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Brigsby Bear (2017) starring Kyle Mooney and Mark Hamill

It's the other film coming out in the UK this December to feature Mark Hamill. Imagine Lenny Abrahamson mixed with an affectionate nod at the cult around fluffy 1980s childhood nostalgia and you have the recipe for this enjoyable comedy starring Kyle Mooney.

Kyle Mooney in Brigsby Bear

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Blade of the Immortal (2017) directed by Takashi Miike

The prolific cult Japanese director returns to the chambara genre which he previously visited with the excellent 13 Assassins, albeit with a touch of outrageousness consistent with its manga origins and the director's earlier output.

Blade of the Immortal starring Takuya Kimura

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The Disaster Artist (2017) directed by and starring James Franco

An intentionally hilarious adaptation of Greg Sestero’s autobiographical account of the making of Tommy Wiseau's unintentionally hilarious cult classic The Room.

James and Dave Franco in The Disaster Artist

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Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (2017) starring Annette Bening

Paul McGuigan's well-acted but grindingly depressing look at actress Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening) and her romance with Liverpudlian Peter Turner (Jamie Bell).

Annette Bening and Jamie Bell in Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

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Murder on the Orient Express (2017) directed by Kenneth Branagh

This sumptuous Agatha Christie adaptation, also featuring Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley and Michelle Pfeiffer, does what it says on the tin decently enough.

Kenneth Branagh directs and stars in Murder on the Orient Express

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The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) starring Colin Farrell

Yorgos Lanthimos' tense and uneasy Kubrick-style masterpiece, also starring Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan and a song cameo by Ellie Goulding's Burn.

Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell in The Killing of a Sacred Deer

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Loving Vincent (2017) - hand-painted Van Gogh biography

A review of Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman's beautiful and artistically resonant look at a brilliant but troubled artist.

Loving Vincent

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Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2017) documentary

Sophie Fiennes' music documentary which paints a compelling and well-rounded (albeit not for the uninitiated) portrait of the temperamental Jamaica-born singer.

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

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Perfect Blue (1997) directed by Satoshi Kon - UK rerelease

A review of the classic anime which looks at the pressures of fame and the objectification of women. It is being rereleased in selected UK cinemas on 31st October 2017.

Perfect Blue explores the doppelgänger concept in the context of the pressures of fame

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Thor: Ragnarok (2017) starring Chris Hemsworth

Taika Waititi's entry in the Marvel Comics Universe - also starring Tom Hiddleston and Cate Blanchett - puts a firm emphasis on having fun.

Jeff Goldblum in Thor: Ragnarok

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