It's an interesting week at cinemas, with the latest in the Divergent series sitting alongside two of the most critically acclaimed films in recent memory in Anomalisa and The Witch. And there's also Kung Fu Panda 3, which is always welcome as far as we're concerned.
The Divergent Series Allegiant
From author Veronica Ross, the Divergent series so far has managed to hold its own against rivals like The Hunger Games. And it looks like they're going all out in this penultimate feature with dazzling special effects and a unique vision of the future. Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller return and Jeff Daniels is a newcomer to this shiny world.
Kung Fu Panda 3
The Kung Fu Panda series first popped up all the way back in 2008 and the sequels have been casually drip feeded since then, very much in keeping with the lazy central character. Because they're not appearing every year, they've managed to remain fresh, with this latest effort balancing heart, comedy, action and gorgeous visuals brilliantly.
Eternal Sunshine and Adaptation writer Charlie Kaufman has co-directed his second feature - and it's an utterly strange stop motion tale of love, life, relationships and humanity. The quality of the animation has to be seen to be believed, brought to life through the voices of just three stars; David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh and the ubiquitous Tom Noonan.
First time director Robert Eggers turned some heads with this period set horror film centred on a Puritan family living at an isolated farm in 17th century America. Through vivid visuals and almost poetic dialogue, he weaves a truly unsettling tale which wonders about what mysteries might lie in the woods, just out of sight.
This Irish effort from first time directors Rachael Moriarty and Peter Murphy shows the depths people will sink to when their world starts to fall apart. With a strong narrative hook and some decent performances, we have to say it's a better film than the rather weak trailer might imply.