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Best F(r)iends: Volume One (2017) starring Greg Sestero & Tommy Wiseau

The first instalment of a two-parter featuring the two 'talents' behind The Room (2003) is a strange mix of self-aware deliberate badness and flashes of legitimately good artfulness. As you might expect, the highlights here are provided by Wiseau's in(s)ane performance.

Tommy Wiseau in Best F(r)iends: Volume One (2017)

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Avengers: Infinity War (2018) starring Robert Downey Jr.

The latest and most hyped of Marvel Comics Universe movies has its moments but ultimately offers both far too much and, paradoxically, far too little. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pratt and many others.

Avengers: Infinity War poster art

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Have a Nice Day (2017) written and directed by Jian Liu

This Chinese animated crime drama has its own distinctive style which mixes low-key grit with pop culture flamboyance. Beneath the surface, however, it suffers from a self-indulgent case of Tarantino-itis.

Xiao Zhang, a character in Have a Nice Day (2017)

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The Breadwinner (2017) animation directed by Nora Twomey

This cel-shaded animated look at a young girl struggling with life in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan is both overwhelmingly sad and upliftingly escapist. It's a beautiful hymn to a child’s ingenuity and imagination.

The Breadwinner (2017)

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Ghost Stories (2017) starring Andy Nyman and Martin Freeman

This adaptation of Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman's own portmanteau horror stage play feels more cinematic than you might expect, yielding some effective scares. However, it fails to fully satisfy in its payoff.

Martin Freeman in Ghost Stories

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A Quiet Place (2018) directed by and starring John Krasinski

This original and nerve-shredding piece of horror cinema is another impressive example of the genre's current renaissance. In lieu of spoken dialogue, some great use is made of visual storytelling and ambient sound design. It also stars Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe.

Emily Blunt in A Quiet Place

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Ready Player One (2018) directed by Steven Spielberg

The iconic director returns to straightforward entertainment with this virtual reality-based rollercoaster ride. Copious pop-culture references and the sense of a genuine heart at the film's centre help to offset a few slightly bland characters.

The Iron Giant makes an appearance in Ready Player One (2018)

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Isle of Dogs (2018) directed by Wes Anderson

This charming and affectionate homage to the wild idiosyncrasies of Japanese culture is a delight for both its visual storytelling and warm vocal performances.

Isle of Dogs (2018) directed by Wes Anderson

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Red Sparrow (2018) starring Jennifer Lawrence

Francis Lawrence's attempt at modernising the Cold War thriller is a jarring and unpleasant mix of musty old cliches, rape, torture, romance and feminine empowerment. It has its moments as well as some fine performances but it's not particularly enjoyable.

Red Sparrow (2018)

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I, Tonya (2017) starring Margot Robbie and Sebastian Stan

Margot Robbie as scandal-stricken US figure skating champion Tonya Harding is the main draw in this enjoyable but somewhat shallow biopic. Director Craig Gillespie delivers the film's inventive mockumentary style while Alison Janney and Sebastian Stan provide solid supporting performances.

Margot Robbie in I, Tonya

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