The best films to watch at the cinema this week – and what to avoid

Tim Robey
Pavarotti with his second wife Nicoletta - Film Pavarotti

This week's cinema includes Pavarotti, Ron Howard’s new feature length documentary portrait of the opera singer's remarkable career. 

Kursk gives us a tense and woeful account of the Russian naval submarine disaster, directed by Thomas Vinterberg and lead by Colin Firth and Léa Seydoux. 

In Annabelle Comes Home, a night of babysitting goes awry when a possessed doll awakens some deadly evil spirits.

Finally, Stuber throws a fearful Uber driver’s life into question as he’s dragged by a cop into the hot pursuit of a brutal killer. 

Pavarotti ★★★☆☆

Ron Howard’s documentary portrait of the late opera megastar has an eggshell-treading air: it’s two hours  of charitable bromides and tactful elisions in place of evaluation or insight. The voice is still stunning, but cinematic high notes are few and far between. 

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Behind the lens: Raquel Welch, Elizabeth Taylor and Pavarotti as you've never seen them before

Kursk ★★★☆☆

The fate of the Kursk crew, in Thomas Vinterberg’s clenched, mournful account of the 2000 submarine disaster, makes for a gruelling but faltering ordeal. Colin Firth lends support as the British Commodore who tried to help, but Léa Seydoux’s desperate wife gets the most potent scenes. Better than your basic disaster-movie-of-the-week. 

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Annabelle Comes Home ★★★☆☆

The third Annabelle film (an off-shoot of the Conjuring franchise) sees a quiet night of babysitting turn hellish when the titular devil doll is unleashed. It’s well-made, if unambitious horror.

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Annabelle: just how real is the 'true story' of the haunted doll behind the horror franchise? 

Stuber 

An uber-cautious Uber driver (Kumail Nanjiani) is deputised by a beefy cop (Dave Bautista) in a tacky action-comedy caper plagued by relentless product placement.  
 

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