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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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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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The Villainess (2017) directed by Byung-gil Jung

Review of an occasionally confusing but often epic and exhilarating South Korean variant of La Femme Nikita, starring Ok-bin Kim, Ha-kyun Shin and Jun Sung.

Ok-bin Kim plays Sook-hee in The Villainess

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Atomic Blonde (2017) starring Charlize Theron and James McAvoy

This particular Atomic Blonde has her finger right on the John Wick button.

Charlize Theron and James McAvoy in Atomic Blonde

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

Luc Besson's adaptation of comic book Valérian et Laureline is a flawed feast of visual imagination.

Weird and wonderful aliens in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets


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Dunkirk (2017)

A technically startling depiction of the horrors of war that never goes deeper or wider than its own sensations.

Fionn Whitehead in Dunkirk

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Spider-Man: Homecoming

This Spider-Man cuts loose and gets on with the fun.

Spider-Man saves the Staten Island Ferry from disaster

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Nell Potts in The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

ARTICLES

Lili Taylor in The Addiction

RETRO

Melanie Griffith in Cherry 2000

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