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EIFF 2019: Volcano (2018) dir: Roman Bondarchuk

This surreal Ukrainian comedy-drama lays bare the sheer schisms to be seen within this impoverished, war-torn country. It is filled with startling images, both ugly and beautiful. Starring Serhiy Stepansky, Viktor Zhdanov and Khrystyna Deilyk.

Serhiy Stepansky in Volcano

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EIFF 2019: Schemers (2019) dir: David McLean

This Dundee-set drama is based around the early days of music promoter David McLean’s career. While rather underbudgeted, it makes up for it somewhat via its undeniable spunk and energy. Starring Conor Berry, Tara Lee, Sean Connor and Grant R. Keelan.

Schemers (2019)

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EIFF 2019: Bittersweet Symphony (2019) dir: Jamie Adams

This amateurish and unfocussed mess of a film feels like watching someone else's home movie. Despite the evident talents of some of those in front of the camera (including Suki Waterhouse and Jennifer Grey), it is ultimately a rather cringeworthy affair. Oh, and it has nothing to do with The Verve.

Bittersweet Symphony (2019)

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EIFF 2019: Ever After (2018) dir: Carolina Hellsgård

Despite having its share of gruesome moments, this German take on the zombie apocalypse subgenre comes closer in tone to Andrei Tarkovsky than to George Romero. It's a beautiful, haunting and poetic examination of guilt and the inherent value of human life.

Gro Swantje Kohlhof in Ever After

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EIFF 2019: Astronaut (2019) starring Richard Dreyfuss

Dreyfuss's excellent performance as an elderly, ailing man who dreams of going to outer space makes this rather obvious awards bait movie worth the voyage. It also stars Lyriq Bent, Colm Feore, Krista Bridges, Art Hindle and Richie Lawrence.

Richard Dreyfuss in Astronaut

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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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