Whether it feels like 15 days or 15 years since you last paid a visit, there's a lot to catch up on as the lights go down again this week.

Dream Horse

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This uplifting, heartwarming and thoroughly entertaining tale of an unlikely champion racehorse raised in the Welsh valleys is the feel-good movie we all need right now. Based on a true story, which was the subject of the 2015 documentary Dark Horse, Dream Horse stars Toni Collette as Jan Vokes, a bartender and shop assistant from a small Welsh town who wants something more in her life. She convinces her husband (Owen Teale) and a group of locals to pool their resources and start a syndicate to breed a racehorse. Dream Horse doesn't pretend to be anything other than a crowd-pleaser, and that is its biggest strength. Sarah McIntyre

Nomadland

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As we take bigger steps out in the world, this road movie from writer-director Chloé Zhao and star Frances McDormand makes for life-affirming viewing - its Best Picture/Director/Actress hat-trick at the Oscars richly deserved. McDormand plays Fern, a widow who travels from state to state and job to job in her van, "not homeless, just houseless". She meets others who have jumped off the grid, learns from them, is replenished by their friendship - however fleeting - and reaches another crossroads in her life. We're left with the most important message of all: whatever is ahead, hope makes for the best travelling companion. Harry Guerin

Phil Lynott: Songs for While I'm Away

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Director Emer Reynolds presents a poetic and loving portrait of the Thin Lizzy hero in this documentary but glosses over the full story. Aside from a few stylistic flourishes, she sticks rigidly to the tried and tested language of the rock doc and elects to let the music do the talking, using 31 songs from Phil and Lizzy's back catalogue. Oddly, his solo career doesn't seem to get a look in and his tragic demise is glanced over. Like Julien Temple's recent but far more anarchic Shane MacGowan documentary, there is very little new here, but Reynolds’ movie remains a very touching memorial to the coolest cat in Irish music history. Alan Corr

Cruella

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Disney's De Vil Wears Prada origin story about the Dalmatian-obsessed doyenne of the London fashion world has the perfectly cast Emma Stone in the lead role and Emma Thompson in the best of bad form as the designer's arch-nemesis. But whether it was necessary to settle this particular nature v nurture debate is another thing. Cruella is stop-start; needed to be taken in by 30 minutes and puts the best set-piece in the middle. Turns out that the inclusion of Joe Dolan's You're Such a Good Looking Woman is far more of a thrill than the actual finale. Clothes to die for, a script that needed more life. Harry Guerin

Godzilla vs. Kong

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These two last squared off way out East all of 59 years ago when Kong did the double - had his name first on the poster and went home with the bragging rights at the end. Reversing the top billing, this sequel to 2017's decent Kong: Skull Island and 2019 letdown Godzilla: King of the Monsters takes too long and tries to be too clever before getting to the main event. That last half-hour, however, is quality. With Hong Kong the venue for fight night, our heroes' delightful aversion to Marquess of Queensbury Rules was made to be seen in cinemas, and proves that this shouldn't be the last time the two lock eyeballs and remodel a region. Harry Guerin

Land

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Robin Wright directs herself and Demián Bichir (A Better Life, Weeds) in this powerful two-hander about finding oneself through nature and the healing power of friendship. It's a simple story, well told - not one for anyone expecting big scenes, but a film that reminds anyone who needs it that the change of seasons is as much inside as what we see before our eyes. The backdrop is beautiful, the acting just as special. If you've found your soul replenished by the likes of Into the Wild, Wild, Leave No Trace and Nomadland, then the time is right to do some roaming here. Harry Guerin

Sound of Metal

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This debut tour de force from director and co-writer Darius Marder drops the viewer at the crossroads in a young man's life as drummer Ruben (Riz Ahmed) loses his hearing. Bravado and denial kick in, but the plates in Ruben and girlfriend Lou's (Olivia Cooke) personalities, and relationship, have also started to shift. Sound of Metal is as soul-stirring a film as any from this year's Oscar shake-up (it won two for Best Sound and Best Editing); a study of identity and deaf culture brimming with wisdom about what we share and, also, face alone. Yes, it's a film about loss, but ultimately it's a celebration of the spirit that never misses a beat. Harry Guerin

Wolfwalkers

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A welcome re-release for the latest Oscar nominee from Kilkenny's Cartoon Saloon (The Breadwinner, Song of the Sea, The Secret of Kells). Seven years in the making, Wolfwalkers is set in the Marble City during the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland. It follows an apprentice English hunter, Robyn, who befriends Mebh, a member of a mysterious tribe that is rumoured to shapeshift into wolves by night. Mixing magic with a far harsher reality and dealing with issues of division between town and country and Ireland and England, Wolfwalkers is a great adventure - and another chance to 'buy' Irish. Alan Corr

The Father

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In what already seems like a lifetime ago, Anthony Hopkins' stunning portrayal of dementia won him his second Best Actor Oscar in April - a shock, given that so many expected the late Chadwick Boseman to be posthumously honoured for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Judge for yourself if the Academy voters got it right on the night, but be prepared for a heartbreaking watch as you make up your mind. The Father is an excellent film - with a brilliant supporting performance from Olivia Colman - that urges us to find the time to be thankful for all that's special, as it's always later than we think. But perhaps you don't need reminding right now. Harry Guerin

A Quiet Place Part II

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We're spoiled for choice, but for many this sequel will be the only show in town. Originally meant to open back in April 2020 - the ads stayed on buses for months after in case you needed a reminder of what you were missing - John Krasinski's follow-up to his 2018 breakout hit is worth the wait. Here, he's tugging at the heartstrings one minute, testing the ejector seat the next and giving us one of the best double acts of recent years in returning star Millicent Simmonds and the masterstroke addition of Cillian Murphy to the post-apocalyptic mayhem. When you've starred in 28 Days Later but sign up for this, well... Harry Guerin

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Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway

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This week's gig for James Corden sees him reunited with Domhnall Gleeson, Rose Byrne and Margot Robbie for more fluffy mayhem - and the always-great David Oyelowo joins in the laughs too.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

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Cool couple envy - and things going bump day and night - as Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson return as paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren for the eighth film (!) in The Conjuring Universe.

Those Who Wish Me Dead

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Angelina Jolie teams up with Wind River writer-director Taylor Sheridan (he also wrote Sicario) for this adaptation of Michael Koryta's wilderness thriller. Aidan Gillen and Nicholas Hoult play sibling assassins.

Nobody

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Better Call Saul's Bob Odenkirk discovers his inner Liam Neeson as the suburban dad who's mad as hell and isn't going to take it anymore. John Wick scribe Derek Kolstad is behind the carnage and - intentional - laughs.