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  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Spider-Man: Homecoming

    ★★★★

    It has such a tantalising start. Spider-Man: Homecoming re-treads Peter Parker’s (Tom Holland) cameo steps in Captain America: Civil War. From his teenage, camera-phone perspective, our view on him shifts from the snarky, expert web-slinger to the young, excitable teenager on the brink of superhero stardom.

    He’s like a dog off the leash, and he’s realising how much is out there now his talents are put to full use. But director Jon Watt has to keep the momentum throughout, and…

  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★★

    Blasting onto the screen with a Tarantino-esque soundtrack and a bubblegum, all-star cast is Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver. Wright concocted the Cornetto trilogy and hit the comic-book fans hard with Scott Pilgrim vs The World, and Baby Driver packs a punch you won’t forget. An enormous POW! and THWACK! wouldn’t be out of place in this pop picture but, behind the veil of hipster cool (and it’s sunglasses-resting-on-your-nose cool), it drops the ball somewhere.

    Baby (Ansel Elgort) is a getaway…

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  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler

    ★★★★

    Based on the west coast streets, with the orange haze and branded bill-boards, Nightcrawler comes out of the dark with a sordid capitalist tale to tell. Starring a wide-eyed Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom, videographer of the LA boulevards, it’s a name he won’t let you forget. He captures the bloody crimes that dominate the morning television screens across the local area. Leeching off the ills of society, his role is needed because it makes money. His “professional” and guide-to-success…

  • Foxcatcher

    Foxcatcher

    ★★★½

    No music and little dialogue introduce brothers Mark (Tatum) and Dave (Ruffalo) Schultz. The dance of wrestlers, grabbing and holding each other in pin-downs and body-throws, prove their intimate knowledge of each other’s physicality. A combination of Bennett Miller’s considered direction and the actor’s commitment ensure that their relationship is deeply personal and wholly authentic. Foxcatcher is rooted in the world of wrestling, whereby the support of John Du Pont (Steve Carrell) gave security to athletes determined to be the…