Rosewater, Girlhood, Spooks: the Greater Good, Big Game

In cinemas this week: Gael García Bernal is arrested in Iran, Karidja Touré falls in with a Paris girl gang, Kit Harington must save London, President Samuel L Jackson crash-lands in Finland

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ROSEWATER ★★★★

Satirical TV presenter Jon Stewart lands on his feet directing his feature debut, an assured depiction of the Kafka-esque trials of Iranian Newsweek journalist Maziar Bahari (played by Gael García Bernal).

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GIRLHOOD ★★★★

The third film from French director Céline Sciamma (Water Lilies, Tomboy) has got a lot of people talking about what it means to be a woman in today’s France. Newcomer Karidja Touré plays the outsider who finds a home with other suburban dropouts in Paris.


SPOOKS: THE GREATER GOOD ★★★

Fans of the long-running TV drama will be purring at the extended length of this feature spin-off, which mixes faces old (Peter Firth, Lara Pulver, Tim McInnerny) and new (Kit Harington) in a terrorism story, but it’s neither as clever as Smiley nor as gripping as Bond.


BIG GAME ★★★

Betrayed US President Samuel L Jackson has to rely on a Finnish teenager in this old-fashioned adventure story.  It only comes off because young Onni Tommila has enough presence to match Jackson, not to mention the stunning locations.


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PHOENIX ★★★

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STILL ★★★

WYRMWOOD: ROAD OF THE DEAD ★★★

THE BEAT BENEATH MY FEET

★★

HONEYTRAP

★★★