The Glass Castle (12A)
Self-destructive bohemian parents nurture their children with cruelty and cold comfort in Destin Daniel Cretton’s uneven film, which asks us to believe that formative years marked by abandonment could inspire four siblings to discover the inner resilience that will stand them in good stead for the future.
It’s a harsh lesson in self-preservation, delivered with gusto by an impressive cast including Max Greenfield, Woody Harrelson, Brie Larson and Naomi Watts.
The script juxtaposes tenderness and neglect, begging us to empathise with characters whose behaviour would – in another time – have demanded intervention from social services.
The Mountain Between Us (12A)
A plane crash brings together two strangers in Hany Abu-Assad’s romantic drama. Kate Winslet and Idris Elba star in this gooey collision of beautiful people in peril: a female news photographer on a story about neo-Nazis, and a gifted male neurosurgeon, who asserts the brain is the most important organ in the body.
“What about the heart?” she asks. “It’s nothing but a muscle,” he replies.
The script goes into freefall well before a bravura crash sequence.