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EIFF 2019: Emma Peeters (2018) directed by Nicole Palo

While Emma Peeters is yet another in a long line of black comedies about suicide, it stands out due to its considerable sense of style and numerous charming touches. Monia Chokri is also spot-on as its jaded titular protagonist.

Monia Chokri is Emma Peeters

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EIFF 2019: Yesterday (2019) directed by Danny Boyle

This musical comedy - featuring a parallel universe where The Beatles never existed - has some fun with its charming premise but is beat-for-beat predictable in its storytelling. It just about gets by on the performances of Himesh Patel and Kate McKinnon, along with director Danny Boyle's usual colourful flair.

Himesh Patel in Yesterday

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John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) starring Keanu Reeves

You know the drill here: lots of balletically-staged ultra-violent action plus a dash of stylish Harry Potter-esque world-building. There's also more humour than in the previous films and some welcome additions to the cast, including Halle Berry, Mark Dacascos and Anjelica Huston.

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

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Avengers: Endgame (2019) starring Robert Downey Jr.

This much-anticipated follow-up to the overstuffed Avengers: Infinity War makes for a triumphant conclusion to the saga. The whole time heist setup is funny and inventive, with a touching theme about the value of family running throughout.

Avengers: Endgame (2019)

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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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