Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (12A)

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (12A)

 

Luc Besson’s love of comic books reaches its apex with this bold, universe-spanning sci-fi epic featuring leftfield star Dane DeHaan and model-actor Cara Delevingne as two agents charged with saving all life.

A visual stylist whose films exude a playful anarchy, Besson out-does Hollywood with his grand set pieces that deliver big bangs with sly, knowing humour.

England Is Mine (15)

England Is Mine (15)

 

Recalling the recent Northern Soul, but mainly focused on the life and musical hopes of one young teenager, England Is Mine details the early life of Steven Patrick Morrissey.

Rather than tell the story of The Smiths, the film instead focuses on the singer's teens and the world that shaped him. It's as much a paean to youthful passion as it is a biopic.

Final Portrait (15)

Final Portrait (15)

Coinciding with the vast retrospective at London’s Tate Modern, this timely portrait of Alberto Giacometti is dominated by a superb central performance from Geoffrey Rush as the brilliant artist.

Set over a couple of weeks in 1964, Stanley Tucci’s first film in a decade as director focuses on the period when the artist chose to create a portrait of his friend, the art critic James Lord (Armie Hammer).

A Ghost Story (12A)

A Ghost Story (12A)

Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara reunite with their Ain’t Them Bodies Saints director David Lowery for this haunting, low-key tale.

Less a horror film than an exploration of our emotional metaphysical state in the afterlife, Lowery’s film opens with a tragic accident before collapsing time to detail the strength of one couple’s bond, before showing how life, no matter how difficult, must go on for the living.