Mary Poppins Returns, Spider-Man, Holmes & Watson, Ben is Back are among the new featured movies you can enjoy this month, writes Nicholas Barber.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, one of the few superhero films to be animated rather than live-action. To make matters more confusing, the idea is that Peter Parker meets various incarnations of Spider-Man (and Spider-Woman) from different universes.
With just four days to foil a plot to murder Queen Victoria, the world’s greatest detective is aided by John C Reilly’s Dr Watson. If the trailer is anything to go by, the humour could be, well, elementary, but fans of Step Brothers and Talladega Nights will be pleased to see Ferrell and Reilly bumbling around together again.
Julie Andrews has passed her carpetbag and parrot-headed umbrella to Emily Blunt, and Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer co-star as Michael and Jane, the grown-up versions of the children Mary looked after last time.
Julia Roberts plays a suburban mother of four whose 19-year-old son sneaks out of rehab and returns to the family home for Christmas. Not everyone is pleased to see him. His relatives doubt that he’ll stay clean while he’s in town, and the local drug dealers have scores to settle.
Peter Jackson knows a thing or two about making fantasy epics. As a writer and producer, he has been working on Mortal Engines, a post-apocalyptic science-fiction adventure adapted from Philip Reeve’s steampunk YA novels.
Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) is a pianist and composer; Zula (Joanna Kulig) is a singer he discovers. From the day they meet in the late 1950s, they can’t keep their eyes or hands off each other, but nothing else about their relationship is so simple. Should they stay in Communist Poland, where Wiktor’s state-sponsored ensemble has to stick to patriotic folk tunes, or should they venture through the Iron Curtain to the jazz clubs of Paris?
Vice is a biopic of Dick Cheney, the US Vice President who is believed to have done much of George W Bush’s work for him, and who spoke out in favour of waterboarding and other forms of “enhanced interrogation”.
Jean-Luc Godard's new challenging film. It won the first ever ‘Special Palme d’Or’ in Cannes – which is not to say that everyone knew what to make of it. Whatever it means, writes Bilge Ebiri in The Village Voice, “you can lose yourself in the dexterity and texture of Godard’s editing, in the way he matches compositions, gestures, subject matter”.
If your favourite bits of the Mission: Impossible films are when Tom Cruise is dangling one-handed from somewhere high, then don’t miss Free Solo, a nerve-racking documentary that follows Alex Honnold, a Californian rock climber, as he trains to be the first ever person to scale the El Capital Wall in Yosemite – “3200 feet of sheer granite” – with no ropes or harnesses.
Roma, a sensitive semi-autobiographical tribute to the maid who helped raise him. Set in Mexico City in the early 1970s, the drama is shot in lustrous black-and-white, using Cuarón’s signature long takes and recreating the period in loving detail.