Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman is the must-see this weekend, with the survival story Alpha, legal drama The Children Act, comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me and animated adventure Luis and the Aliens also in cinemas.
Spike Lee has really found his mojo again with this thrill ride of a movie, based on the true story of how a young black police officer in Colorado went undercover and infiltrated the local chapter of the Klu Klux Klan in the 1970s.
It's a fast-moving genre mash-up of the blaxploitation flicks of the era, a buddy cop movie, and a savage satire of Trump's America. It may be set in the early Seventies, but Lee lets rip with a furious fusillade that makes repeated points about modern day USA with chilling accuracy.
Most of all, though, with its abrupt shifts of tone and mood, BlacKkKlansman is also very, very funny. Read our full review here.
Oddly enough, this works. You'll believe that a young man and a wolf can become the best of pals through adversity. Lots of adversity.
Adding up like a cross between The Revenant and a polar-esque episode of The Littlest Hobo, this film owes little to reality and a lot to excellent visuals. And it even has its own language, which shouldn't be a problem to anyone other than the hardcore hater of subtitled cinema.
Despite its up-to-the-minute CGI, there's an old school Disney feel to the film, which helps to subdue any cynicism the viewer might have towards a clearly preposterous storyline. Read our full review here.
The Children Act ***
Emma Thompson plays a high court judge who must make a painful and delicate decision over what's best for a gravely ill teenage boy in this intense story of moral dilemmas and infatuation.
When the case of Adam Henry, a 17-year-old boy dying of leukaemia and who is being prevented from having a blood transfusion by his Jehovah Witness parents is brought to her attention, it triggers a crisis in her ordered life.
The bulwarks of religious dogma, medical science and the law are about to clash, and The Children Act proceeds with all the exactitude of a high court hearing. Read our full review here.
The Spy Who Dumped Me **1/2
Sure, it's tempting to never forgive Kate McKinnon for being a part of Saturday Night Live's Aer Lingus sketch and swear off her stuff for life, but in the long run you'd only be punishing yourself and missing out on one of the top comedy talents out there.
That said, you can hold off beating a path to The Spy Who Dumped Me as it's no McKinnon must-see - but she's still the best of the fun in this ho-hum action caper.
Kunis' character Audrey gets the elbow - by text - from alleged podcaster Drew (Justin Theroux). She soon finds herself Samsoniting it to Europe by both accident and design as she and best pal Morgan (McKinnon) get mixed up in all kinds of skulduggery. Read our full review here.
Luis and the Aliens **
Luis and the Aliens, from sibling filmmaking duo Christoph and Wolfgang Lauenstein, is a strangely flat, uninspired animated comedy.
Almost thirty years since they won an Oscar for their animated short Balance, the twin brothers make their feature film debut. It is well-paced and exuberantly coloured but distinctly lacklustre in the script and emotional heft departments.
While Luis and the Aliens may be sufficiently entertaining for very young kids - mainly down to the silly and cheerful aliens - parents will find little to love. Read our full review here.
The Equalizer 2 ****
Denzel Washington is noted for never doing a sequel, so it's a pretty big deal that he's been convinced to go around again as Robert McCall, the vigilante killer haunted by his past.
This time around it's not just business as usual, because things get pretty personal very quickly.
If you like action with a bit more bite, this is for you. Once again, Richard Wenk supplied the script, and he's managed to add another layer to McCall, while piecing together an enjoyable urban western. Read our full review here.
Christopher Robin ****1/2
Disney's live-action film based on AA Milne's classic is far from a steaming pile of Pooh, but sugary moments will make adults want to stick their heads in a pot of honey.
The drama of reconciliation follows unsurprising roads, but there is sufficient sweetness in the 104-minute running time to make your little ones smile, and enough nostalgia offered to take adults on a bewitching trip.
Pooh continues to pull at the heartstrings with his sweet-nature and sentimental words - "I always get to where I'm going by walking away from where I've been" - while director Marc Forster impeccably depicts the tone of Milne's characters. Read our full review here.
The Eyes of Orson Welles ****
Northern Irish film-maker Mark Cousins' fan letter to Orson Welles can be watched as a standalone portrait of the artist. Prior knowledge of the great auteur's work is not necessary. Marvel at the talents of a true Renaissance man of the 20th Century who didn't waste a minute, it seems.
Somehow or other, Cousins gained access to a valuable box of memorabilia, which forms the basis for his documentary, narrated in Cousins' all-immersive and unfailingly devotional voiceover.
Within that box are sketches, letters, type-scripts or scripts relating to Welles' films and projects, pieces of artwork, personal belongings, the whole shebang. Read our full review here.