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Mandy (2018) starring Nicolas Cage and Andrea Riseborough

Panos Cosmatos' bad acid infused magnum opus melds its huge range of influences into a truly singular cinematic experience. In this context, Nicolas Cage's usual shit fits are subsumed into the artful, transcendent extremity of the whole.

Linus Roache as a creepy cult leader in Mandy

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Venom (2018) starring Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams

This non-MCU Marvel adaptation has plenty wrong with it but, once you set aside the disjointed narrative and inconsistent tone, the Brock vs. Venom dynamic is quite funny. Tom Hardy is great - but Riz Ahmed is far less so as the main villain.

Venom (2018)

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The Predator (2018) directed and co-written by Shane Black

Unfortunately, this fourth entry in the Predator film series squanders some entertaining character interplay via confused plotting, inscrutable action sequences and throwaway splatter comedy deaths. Quite possibly the most annoying film of the year.

Olivia Munn and Boyd Holbrook in The Predator

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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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Vincent Price in The Tingler

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Obey, written and directed by Jamie Jones

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Erik the Conqueror directed by Mario Bava

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