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Nobody had to do this, unless it was worth doing. It wasn’t, but it is well made and fitfully entertaining

Edinburgh

Pablo Larrain’s film about First Lady in the aftermath of JFK’s assassination is an exploration of the intensity and shock of grief.

America

One man’s extraordinary true-life odyssey - to locate the mother and brother he lost at the age of five - provides the inspiration for Garth Davis’ life-affirming drama.

India

Three’s company, 23’s an intimidating crowd in writer-director M Night Shyamalan’s thriller.

This is Jackie before the O, and right after the FK; America’s premier first lady in mourning, at a loss, cast adrift, trying to hastily erect a myth around her late husband

America

Recommended film of the week: Underworld: Blood Wars (15)

A man with multiple personalities abducts three teenage girls and subjects them to a gruesome fate – they are going to be acted at beyond endurance

Set in contemporary Los Angeles, but with timely touches of Golden Age Hollywood and clever cinematic flourishes, ‘La La Land’ is a loveable musical for the modern day.

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling steal the show with strong screen presence in a film too much fun for an Oscar.

Two hours of ice cold with Casey Affleck is supposed to be raw and real but just feels staged and bogus.

Manchester

Ben Affleck directs and stars in prohibition era crime drama where everybody wears greats suits from a novel by Dennis Lehane.

Stone and Gosling steal the show with strong screen presence in a film that’s too much fun to win an Oscar

Adapted by Patrick Ness from his award-winning novel, its a tender coming of age story that will strike a chord with anyone who has lost a loved one.

Within the first two minutes of ‘Why Him?’ James Franco (‘Spring Breakers’) is preparing to get his genitalia out in anticipation of ‘Netflix and chill’ time with his university student girlfriend, Stephanie.

The latest film on Martin Scorsese’s directorial list, starring Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver, lacks the energy and invention of his previous works

The latest film on Martin Scorsese’s directorial list lacks the energy and invention of his previous works.

Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt give decent performances, but the writing isn’t strong enough to keep attention.

Dull and dated as it is, young boys might enjoy the car chases, particularly the Fury Road for kids finale.

This may also be the first Star Wars film that feels like an actual war film, but original core brand values are strong and the fans will love it.

United Kingdom

Recommended film of the week Passengers (TBC)n starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt.

It’s spectacuarly shot but with its contented unfazed subject, the girl power story arc fails to lift off.

Rogue One is something very familiar that has been given a whole new dimension

United Kingdom

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rhys Ifans give convincing portrayals in Oliver Stone’s straightforward drama

United States

Sully. Tom Hanks is in it. Go and watch it.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rhys Ifans give convincing portrayals in Oliver Stone’s provocative and confusing drama.

United States

Walt Disney Animation Studios bows out of 2016 with one of this year’s best pictures, the highly anticipated and loveable ‘Moana’.

This week’s recommended film of the week is: A United Kingdom (12A).

United Kingdom

Clint Eastwood finds something unique in the based-on real story of pilot forced to ditch in New York’s Hudson river and the subsequent consequences.

America

The female empowerment of Frozen gets a colourful Polynesian makeover in the joyful rites-of-passage animation Moana, peppered with infectious songs.

Clint Eastwood finds something unique in the true story of the pilot who landed a plane on the Hudson river

America

David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike star in the true story-telling of Seretse Kwama and his wife Ruth as they battle against apartheid

United Kingdom

Eddie Redmayne retains his role as movie man of the moment with yet another compelling performance, this time as English wizarding world magizoologist and aspiring writer Newt Scamander in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’, a satisfying prequel to the much-loved ‘Harry Potter’ series.

Like its protagonists, A United Kingdom, directed by Amma Asante, always retains its calm and dignity.

United Kingdom

If the whole film had been about a couple whopse husband is informed his wife is a spy it might have just about passed muster, but there was no coming back from Casablanca.

London

Spy movie set between Moroccan city of Casablanca and Highgate gets a carpeting for its fake set and script

London

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