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Have you seen new noir thriller Bad Times at the El Royale, starring Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm and Chris Hemsworth? Read our review below.

The world’s worst spy returns in Johnny English Strikes Again, but this time the threats are technologically daunting and the villain a billionaire cyber attacker.

France

From Lenny Abrahamson, director of the Oscar-nominated ‘Room’, comes this haunting period drama staring Domnhall Gleeson and Ruth Wilson.

On the heels of their six-time Academy Award-winning smash, La La Land, Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle and actor Ryan Gosling join forces for First Man.

We have met the titular anti-hero of Ruben Fleischer’s latest film before, menacing Peter Parker in Spiderman 3.

You’d never put them together but, watching Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga onscreen together, it feels like they were made to star alongside one another - and this modern day remake of A Star Is Born showcases their effortless chemistry and acting/singing skills perfectly.

If you’re a fan of Kevin Hart – most famous for starring alongside Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in Central Intelligence and Ice Cube in Ride Along’, then you can’t go wrong with his latest comedy caper Night School.

Based on the best-selling novel by Sarah Waters, The Little Stranger, tells the story of Dr Faraday, the son of a housemaid, who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor.

Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish are fine actors and two of the funniest comedians working today.

With the weather forecast saying a typhoon is imminent, a gambling-addicted private eye spies on his ex-wife in Hirokazu Koreeda’s drama that boasts some first rate acting.

Four Weddings And A Funeral director Mike Newell helms another film with a cumbersome title, a sweeping tale of self-sacrifice set amid the Nazi occupation of Guernsey and starring Lily James.

London

See our review of crime drama King of Thieves, currently showing in cinemas. Have you seen the movie and what did you think of it?

This Oscar-nominated picture tells the story of controversial American figure skater Tonya Harding who was accused of conspiring to attack one of her rivals during the build up to the 1994 Olympics.

Sudbury

Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua team up for the fourth time for this sequel to 2014’s The Equalizer – a film loosely based on the 1980s British television series starring Edward Woodward.

Do you agree with our list of some of the worst films ever made?

United Kingdom

Mary Poppins Returns. Well, thank God for that.

In 1987 director-writer-actor Shane Black’s Hawkins was the first character to meet his end at the hands of the eponymous alien in John McTiernan’s Predator.

Lady Bird isn’t strictly autobiographical, but indie actress-turned writer/director Greta Gerwig draws on fond memories of her Californian hometown for a beautifully observed valentine to mother-daughter relationships and youthful exuberance.

The Luna Cinema was back in Alexandra Palace park this weekend and crowds enjoyed special screenings of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and The Breakfast Club.

Take a look at our review of American Animals which is still in cinemas - have you seen the film? What did you think?

Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman is a must see for 2018 that successfully weaves satire into the serious topic of fractious race relations and the Ku Klux Klan before delivering a gut wrenching punch in the closing scenes.

America

Resembling an extended episode of The Inbetweeners, The Festival is full of cringe-worthy moments, witty one-liners and relatable characters. But, most of all, it’s a grimly realistic representation of what it’s like to spend a weekend in a muddy music-filed field with your mates.

Though it started out as an internet meme in 2009, the true horror of the Slender Man came to life when, in 2014, two Wisconsin 12-year-olds who believed in the shadowy character stabbed a friend...

Craig Gillespie’s biopic of US figure skating champion Tonya Harding starring Margot Robbie illuminates the 1994 attack on rival skater Nancy Kerrigan with a cast of unlikeable characters including her violent ex-husband and domineering mother.

United States

The sixth instalment in the Mission Impossible franchise sees Tom Cruise return as IMF agent Ethan Hunt and is once again overseen by writer and director Christopher McQuarrie, the man behind 2015’s well received Rogue Nation.

The comedy and the espionage genres have long been a near-perfect combination, with the likes of Top Secret! (1984), the Johnny English series (2003-present) and Mathew Vaughn’s Kingsman films (2014 – present).

Guillermo Del Toro’s fantasy, an erotically-charged Cold War love story between a mute cleaning lady, played by Sally Hawkins, and a carnivorous merman, won the Best Picture and now it is being shown in Diss.

Toni Collette and Gabriel Byrne star in this debut feature from American director Ari Aster, which tells the tale of a grieving family, who after the death of their matriarch, begin to uncover dark secrets and are haunted by disturbing events.

Charlie

As gripping as Antoine Fuqua’s pulpy, hard-boiled action thriller The Equalizer (2014) was it was not a film to which a sequel seemed likely or, indeed, necessary.

Paul Rudd reprises the role of Ant-Man for this sequel to the 2015 original, which also sees Evangeline Lilly return as the Wasp and promoted to co-lead.

An unnerving, dystopian depiction of the darkest realms of the internet, ‘Unfriended: The Dark Web’ will make you want to log out of social media a little more, if nothing else.

Facebook

The removal of Kevin Spacey proves to be a blessing in disguise as replacement Christopher Plummer shines as oil tycoon John Paul Getty in Ridley Scott’s propulsive thriller which gets a screening in Diss.

Italy

Sharks have long proved to be particularly popular, non-human threats in many an ocean or island bound adventure.

Sicario 2: Soldado, the sequel to 2015’s outstanding Sicario, sees Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro return as CIA agent Matt Graver and hitman Alejandro Gillick to once again do battle with the drug cartels of Mexico.

United States

Despite its reported troubled production, Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man proved to be one of 2015’s unexpected delights, eschewing the darker elements and weightier themes of previous entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to deliver an exciting, action-packed superhero film.

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