We're still waiting on the next must-see to land, but there's a comic book classic and an interesting-enough drama to keep us ticking over.

The Informer ***1/2

This yarn might not be in the queue for any Oscar action next year, but if you're looking to be entertained for a couple of hours and like your drama tough and tattoo-tastic, The Informer ticks all the boxes.

Joel Kinnaman - who you might recall from the Robocop remake or The US TV version of The Killing - leads the cast as the eponymous Pete Koslow, a reformed criminal and former special operations soldier, who's working undercover for FBI handlers.

His gig is to infiltrate the Polish mob's drug trade in New York. But when a sting operation goes wrong, Koslow gets screwed by the Feds and is forced to return to the one place he's fought so hard to leave, Bale Hill Prison. Read our full review here.

Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion ***1/2

The French have been turning Rene Goscinny's legendary comic book hero Asterix into an animated movie star for decades - and there's little here to suggest that this lengthy list of films is anywhere near an end line.

 Writer-directors Alexandre Astier and Louis Clichy rebooted the series in 2014 with The Land of the Gods, but this second outing for them is an original story rather than one from the original Goscinny source. And there's the rub.

While it's a fun movie that rattles merrily along, it lacks a little of the magic that the original storylines have in abundance. But your average under-age animation fan is unlikely to be able to tell the difference, as The Secret of the Magic Potion is a knockabout tale full of laughs, if a little underwhelming for those longer in the tooth. Read our full review here.
 

The Souvenir ****

A young film student begins a relationship with a British Foreign Office man with rocky results in Joanna Hogg's absorbing film, which works in large part on improvisatory dialogue.

It begins desultorily in the year 1980, as a couple are drawn to each other in a London film school milieu. Anthony (Tom Burke) is the chain-smoking, rather louche Foreign Office man, whose mystery seems bound up as much with, well, his innate mysteriousness as much as with the secrets of the job.

Julie is the eager but unsure young film school student played by newcomer Honor Swinton-Byrne. Anthony gently teases her as to her motive for wanting to make a fictional film set in the Sunderland shipyards, then under threat. Read our full review here.


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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark ***1/2

Producer Guillermo del Toro and Trollhunter director André Øvredal unleash a whole cabinet of ghoulish delights in this entertaining YA style horror movie. A hideous limb-detaching beast stalks one poor kid; a murderous scarecrow mauls another; and, worst of all, hundreds of spiders give a high school beauty queen a lot more than a bad case of zits.  

Set in a small US mill town in 1968, Nixon is on TV every night as he whips up support for this presidential bid and kids are returning home from Vietnam in body bags. However, the town is haunted by an even older horror. An abandoned mansion on the outskirts holds the century-old secret of Sarah Bellows and a book of ghost stories that will call down the years to wreak havoc in the lives of a group of local teens. Read our full review here.
 

Never Grow Old ****

Black as pitch and filmed in Galway, Never Grow Old is a convincing thriller set in 1849 in an American settlement ruled over by psychopathic thug Christopher 'Dutch' Albert, played with consummate, unadulterated evil by John Cusack.

Will Patrick Tate, the Irish emigrant, played by Emile Hirsch, muster the courage to confront Dutch?

Ivan Kavanagh's masterful movie is the pure drop in terms of mesmerising period horror. Read our full review here.
 

Pain and Glory ****

Pedro Almodóvar's 21st feature, Pain and Glory (Dolor y Gloria) is rich with reflective passages and profound encounters, mediated through brilliant cinematography and enhanced by a shimmering score.

It is Almodóvar's most autobiographical film.

The protagonist Salvador Mallo (Antonio Banderas) is a film-maker and writer whose creativity has effectively dried up. His greatest success was the film Sabor (Taste), a classic released 30 years ago which yet holds legendary status for his fans. Read our full review here.
 

Once Upon a Time In Hollywood ****

Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino's ninth, and reportedly penultimate, film is a slightly meandering but endlessly entertaining road trip through Los Angeles in 1969.

The famed filmmaker's passion and verve for movie-making beam out of the screen as he takes an unashamedly nostalgic but studied look at the final moments of Hollywood's golden age.


It starts out as something of a buddy movie between fading TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double-turned-gofer Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) but takes unexpected directions as it merges with the true-life story of the Manson cult. Read our full review here.
 

Dora and the Lost City of Gold ****

Turning animated TV shows into live-action is a tricky business, but Nickelodeon has certainly delivered here as this Dora the Explorer adaptation is a hoot from start to finish.

Dora and three other schoolkids get kidnapped by gold thieves, who want Dora to lead them to a lost Inca city they aim to plunder.

Eva Longoria and Michael Peña play Dora's parents; Benicio del Toro voices baddie Swiper the Fox - but Isabela Moner gets it pitch perfect as the irrepressible Dora in this fast-paced and fun adventure that will entertain all but the hopelessly cynical. Read our full review here.