Only The Brave (12)
The forest fires that routinely lay waste to vast tracts of America are the implacable villain of this stirring true story.
Josh Brolin plays Eric Marsh, the earthy chief of a team of back-up firefighters, trying to gain their accreditation as "hotshots" - the brave souls authorised to tackle the wildfires on the frontline.
Aside from Marsh, the other figure we focus on is Miles Teller (of Whiplash fame) as junkie waster "Donut", who's inspired to clean up his act and get a job with the crew when he finds out he's about to be a father.
The film has real heart, and the sweeping Arizona scenery really gives you a feel for how daunting the heroes' task can be, with solid support from Jeff Bridges and Jennifer Connelly.
It may be the forest fire answer to Top Gun, but rather than go full Hollywood, the understated tone of the heroism on show is kept even when the ferocity of the fires ramps up, and the final drama hits all the harder for it.
By Jayme Bryla
★★★★☆Only the Brave trailer stars Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, and Jeff Bridges as the Granite Mountain Hotshots
Paddington 2 (PG)
Everyone's favourite marmalade-guzzling bear is back, and while the first instalment saw Paddington trying to adapt to life with the Brown family in London, the sequel sees him looking homewards to deepest darkest Peru - specifically trying to earn enough money to buy a present to send there for his aunt Lucy.
However, what should be a straightforward task is hijacked by the arrival of dastardly ham Hugh Grant, here playing a dastardly ham called Phoenix Buchanan. Grant devours his role with great gusto, but while it's great fun it's hard to see why he was worthy of a Bafta nomination.
Hugh Bonneville is again on song as the benevolent Mr Brown, while Harry Potter's Brendan Gleeson is a great addition as a misunderstood prison chef.
While Paddington's wide-eyed earnestness may make him a touch bland as a hero, kids will be transfixed. Marmalade sandwiches all round!
By Jayme Bryla
★★★★☆Trailer for Paddington 2 sees bear return to the big screen, this time joined by Hugh Grant
Call Me By Your Name (15)
Luca Guadagnino (A Bigger Splash) directs this four-time Oscar-nominated masterpiece, a sexy and sun-kissed love story set "somewhere in northern Italy in 1983".
Timothée Chalamet gives a thrilling breakthrough performance as Elio, a precocious and sensitive teenager who is flipped upside down and inside out by the arrival of house guest Oliver (Armie Hammer).
Oliver has come to spend the summer with Elio’s archaeologist father, studying the kind of Greco-Roman statues to which Hammer, stripped topless for volleyball and lake swimming, bears such a striking resemblance.
Michael Stuhlbarg is terrific as Elio’s father and his speech in the final act of the film is the highlight of James Ivory’s Bafta-winning script, adapted from André Aciman’s 2007 novel.
An absolute peach of a film.
By Matthew Ivey
★★★★★Trailer for romantic drama Call Me by Your Name based on book by André Aciman
Murder On The Orient Express (12)
Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, Derek Jacobi, Willem Dafoe, Olivia Colman, Daisy Ridley.
Has ever such a stellar cast been put to such uninspiring use? Not often.
Few, if any, of the suspects for Branagh's Hercule Poirot to interrogate here generate much interest in their backstories, and curiously for such a lavish setting as the Orient Express, it all seems rather drab.
Poirot's deductive talents are ridiculously overpowered from the hammy opening scene onwards, there's a fight scene with a Russian dancer that seems to come straight from a parody, and the most interesting mystery here is whether Branagh's fabulous moustache is real or not.
Well either that or why it was felt there was any need for a remake.
By Jayme Bryla
★☆☆☆☆All-star cast in the first trailer for Agatha Christie's 'Murder on the Orient Express' starring Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot
The Florida Project (15)
Another, far better, Willem Dafoe movie out this week is this snapshot of a summer in the life of foul-mouthed 6-year-old girl Moonee (played by rising star Brooklynn Prince) with her band of mischievous playmates.
It explores Moonee’s relationship with her dysfunctional but caring mother, whose parenting approach is far from traditional as she does whatever it takes to pay for a roof over their heads.
At first glance, you may be a little confused at where the movie is going, but keep at it and you will inevitably connect with the characters. The best thing is the irony of there being a whole society of struggling people living just down the road from Disney World, the “happiest place on earth”.
Highly recommended to anyone that has ever visited Florida as it shows a completely different side to the magical fantasy land that you never see. Great acting throughout, especially from the young actors.
By Lee Saunders
★★★★☆Trailer for Florida Project featuring Willem Dafoe
All I See Is You (15)
Blind Gina (Blake Lively) and her husband James (Jason Clarke) seem to have an idyllic life in Bangkok.
But their relationship changes when Gina has a operation to correct her sight.
With her vision restored, her newfound independence and confidence poses a threat to James and it is slowly revealed just how controlling and manipulating he has been.
When Gina’s sight starts to fail again we see not only the marriage crumble but also the disturbing lengths James goes to in order to regain control of Gina’s life.
Both Lively and Clarke put in excellent performances in this dark and tense psychological thriller.
By John Maskey
Attack On Titan: Season 2
This epic animated tale of humans trying to stave off extinction at the hands of giant, humanoid man-eaters (the Titans) finally returned last year after a nearly four-year wait.
Adding to the consternation of its devoted legion of fans, this series is only 12 episodes, not even half the 25 of its debut series.
However, the shorter run allows for a significantly pacier adaptation of one of the key
story arcs from the original manga comics by Hajime Isayama.
Not a single episode is wasted (that most prolific crime of anime series) and the claustrophobic sense of powerlessness and fear introduced in the first season is ratcheted up with aplomb.
With Wit Studio’s animators not stretched to sacrifice quality for quantity this time, the teething problems of the first season have been ironed out, resulting in some truly spectacular visuals.
The series drifts into psychological horror territory, and the breakneck pace of character and plot development is sustained throughout, culminating in some truly touching character beats and heart-in-your-mouth action sequences.
With its third season set to air this summer, now's a great time to delve into this mature, unsettling, dystopian story that ponders the question of what it means to be human.
By Charlotte Somerville