FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS ★★★★★
Could Meryl Streep be looking at her 20th Oscar nomination for playing the New York socialite who yearned to be an opera diva but could’t sing a note? Only time will tell but it goes without saying that La Streep gives another game performance, ably assisted by Hugh Grant and The Big Bang’s Simon Helberg.
BAD NEIGHBOURS 2 ★★★★
Poor old Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne. No sooner have they seen off Zac Efron and the frat boy neighbours from hell than a sorority of hedonistic rude girls moves in. Kick-Ass star Chloe Grace Moretz finds her inner bad girl as the leader of a distaff brat pack.
Another enigmatic piece of experimental cinema from director Terrence Malick features Christian Bale as a Hollywood scribe wandering around LA in a funk. There are plenty of stars on parade (Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman) but this offering from the meditative maestro might be for acolytes only.
Night Manager star Tom Hiddleston swaps spying for crooning here, as he portrays yodelling country-and-western legend Hank Williams. It might not be the best biopic around but kudos are due to the star for performing his own vocals.