IT Chapter Two is the big one this weekend - but does it measure up to the first instalment?

IT Chapter Two **1/2

Where 2017's IT was a jump-scare-fuelled creepy delight, this second outing from director Andy Muschietti (below) feels over-stuffed and under-scary.

Twenty-seven years on from the events of the first film, a grown up Losers' Club reassembles in Derry in Maine to fight Pennywise again, and it's more of the same really with little new ground broken.

It's too long, too repetitive, and just too much. Read our full review here.

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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 underage 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.

The acting all around is fascinating to watch in its raw, improvisational state. It's almost counter-acting - an intuitive, conversational approach reminiscent of the work of Mike Leigh. 

Be patient with it, it's worth it. 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.

Genuinely spooky and shiver-inducing, this is far more than just a welcome respite from the formulaic Blumhouse horror hegemony. 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.

Angel Has Fallen **

If you've seen Olympus and London fall earlier in the trilogy, you'll know what to expect, and you're either here for it or you're not.

Protecting presidents is Secret Service Agent Mike Banning's (Gerard Butler) bread and butter, but this time around he becomes enemy number one after being framed for an assassination attempt on President Trumbull (Morgan Freeman).

There are shootouts, car chases, big action set-pieces, a dodgy script, some hammy acting, and not a single real twist in the whole adventure. Read our full review here.

Crawl **

Piranha 3D director Alexandre Aja really didn't have much to do to make this a fun little shocker in the grand and absurd tradition of Snakes on a Plane

The set up is simple but even though it's "based on a true story" and master of the macabre Sam Raimi produces, Crawl lacks tension, scares, and, most crucially for this breed of genre movie, laughs. 

In short order, daughter and dad find themselves cornered in a flooded basement as monstrous alligators circle. 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.