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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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Black Panther (2018) written and directed by Ryan Coogler

Chadwick Boseman plays the eponymous African superhero in this disappointingly bland attempt at a more political Marvel film. It's passably entertaining but not worthy of the massive hype.

Chadwick Boseman is Black Panther

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Lady Bird (2017) written and directed by Greta Gerwig

Saoirse Ronan plays the brattishly eccentric titular adolescent who navigates an emotional rollercoaster ride at a Catholic high school in Sacramento. It moves from one humorous or dramatic highpoint to the next in a heady rush that creates a refreshingly honest picture of the cusp of adulthood.

Saoirse Ronan and Lucas Hedges in Lady Bird

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The Shape of Water (2017) directed by Guillermo del Toro

This heartfelt homage to Creature from the Black Lagoon is a hymn to the wonder and power of fantasy. The affectionate world-building, bruising view of 1960s social attitudes and the excellent performances by Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer make up for a somewhat predictable story.

The Shape of Water

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Phantom Thread (2017) directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

Daniel Day-Lewis's final performance is a striking epitaph in an exquisitely-crafted piece of pure cinema. However, the relatively unknown Vicky Krieps holds the screen exceptionally well during her tense, spark-filled scenes with his perfectionistic and near-insufferable character.

Daniel Day-Lewis in Phantom Thread

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