Dubliner Aisling Franciosi - interviewed above with co-star Sam Claflin - owns cinema screens this weekend with her performance in The Nightingale.
The Nightingale ****1/2
"You don't want trouble, but sometimes trouble wants you..."
Rarely has a line captured a film so perfectly as this chilling retort at the start of The Nightingale. It also sums up the story's grip on its three stars - and what awaits audiences who take the harrowing journey with them.
This rampage of revenge marks another reckoning in Australian cinema and sees The Fall's Aisling Franciosi deliver a career-making performance as Clare, an Irish convict on the hunt for Hawkins (Sam Claflin), the British officer who has destroyed her life. Helping Clare is Billy (Baykali Ganambarr), an Aboriginal tracker who shows her a way to reconnect with her own humanity as they pick their steps through Tasmania in 1825. Read our full review here.
Shooting The Mafia ****
For nearly 20 years in the Seventies and Eighties, photographer Letizia Battaglia was the reluctant but driven chronicler of the true savagery of the Mafia in her native Palermo.
Like a paparazzo in reverse, she would arrive at the scene of murders and record in stark black and white the blood-splattered victims - often women and children - of the most heinous crimes of the Corleonesi Mafia. Read our full review here.
The Biggest Little Farm ****
Friends told John and Molly Chester that attempting to farm in harmony with nature would be reckless, if not impossible. But the couple cheerfully bought a farm of effectively dead soil in Ventura County in California, as this charming, offbeat film documents.
It all started really with Todd, the Chesters' beloved dog. He just wouldn't stop barking in Molly and John's small LA apartment and eventually the couple faced an eviction notice. They bought a farm so that Todd could run and bark free. As good a reason as any, surely, to head for the back roads of Ventura County.
The film is so companionable in John's unrelenting grin-and-bear-it voiceover, and so lovable with Molly's all-American positivity that, heck, you even want to know how they got Todd in the first place. Read our full review here.
Knives Out *
Knives Out is a trite, pale comedy that tries to be as infantile as it can be within the bounds of adult entertainment. There really is no other way of putting it, without, er, putting the knife in.
It's a murder-mystery modelled self-consciously on Agatha Christie's country mansion, sent up in exaggerated hamming from the likes of Don Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Plummer, Daniel Craig and Chris Evans - all doing their best to chew up the scenery.
It's not their fault, by no means; it's just a silly idea in the first place and the incongruous Christie-style venerability in an era of smartphone, CCTV, computers and the tired old paraphernalia of our day. But that's precisely where the humour lies, you say... Read our full review here.
Frozen 2 ****
Frozen 2 is guaranteed to melt even the coldest of hearts.
Set three years after the events of the smash-hit first film, the storyline and treatment mirrors the growing maturity of the franchise's fervent fanbase.
It doesn't fall foul of sequel syndrome, bringing these much-loved characters on a satisfying and thrillingly realised adventure, packed full of stunning animation and earwormy-anthems you're sure to be humming leaving the cinema. Read our full review here.
La Belle Époque *****
La Belle Époque's two screenings at the IFI's recent French Film Festival sold out in advance. Daniel Auteuil's sixty-something-year-old cartoonist steps back to May 16, 1974, the day he met his future wife, played by Fanny Ardant.
Sadly, the marriage has gone very stale indeed, but will it revive again in the deliberately staged recreation?
This is magnificent escapism. Read our full review here.
21 Bridges ***1/2
During a citywide manhunt for cop killers, NYPD detective Andre Davis - played by Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman - puts Manhattan on lockdown, with all 21 bridges closed to keep the suspects on the island.
Boseman puts in a solid performance, as do the likes of JK Simmons, Sienna Miller and Taylor Kitsch respectively as an NYPD Captain, a detective and one of the crooks.
It's that sort of film: good but not great. Read our full review here.
A Dog Called Money ***
Half travelogue, half album diary, this new documentary film by Irish photojournalist Seamus Murphy (interviewed below) documents how PJ Harvey, one of the most intriguing rock artists of the past three decades, researched and recorded her most recent album The Hope Six Demolition Project.
Murphy, who has won numerous awards for his war photography and who shot short films for each of the 12 tracks on Harvey's 2011 album Let England Shake, followed the singer as she travelled to Kosovo, Kabul and Washington DC as she sought fresh inspiration. Read our full review here.
Marriage Story *****
Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson have never been better as Charlie and Nicole. They are rising stars in New York's indie theatre, who are entering into the initial bargaining process after agreeing to split up.
Matters become complicated when Nicole takes their son Henry and moves back in with her mother and sister in LA and sets about rekindling her movie career. Back in New York, Charlie finally realises what he is losing but his decision to conduct the divorce and his visiting rights with Henry coast to coast turn proceedings increasingly bitter, callous and personal.
Writer-director Noah Baumbach has based Marriage Story on his own experiences with his former wife Jennifer Jason Leigh and he is unsparing in his depiction of how two people who were once very much in love can, in slow incremental shifts, grow to despise each other. Read our full review here.