The best films to watch at the cinema this week – and what to avoid

Tim Robey
Abominable is the freshest treat at the cinema this week - DreamWorks Animation LLC.

This week’s cinema includes Abominable, a new DreamWorks film about a Yeti who’s trying to get back to his home in the heights of the Himalayas.

American Woman sees Sienna Miller play a downbeat young grandmother in small-town Pennsylvania.

The Day Shall Come is Chris Morris’s satirical take on the FBI, while Gemini Man gives us a more straightforward premise: Will Smith fighting Will Smith.

Still on release is Joker, the controversial Joaquin Phoenix film about a comedian who turns darker than anyone could have imagined.

Abominable ★★★☆☆

Cute as a button, DreamWorks’ new animated kids’ film about a Yeti’s quest to escape captivity and return home to Mount Everest is formulaic, but the titular Abominable Snowman is a fluffy wonder. With the voices of Chloe Bennet, Albert Tsai, Sarah Paulson and Eddie Izzard.

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American Woman ★★★☆☆

Sienna Miller gives a buzzy performance as a single mother in small-town Pennsylvania, tasked with raising her teenage daughter’s infant son after the former goes missing, in a gritty drama of working-class crisis from Jake (son of Ridley) Scott.

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The Day Shall Come ★★★☆☆

Chris Morris (Four Lions) satirises the recruitment efforts of FBI agents in Miami, who try to turn a deluded preacher (Marchánt Davis) into a terrorist. It’s more scattershot than we’d hope from Morris, and the racial politics are dodgy, but flashes of his crackpot brilliance shine through.

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Gemini Man ★★☆☆☆

Thanks to de-ageing CGI, Will Smith plays a super-assassin in a duel to the death with his 20-year-old clone, in Ang Lee’s dreary, preposterous action flop.

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Joker ★★★★☆

Last month’s surprise Golden Lion winner at the Venice Film Festival, director Todd Phillips and star Joaquin Phoenix’s rivetingly dark reimagining of the classic Batman baddie’s origin story combines mass-shooter topicality with a vintage Scorsese aesthetic.

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