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After the excitement of our favourite misfit heroes returning to the big screen last week in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, we begin May with a quieter run of new film releases. From sentimental canine adventures to ridiculous comedy, here’s what’s on at the cinema this weekend.

If you like your movies British and a little bit silly, Sean Foley’s Mindhorn – starring Julian Barratt, Steve Coogan and Essie Davis – offers plenty of laughs. Barratt stars as a washed-up actor, best known for playing a 1980’s TV Detective, who’s forced to return to the Isle of Man in order to negotiate with a serial killer who believes the fictional Detective Mindhorn is real. With a great performance from Barratt, this daft comedy (from the creators of The Mighty Boosh) will appeal to fans of Alan Partridge.

Swedish director Lasse Hallström’s latest film couldn’t be more different to his previous offering, the utterly charming The Hundred-Foot Journey. Swapping culinary delights for canine escapades, A Dog’s Purpose tells the story of a philosophical pooch searching for his purpose in life across multiple lifetimes and owners. It’s the sort of harmless, saccharine animal film that unashamedly tugs at the human heartstrings.

Noomi Rapace and Orlando Bloom star in this American thriller about a former top CIA interrogator who’s called back into the fold to try and halt a biological attack on London. As far as an original story goes, Unlocked isn’t going to win any awards for innovation, but there’s enough action and intrigue to keep things interesting. It also stars Michael Douglas, which is always a bonus.

If you’d prefer to stay in with a movie and some microwave popcorn, our DVD pick for this week is Why Him?, which pits Bryan Cranston against James Franco during a holiday gathering. A light, undemanding comedy film that’s good for a Saturday night watch.

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