A GHOST STORY ★★★★
A hit at the Sundance Film Festival in January, this atmospheric drama stars Casey Affleck as a dead musician whose spectre visits his grieving wife (Rooney Mara). It’s precisely as unusual, emotional and beautifully crafted as Ain’t them Bodies Saints, director David Lowery’s previous film with Affleck and Mara, and has earned rave reviews across the board. Just have hankies at the ready.
SHIN GODZILLA ★★★★
Forget Hollywood’s 2014 version; this Japanese reboot takes the titular monster back to his roots for a cracking satire/nuclear-threat thriller, complete with awe-inspiring set-pieces and a gnarly new look for Godzilla. A smash at the Japanese box office – it was the highest-grossing film there in 2016 – Shin Godzilla delivers fist-pumping good fun as the beast tramples Tokyo and Japanese authorities attempt to bring him down.
The creepy doll’s back, and she’s as unsettling as ever in this superior follow-up to 2014’s Annabelle. Winding back the clock to reveal the origins of the Annabelle doll, director David F Sandberg’s (Lights Out) prequel sets the tiny terror loose in a remote house where a group of orphan girls are living with a dollmaker. It’s part of the Conjuring franchise, and there are a few subtle hints at future films within the larger universe, so keeps those peepers peeled – if you can pry your hands from your face, of course.