There’s a lot to like about Zoolander 2. For one thing, rarely has there been a feature-length comedy so devoted to the comedy potential of people pulling silly faces, which might sound like damning with faint praise but face facts: face pulling can be really funny if done right.
On the one hand, Deadpool is about as traditional a superhero movie as you can get: it’s the origin story of remorseless killing machine Deadpool, AKA Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), just your regular average gun-for-hire who, after being diagnosed with cancer, underwent an experimental “treatment” (more like torture) at the hands of Ajax (Ed Skrein) that unleashed his mutant powers (he basically can’t be killed) but turned him into a hideous freak.
Five-year-old Jack (Jacob Tremblay) lives with his mother (Brie Larson) in a room that, we gradually discover, they never leave. Jack doesn’t mind; never having known any different (let alone a haircut) this one windowless room is his entire world.
By Hollywood’s explosion-heavy standards, writer/director Todd McCarthy’s Spotlight – which follows the real-life 2001 investigation by the Boston Globe into the Catholic Church’s protection of paedophile priests – seems as close to drama-free as it gets.
Jason Kelly (Zac Efron) is a week away from getting married when his recently widowed grandfather (Robert DeNiro) asks him to drive him down to Florida to play golf. Surprise! Grandpa is really looking to party hard and Jason – the most uptight man alive – is along for the ride.
When New York teen Zach (Dylan Minnette) and his newly-widowed mum (Amy Ryan) relocate to the suburbs of Delaware, they find themselves next door to a big old spooky house where instant love interest Hannah (Odeya Rush) is kept under lock and key by her creepy dad (Jack Black).