Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine pops his claws (or could it be his clogs) one last time, as Marvel’s mardy mutant and an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) come to the aid of a little girl with some uncannily familiar abilities. Prepare to be surprised, it’s like no other X-Men film you’ve ever seen.
Director Gurinder Chadha (Bend It like Beckham) returns to India in an ambitious reflection on the Partition of 70 years ago. Lord and Lady Mountbatten (as played by Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson) are the big historical players presiding over the end of Empire, while a below-stairs romance between Hindu and Muslim servants alludes to Downton Abbey-like dramatics. However, this is film-making from the heart about an event that resonates loudly even to this day.
Big (acting) beasts go head-to-head in this rural crime drama, when things go off between Brendan Gleeson’s criminal patriarch and his getaway driver son (Michael Fassbender), who begins to question his family’s robbing ways. It could be a western but it’s actually set in the lovely, leafy glades of modern-day Gloucestershire.