The wait is over for Stephen King fans as IT finally reaches cinemas. But if scares aren't your thing, there's also the excellent thriller Wind River and heartwarming Irish buddy movie The Drummer & The Keeper.
Based on the Stephen King book of the same name, IT is set in the town of Derry, a place where children are going missing and no one seems to be doing anything about it. That is, until a group of kids get together and go on a Goonies/Stranger Things-style quest to get to the bottom of it.
There are jump scares galore, and although it's a film about an evil clown and it is trying hard to scare you, it never feels as though it's for the sake of it in the way some horrors do. Read our full review here.
Wind River ****
Unless everything goes out the window with the greatest September to December in cinema history, our Best of 2017 lists should all be starting to take shape. Here's a film that will feature on many of them - a taut and troubling modern Western from Sicario and Hell or High Water writer Taylor Sheridan.
In arguably the best (and certainly most nuanced) performance of his career to date, Jeremy Renner plays Cory Lambert, a tracker for the US Fish and Wildlife Service on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. Lambert's loner mindset is tested with the arrival of Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen - excellent yet again), a rookie FBI agent who has been called in by the Tribal Police (led by Dances with Wolves star Graham Greene). Read our full review here.
The Drummer & The Keeper ****
Ever hear that quote about how a friend is somebody who knows everything about you and still loves you? It's also a pretty good emotional A to Z for The Drummer & The Keeper, a sweet-but-sharp story of two young men who, in the words of the movie's Lego-speak, each have the piece that the other is missing.
Anyone who contends that the one thing there's just too little of in cinemas is feelgood movies will find that singer-songwriter-turned-writer-director Nick Kelly's debut feature delivers warm and fuzzies aplenty. That said, it doesn't pull any punches in its treatment of mental health issues and life on the outside looking in. Read our full review here.
Patti Cake$ ***1/2
In this latest take on the 'search for stardom' set-up, the artistic discipline is hip-hop. But unlike, say, the biopics 8 Mile, Get Rich or Die Tryin' and Straight Outta Compton, what we have here is a work of fiction that amounts to a feminist musical.
At the core of Patti Cake$ is aspiring white rapper Patricia Dombrowski, aka Killa P, aka Patti Cake$, a 23-year-old who is seeking a new life for herself in music in order to escape her minimum wage life in working-class New Jersey. Patti is played by Australian Danielle Macdonald, who brings great energy to a role that required her to learn how to talk like a Noo Joisey native, rap and throw a few shapes on stage. Read our full review here.
The Limehouse Golem **
This rather feeble Victorian whodunit is worked out in the narrow streets of gas-lit London on the fringes of a popular musical hall. Cue vulnerable ladies of the night, slippery male grotesques and saucy ladies all of whom speak rather tiresome innuendo down the pub. Bill Nighy plays Scotland Yard detective John Kildare, who is convinced that music hall star Lizzie (Olivia Cooke) is not the woman responsible for some chilling murders. Read our full review here.