Horns, Book of Life, Serena: this week’s cinema releases reviewed

Daniel Radcliffe is a little devil, the Day of the Dead brings some animated mayhem, and Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper get together again

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HORNS ★★★★

Daniel Radcliffe tries to leave Harry Potter behind – and how! He plays a DJ who is accused of murdering his girlfriend (Juno Temple) and then grows devil horns. But are they a sign of his guilt, or something else entirely?

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BOOK OF LIFE ★★★★

Inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead celebrations, this psychedelic fun-ride sees a young troubadour travel through different realms in an attempt to win the love of a woman. With the voices of Diego Luna, Zoë Saldana and Channing Tatum.


SERENA ★★★

Depression-era romantic drama that’s enlivened by the presence of stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. Their relationship begins in passion and ends in tragedy.


THE BABADOOK ★★★★

Outstanding Australian horror about a widowed mother who struggles to cope with her young son’s behaviour. They read a storybook about the sinister Babadook – but is the monster more real than imaginary?


THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU ★★★

American comedy stars Tina Fey and Jason Bateman are among the members of a dysfunctional family forced to get together after a death. This boasts a star-studded cast, some witty lines and a lot of heart.

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JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE ★★★★

OutKast’s André Benjamin plays Jimi Hendrix in an insightful look at the rocker’s life just prior to his rise to fame. Written and directed by John Ridley, writer of 12 Years a Slave.


ALSO RELEASED THIS WEEK:

EXTRATERRESTRIAL ★★

NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON ★★★

TIME IS ILLMATIC ★★★