Lady Bird ddirector Greta Gerwig has assembled a stellar cast of Hollywood's brightest young stars. Saoirse Ronan as eldest sister Jo March and Florence Pugh as Amy both have Oscar nominations for their performances.
The inexplicable return of Emperor Palpatine has stunned the surviving members of the resistance, who under the stewardship of General Leia Organa (The late Carrie Fisher) must now deal with this ominous new threat, as well as facing off against the evil First order.
Rian Johnson has always delivered a fresh, enjoyable spin on a variety of genres; he offered us a sun-dappled twist on the noir style with his debut Brick, a deliciously dark take on Science Fiction with Looper and reinvigorated the Star Wars franchise with the divisive The Last Jedi.
Based on the true story surrounding the 1966 Le Mans endurance race, Matt Damon and Christian Bale star as team mates recruited by the Ford motor company to challenge Ferrari's dominance of the famous 24-hour event.
Pitt is an engaging screen presence as always, but isn't suited to such an understated role. (Seek out Ryan Gosling's performance in last year's First Man for a much better example of a brooding astronaut.)
Joaquin Phoenix delivers a career-best performance in Joker - a bloody, battered and bruised portrayal of a misunderstood man whose pained existence in a fractured and cruel world leads to worryingly nonchalant outbursts of violence.
Class warfare has long been explored in horror, with the likes of Brian Yuzna's Society, Jordan Peele's Us and now Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillet's Ready or Not offering wonderfully subversive, dark and humorous explorations of this theme.
This standalone take on comic books' most compelling character is daring, thrilling, unexpected, ghastly and probably the last thing the world needs right now. Well, it's another bloody origins tale, isn't it?