Jennifer Lawrence is back this weekend in the gob-smacking thriller Mother!, and there's also period dramedy in Victoria and Abdul and action in American Assassin.

Mother! *** 1/2
In every decade there are those 'when dates go wrong' movies that have ended up putting the kibosh on many a budding relationship - think Night of the Living Dead in the Sixties, The Exorcist in the Seventies, Blue Velvet in the Eighties, Man Bites Dog in the Nineties and Antichrist in the Noughties. Heck, this particular 'rogues' gallery' has so many exhibits there's bound to be a former couple out there who parted company after a trip to see Howard the Duck - and with good reason.

The latest addition to the headwreck hierarchy is Darren Aronofsky's Mother!, which is guaranteed to see many a suitor getting the elbow and is arguably the most out-there thing you're ever going to see released by a major studio in this day and age. It has an 18s cert aka Now That's What We Call Edgy. Read our full review here.

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Victoria and Abdul ***

Stephen Frears’ lively account of how a lowly Indian servant became Queen Victoria’s favourite features another superb turn by Judi Dench as the Widow of Windsor in her twilight years

20 years after Judi Dench played Queen Victoria in Mrs Brown, the touching true story of how the imperious monarch befriended her manservant and bit of rough, John Brown, she returns as Victoria in this lively account of her controversial friendship with Indian footman Abdul Karim. Read our full review here.

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American Assassin

Like the Jason Bourne and Jack Reacher faithful, fans of avenging hero Mitch Rapp have been waiting a long time to see late author Vince Flynn's best-selling creation on the big screen.

After watching American Assassin they would have been happy to hang on another 18 years.

Read our full review here.

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IT ****
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.

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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.

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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.

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