Hostiles (15)

This hugely impressive western stars Christian Bale as an army captain full of hate for Native Americans after years of war, and none too happy when ordered to escort a dying Cheyenne chief and his family back to their ancestral home. A thought-provoking and gut-wrenching drama, with powerful performances from Bale and Rosamund Pike.

(Demetrios Matheou)

Brad's Status (15)

There's no pleasing some people. The central character of Brad's Status is a narcissist and neurotic, whose deep-seated feelings of inadequacy are exacerbated by the picture-perfect, lavish lifestyles of the people he once knew. Played with sufficient warmth by Ben Stiller to retain our empathy if not our sympathy, the eponymous grouch is repeatedly reminded of the true riches in his miserablist existence: his adoring wife (Jenna Fischer) and child (Austin Abrams).

Brad's Status is a well observed portrait of middle-age malaise, galvanised by the on-screen chemistry between Stiller and Abrams.

Their scenes together have a natural tension and awkwardness that rings true.

(Damon Smith)