Latest movies: Brooklyn, He Named Me Malala, The Closer We Get, Kill Your Friends

An Irish lass falls for two men, Malala Yousafzai beats the Taliban, an inside view of a family in trouble, and Nicholas Hoult goes a-murdering in Britpop London

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BROOKLYN ★★★★

Having teased us in Atonement and Hanna, Saoirse Ronan breaks out as a young woman torn between two lovers – one in an America easing its way out of the 1950s straitjacket, the other back in good old, safe old Ireland. Whichever way she jumps, there will probably be tears before bedtime, possibly preceded by a nice cup of cocoa.

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HE NAMED ME MALALA ★★★★

Shot in the head by the Taliban for wanting an education, Pakistani campaigner Malala Yousafzai became the youngest ever recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize and is now the “most famous teenager in the world”. And her story is actually even more extraordinary than those headlines suggest.   


THE CLOSER WE GET ★★★

Karen Guthrie takes an insider’s look at her own family at a time of crisis in a documentary skating on the thin ice of exploitation. That caveat to one side, it’s a small, tender film and a reminder that other people’s families are endlessly fascinating, perhaps because we’re just thankful they aren’t our own.  


KILL YOUR FRIENDS ★★★

Take the basic idea behind American Psycho, transfer it to Britpop London and cast Nicholas Hoult as the A&R man who doesn’t just want to make a killing in the charts. The Blur-Oasis-Radiohead era delivers again in this adaptation of music-biz insider John Niven’s blackly comic bestseller.


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SCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE ★★★

BURNT ★★

MICROBE & GASOLINE ★★

RONALDO ★★

THE RUNNER ★★

BRIEF ENCOUNTER ★★★★★


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