Downton Abbey rolls out the red carpet in cinemas this weekend; Maeve Higgins brings her comedic class to Extra Ordinary and Jennifer Lopez is a force to be reckoned with in Hustlers..

Downton Abbey ***

Well bless our stars! The King and Queen of Engerland are coming to visit Downton Abbey and upstairs and down(ton)stairs have got their bloomers in a right old twist.

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Well, not quite. Those doughty souls skulking in the dim light of the basement do indeed go into a scurrying and skivvying meltdown, while those in the gilded, over-upholstered rooms above sigh manfully with aristocratic poise, loll elegantly on settees, and murmur stuff about "duty" in accents you could use to carve a chandelier.

So here it is, then! Julian Fellowes' long-awaited Downton Abbey movie and it will not disappoint fans of the lifestyles of the fantastically rich and the fantastically well-bred. Clichéd, silly, and with a plot more telegraphed than a Midwest highway in 1930, it really does lay it on thick. Read our full review here.

Hustlers ****

The Hustlers trailer does the film little justice. 

It amps up the raucous fun this crime caper from writer-director Lorene Scafaria offers but doesn't hint at the emotional heft that elevates this movie from good to great.

Based on a 2015 New York magazine long-read article by journalist Jessica Pressler, played here with aplomb by Julia Stiles, Hustlers follows a group of strippers who turn to ethically dubious tactics to swindle money out of their targets when the recession hits. Read our full review here.

Extra Ordinary ****

Extra Ordinary writing-directing duo Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman's feature film debut, is a remarkable achievement - a wholly unique cinematic experience that is grounded with a lot of heart.

This delightfully silly supernatural comedy follows Rose Dooley (Maeve Higgins), a driving instructor in a small Irish town who has sworn off her supernatural abilities after an exorcism went horribly wrong in her childhood.

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She becomes romantically interested in her new driving student Martin Martin (Barry Ward), an eligible and charming local widower. It soon turns out he has only engaged her services to try and persuade her to help him and his teenage daughter Sarah (Emma Coleman) rid their home of his late wife who has been haunting them from beyond the grave. Read our full review here.

For Sama *****

Waad Al-Khateab and Edward Watts' deeply moving film records the siege of Aleppo in 2016. The film may leave you feeling inert in the face of human evil, or quietly raging against the dying of Aleppo's light.

The local perspective is what marks out the documentary, which won best documentary at the Cannes and SXSW film festivals and a special jury prize at Hot Docs. That local knowledge is what sets the film apart from the otherwise valuable coverage we receive from major news channels. "A journalist visiting Syria can leave any time," Waad recently declared. "I started with Aleppo in my mind and heart."

In this Channel 4 production, which is in Arabic and subtitled in English, Waad is embedded in the purest sense of the word. The young camerawoman, who won an Emmy for her Inside Aleppo reports, is a resident who stays on in the city through its worst months of bombardment in 2016. Read our full review here.

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IT Chapter Two **1/2

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

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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