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EIFF 2018: Puzzle (2018) starring Kelly Macdonald

A small-town American housewife finds both passion and a new direction in life thanks to jigsaw puzzles and her relationship with an eccentric inventor (played by Irrfan Khan). It's a quietly impressive small gem of a film with characters who feel real.

Kelly Macdonald in Puzzle (2018)

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Hereditary (2018) written and directed by Ari Aster

This slow-burning horror chiller may reference other classic genre entries - from The Exorcist and Suspiria to Don't Look Now - but still manages to stand out due to its studied slice-of-life family drama mixed with effectively-deployed shocks.

Hereditary directed by Ari Aster

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On Chesil Beach (2017) starring Saoirse Ronan

This drama of love tragically doomed by sexual difficulties, set in the stifling climate of early 1960s Britain, is powerful and well-acted fare despite occasional missteps.

Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle in On Chesil Beach

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Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) directed by Ron Howard

The iconically cool Star Wars protagonist deserved better than his try-hard incarnation Alden Ehrenreich in this lacklustre, uninspiring origin story. What's with that near-constant visual murk? Woody Harrelson and nonconformist droid L3-37 add a slight dash of fun to a weak entry.

Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo with his buddy, Chewbacca

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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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