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Ferdinand

7 Dec 20173 stars

John Cena and David Tennant lend their voices to an overcrowded but endearing animation

Neither prime grade nor old bull, this bovine animation is an amiable enough enterprise from Blue Sky, the studio the Ice Age movies built. Director Carlos Saldanha – a Blue Sky regular – extracts plenty that's endearing from a busy script, not least a…

Stronger

4 Dec 20173 stars

Committed performances from Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany power this biographical drama

David Gordon Green's dramatisation of Jeff Bauman's rehabilitation following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing avoids many of the usual pitfalls of the 'road to recovery' film by making its story revolve around dysfunctional families and personal…

Blade of the Immortal

4 Dec 20174 stars

Takashi Miike's manga adaptation combines a series of spectacular face-offs with a dash of moral fibre

Revenge isn't all that simple in a samurai story with moral backbone and a supernatural bent, directed with typical panache by the absurdly prolific Japanese auteur Takashi Miike (13 Assassins, Ichi the Killer, Audition). His 100th feature is based on…

Human Flow

4 Dec 20174 stars

Ai Weiwei's hugely ambitious take on the refugee crisis carries us on a heartbreaking journey

The famed Chinese artist and political agitator Ai Weiwei is no stranger to the documentary, either as a medium for his own work or, in the case of Alison Klayman's 2012 portrait Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, a showcase for his art and activism. But his…

Brigsby Bear

4 Dec 20174 stars

Mark Hamill and Greg Kinnear feature in this weird and wonderful dramedy from Dave McCary

A side-project from members of the Saturday Night Live team, Brigsby Bear is a weird and often wonderful comedy drama that critiques modern pop culture. A nostalgic eulogy for a non-existent children's television show from the 1980s, Dave McCary's…