There's a great new comedy-drama from Irish director John Butler (interviewed above) called Papi Chulo opening this weekend.

You can also get your superhero fix from X-Men: Dark Phoenix; see Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson doing wonders for screen chemistry in Late Night; hit the dating scene with Julianne Moore in Gloria; and savour a sublime documentary about fashion icon Halston.

Papi Chulo *****

John Butler's effortlessly engaging and genuinely moving comedy-drama Papi Chulo leaves an impression long after the end credits roll.

The Irish director's quietly ambitious third feature, after Handsome Devil and The Stag, follows the improbable friendship struck up between Sean (Matt Bomer), a lonely TV weatherman; and Ernesto (Alejandro Patiño), an affable Latino migrant worker he employs.

To say any more would be to scupper the joyful surprise of this unique unlikely-buddy-movie. Read our full review here.

Late Night ****

In one of the most memorable roles of her career, which was written for her by co-star Mindy Kaling (so obvious), Emma Thompson plays legendary chat show host Katherine Newbury. 

After over 6,000 episodes and 43 Emmys, Newbury has just been told the current season behind the desk will be her last.

Enter Molly Patel (Kaling), the new face - and gender - in the writers' room with plenty of ideas about how both she and Newbury can keep their jobs. Read our full review here.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix ***1/2

It's basically a remake of the 2006 film X-Men: The Last Stand, and once again is an adaptation of the Dark Phoenix saga that ran in X-Men comics and centres on X-Men member Jean Grey.

The plot's straightforward: during a rescue mission in space, Jean Grey is nearly killed when she's hit by a mysterious cosmic force.

Back on Earth, the force makes her infinitely more powerful and increasingly unstable, which leads to tragedy and tension within the X-Men camp. Read our full review here.

Gloria Bell ***1/2

Julianne Moore plays the eponymous Gloria, a fifty-something California grandmother, divorced and back in the dating game. Less taut and focused than the Spanish-language original, Sebastián Lelio's own remake is nevertheless passably pleasant.

Gloria's idea of the dating game does not involve the internet. Rather it means going to discos to dance with grey-haired strangers to Seventies hits like, well, Gloria. Yes, you remember it, that sweetly pummelling, eh, gloriously-arranged piece of disco pompery.

This is a humorously touching and slightly wizened slice-of-life which will have you wondering how it all resolves. Read our full review here.

Halston *****

Halston was one of that rare breed, a one-name icon who lit up American couture in the 1970s and 1980s before it all went tear-shaped. Or should that be pear-shaped.

Although you mightn't think it listening to that cultivated New England drawl, Roy Halston Frowick, the subject of Frédéric Tcheng's absorbing new documentary, came from, well, Iowa. 

Born in 1932, he grew up in a conservative Midwest family who also lived for spells in Kentucky and Indiana. Fashionista Hell, no doubt, to the future visionary of haute couture. Read our full review here.

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters is stomping all over cinemas this weekend, but if he's not your thing then there's the brilliant teen comedy Booksmart, the chiller Ma, and the historical drama Sunset

Godzilla: King of the Monsters **1/2

The latest instalment of the Godzilla franchise, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, has roared into cinemas as summer blockbuster season has gotten into full swing, and it's an action movie of epic proportions. 

Unfortunately, it's also let down by a lacking script and somewhat nonsensical plot.

But then again, if you're here to see Godzilla clashing with some classic monsters, that probably won't hinder your enjoyment of the at-times-spectacular visuals. For his sequel to Gareth Edwards' 2014 Godzilla movie, writer, director and lifelong Godzilla fanatic Michael Dougherty has taken up the reins and his genuine affection for these monsters is apparent. Read our full review here. 

Booksmart *****

With her directorial debut, House star Olivia Wilde has turned in a hilarious and poignant end-of-high-school caper that deserves its place in the teen movie Hall of Fame.

If there's anything better in cinemas between now and September we'll have been spoilt beyond belief.

In scene after scene, Lady Bird's unsung hero Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever from the sitcom Last Man Standing ship double act gold as the thoroughly-sensible pals who throw their trademark caution to the wind and hit the town. Read our full review here.

Ma ***1/2

Ma doesn't reinvent the wheel when it comes to teen slasher flicks but it derives a decent amount of mileage out of its revenge-horror premise.

Director Tate Taylor's (The Help,The Girl on the Train) venture to the dark side harkens back to psychological thrillers from the late 70s to early 90s - think Carrie and Misery - and on some levels it succeeds.

Octavia Spencer plays a veterinary assistant in a sleepy Ohio town who is left traumatised from high school bullies. In an attempt to capture some of her stolen youth, she forms a bizarre relationship with a gang of fresh-faced teens, luring them in with booze and a dingy basement hangout. Read our full review here.

Sunset ****

In Sunset (Napszállta), the latest film from László Nemes, a young woman arrives at an ultra-chic millinery emporium in Budapest, claiming she is the daughter of the former owners. Quietly determined, she inveigles her way into a murky, anarchic scene in the final days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Nemes and his cinematographer Mátyás Erdély, who teamed together for the Oscar-winning Son of Saul, have a highly imaginative way with sunshine, shadow and Renoir-like dappled-ness. The year is 1913 and Budapest, the second city in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is enduring a heatwave.

At times, some of the luxuriant images that lie between the frames could be imagined on canvas - Impressionist or otherwise - and Erdély's painterly vision is remarkable. Read our full review here.

The Blue Angel ****

Josef von Sternberg's 1930 classic, Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel) - starring the late Marlene Dietrich in her breakthrough role - demonstrates how a loner professor's fatal attraction to the showgirl Lola ruins his very existence.

The Blue Angel is one of the first German-language sound films, and the first of six pictures made by director von Sternberg in the space of five years with his muse and leading actress, Dietrich.

There is a sense watching the film that the days of the silent era still linger, it's there in those wide glances, those exaggerated facial gestures. Emil Jannings had starred in von Sternberg's silent The Last Command, and in this new German talkie he portrays the fusty old school-teacher Immanuel Rath. Read our full review here.