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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

The pixie dust may have settled on Harry Potter’s cataclysmic battle with Lord Voldemort, but author J.K. Rowling isn’t ready to cast an Evanesco vanishing spell on her world of warring wizards just yet.

United States

Arrival is definitely more upbeat and hopeful than the director’s previous films and even has a few chuckles, but remains comparatively high minded. It is hard sci-fi with a human face.

An art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband’s novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat and a symbolic revenge tale.

The Light Between Oceans is like The Shining recast as an epic, historical, melodromantic tearjerker.

Australia

Doctor Strange is the tale of a brilliant neurosurgeon who can no longer work after a serious car crash and ends up in Nepal learning magic and dimension spanning powers from someone called The Ancient One.

London

It is all you enjoyed in the Harry Potter films, but faster and funnier and with action set pieces a little more animated than extended stick pointing, but without so much of the talky bits.

Amy Adams shines as a quiet and vulnerable linguistics professor who’s sent to greet aliens when the ‘Arrival’ of gigantic spaceships - in 12 separate locations, including Devon in the UK - leaves nations teetering on the verge of global war.

This adaptation of Philip Roth’s novel is filmed like a play, sucking out much of the dramatic impetus

This week’s recommended film of the week is Arrival (12A).

The film suggests it might have been a good read, but when the events are simply laid out in front of you like this, there’s little chance of replicating what was compelling about these characters and situations in Roth’s novel.

The Accountant’ is a tense, action thriller, fusing unsolvable equations with rapidly rising body counts.

There were eight million stories in the Naked City, but these 100 streets don’t seem to have one decent tale between them.

London

Arrival is definitely more upbeat and hopeful than Villeneuve’s previous films and even has a few chuckles, but remains comparatively high minded. It is hard sci-fi with a human face.

‘Ouijah: Origin of Evil’, the prequel to 2014’s hugely successful original, delivers enough suspense and jumps to warrant the ticket price.

This is one of those films where you start out wondering how it is all going to eventually work out, and gradually begin to dread the explanation because you know it is going to be foolish.

This is an inspiring film about second chances, the human spirit and triumphing over adversity that is a depressing assertion of just how callous and random human existence is.

London

Doctor Strange is the tale of a brilliant neurosurgeon who can no longer work after a serious car crash and ends up in Nepal learning magic and dimension spanning powers from someone called The Ancient One.

London

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

London

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

United Kingdom

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.

America

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

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