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Bait

'Bait': Berlin Review

For his debut feature, the UK’s Mark Jenkin relates the bourgeois invasion of a coastal Cornish town left defenceless by recession.

Wounds

'Wounds': Sundance Review

Babak Anvari follows up ‘Under The Shadow’ with some shockingly uninspired jump-scares

The Hole In The Ground

'The Hole In The Ground': Sundance Review

A shocker from Ireland, with a standout performance from Seana Kerslake

Fighting With My Family

'Fighting With My Family: Sundance Review

Stephen Merchant’s directorial debut lands a punch

Official Secrets

'Official Secrets': Sundance Review

Gavin Hood’s smart political drama stars Keira Knightley as an Iraq War whistleblower.

Animals

'Animals': Sundance Review

A notable lead performance from Holliday Grainger opposite Alia Shawkat as boozed-up baristas in this adaptation of a novel by Emma Jane Unsworth

Blinded By The Light

'Blinded By The Light': Sundance Review

Gurinder Chadha adapts Sarfraz Mansoor’s memoirs to the soundtrack of The Boss, delivering a feelgood potential hit

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind

'The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind': Sundance Review

Chiwetel Ejiofor directs and stars in this moving drama set in Malawi, destined for distribution via Netflix

The Last Tree

'The Last Tree': Sundance Review

A British Nigerian teenager struggles to adjust to life with his birth mother

Dirty God

'Dirty God': Rotterdam Review

A young woman scarred by an acid attack struggles to find her way back to her old life

The Kid Who Would Be King

'The Kid Who Would Be King': Review

Joe Cornish returns with a big-hearted children’s tale loosely based on Excalibur.

All Is True

'All Is True': Review

Kenneth Branagh directs and stars in this dramatisation of Shakespeare’s final years

Mary Poppins Returns Disney

'Mary Poppins Returns': Review

Naughty, no-nonsense, and very very nice, Emily Blunt steps into Julie Andrews’ sensible shoes

Fantastic Beasts- The Crimes of Grindelwald Warner Bros

​'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald': Review

J. K. Rowling’s ‘Wizarding World’ franchise finds its feet - and flies

Bohemian Rhapsody

'Bohemian Rhapsody': Review

Rami Malek is a standout in this compulsively watchable Queen band biopic

Stan & Ollie

'Stan & Ollie': London Review

Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly star as one of comedy’s greatest-ever double-acts

Bros After The Screaming Stops

'After The Screaming Stops': London Review

This film about the reunion of the band Bros is much more than a routine rock doc

Only you

'Only You': London Review

Can a romance between Josh O’Connor and Laia Costa survive gruelling rounds of IVF?

The Fight

'The Fight': London Review

UK comedy stalwart Jessica Hynes goes behind the camera for a drama about self-esteem

They Shall Not Grow Old WingNut Films IWM

'They Shall Not Grow Old': London Review

Peter Jackson has remembered them

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