THE CONJURING 2 ★★★★
Another case for real-life ghostbusters Ed and Lorraine Warren (played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) sees the couple bound for North London to exorcise the infamous Enfield Poltergeist. It may not be utterly authentic but it is authentically creepy.
This CGI smorgasbord of feuding deities, mammoth monsters and flabby fantasy has already caused a fuss over the lack of Egyptian actors in leading roles. Good job we have bristling Gerard Butler shouting for all his worth as a megalomaniac god (like 300’s King Leonidas, only in smarter togs). Or maybe not.
Ice Cube and his haircutting crew return for a second sequel of light-hearted dialogue and debate about America (and their little piece in Chicago), only this time in a post-Obama world. Funny and relevant, it also features a breakout role for Nicki Minaj as a vampish stylist.
THE KEEPING ROOM ★★★
Director Daniel Barber’s second film – after “OAP on the rampage” thriller Harry Brown – is a home-invasion tale, only it’s set during the American Civil War when a trio of women on a farm in the Deep South are forced to fend off a pair of mercenary Union soldiers. Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Sam Worthington are among the stars of this literal battle of the sexes.