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Despite sounding like the next Tarzan spin-off, this tale of real-life Amazon explorer Percy Fawcett is a striking success that tells a true story with verty British restraint.

Hacksaw Ridge sees Mel Gibson return to the director’s chair for the first time in a decade with this World War Two movie based on true events.

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Jake Gyllenhaal stars in film that pulls plenty of surprises, a surprisingly dark, and twisted enterprise, but often quite subtle in the way it defies your expectations.

The super-rich and the supernatural collide head-on in Olivier Assayas’ tantalizing character study, which charts the emotional breakdown of a celebrity gopher, who moonlights as a medium.

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, whose previous was much acclaimed A Separation, returns with the 2017 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner that shows his mastery.

Despite sounding like the next Tarzan spin-off, this based-on-a-true-story tale is a striking success, starring Robert Patinson and Charlie Hunnam

The latest in Disney’s mission to give all their old classic cartoons live action upgrades is old fashioned, traditional and adds little to the original.

Jordan Peele’s slickly engineered paranoia horror is a satire that takes a scalpel to simmering racial tensions in present day America, but it doesn’t make sense.

United States

Naoko Yamada’s film is touching and charming and beautifully animated, but it’s a world inhabited entirely by overgrown babies.

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Recommended Film of the Week: Moonlight (15)

The live action remake of this Disney classic is old fashioned, traditional and adds little to the original

The first part of the new King Kong film, starring Tom Hiddleston, is fun and humorous but it loses its way on the mysterious island.

Isabelle Huppert delivers a tour-de-force Oscar-nominated performance as a rape victim who emerges from her horrific ordeal with a new-found sense of purpose.

France

The first third of the new King Kong film is fun and humorous but it loses its way when they reach the island

What you want from a George Best film is the one thing it can never give you – to show you exactly how good he was, to see what exactly he was drinking away.

Scotland

Recommended film of the week: Viceroy’s House (12A).

India

Nominated for best picture at this years Oscars, Hidden Figures is the real life account of a group of African American women who were employed by NASA for their mathematical prowess during the space race of the 1960s.

The third standalone indestructible X-Man Wolverine film has more of a gritty and downbeat feel than the previous two.

Based on the play of the same name by Jean-Luc Lagarce, prodigious auteur Xavier Dolan’s latest features an all-star cast of top French talent.

France

This is definitely not a superhero movie. Nobody wears shiny costumes; the fate of the Earth is not in the balance; there are no great CGI spectacles. It is a sci-fi tinged road movie, gritty and downbeat.

Based on the real life account of Saroo Brierley and adapted from his book ‘A Long Way Home’ Lion tells the story of how, as a 5 year old living in India, he was separated from his mother by accidentally boarding a decommissioned train.

India

Mark Wahlberg stars as the bad penny cop turned good with an expletive on hand for every occasion in film about Boston Marathon bombing.

America

The plot is cobbled together and there’s an excess of eels in this style-over-substance (but not particularly stylish) thriller from Gore Verbinski.

Writer-director Mike Mills’ autobiographical 1970s-set LA drama features some really special acting.

The plot is cobbled together and there’s an excess of eels in this style-over-substance (but not particularly stylish) thriller

Barry Jenkins’ film shows life at its toughest and its most real, making it a worthy Oscar contender.

His mesmerizing central performance enlivens John Lee Hancock’s tasty biopic of the businessman whose ambition was a key ingredient in the birth of a McDonald’s.

The reunion of Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne almost two decades on from The Matrix is about the only surprise in bone-crunching follow-up.

London

Moonlight shows life at its toughest and its most real, making it a more than worthy Oscar contender

Hacksaw Ridge is a must see film that tells the extraordinary true story of a solider who volunteered for service in the American army after being horrified by the atrocities of Pearl Harbour.

He directs and stars in the interpretation of August Wilson’s play, made magnificent by both his and Viola Davis’ acting.

Like most send-ups a lot of the humour is about the predictability of the genre, subverting its clichés and making you feel clever.

Oscar-winning director Ang Lee wartime drama seen through the eyes of a teenage soldier who becomes a hero to his entire country.

America

Writer-director Maren Ade’s film is the red hot favourite to win the Best Foreign Language Oscar but is it evidence of a willfully out of touch elite?

Europe

20th Century Women is so truthful it’s as though you lived it yourself, but all this truth is delivered at a pretty slow pace

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