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Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (2017) starring Annette Bening

Paul McGuigan's well-acted but grindingly depressing look at actress Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening) and her romance with Liverpudlian Peter Turner (Jamie Bell).

Annette Bening and Jamie Bell in Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

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Murder on the Orient Express (2017) directed by Kenneth Branagh

This sumptuous Agatha Christie adaptation, also featuring Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley and Michelle Pfeiffer, does what it says on the tin decently enough.

Kenneth Branagh directs and stars in Murder on the Orient Express

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The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) starring Colin Farrell

Yorgos Lanthimos' tense and uneasy Kubrick-style masterpiece, also starring Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan and a song cameo by Ellie Goulding's Burn.

Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell in The Killing of a Sacred Deer

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Loving Vincent (2017) - hand-painted Van Gogh biography

A review of Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman's beautiful and artistically resonant look at a brilliant but troubled artist.

Loving Vincent

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Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2017) documentary

Sophie Fiennes' music documentary which paints a compelling and well-rounded (albeit not for the uninitiated) portrait of the temperamental Jamaica-born singer.

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

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Perfect Blue (1997) directed by Satoshi Kon - UK rerelease

A review of the classic anime which looks at the pressures of fame and the objectification of women. It is being rereleased in selected UK cinemas on 31st October 2017.

Perfect Blue explores the doppelgänger concept in the context of the pressures of fame

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Thor: Ragnarok (2017) starring Chris Hemsworth

Taika Waititi's entry in the Marvel Comics Universe - also starring Tom Hiddleston and Cate Blanchett - puts a firm emphasis on having fun.

Jeff Goldblum in Thor: Ragnarok

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The Villainess (2017) directed by Byung-gil Jung

Review of an occasionally confusing but often epic and exhilarating South Korean variant of La Femme Nikita, starring Ok-bin Kim, Ha-kyun Shin and Jun Sung.

Ok-bin Kim plays Sook-hee in The Villainess

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The Snowman (2017) starring Michael Fassbender

Review and podcast of Tomas Alfredson's baffling and tensionless mess of an adaptation of Jo Nesbø's novel, featuring the novelty tune Popcorn by Hot Butter of all things.

Michael Fassbender in the Jo Nesbø adaptation The Snowman

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Blade Runner 2049 (2017) directed by Denis Villeneuve

A lengthy but impressive sequel - which effectively expands upon its predecessor's world and themes - starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Jared Leto and Ana de Armas.

A giant, holographic Ana de Armas in Blade Runner 2049


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