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J.J. Abrams may not elevate the language of Star Wars, but he sure is fluent in it. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is no more and no less than the movie that made us love it in the first place. In fact, it's basically the same thing. Isn't that what we all wanted anyway?

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Admit it. When you heard another Rocky movie was coming out - a seventh - you thought, really? How many Rocky movies do we need?

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Where to go when 53 years of action-scene set pieces have exhausted seemingly every exotic corner of the Earth? How much globe can a globe-trotter trot?

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There is something to be said of a film that humanizes a world hero so disarmingly. The hero we're talking about is Malala Yousafzai, who, despite threats by the Taliban, continued promoting education for girls in the Swat Valley, Pakistan, and was shot in the head for it. That was 2012. Now, she describes the whole assassination attempt in the film through a diagram, as if it happened to someone else.

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Without Matt Damon, the solitary fight for survival on Mars would be lonely indeed. Alone on screen for most of his scenes as an astronaut stranded on the red planet, the Oscar-nominated actor is the winning heart of Ridley Scott's epic space adventure, The Martian.

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The great American family road trip seems, in the 32 years since we first met the Griswolds, as antiquated a concept as ever. Middle class families fly now — device enabled, efficiency obsessed and always aware of the outside world.

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There's some interesting talk in the cleverly satisfying script of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation about the element of luck. As in: How much is luck a factor in the success of Ethan Hunt and his IMF cohorts? After all, in the last movie they merely saved us from a nuclear holocaust. Was it talent, work, or dumb luck?

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If you've ever wondered what might have happened to the Bibilical Job if he had a strong left hook, Southpaw may be the film for you.

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Amy


Asif Kapadia's Amy Winehouse documentary Amy is a slow, tragic zoom out. It begins with the intimacy of home movies and ends in far-away paparazzi footage. Our VIP access has been revoked.

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If ever there was a sworn devotee — a chanting, face-painted worshipper — of the Big, it is Marvel.

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