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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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