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Updated: January 18, 2019
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(129 minutes) M As soon becomes apparent, Glass is far more than a mere sequel to M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable in 2000. Rather, it's something like his bid to psychoanalyse the entire superhero genre. The film takes up the story of Bruce Willis' character David Dunn and his friend and mirror image Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson). Dunn and Price now share the spotlight with Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy) - the central figure from Shyamalan's 2016 film Split
- a deranged serial killer with 20 separate personalities, ranging from a lisping nine-year old to a fearsome entity known simply as the Beast. JW
THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING
(120 minutes) PG Legend has it that King Arthur is not dead, just sleeping, till the time comes for him to regain his throne and restore his nation to its former glory. Something like this faith underlies Joe Cornish's fantasy adventure The Kid Who Would Be King, set in a gloomy version of Britain - either a dystopian near future or the dystopian present - where heroes are in desperately short supply. JW
(150 minutes) MA15+ Loro means '' them' ' in Italian, and to some extent, this is a film about Us and Them - the ones who control everything, the ones who have all the money and girls and drugs and houses by the sea, those who have power - but Paolo Sorrentino presents his vivisection in a very Italian way. He embraces the corruption, the vulgarity and the extravagance with a certain tenderness, rather than envy. PB
(108 minutes) MA Living with her anxious single mother (Elizabeth Rodriguez) in Long Island, 18-yearold Camille (Rachelle Vinberg) doesn't seem to have much confidence in any area of her life other than skating. But she starts to come out of her shell once she meets a group of more assured skater girls about her age, who share her passion and quickly accept her as one of their own. JW
(99 minutes) PG Producers of this new version of Colin Thiele's classic children's story from 1963 would like it known that they did not set out to remake the 1976 film by Henri Safran. Just as well. The muchloved original never puts a foot wrong. A remake was unlikely to match its innocence and emotional subtlety. Jai Courtney plays the father, Hideaway Tom, and Finn Little steps into Greg Rowe's big shoes. Finn is one of the strengths, alongside the pelicans. PB
(119 minutes) G Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne play Pete and Ellie Wagner, who decide to become foster parents. They take on a trio of challenging kids: surly teenage Lizzie (Isabela Moner); sensitive Juan (Gustavo Quiroz); and tantrum-prone little Lita (Julianna Gamiz). It's a lot like the '80s kind of American sitcom, where social issues were tackled and moral lessons doled out week by week. JW
(93 minutes) M Kayla Day (Elsie Fisher) is a shy 13-year-old with an inability to finish a sentence without repeating '' like' ' and '' you know' ' a dozen times. At school, she rarely speaks, yet at home in her room, she spends hours delivering her views on what it is to be a teenager via her internet blog. Kayla struggles to express her hard-won insights, yet she's a refreshing change from the misunderstood but still perky teenagers who populate most American school movies. SH
(120 minutes) MA15+ In this story, it's the women who matter. It centres on the rivalry between the Duchess of Marlborough (Rachel Weisz), the Queen's childhood friend and chief lieutenant - a woman of imperious wit and ruthless candour - and the Duchess' less fortunate cousin, Abigail Hill (Emma Stone), who begins her career at the palace as a chambermaid. As well as being director Yorgos Lanthimos' biggest production so far, this is by far his most pleasurable, with three Oscar-worthy performances. SH
HOLMES AND WATSON
(90 minutes) MA15+ Many distinguished actors have played Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, but few have done so with quite the unhinged abandon of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. In theory this dynamic duo is dashing around jolly old London in pursuit of nemesis Moriarty (Ralph Fiennes), who has apparently returned from beyond the grave to threaten the life of Queen Victoria (Pam Ferris). The plot is so rickety it could fall apart at any moment ... which, of course, is partly the point. JW
MARY POPPINS RETURNS
(130 minutes) G
Emily Blunt's Mary Poppins bears faint traces of her acid-tongued turn as Meryl Streep's assistant in The Devil Wears Prada. This is a sequel set 25 years after the events of the original and it's directed by Rob Marshall, an expert when it comes to shaping musical numbers to amplify plot and character. Using the original film as his template, he's honed it and updated it, taking care to strike plenty of nostalgic notes en route. Marshall has not only brought Mary into the present, he's set her up for the future. SH
(132 minutes) M Adam McKay's film is fairer to Dick Cheney than history may be. Christian Bale plays the former US vice-president as a man who is likeable, kinda-sorta . The film is certainly a take-down , but far from a demolition. The big surprise about the movie is how much fun it is.McKay takes an axe to the rulebook of what you can and can't do in a biopic about a living (still powerful) public figure. It's irreverent, but not to the point of derision or parody. PB
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