Latest movies: Anomalisa, The Divergent Series: Allegiant, Kung Fu Panda 3, The Witch

Midlife crisis, youthful angst and posthumous fury

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ANOMALISA ★★★★★

From the brilliantly addled mind of writer Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine) comes this grown-up puppet show where David Thewlis voices a demotivated motivational speaker. What else but love can persuade him that life is worth living. Definitely worth your time.

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THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT ★★

Shailene Woodley continues to put on a brave face in a perilously creaky franchise. As Tris she’s hotfooting it again beyond city walls that have been erected by a nefarious, power-hungry demagogue in order to divide and rule. Surely that could never happen in real-life America, could it…?


KUNG FU PANDA 3 ★★★

If a recent interview with Jack Black is to be believed, this may be one of the funnyman’s last movies – having grown bored with playing “the loveable loser”. But he does it so well and, here, as the voice of fuzzy warrior Po he gets to be heroic too. Let’s hope his career doesn’t become extinct.


THE WITCH ★★★★

In 17th-century New England the pioneering spirit leads a Puritan family into the clutches of a supernatural presence. If you prefer your horror films to be drenched in thick atmosphere rather than gore, this one’s for you. And the talent in front and behind the camera hails from our shores.


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