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Ken Loach’s new Cannes favourite tells the story of a man trapped in a system that refuses to serve him

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A candy-sweet, adorable animation is the sure-fire winner movie that is Trolls.

Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo and newcomer Madina Nalwanga star in this true tale of a young girl with a talent for chess

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Packed with genuinely unexpected twists and turns, and compelling, edge-of-your-seat performances, ‘The Girl on the Train’ is a refreshingly intense, psychological thriller.

It’s a quirk of our society that having and raising children is a revered, celebrated activity, but that society no longer has any use for children who are childish.

Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones star in this adaptation of Dan Brown’s third novel in the series, but it’s no improvement on the previous films or books

Shia LaBeouf stars in a film about the vast open spaces of America shot in the boxy 4:3 ratio. There’s nothing straightforward here.


Blood Father is short but fearsome; much like its leading man. At the start of the film a bearded, ex-con Mel Gibson grumpily tells his support group he has been clean and sober for two years

Plot contrivances, incredible characters and distracting time shifts abound in this tedious adaptation


Under the Shadow, a ghostly chiller set during the Iran/ Iraq War, is one of the most unusual movies you’ll see all year

All explosions and buckling metal, this “true story of real life heroes” conveys terrifying sense of confusion of BP oil rig disaster

Gemma Arterton and Glenn Close star in zombie apocalypse movie that grabs you from the very first moment

Right from the eerily quiet opening sequence, ‘Don’t Breathe’ builds tension and suspense effortlessly.


The latest cowboy flick stays true to the spirit of the original, with most of the new Seven matching up

This New Zealand man hunt in the forest is like a less fiddly Wes Anderson movie – quirky certainly but never precious and very funny.

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The third instalment of Bridget’s saga is a return to form, despite a contrived plot and no Daniel Cleaver


The cast is good and the visuals are competent but Ben-Hur fails to find a reason to justify its existence


Ridiculously rude, unbelievably crude and sometimes verging on distasteful, Sausage Party is unlike any other movie you’ve seen.

Things To Come stars acting institution Isabelle Huppert but it lacks deeper meaning

Pedro Almodovar returns to the screen in Julieta, based on short stories by Nobel prize winner Alice Munro.


Childhood of a Leader, starring Berenice Bejo, Robert Pattinson and Liam Cunningham, is not easy, but you rise to the challenge.


Ricky Gervais brings his infamous David Brent to the big screen in a film that shockingly works

Pete’s Dragon is the perfect feel-good family film, with plenty of moments that will pull on the heartstrings of adults and children alike.

Weiner Dog has a more than capable class, but won’t change the reputation of Todd Salanz

Two bad girls pretend to be good girls in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates to get a free holiday in Hawaii.

Slickly shot The Shallows has no feeling of jeopardy, lacking the rough and ready nature of quality horror

The flaws in Suicide Squad are all exactly as you’d fear them to be. Basically it’s too early to make this film, probably about a decade too early.

Directed by Naomi Kawase, Sweet Bean is classical Japanease cinema without the over dramatics

I don’t accept this view that this was a great doomed romance, but it’s the story it knows how to tell, and it does it with humour, grim realism and poetic flourishes.

The revival of the 1977 film stars Oakes Fegly, Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford.

Film tells the story of Laura Albert’s creation of J.T. LeRoy, a 13 year old, drug addicted, son of a prostitute, gender confused child author

Finding Dory follows the traditional definition of a sequel – rehash what worked the first time and change just enough for it not to be a remake.

Matt Damon returns as a multi-faceted killer but remains without personality


In Chevalier, six successful men on a luxury Aegean boat trip end up in the ultimate contest.

Despite a littering of celebrity cameos, Absolutely Fabulous The Movie doesn’t quite live up to its title, or the millions of pounds taken in box office figures.


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