The Queen’s Corgi (PG)

Directors: Vincent Kesteloot and Ben Stassen Starring: Jack Whitehall, Julie Walters, Ray Winstone, Tom Courtenay, Matt Lucas, Jon Culshaw, Debra Stephenson, Sarah Hadland and Sheridan Smith. ⭐ Opening with a quaint montage and a lot of promise, Prince Philip (Courtenay) gifts Queen Elizabeth II (Walters) a lovable Corgi puppy called Rex (Whitehall). The little rascal…

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Yesterday (12A)

Director: Danny Boyle  Writer: Richard Curtis  Starring: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Joel Fry, Kate McKinnon, Meera Syal, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Ed Sheeran. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Aspiring musician Jack (Patel) is leading an ordinary life playing his mediocre songs to unresponsive audiences. For reasons unknown, a global blackout results in him suffering an accident and when he regains consciousness…

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Child’s Play (15)

Director: Lars Klevberg Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Hamill, Gabriel Bateman, Brian Tyree Henry, David Lewis, Carlease Burke and Tim Matheson. ⭐⭐⭐ Just over 30 years since we first played with Chucky, a kid’s doll cosmically possessed by the soul of a serial killer, somebody in Hollywood decided it was time for a reboot, or rather reimagining,…

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Toy Story 4 (U)

Director: Josh Cooley Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Christina Hendricks, Joan Cusack and Keanu Reeves. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Almost 25 years since we first met Woody, Buzz, Bo Peep, Jessie and the rest of the gang in the original Toy Story and nearly a decade on from the last instalment,…

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Men in Black: International (12A)

Director: F. Gary Gray Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Rafe Spall, Kumail Nanjiani and Rebecca Ferguson. ⭐⭐ The good guys dress in black, remember that? Yes, it’s 22 years since the first Men in Black film crash-landed onto cinema screens and introduced us to Agents Kay and Jay with the perfectly cast…

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X-Men: Dark Phoenix (12A)

⭐⭐⭐ Director: Simon Kinberg. Starring: James McAvoy, Sophie Turner, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Jessica Chastain and Tye Sheridan. Another month, another superhero film and it’s Marvel again with X-Men: Dark Phoenix (or perhaps that should be X-Women as one character quips). Tasked with concluding this particular chapter of the series and making his feature…

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Aladdin (PG)

Director: Guy Ritchie Starring: Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Mena Massoud, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban and Nasim Pedra ⭐⭐⭐ Next up on the conveyer belt of Disney’s live-action remakes is 1992’s Aladdin, fondly remembered for Robin Williams’s iconic voice performance as the Genie of the lamp and Alan Menken’s double Oscar winning score. Menken returns with…

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Rocketman (15)

Director: Dexter Fletcher Starring: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard, Stephen Graham, Steven Mackintosh and Gemma Jones ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Living legend Elton John has been one of music’s most popular and flamboyant performers for over 40 years. Taron Egerton steps into his platform shoes and dons his spectacular spectacles in Rocketman, which tells us…

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Pokémon Detective Pikachu (PG)

⭐⭐⭐ Director: Rob Letterman Starting: Justice Smith, Ryan Reynolds, Bill Nighy, Ken Watanabe, Kathryn Newton and Chris Geere. Firstly, for the uninitiated, some background information: Originating in Japan and quickly becoming a worldwide marketing phenomenon (primarily through trading cards), Pokémon are an assortment of creatures each with a power unique to them. They can only…

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