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NEW RE­LEASE ANNABELLE: CRE­ATION ★★★

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NEW RE­LEASE ATOMIC BLONDE ★★

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BABY DRIVER ★★★★

Di­rected by Edgar Wright. Star­ring Ansel El­gort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Bern­thal, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Eiza Gon­za­lez, Flea, Sky

Fer­reira El­gort plays the tit­u­lar get­away driver in Wright’s most sat­is­fy­ing film since Shaun of the

Dead. You could call it a mu­si­cal be­cause vir­tu­ally ev­ery scene is chore­ographed to a crack­ing tune: Jonathan Rich­man, Dave Brubeck, T Rex, The Com­modores. But a bet­ter rea­son to call Baby

Driver a mu­si­cal is that it moves and breathes so very like one. It is slick, rhyth­mic and ex­cit­ing. Only a messy last 20 min­utes let it down. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 112 min DC

THE BIG SICK ★★★★

Di­rected by Michael Showal­ter. Star­ring Ku­mail Nan­jiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Ro­mano, Anu­pam Kher, Zeno­bia Shroff, Adeel Akhtar, Aidy

Bryant Lively, funny ro­man­tic com­edy that fol­lows the clas­sic tem­plate while find­ing fresh in­no­va­tions. Nankiani plays a comic who falls for Kazan’s bright spark. He de­cides not to tell his Pak­istani par­ents. Then Zoe’s char­ac­ter falls se­ri­ously ill. Nan­jiani draws on the story of his ro­mance with cowriter Emily V Gor­don to con­struct a twisty, un­usual en­ter­tain­ment. The fe­male lead is miss­ing for a good third of the pic­ture, but she feels present through­out. The rom­com is back. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 120 min DC

CAP­TAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE ★★★

Di­rected by David Soren. Voices of Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Thomas Mid­dled­itch, Nick Kroll, Jor­dan Peele, Kris­ten Schaal Sling your hook, Spi­der-Man. Twelve books and 20 years into Dav Pilkey’s best-sell­ing Cap­tain

Underpants se­quence – 70 mil­lion units and count­ing – and the in­ap­pro­pri­ately at­tired su­per­hero has fi­nally made his big-screen bow. Over-sev­ens should, ideally, be ac­com­pa­nied. But stray grown-ups will find plenty to amuse, par­tic­u­larly those adults whose in­ner child is think­ing: “You had me at underpants.” G cert, gen re­lease, 89 min TB

CARS 3 ★★★

Di­rected by Brian Fee. Voices of Owen Wil­son, Cris­tela Alonzo, Chris Cooper, Ar­mie Ham­mer, Bon­nie Hunt, Larry the Ca­ble Guy The an­thro­po­mor­phic ve­hi­cles are back. The good news is that Pixar has taken Cars 2 to the scrap yard. Cars 3, which picks up where the first, per­fectly ad­e­quate, film left off, is by far the best in­stal­ment in the se­ries. It even has a plot. Mater, hap­pily, has been rel­e­gated back to the side­lines, while Kerry Wash­ing­ton’s data an­a­lyst pro­vides a sly dig at in­ac­cu­rate poll­sters. The mythol­ogy still makes no sense, mind. Who lives in all those build­ings? G cert, gen re­lease, 109 min TB

DE­SPI­CA­BLE ME 3 ★★★★

Di­rected by Pierre Cof­fin and Kyle Balda. Voices of Steve Carell, Kris­ten Wiig, Trey Parker, Pierre Cof­fin, Steve Coogan, Julie An­drews,

Mi­randa Cos­grove De­light­ful third episode in the mas­sively suc­cess­ful an­i­mated se­ries. Hav­ing ac­quired three daugh­ters in the first in­stal­ment, a wife in the sec­ond film, and now a twin brother, Gru, the lov­able vil­lain turned Anti Vil­lain League op­er­a­tive, could be weighted down. De­spi­ca­ble Me 3, how­ever, is such a clev­erly cal­i­brated con­struc­tion that we never no­tice the ex­tra pas­sen­gers. Think of it, in terms of qual­ity, as The Good, the

Bad and the Ugly of the De­spi­ca­ble Me films. G cert, gen re­lease, 90 min TB

DUNKIRK ★★★★

Di­rected by Christo­pher Nolan. Star­ring Fionn White­head, Tom Glynn-Car­ney, Jack Low­den, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Ken­neth Branagh, Tom Hardy, Cil­lian Murphy, Mark Ry­lance Nolan tack­les the re­treat from Dunkirk in dis­ci­plined, jaw-drop­ping fash­ion. Dunkirk has been fash­ioned with min­i­mal CGI, us­ing real aero­planes, peo­ple and equip­ment where pos­si­ble, and shot on the beaches in France where the events de­picted took place. Thousands of ex­tras and a long-re­tired French war­ship, the Maillé-Brézé, were in­volved in the ef­fort. The crunch­ing re­al­ism, as cap­tured on large for­mat film stock, is un­mis­tak­able, and puts ev­ery other ri­val summer spec­ta­cle to shame. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 106 min TB

THE EMOJI MOVIE ★

Di­rected by Tony Leondis. Voices of TJ Miller, Anna Faris, Sofía Vergara, Pa­trick Stewart Ut­terly cyn­i­cal at­tempt to ex­ploit a phe­nom­e­non wor­thy of only con­tempt. This is a story about the lit­tle emoji that doesn’t quite fit in. Our ugly duck­ling is ex­pected to rep­re­sent “meh” – that’s pointed lack of in­ter­est, grand­dad – but he can’t stop him­self from be­ing out­wardly happy, an­gry, sur­prised and so forth. So he must jour­ney about the menu screen in search of re­pro­gram­ming. Ugly, wit­less and non­sen­si­cal. We award it five big poops. G cert, gen re­lease, 91 min DC

ENG­LAND IS MINE ★★★

Di­rected by Mark Gill. Star­ring Jack Low­den, Jes­sica Brown Find­lay, Laurie Ky­nas­ton,

Kather­ine Pearce This pleas­ing ori­gins movie for Stephen Pa­trick Mor­ris­sey chron­i­cles the mis­er­able years be­fore he went on to be­come a poet of a thou­sand dis­con­tents and the lead singer of The Smiths. Gill’s screen­play (coau­thored with Wil­liam Thacker), com­pleted be­fore Mor­ris­sey’s 2013 au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, draws heav­ily on later lyrics to cre­ate a por­trait of the artist as a young man be­tween 1976 and 1982. Low­den man­ages to make some­thing in­ter­est­ing of a very self-ab­sorbed young man. Rainy. Mis­er­ably. Smithsy. 15A cert, lim re­lease, 94 min TB

THE FAR­THEST ★★★★

Di­rected by Emer Reynolds Su­perb Ir­ish doc­u­men­tary on the Voy­ager space pro­gramme. Lighter touches blend with denser sci­ence to cre­ate a sub­stan­tial but eas­ily di­gestible stew. The film is metic­u­lous, epic and – Kate McCul­lough’s char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally fine cin­e­matog­ra­phy jus­ti­fies the­atri­cal dis­tri­bu­tion – beau­ti­ful through­out. What most sur­prises, how­ever, is how mov­ing The

Far­thest turns out to be. Our world is so frag­ile. We are so in­signif­i­cant. But we can do hugely

am­bi­tious and gen­er­ous things. PG cert, lim re­lease, 120 min DC

47 ME­TRES DOWN ★★★

Di­rected by Jo­hannes Roberts, Star­ring Claire Holt, Mandy Moore, Chris J John­son,

Matthew Mo­dine Moore and Holt are con­fronted with sharks while div­ing on their hol­i­day. The di­a­logue and the set-up – of­ten one and the same thing – are rudi­men­tary. There are mul­ti­ple ex­pla­na­tions of the bends. There are many ironic re­as­sur­ances that all will be well: “Don’t worry,” of­fers Capt Matthew Mo­dine, as he low­ers a shark cage into the wa­ter; “You’re only go­ing down 5 me­tres.” But it cracks along at a pac. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 85 min TB

NEW RE­LEASE A GHOST STORY ★★★★★

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GIRLS TRIP ★★

Di­rected by Mal­colm D Lee. Star­ring Regina Hall, Tif­fany Had­dish, Larenz Tate, Kate Walsh, Mike Colter, Jada Pin­kett

Smith, Queen Lat­i­fah Messy, broad com­edy concerning four mid­dle-aged women be­hav­ing badly in New Or­leans. Girls Trip is full of pe­cu­liar shifts in at­ti­tude and phi­los­o­phy. The film fea­tures tor­ren­tial uri­na­tion from a very great height. Yet it ends with a speech so pi­ous that one half-ex­pects it be fol­lowed by What a Friend We Have in Je­sus. It is proud of its shout for per­sonal in­de­pen­dence. But it is des­per­ately in thrall to the cor­po­rate and the con­ven­tional. 16 cert, gen re­lease, 122 min DC

HOUNDS OF LOVE ★★★

Di­rected by Ben Young. Star­ring Emma Booth, Ashleigh Cum­mings, Stephen Curry,

Susie Porter Hounds of Love is set in Perth dur­ing the 1980s and fea­tures John and Eve­lyn, a per­fectly or­di­nary-look­ing sub­ur­ban cou­ple who abduct, rape and mur­der teenage girls be­fore dump­ing their bod­ies. Even with­out the com­plex moral is­sues and the rather prob­lem­atic woman-in-re­frig­er­a­tor nar­ra­tive, this tech­ni­cally ac­com­plished, pun­ish­ing psy­chodrama is hard to jus­tify and harder to rec­om­mend. 18 cert, Triskel, Cork, 108 min TB

LAND OF MINE/UN­DER SANDET ★★★★

Di­rected by Martin Zand­vliet. Star­ring Roland Moller, Louis Hof­mann, Joel Bas­man, Mikkel Boe Fols­gaard, Laura Bro, Zoe

Zand­vliet, Mads Ri­isom Grip­ping, Oscar-nom­i­nated drama concerning Ger­man pris­on­ers of war who, af­ter the armistice, were forced to clear mines from Dan­ish beaches. The pic­ture plays clev­erly with our ex­pec­ta­tions by ini­tially po­si­tion­ing the Al­lied com­man­der as the vil­lain and the young Ger­mans as the he­roes. The Dan­ish sergeant is bru­tal. The pris­on­ers are young and vul­ner­a­ble. A slightly clunky soft­en­ing does in­evitably hap­pen, but breath­less­ness coun­ter­bal­ances any sen­ti­men­tal­ity. Ten­sion through­out. A crowd­pleaser. 15A cert, lim re­lease, 101 min DC

MAUDIE ★★★★

Di­rected by Ais­ling Walsh. Star­ring Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Kari Match­ett, Gabrielle Rose, Zachary Ben­nett, Billy

MacLel­lan There are peo­ple who will re­main un­moved by Walsh’s won­der­ful study of the late Cana­dian folk artist Maud Lewis. There are also peo­ple who wil­fully stand on spi­ders. I can’t say I’d like to spend any time alone with such a fel­low.Hawkins is heart­break­ing as the ti­tle char­ac­ter: a sim­ple, de­ter­mined woman who sticks to her paint­ing de­spite the ad­vance of se­vere arthri­tis. Hawke gives a crafty per­for­mance as the bru­tal fish­er­man who be­comes her hus­band. Es­sen­tial. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 116 min DC

NEW RE­LEASE THE NUT JOB 2: NUTTY BY NA­TURE ★★

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NEW RE­LEASE SHIN GODZILLA ★★★★

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SPI­DER-MAN HOME­COM­ING ★★★★

Di­rected by Jon Watts, Star­ring Tom Hol­land, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Gwyneth

Pal­trow Spi­der-Man is back to battle The Vul­ture and en­dure be­ing a teenager. Among Home

com­ing’s many virtues is an ac­knowl­edge­ment that these su­per­hero things are essen­tially for chil­dren. The new film con­vinc­ingly casts a 21-year-old as a 15-year-old. His friends seem younger still. None of this means that the pic­ture is facile, cheap or lack­ing in am­bi­tion. Spi­der-Man:

Home­com­ing is more sat­is­fy­ing than any film to date in the Marvel Cin­e­matic Uni­verse.12A cert, gen re­lease, 133 min DC NEW RE­LEASE

TOM OF FIN­LAND ★★★

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VA­LE­RIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOU­SAND PLAN­ETS ★★

Di­rected by Luc Bes­son. Star­ring Dane DeHaan, Cara Delev­ingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Her­bie Han­cock, Kris

Wu, Rut­ger Hauer When Ma­jor Va­le­rian is sent on a vir­tual-re­al­ity mis­sion into a vir­tual mar­ket­place that looks aw­fully like vir­tual Ta­tooine, he en­coun­ters some of the sparkly su­per­model folk and re­trieves one of their ar­madil­los from fake Jabba the Hut. And then there’s a con­spir­acy, a lot of chas­ing through mean­ing­less digital land­scapes, and ap­palling (pre­sum­ably Google-trans­lated) at­tempts at screw­ball di­a­logue. Bes­son’s lat­est Euroth­ing starts well, looks flashy, but is ex­haust­ingly stupid through­out. Good eye­brows from Cara Delev­ingne, mind. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 137 min TB

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES ★★★★

Di­rected by Matt Reeves. Star­ring Andy Serkis, Woody Har­rel­son, Steve Zahn, Amiah

Mille Some 15 years have elapsed since the biotech ad­vances of Rise

of the Planet of the Apes ac­cel­er­ated pri­mate evo­lu­tion while si­mul­ta­ne­ously wip­ing out most of hu­man­ity. In­ter-species con­flict rages on, de­spite the best ef­forts of Cae­sar (Serkis), who has led his fam­ily and hun­dreds of apes to a wa­ter­fall-masked stock­ade. There are nods to ear­lier films here ( The Great Es­cape and

Apoc­a­lypse Now most un­avoid­ably). But this re­boot has an in­tegrity that is all its own. Ex­cel­lent end to the tril­ogy. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 140 min TB

WIL­LIAMS ★★★★

Di­rected by Mor­gan Matthews. Fea­tur­ing Frank Wil­liams, Claire Wil­liams, Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell, Alan Jones, Pa­trick

Head Frank Wil­liams doesn’t “do emo­tion” we are told early and of­ten in this in­trigu­ing doc­u­men­tary por­trait of the For­mula One ti­tan. In­deed, the high­est praise Frank can think to be­stow upon his daugh­ter Claire is that, in com­mon with her late mother Ginny (Vir­ginia), she “Doesn’t make a lot of fuss” and “gets things done”. It’s that sort of world. Away from those per­sonal dilem­mas, the film has plenty to tell us about a true sport­ing phe­nom­e­non. 15A cert, lim re­lease, 109 min TB

WISH UPON ★★

Di­rected by John R Leonetti. Star­ring Joey King, Ki Hong Lee, Syd­ney Park, Elis­a­beth Rohm, Ryan Phillippe, Sher­i­lyn Fenn For those who are in­sist­ing upon the en­dur­ing ap­peal of the re­booted Twin Peaks, we have an an­swer to a burn­ing ques­tion: Sher­i­lyn Fenn can be found right here, as an early curse vic­tim, in this, the 1,003,745th movie re­for­mu­la­tion of The Mon­key’s

Paw. Don’t ex­pect gore. Bar­bara Mar­shall’s giddy, de­lib­er­ately daft screen­play is aimed squarely at re­cent – very re­cent – Goose

bumps grad­u­ates. It won’t do much for grown-ups, but a camp slum­ber-party clas­sic is born. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 90 min TB

DE­SPI­CA­BLE ME 3: De­light­ful third episode in the an­i­mated se­ries

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