon Watts’ reboot of the Marvel Comics superhero - the third iteration in 15 years - spins a web of rites-of-passage drama, buddy comedy and welcome low-key spectacle.

A family faces the onslaught of a disease that has decimated America in a slow-burning psychological thriller directed by Trey Edward Shults.


Kevin Spacey takes on the role of a crime boss in Baby Driver, a film which spent 10 years in the pipeline before finally being released this year.

Barry Norman’s death at the weekend prompted a genuine sense of loss from cinemagoers. Arts Editor Andrew Clarke pays a personal tribute to a man who was happy to share the secrets of film reviewing with him as a young wannabe.


Widower Ove Lindahl has lost his wife to cancer and after more than 40 years of loyal service, his employers seems to be pushing him towards retirement at frightening speed.

Homecoming is a damn strange word to find post colon in a superhero movie title. What next? Captain America: Spring Break? Thor: Harvest Festival?


Edgar Wright high-octane crime caper which gleefully burns rubber to a toe-tapping soundtrack is a daring stylistic conceit that leaves other summer films choking on its exhaust fumes.


Hans Fallada’s rediscovered bestseller, based on a true story of a couple who launch a protest against the Nazis, is brought to the screen starring Brendan Gleeson and Emma Thompson.

Co-directed by Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda and Eric Guillon, the third chapter is a pick ‘n’ mix of ideas and an 80s soundtrack, but if you aren’t surrounded by hyperactive, chair-kicking brats, it is lots of fun.

Madness and mayhem will be rife at the Curzon this week as the latest instalment in the Despicable Me series hits the screen.

Recommended Film of the Week: Baby Driver (15)

The battle between the last vestiges of mankind and the Transformers reaches a conclusion in the fifth and final picture in the bombastic franchise, directed by Michael Bay.

After the incredible success of the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie in 2014, writer/director James Gunn returns for this sequel to continue the story of Marvel’s most disfunctional team of super heroes.

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