Plenty on offer this weekend, including What Men Want, Ben Is Back and Netflix's Triple Frontier.
What Men Want ***
What Men Want is predictable and uneven, but the genuinely big laughs – of which there are quite a few – keep it flowing.
Remember 2000's Mel Gibson-led What Women Want? As the title suggests, it is a gender reversal of that premise, and while the laughs here are bigger, it doesn't break any new ground.
The moments of real cringe are balanced out by genuinely big laughs; the film doesn't take itself too seriously, and neither should you. It's cheesy, it's obvious exactly where the story is going to – really, you can call it to a tee – but it's mindlessly enjoyable. Read our full review here.
Ben Is Back ***1/2
Director Peter Hedges' latest outing is a well-meaning portrait of America's opioid crisis, but the uneven script has more lows than highs.
Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea) continues to add to his impressive CV as the leading character, a recovering addict who makes the penitent decision to check out of rehab to visit his family on Christmas Eve.
Over the course of 24 hours, the drama-turned-melodrama brings viewers on a trip that showcases the impact of addiction on families. Read our full review here.
Triple Frontier ***1/2 - Out now on Netflix
He'll definitely get more bums on seats going down the Netflix route with Triple Frontier, a decent modern western with a great cast. If you're looking for one of those straight-to-video highs you remember from back in the day stake your couch space claim.
Owing much in dynamics to The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and 'one last job' genre, Triple Frontier sees a group of former Special Forces comrades hatch a plan to fleece a South American drug lord of his fortune. Civilian life hasn't been kind to four of them - played by Ben Affleck, Garrett Hedlund, Charlie Hunnam and - Pedro Pascal - while Oscar Isaac's heist mastermind has stayed in the game as a private contractor but is now desperate for a way out. With an almighty pay-off. Read our full review here.
Captain Marvel ***1/2
Eleven years and 21 movies later, we finally have our first female-led Marvel film.
Thankfully, Captain Marvel doesn't buckle under the considerable weight of expectations that come with being such an important milestone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Brie Larson steps into Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel's boots for the first time and it's a blast to see the Room Oscar-winner transform into a superhero in this solidly entertaining, if regrettably conventional, origins story. Read our full review here.
Everybody Knows ***1/2
Everybody Knows is a superbly acted, twisted tale of deception, loyalty and the ties that bind, but a bloated run-time detracts from the drama.
Penelope Cruz plays Laura, a woman living in Buenos Aires, Argentina who travels to her hometown in Spain with her two children ahead of her sister's wedding. The celebrations and family reunions are brought crashing down when Laura's free-spirited daughter Irene is kidnapped.
As everyone bands together to try to figure out why Irene was abducted, who could be behind it, and how to get her back, old grudges, old flames and old arguments are unearthed. Trust is called into question, as are Laura's nearest and dearest's loyalties and motives. Read our full review here.
The Kindergarten Teacher ***1/2
The Kindergarten Teacher tends towards the earnest and well-meaning before unleashing the plain, old-fashioned indie-creepy movie that it is at heart.
Maggie Gyllenhaal plays Lisa Spinelli, the overly-committed kindergarten teacher who seems mildly discontented from the beginning of this quirky, engaging film. It's there in the way she communicates at home, how she interacts with her nice, compliant husband Grant (Michael Chernus). It's there when she faces down her rebellious adolescent kids.
Gyllenhaal plays the uptight and gently imploding teacher brilliantly. We sense a crisis about to unfold; there is emptiness in her life. The real drama starts the day she hears five-year-old Jimmy (Parker Sevak) reciting a short poem, which, it transpires, is his own verse... Read our full review here.
Border is strange, disturbing and brave in its own way, but not everyone will be willing to accept its nervy, visceral terror.
The Swedish border security guard Tina is played by the remarkable Swedish actress Eva Melander. Tina has a strange ability to sniff out the bad in the travellers or visitors to Sweden who pass by her desk. It's a sixth sense signalled by that quivering upper lip.
The storyline in director Ali Abbasi's phantasmagoric, hallucinatory film gets a little crazy. You may like that if you like, say, vampires - otherwise you will virulently dislike. Read our full review here.