Me Before You ***1/2
Director: Thea Sharrock
Starring: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Jenna Coleman, Charles Dance, Matthew Lewis, Janet McTeer, Stephen Peacocke
Duration: 110 minutes | Cert: 12A
I haven't cried in the cinema as much as I did during Me Before You in a long, long time and it's the kind of film that breaks you in two, providing a cathartic release of tears that it's important to experience every once in a while.
The film is based on the bestselling novel by Jojo Moyes and stays faithful to the story right until the end, so while book readers will be prepared for the outcome, those of you who are engaging with the story for the first time are in for........Read Sinead Brennan's full review here
The Nice Guys ****
Director: Shane Black
Starring: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Matt Bomer, Angourie Rice, Kim Basinger, Margaret Qualley
Duration: 116 minutes | Cert: 15A
In a summer where sequels and big screen comic book-inspired movies take the lead, The Nice Guys adds some groove to the cinema listings.
Shane Black's '70s-inspired comic noir has all the trademarks of his previous work (Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) - there is a kidnapping, a conspiracy that needs to be unravelled, casual nudity, plenty of violence and slick car scenes.
Ryan Gosling plays a down-on-his-luck alcoholic private eye named Holland March, while Crowe proves his comedic chops as Jackson Healy, a former cop who now works independently as a muscle-to-hire.
The pair quickly finds themselves working together on a bizarre case involving a missing woman, Amelia (Qualley), who gets caught up in the making of an experimental porn film, designed to expose smog-creating car manufacturers.
Assisting them along the way is March's extravagantly precocious 13-year-old daughter, Holly (Rice), the conscience of the movie, and a star in the making. Lurking in the background is a .... Read Laura Delaney's full review here
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows ***1/2
Director: Dave Green
Starring: Megan Fox, Stephen Amell, Stephen 'Sheamus' Farrelly, Laura Linney
Duration: 112 minutes | Cert: 12A
For me, one of the greatest TV animation shows ever made is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or - thanks to some legal issues - Hero Turtles as they were known in this part of the world.
A lighter adaptation of the original Mirage comic book series, it was smart, witty and loads of fun. It also added several new characters, including the warlord Krang, and the evil Shredder's rather dumb sidekicks Bebop and Rocksteady.
In Out sequel to 2014's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cinematic reboot, those three all make an appearance, as does Casey Jones, a hockey mask-wearing vigilante who first appeared in the original comics to team up with the pizza-loving Turtles to tackle New York criminals.
Kicking-off with Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello enjoying some pizza while watching the New York Knicks net a few, things get serious when the .... Read John Byrne's full review here
Director: Stephen Hopkins
Starring: Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons, Barnaby Metschurat
Duration: 135 minutes | Cert: PG
The Jesse Owens biopic Race is warm, even moving betimes, as Owens (Stephan James) a hugely gifted track and field athlete is determined to compete at the highest level, despite the handicap of being a young black man living in 1930s USA. In that period of strict segregation, folks like Jesse travelled at the back of the bus all their lives effectively and had little to hope for in terms of career.
Newly arrived at university in Columbus Ohio, Owens, however, is fortunate to meet the man who will turn his fortunes around, the irascible coach Larry Snyder (Jason Sudeikis). Snyder was himself an athlete who failed to realise his dream of being a top-class athlete.
Snyder builds Owens’ confidence on the track and demands that he commit...Read Paddy Kehoe's full review here
Warcraft: The Beginning *1/2
Director: Duncan Jones
Starring: Dominic Cooper, Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Robert Kazinsky, Ruth Negga, Ben Schnetzer, Tony Kebbel
Duration: 123 minutes | Cert: 12A
Full disclosure: I have never played any iterations of World of Warcraft so perhaps I fall outside the target demographic for this big-screen adaptation, but this strangely lifeless and disengaging movie must be lacking any of the appeal of the hugely popular video games, which are loved by millions around the world.
Director Duncan Jones, a self professed WOW fanatic, tries in vain to give the story from the Warcraft games a cinematic edge - and is left with a thoroughly clunky, plodding two hour-long CGI fest that is likely to alienate fans and newbies alike.
The at times unintelligible plot sees a group of fearsome Orc warriors (the de facto bad guys) fleeing their dying home through a magical portal to the peaceful realm of .......Read Sarah McIntyre's full review here