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Film releases: Battling insecurities of young love

On Chesil Beach (Cert 15, 110 mins)

By Damon Smith

Some of the most important relationships in our lives are galvanised by seizing the right words to express an invisible churn of conflicting emotions.

Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle are impeccably cast as trembling, virginal newlyweds, ill-equipped to navigate the minefields of each other's insecurities.

Gifted violinist Florence Ponting (Ronan) and history graduate Edward Mayhew (Howle) prepare to spend their first night together as husband and wife in a hotel near Dorset's Chesil Beach. The sound of lapping waves drifts in through billowing curtains as the couple unpack.

As the afternoon bleeds into evening, a mosaic of flashbacks illuminates the couple's radically different backgrounds.

On Chesil Beach is an artfully composed character study of youthful naivete and small, telling gestures such as Florence's flinch when one particular hand touches her shoulder. Director Dominic Cooke's film elegantly reveals the chinks of pain and regret in each stuttering syllable.

Filmworker (Cert 18, 105 mins)

Tony Zierra's biographical documentary pays tribute to a key figure behind the success of filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, who sacrificed his own dreams of stardom to toil long hours as a production assistant for the legendary director.

Actor Leon Vitali became obsessed with Kubrick's work in the late 1960s and landed an audition for the role of Lord Bullingdon in Barry Lyndon. Vitali won the part and eventually persuaded Kubrick to hire him behind the scenes to work on The Shining.

Vitali was instrumental in discovering child actor Danny Lloyd to play Jack Nicholson's on-screen son.

He championed R Lee Ermey for the role of the drill instructor in Full Metal Jacket and was frequently on set to remove obstacles to achieving Kubrick's distinctive vision, right up to the auteur's final film, Eyes Wide Shut, with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.

Deadpool 2 (Cert 15, 119 mins)

Deadpool 2 is a gleefully irreverent and potty-mouthed sequel which proves you can have too much of a good thing.

The weight of expectation on David Leitch's slam-bang sequel compels the screenwriters to chase bigger laughs and outlandish thrills with tongue-in-cheek contributions to the script from leading man Ryan Reynolds.

His endless supply of chisel-jawed charisma atones for some sins and Josh Brolin is a worthy addition as a time-travelling assassin with a heart-breaking vendetta.

Plunged into a pit of despair, Wade is rescued by his X-Men buddies, who enrol Deadpool as a trainee.

Deadpool 2 puts its own spin on the Marvel Comics formula of spectacular action sequences, earthy humour and heartbreak.

But in a filthy-minded tug of war with the first film, Leitch's sequel comes off a fitfully entertaining second best.

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