If football and heat fatigue are setting in, there's plenty opening in cinemas, including the all-star heist hijinks of Ocean's 8; Oscar Wilde biopic The Happy Prince and Diane Kruger's devastating In the Fade.
Ocean's 8 ***
Ocean's 8 sees Sandra Bullock take the mantle from George Clooney in a heist film that works as more than a gender-swap reboot.
The cast are incredible and their characters all have their own unique thing going on, with their differences celebrated and their talents exploited to pull off the job. Though Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway lead the charge, everyone - including Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Helena Bonham-Carter, Rihanna and Awkwafina - has their moment to shine.
Trying to accommodate eight big characters is no mean feat, and character development does suffer as a result, but as an ensemble they gel really well together and there is never a dull moment. Read our full review here.
In the Fade ****1/2
Diane Kruger gives it her all in this nauseatingly tense and gut-punchingly devastating drama.
Written and directed by Fatih Akin, In the Fade sees Kruger take on the role of a lifetime as Katja, a German woman consumed by grief after the deaths of her Kurdish husband Nuri (Numan Acar) and their young son Rocco in a racially-motivated nail bomb attack.
The film is structured in three equally gripping and visceral sections in which it genre-hops from a study of grief to a courtroom drama, and finally a revenge thriller, all anchored by Kruger's powerhouse, can't-take-your-eyes-off-her performance. Read our full review here.
The Happy Prince ****
Labours of love rarely come more superbly wrapped than Rupert Everett's engrossing biopic of the final years of the legendary Oscar Wilde.
Written and directed by, and also starring Everett, this latest celluloid look at Wilde's life skips past his days as a hugely successful playwright of late-Victorian London, and concentrates on his post-prison period, after being convicted of gross indecency.
By then, Wilde was in disgrace and fled London for France and Italy. To the horror of his remaining friends, he also resumed his destructive relationship with Bosie (Colin Morgan), whose father had provoked Wilde into taking a libel action on the back of an accusation that Wilde was "posing as a sodomite". When Wilde lost that libel case, he was then charged, found guilty, and jailed. Read our full review here.
Kissing Candice ***
This unsettling debut from writer/director Aoife McArdle is likely to divide audiences. It's set in a post-Troubles, Irish border town but that's as much as is made explicitly clear in the hallucinogenic, bleak and fragmentary 103-minute running time.
Is it a coming of age movie about a troubled teenage girl called Candice? A gritty tale about small time gang members? Or a head trip that blurs all kinds of lines and ends up as an impressionistic art house experiment - a kind of Irish noir meets lurid 1950s teen psychodrama?
Kissing Candice is all of those things. But it can also be patience-sapping in its downright refusal to stick to any narrative cohesion. McArdle made her name directing highly stylised TV ads and promo videos for U2 and Bryan Ferry, among others, and she seems to have taken that episodic and non-linear approach with her big screen debut. Read our full review here.
What we have here is an engaging-if-predictable emotional carnival ride of a film, dressed-up with some fine camera shots and performances - particularly at the dinner table - but ultimately drowned in a tidal wave of hype.
Toni Collette is in fine form as the increasingly psychotic mother in the middle of the mayhem, while both Gabriel Byrne and Alex Wolff back her up admirably - but the only moments where we came close to screaming were at the unsubtle signposting and plot twists. Read our full review here.
Studio 54 *****
Like so many great things, New York nightclub Studio 54 enjoyed a comet-like rise and rapid decline. You've probably read and heard many stories, retold over the years, but this quite remarkable documentary pretty much ties all the knots together to tell a compelling story that bounces ambition off greed, while rubbing shoulders with the rich, famous and even the odd genuine talent such as Michael Jackson.
Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager were the visionaries behind the club, a couple of college pals who, for a while in the late 1970s, seemed to have the entire population of New York clamouring to get inside Studio 54.
Mixing interviews with an admirably candid Schrager (Rubell died in 1989) and other Studio insiders instead of taking the lazy option by using celebs, this film offers a fascinating and illuminating insight into what happened, as well as the how and why. Read our full review here.
Super Troopers 2 *
Step away from the queue now, people!
Seventeen years on from their first 'tache tribute, the Broken Lizard troupe have returned to see if they can turn lead into box office gold with their misfit bunch of state troopers.
A good joke proves harder to find than an open mic night in Pyongyang. Read our full review here.