Based on the best-selling children’s books by RL Stine, Goosebumps is aimed squarely at the family market. Jack Black plays the author whose monstrous creations escape his manuscripts. Now it’s up to Stine and a gang of Goosebump book-loving teenagers to recapture the fearsome creatures and save the town. There’s some sharp, witty one-liners here among the CGI-heavy monster mayhem, and this is a clever way of bringing this popular series of books to the big screen.
While Goosebumps is bound to be a big family favourite over the half term holidays, the first major superhero movie of 2016, Deadpool, most certainly will not. In an effort to cure his cancer, former special forces operative Wade Wilson is subjected to an experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, disfigured skin and an unstable mind. Armed with new abilities and a new identity, Wilson hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life. If it sounds like a grim premise, the film itself is high on comedy, and despite initial fears and a dodgy first appearance in the woeful X Men Origins film, Fox has apparently not shied away from delivering the original Marvel comic book Deadpool character here in all his dark, twisted, violent, sweary, pansexual glory. Family fun it isn’t, but it might be a great bit of fun for the grown-ups.