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The Hand Of God

30 Nov 20214 stars

Italian director Paolo Sorrentino offers his own mischievous take on a teenager coming of age

The latest film from the great Italian writer-director Paolo Sorrentino is also his funniest. It's not that his previous work has been lacking in laughs: This Must Be The Place was marvellously quirky and there were plenty of surreal interludes in The…

C'mon C'mon

29 Nov 20214 stars

Mike Mills directs Joaquin Phoenix in an endearing odd couple dramedy

An estranged uncle and his anxious young nephew forge a touching bond in this funny, studiously sincere and beautifully performed film from writer-director Mike Mills (20th Century Women, Beginners). If the prospect of Joaquin Phoenix and Gaby Hoffmann…

Encanto

24 Nov 20214 stars

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Disney join forces again for a marvellous animated musical

Difficult family dynamics and heartfelt and hilarious show tunes fuel this vivacious and visually spectacular Disney animation, which introduces us to a large and incredibly special brood living in an enchanted house in the Colombian mountains.

House Of Gucci

24 Nov 20213 stars

Lady Gaga is hypnotic in this wild ride of a true-life crime story from director Ridley Scott

'You will be the queen,' Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga) is assured by her psychic Pina (Salma Hayek) in one of House Of Gucci's many out-there scenes. Taking us from the 70s to the 90s across an overblown running time and with the great Ridley Scott at…

King Richard

15 Nov 20213 stars

Will Smith bags a great role as Richard Williams, father of Venus and Serena, in an entertaining biopic

Following a pair of previous nominations (for The Pursuit Of Happyness and Ali), Will Smith makes his latest Oscar bid, stepping into the trainers of the remarkable and unashamedly unconventional Richard Williams, father of tennis greats Venus and…