LIKE many Hollywood success stories, Jurassic Park, the original 1993 Steven Spielberg classic, was based on a novel.

Written by Michael Crichton, published in 1990, its solid story combined with Spielberg’s vision created a movie that would achieve cult status.

In 2015, Jurassic World was to be the fourth film of the franchise, which had been in the pipeline since 2001. Sequel to the previous three Jurassic Park films, it created a park that was bigger and better than the first but still, eventually, leading to all the same failures.

The film was a huge box office success and the second instalment in the new series, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom looks to pick up where the first film might have slipped. Director J. A. Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible) keeps the film focused more on the park’s inhabitants, bringing some of the much-needed darkness and suspense from the original trilogy, helping to bring many of the original fans back on side with one of the most success movie franchises in history.

For those looking for a less commercial thriller, Beast might be up your street. With stunning performances from the two young lead actors, Jessie Buckley (War & Peace) and Jonny Flynn (Love Sick), Beast captures the audience with sensual visuals brought to you by debut writer/director Michael Pearce.

As well as being a Hitchcock style thriller, the film challenges perceptions about the working class, making this an interesting as well as entertaining watch.

Two films that take on the subject of later life are Edie and That Good Night.

The former starring Sheila Hancock, is about a woman, despite her age, following her dream of climbing a mountain.

Filmed on location in the stunning highlands of Scotland, the fact that Sheila Hancock actually climbed a mountain whilst filming, brings a great authenticity to the film.

Also shot in beautiful scenery, That Good Night was filmed in the Algarve. Starring John Hurt, the film focuses on darker, more difficult themes of dealing with illness, death and reconciliation in the final stages of life.

Nothing Like a Dame brings together four actresses, Dame Eileen Atkins, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Joan Plowright and Dame Maggie Smith. Director Roger Mitchell (Le Week-End, My Cousin Rachel and Morning Glory) captures some of England’s most talented actresses in conversation, in a poignant yet light-hearted documentary, as they discuss their lives and early careers in the theatre.

One for our younger cinema goers, Ilkley Cinema’s Saturday kids club pick, Peter Rabbit has been brought back after the successful run at Easter.

The animated film based on the Beatrix Potter classic, breathes new live capture life into the legendary rascal rebel rabbit, making it a great introduction to those kids who haven’t been introduced to the books yet.

l Philip Duguid-McQuillan