Cinema new releases for Friday 17th November - our film expert Jason Best reviews the best movies coming out including blockbuster fantasy adventure Justice League
Ben Affleck’s Batman, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and Henry Cavill’s Superman join fellow DC Comics superheroes the Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) in their first joint fantasy adventure. They certainly have the combined clout to take on the movie’s supervillain, Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds), but when it comes to entertaining us they are no match for their Marvel Comics rivals, the Avengers. The Marvel bunch fizz with energy and wit. This lot are far too dark and brooding to be much fun, and they spend ages hanging around before we get to the action. Still, it’s good to see Gadot’s Amazonian warrior back in the thick of things, even if most viewers will be more excited by the prospect of her second solo movie than this so-so ensemble venture. Rating: **
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
Annette Bening and Jamie Bell are sexy, funny and touching in this tender, bittersweet biopic about the surprising May-September romance between faded Hollywood star Gloria Grahame – a wisecracking, sultry blonde in 40s and 50s films – and young Liverpudlian actor Peter Turner before her death in 1981.Rating: ****
A world away from Twilight, Robert Pattinson turns in a terrific performance in this gritty, gripping, low-budget crime thriller as a small-time New York crook who ropes his mentally challenged younger brother (played by co-director Benny Safdie) into a hare-brained robbery scheme. Things inevitably go hopelessly awry. Rating: ***
More reviews next week.