JUNE beckons this week with a new film featuring veteran stars Diane Keaton and Jane Fonda. Along with Mary Steenburgen and Candice Bergen (the only of the quartet without an Academy Award), the pair play members of a book club who seek to transform their personal relationships after reading E L James’ Fifty Shades of Grey.

Coming seven years after the original Fifty Shades craze, Book Club is based on a somewhat dated premise and does little to shake it up, resting very much on the shoulders of its stars. Directed by Bill Holderman, the film also has turns from Andy García and Don Johnson. To bullet point a review: an extraordinary cast headline a so-so film.

From books to balls but sticking with clubs, perhaps more promising - although I confess that I have yet to see it - is Steve Kelly’s thoroughly British comedy The Bromley Boys. With an ensemble cast comprising of Martine McCutcheon, Alan Davies and Adam Deacon, as well as Game of Thrones’ Brenock O’Connor, the film tells the story of the so-called ‘worst football club in Britain’.

It’s 1969. England are preparing to defend their crown at the World Cup. The nation is football mad. Whilst crowds whoop and holler at the virtuoso skills of George Best in Old Trafford, however, one London-born teen has room in his heart for the local team only. He is David Roberts and the team was Bromley Football Club, an assortment of terrible amateurs fighting for survival in the lowest non-league division.

The Bromley Boys is based on a true story of devotion and hopelessness - as told in Roberts’ own memoir - and is just about as ramshackle as they come. It’s easy to support a team that always wins but it takes true passion to root for the losers. Now there’s an aphorism worth remembering in Russia this summer.

A special documentary was broadcast to cinemas from the BFI in London last Sunday and will be available to catch in screenings this week for those who missed it. McKellen: Playing the Part offers a pleasingly witty look into the life of Sir Ian McKellen.

Best known to many as Gandalf – he calls this his ‘show off’ role – the Shakespearean actor is a beloved icon. In the film, archive footage is intermingled with dramatised segments of McKellen’s youth and an interview with the man himself. Milo Parker, McKellen’s co-star in Mr Holmes, features.

- Toby Symonds