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Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange is one of the best Easter films over the Easter break

Benedict Cumberbatch is perfect as the aloof, arrogant neurosurgeon who damages the nerves in his hands after a car crash and - in search of a cure - ends up honing his sorcery skills in Kathmandu

Benedict Cumberbatch is perfectly cast as the aloof, arrogant neurosurgeon who damages the nerves in his hands after a car crash and - in search of a cure - ends up honing his sorcery skills in Kathmandu with Tilda Swinton's bald, androgynous Ancient One and her lieutenants Chiwetel Ejiofor and Benedict Wong.

Rachel McAdam as the ex-lover-cum-surgeon he treats churlishly and Mads Mikkelsen's world-threatening baddie add sterling support, while the visuals - conjuring up the origami dreamscapes of Inception - truly dazzle. But it's Cumberbatch's star turn that makes this latest Marvel super-hero origin story work.

Sardonic and funny, he fits into the movie's comic-book world surprisingly well, pulling off his character's trademark Cloak of Levitation with panache, not to mention all the occult mumbo-jumbo. We should have known. When it comes to acting magic, Cumberbatch really is a sorcerer.