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The Favourite (2018) dir: Yorgos Lanthimos

Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz form a love triangle in this blackly comedic tale of callous scheming and cruelty amongst the British aristocracy of the 18th century. While not Lanthimos at his most extreme, it's still an idiosyncratic classic.

Emma Stone in The Favourite (2018)

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Stan & Ollie (2018) starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly

This bittersweet, semi-comedic biopic feels more like it was produced for television than the cinema but still successfully reminds the viewer of what made the iconic comedy double act Laurel and Hardy so special in the first place.

John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan in Stan & Ollie

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Roma (2018) written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón

Cuarón's deeply personal project was inspired by his own upbringing in early-1970s Mexico. It is a masterpiece, weaving a stunning human tapestry via picture-perfect monochrome wide angle shots and lengthy takes. Starring Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira.

Roma (2018) dir: Alfonso Cuarón

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The Old Man & the Gun (2018) starring Robert Redford

David Lowery follows up A Ghost Story with this classy epitaph to the career of Robert Redford, who plays real-life bank robber Forrest Tucker. It's somewhat corny but in the best possible way. Also starring Sissy Spacek, Casey Affleck and Danny Glover.

Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek in The Old Man & the Gun

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Widows (2018) written and directed by Steve McQueen

This adaptation of Lynda La Plante’s 1983 miniseries redeems an overambitious narrative with some excellently-crafted sequences and powerful performances, especially from Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall and Lukas Haas.

Widows (2018) directed by Steve McQueen

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Shoplifters (2018) written and directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda

This low-key but rewarding Japanese social realist drama is more about the definition and necessity of family than it is about nicking things from shops. Great performances by an ensemble cast, especially from Lily Franky and the late Kirin Kiki.

Shoplifters (2018)

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First Man (2018) dir: Damien Chazelle, starring Ryan Gosling

Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, is examined in Damian Chazelle's respectable biopic. For all of its awe-inducing, white-knuckle depictions of space flight, however, it feels more like a small step for filmmaking than the giant leap that it should have been.

First Man (2018)

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A Star is Born (2018) starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

This fourth incarnation of William A. Wellman and Robert Carson's story turns out to be far from the Cooper/Gaga vanity project that you might have feared. Even Andrew Dice Clay is great in a film whose emotional imprint will stay with you for a long time.

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star is Born (2018)

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Lucky (2017) starring Harry Dean Stanton and David Lynch

Lucky is both a detailed final snapshot of a fine American character actor and a touching, often funny rumination on human mortality. While there's an inevitable tincture of sadness here, it's nowhere near as depressing a film as you might expect.

Harry Dean Stanton is Lucky

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Cold War (2018) directed by Pawel Pawlikowski

A romance takes place on both sides of the Iron Curtain during the early days of the Cold War. Shot in a warm sepia monochrome and featuring a prevalence of diverse music, this is one of those rare movies which you can enjoy as a sensory, magical experience while barely contemplating the dark central story.

Joanna Kulig and Tomasz Kot in Cold War (2018)

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