Rueful rom-com The Big Sick is the best new movie this weekend, but there's action, animation and a wild girls' night out too. 

The Big Sick ****1/2
The Big Sick sees Silicon Valley's Kumail Nanjiani and co-writer Emily V Gordon bringing their own love lives to the big screen. This is emotional pinball - with your heart as the plunger.

We're aways off awards season, but it would be an awful pity if The Big Sick wasn't at the business end of things at the start of 2018. A Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination would be thoroughly deserved, and there's an argument to be made for spots on the acting shortlists too. Every performance here feels as real deal as the relationships and recounting of events. Read our full review here.

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Captain Underpants ****
This manic superhero caper (sorry) induces a sugar rush regardless of whether you've bought any of the white gear in the foyer. At a third of the length, it's three times more entertaining than Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice combined. But be warned: the five-year-olds you've brought as cover may decide that they can't take you anywhere and sit somewhere else.

From the get-go here there's no let up in terms of quality gags or mischief with the villain summing up proceedings as "completely implausible, juvenile and filled with the lowest form of wit: potty humour". Go on with his bad self - this movie plays like Ferris Bueller in fourth class and even includes Yello's Oh Yeah by way of a tribute. Chicka, chicka! Read our full review here.

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Girls Trip ***1/2
Centred on four best friends (Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish) that have drifted apart for the various reasons friendships do - life, careers, family, old rifts that were never mended - Girls Trip is all about their big reunion for a wild weekend in New Orleans. It's a tried-and-tested premise that has never worked so well.

While the women each fit a stereotype and clichés abound, it never feels stale and it's refreshing to see a film that shows the immature side to women in the way so many buddy comedies do with male friendships, without taking away from their femininity. Read our full review here.

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47 Metres Down *
Other Side of the Door and Storage 24 director Johannes Roberts sets the scene with captivating underwater visuals that promise much, but he fails to deliver an adventure of substance.

Claire Holt is the only actor who seems to know how to act like she is frightened in this shark cage thriller and also has a more varied portfolio to handle the different phases of fear. From the moment Mandy Moore comes aboard you just want her character to be eaten by a shark. Read our full review here.

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Dunkirk *****

Christopher Nolan's relentless historical epic is a war movie like no other, a gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller than doesn't give you a moment to catch your breath. With a great cast - newcomer Fionn Whitehead, Oscar winner Mark Rylance, singer Harry Styles and Irish stars Cillian Murphy and Barry Keoghan - Nolan distils the heroic story of the Dunkirk evacuation into the three intersecting perspectives of land, sea and air, which play out on different timelines.

Although most viewers will know the story, Nolan still manages to ratchet up the tension deftly over the succinct 106-minute running time. It becomes almost unbearable to watch as scenes build to their very breaking point. Read our full review here.

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Cars 3 *** 1/2
With the colourful talking-car series approaching 10 years (OAP in cartoon years) since its first outing, director Brian Fee felt it was only right to pay tribute to Lightning McQueen's (voiced by Owen Wilson) depreciating wheels. Age is just a number though, right?

The movie embarks on a journey of self-discovery and looks at what's under his hood, and so the soppy and sentimental messages about following your dreams and believing in yourself are taken up a gear. Read our full review here.

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