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Finnish writer-director Aki Kaurismaki turns out to be the ideal filmmaker to deal with the refugee crisis as he conjures another quirky portrait of modern life.

America

Russian film Loveless landed with a wallop, representing the first serious contender for this year’s Palme d’Or.

Russia

Recommended Film of the Week: Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge (12A)

Cannes celebrated the opening of the 70th edition of its film festival with a knotty, indulgent film about a knotted, indulgent film maker

France

Johnny Depp is stuck recycling one of his worst performances alongside Javier Bardem’s new villain in Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge

Based on a screenplay by Katie Dippold, who penned the Sandra Bullock-Melissa McCarthy romp The Heat, this odd couple adventure about a mother and daughter in peril in South American jungles is all a bit forced and frantic.

Spanish writer-director Nacho Vigalondo plays with madness in his inventive and daring homage to Godzilla, which mashes the monster mayhem with an offbeat indie romantic comedy.

United States

Jim Sheridan and Johnny Ferguson’s adaptation of Sebastian Barry’s Booker Prize nominated novel is thin in its storytelling but does boast some terrific acting.

Ireland

Based on the internationally acclaimed Japanese Manga and much loved anime, this live action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell arrived with a negative online buzz due in part to a whitewashing scandal that surrounded its casting.

A film by French director Olivier Assaya, Personal Shopper stars Kristen Stewart, who after rising to fame in the Twilight movies has been excelling in much less mainstream fare of late.

France

The director’s latest prequel delivers an entertaining Alien-ripping-its-way-through-a-spaceship-crew narrative, while also making Prometheus seem worthwhile.

John Madden’s US political thriller failed to be an Oscar contender but its cynicism and touching faith in the utterly venal nature of Washington means its more relevant than ever.

United States

Johnny Harris escapes the acting support card to spar with heavyweights Ray Winstone and Ian McShane in Thomas Napper’s film that mixes ferocious boxing scenes with moving vulnerability.

London

Following last year’s divisive High Rise, eclectic British director Ben Wheatley returns with Free Fire – a 70s set tale about a gun deal which goes badly wrong.

United Kingdom

Seeing the truth is easy when you have robotic vision in director Sean Foley’s lark based around a fictitious 1980s TV detective show set on the Isle of Man.

Screenwriter Colin Bateman imagines what might have been said at a momentous real-life encounter Revd Ian Paisley and late Sinn Fein MP Martin McGuinness.

Scotland

Love never dies, nor does the four-legged hero in Lasse Hallström’s film that goes from beautiful coming of age drama to the Tibetan Book of the Dead with dogs.

Sweden

Recommended film of the week - The Zookeeper’s Wife (12A)

The sequel to the Marvel film for people who don’t like Marvel films is sharper and funnier than the original, but somewhere in the second half it loses its way.

Logan marks Hugh Jackman’s final outing as Wolverine, revisiting a role he has played eight times before, which started with X-men in 2000.

Oscar Isaac is good but Christian Bale falls back on being very intense in Terry George’s period romance that’s David Lean style epic without the budget.

Germany

The anti-heroine of William Oldroyd’s debut is portrayed with scorching intensity by rising 19-year-old British acting star Florence Pugh.

United Kingdom

Marvel’s latest sequel starts off sharper and funnier than the first, but loses its way in the second half

The Armeian Genocide deserves a better film but The Promise is the one it’s got and it may be enough

Germany

Rising from the ashes of 2005’s interminable King Kong remake by Peter Jackson, Kong: Skull Island attempts to breathe new life into the franchise.

The Blitz era low budget movie about home front propaganda, with a cast that includes Norfolk’s own Sam Claflin, is sweet and charming but ineffectual.

London

Warren Beatty’s film about the billionaire philanthropist and recluse is awkwardly positioned within a faltering romantic comedy that is as faulty as that Oscar night mix-up.

The eighth instalment of the action franchise fails to make the most of the action sequences and is overstuffed with recurring chracters and Helen Mirren as a cockney mum.

Best known for his violent Vengeance trilogy, the South Korean director has made perhaps his finest film with a good yarn based on Sarah Walters’ novel.

Liverpudlian writer-director clearly feels a deep affinity with American poet Emily Dickinson and his labour of love paints a richly detailed portrait of a misunderstood woman.

Robert Mullan’s film is maddeningly lax, rambling and even a touch self indulgent by saved by cast that also includes Gabriel Byrne, Elisabeth Moss and Michael Gambon.

United Kingdom

The film’s approach would surely meet with the institution’s approval: nothing is too structured, nothing is forced, no judgment is made and the characters are allowed to express themselves largely free of the imposition of narrative

United Kingdom

Sing is the latest animated feature from Illumination Entertainment, makers of Despicable Me and The Minions Movie.

Set in a world where an elusive hacker is wreaking havoc, the Hollywood version of the Japanese Manga downplays the action in favour of exploring ideas about future society.

Ditching live-action for a return to animation, the family-friendly comedy reboots the misadventures of the cute blue creatures created by Belgian illustrator Peyo.

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