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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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EIFF 2018: Papillon (2017) starring Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek

Life in a penal colony in French Guiana is examined in this gritty, gruelling and gory remake of the 1973 original (which in itself was based on the memoirs of Henri Charrière). Charlie Hunnam's committed performance keeps the viewer gripped through a somewhat overlong pic.

Rami Malek and Charlie Hunnam in Papillon

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EIFF 2018: Incredibles 2 (2018) written and directed by Brad Bird

Pixar's latest sequel improves on an already excellent superhero homage original with its near-perfect blend of spectacular action and touching comedy. The wonderful Bob Odenkirk adds his vocal talents this time around and there's some genuinely sinister villainy courtesy of the mysterious Screenslaver.

Incredibles 2

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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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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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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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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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Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) directed by Rian Johnson

The latest entry in the long-running series ranks as one of its finest. The action is spectacular and the character dynamics pay off with some truly heartbreaking tragedy on a Shakespearean scale.

Adam Driver as Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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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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DVD/BLU RAY

The Changeling (1980) directed by Peter Medak

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Obey, written and directed by Jamie Jones

RETRO

Erik the Conqueror directed by Mario Bava

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