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Us (2019) written and directed by Jordan Peele

In this much-anticipated follow-up to Get Out, a family quite literally gets to know themselves... and they ain't pretty. Part social breakdown nightmare, part video nasty and part fairy tale, it's a highly effective horror film rich in both symbolism and clever references.

Us directed by Jordan Peele

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Alien - 40th Anniversary (1979) dir: Ridley Scott

This rerelease of Ridley Scott's classic sci-fi horror confirms that it holds up remarkably well after four decades. It's a hyperreal exercise in tension with some surprising subtexts. Starring Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm & Yaphet Kotto.

Harry Dean Stanton in Alien (1979)

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The Favourite (2018) dir: Yorgos Lanthimos

Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz form a love triangle in this blackly comedic tale of callous scheming and cruelty amongst the British aristocracy of the 18th century. While not Lanthimos at his most extreme, it's still an idiosyncratic classic.

Emma Stone in The Favourite (2018)

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Stan & Ollie (2018) starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly

This bittersweet, semi-comedic biopic feels more like it was produced for television than the cinema but still successfully reminds the viewer of what made the iconic comedy double act Laurel and Hardy so special in the first place.

John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan in Stan & Ollie

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Roma (2018) written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón

Cuarón's deeply personal project was inspired by his own upbringing in early-1970s Mexico. It is a masterpiece, weaving a stunning human tapestry via picture-perfect monochrome wide angle shots and lengthy takes. Starring Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira.

Roma (2018) dir: Alfonso Cuarón

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The Old Man & the Gun (2018) starring Robert Redford

David Lowery follows up A Ghost Story with this classy epitaph to the career of Robert Redford, who plays real-life bank robber Forrest Tucker. It's somewhat corny but in the best possible way. Also starring Sissy Spacek, Casey Affleck and Danny Glover.

Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek in The Old Man & the Gun

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

This sequel, starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston and Johnny Depp, should be renamed Flaccid Bores: The Criminal Underuse of Grindelwald. It spends so much time introducing characters, locations and other elements and too little offering anything of interest.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

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Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) directed by Michael Moore

Documentary filmmaker and activist Moore's eye-opening (if occasionally on-the-nose) view on Donald Trump's rise to power is a chilling and inspiring call to action. While he clearly abhors the 45th POTUS, he doesn't spare the Democrats much flack either.

Fahrenheit 11/9

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Widows (2018) written and directed by Steve McQueen

This adaptation of Lynda La Plante’s 1983 miniseries redeems an overambitious narrative with some excellently-crafted sequences and powerful performances, especially from Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall and Lukas Haas.

Widows (2018) directed by Steve McQueen

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Shoplifters (2018) written and directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda

This low-key but rewarding Japanese social realist drama is more about the definition and necessity of family than it is about nicking things from shops. Great performances by an ensemble cast, especially from Lily Franky and the late Kirin Kiki.

Shoplifters (2018)

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