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Mandy (2018) starring Nicolas Cage and Andrea Riseborough

Panos Cosmatos' bad acid infused magnum opus melds its huge range of influences into a truly singular cinematic experience. In this context, Nicolas Cage's usual shit fits are subsumed into the artful, transcendent extremity of the whole.

Linus Roache as a creepy cult leader in Mandy

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First Man (2018) dir: Damien Chazelle, starring Ryan Gosling

Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, is examined in Damian Chazelle's respectable biopic. For all of its awe-inducing, white-knuckle depictions of space flight, however, it feels more like a small step for filmmaking than the giant leap that it should have been.

First Man (2018)

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A Star is Born (2018) starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

This fourth incarnation of William A. Wellman and Robert Carson's story turns out to be far from the Cooper/Gaga vanity project that you might have feared. Even Andrew Dice Clay is great in a film whose emotional imprint will stay with you for a long time.

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star is Born (2018)

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Venom (2018) starring Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams

This non-MCU Marvel adaptation has plenty wrong with it but, once you set aside the disjointed narrative and inconsistent tone, the Brock vs. Venom dynamic is quite funny. Tom Hardy is great - but Riz Ahmed is far less so as the main villain.

Venom (2018)

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The Predator (2018) directed and co-written by Shane Black

Unfortunately, this fourth entry in the Predator film series squanders some entertaining character interplay via confused plotting, inscrutable action sequences and throwaway splatter comedy deaths. Quite possibly the most annoying film of the year.

Olivia Munn and Boyd Holbrook in The Predator

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Lucky (2017) starring Harry Dean Stanton and David Lynch

Lucky is both a detailed final snapshot of a fine American character actor and a touching, often funny rumination on human mortality. While there's an inevitable tincture of sadness here, it's nowhere near as depressing a film as you might expect.

Harry Dean Stanton is Lucky

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Cold War (2018) directed by Pawel Pawlikowski

A romance takes place on both sides of the Iron Curtain during the early days of the Cold War. Shot in a warm sepia monochrome and featuring a prevalence of diverse music, this is one of those rare movies which you can enjoy as a sensory, magical experience while barely contemplating the dark central story.

Joanna Kulig and Tomasz Kot in Cold War (2018)

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BlacKkKlansman (2018) directed by Spike Lee

The Do the Right Thing director returns to form with a more poised and deliberate, yet still powerfully relevant, look at racism in America. John David Washington is a livewire revelation as Ron Sallworth, a black man who talks his way into the KKK in the 1970s.

Adam Driver and John David Washington in BlacKkKlansman

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Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) starring Tom Cruise

Once again, Tom Cruise's career gets saved from self-destructing in five seconds via this heart-in-mouth exciting entry in the long-running franchise. Terrific chases, a rollercoaster ride of plot twists and great support from Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson and Henry Cavill make for the best action film in a long time.

Tom Cruise and helicopters in Mission: Impossible - Fallout

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Racer and the Jailbird (2017) starring Matthias Schoenaerts

Adèle Exarchopoulos and Matthias Schoenaerts play ill-starred lovers in this entertaining but shallow romantic crime melodrama. By all means, sit back and enjoy the performances, sex, action and tragedy - but don't expect any deeper exploration of the characters.

Racer and the Jailbird (2017)

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Harvey Keitel in The Black Cat

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Obey, written and directed by Jamie Jones

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Erik the Conqueror directed by Mario Bava

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