Blade Runner 2049 is the must-see movie this weekend, but relationship dramas Return to Montauk and The Glass Castle have also reached cinemas.
Blade Runner 2049 *****
When I had finally located my eyeballs and scooped them up off the cinema floor after watching Blade Runner 2049, I realised my mind had just been fried and served back up to me.
This is an epic sensory overload of a movie, a visual and sonic assault that ponders the big questions and yet also works as a mystery, a superb action-thriller, and a saddening parable about love, human existence and identity. Read our full review here.
Return to Montauk ****1/2
With veteran German director Volker Schlöndorff as helmsman - and co-writer with Colm Tóibín - Return to Montauk was bound to be interesting, at the very least. It is, in fact, a captivating, exquisitely-directed love story of the highest calibre.
Stellan Skarsgård plays the philandering author Max Zorn. A publicity trip to New York offers Max the opportunity to find Rebecca (Nina Hoss), the woman for whom he still carries a torch. Read our full review here.
The Glass Castle **1/2
Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh reckons it's a win-win for writers when their works are adapted for the big screen. If the film is good, the source material's reputation is enhanced; if the film is a let-down, the book doesn't become collateral damage and every page is still intact.
Words of comfort, then, for Jeannette Walls, whose best-selling 2005 memoir The Glass Castle falls into the latter category. Read our full review here.
Goodbye Christopher Robin **1/2
Goodbye Christopher Robin brings to life the story of British author AA Milne and his most famous creation, Winnie-the-Pooh, in a handsomely shot but ultimately rather bland and stuffy biopic.
Domhnall Gleeson is buttoned-up and stiff as the acclaimed author and playwright who is struggling to fit back into London's high society after fighting in World War I. He spouts fervent anti-war diatribes at champagne-fuelled parties, much to the bemusement of his peers, and suffers from PTSD, which is triggered variously by bright lights and loud noises. Read our full review here.
Gritty, taut and compelling, Maze is based on the true story of the 1983 escape of 38 IRA prisoners from the notorious HMP Maze, also known as Long Kesh or the H-Blocks. Tom Vaughan-Lawlor is mesmerising as the steely Larry Marley.
As the story begins, Republican prisoners are sharing a wing at Long Kesh with Loyalist inmates. Running the gauntlet of sectarian abuse as best he can, Marley keeps his powder dry and quietly begins to plot the sketchy details of an escape plan. Read our full review here.
Borg vs McEnroe ***1/2
With dialogue in Swedish and English, this pacey tennis biopic recalls the tense 1980 Wimbledon Championship, when the icy Swede Björn Borg met his impetuous American opponent, John McEnroe.
It's a matter of record but, for those who do not recall, after a lengthy tie-break in the course of an extremely tense showdown, Borg (played in this instance by Sverrir Gudnason) finally won his fifth consecutive Wimbledon Championship - this time against wunderkind John McEnroe (Shia LaBeouf). Read our full review here.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle ***
Despite retaining the loveable characters, cheeky script and stunning action sequences, Kingsman: The Golden Circle has lost a lot of the magic that made the first film such a surprise hit.
This time around, Eggsy and Merlin must save the world again after the Kingsman headquarters are destroyed and all active agents killed in their homes. Luckily, both were out at the time of the simultaneous attacks on the agency. Read our full review here.