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EIFF 2019: Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (2018)

Salvador Simó's cel-shaded animated look at the making of surrealist director Luis Buñuel’s documentary Las Hurdes gives us a striking insight into his artistic imagination but doesn't sugarcoat some of the more controversial aspects of his behaviour.

Bunuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (2018)

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EIFF 2019: The Wind (2018) directed by Emma Tammi

This horror-western is impressively potent from a visual standpoint but its non-linear narrative conceals a shortage of both storyline and interesting characterisations. It stars Caitlin Gerard, Julia Goldani Telles, Ashley Zukerman and Dylan McTee.

Caitlin Jenkins in The Wind

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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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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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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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On Chesil Beach (2017) starring Saoirse Ronan

This drama of love tragically doomed by sexual difficulties, set in the stifling climate of early 1960s Britain, is powerful and well-acted fare despite occasional missteps.

Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle in On Chesil Beach

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Phantom Thread (2017) directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

Daniel Day-Lewis's final performance is a striking epitaph in an exquisitely-crafted piece of pure cinema. However, the relatively unknown Vicky Krieps holds the screen exceptionally well during her tense, spark-filled scenes with his perfectionistic and near-insufferable character.

Daniel Day-Lewis in Phantom Thread

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Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (2017) starring Annette Bening

Paul McGuigan's well-acted but grindingly depressing look at actress Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening) and her romance with Liverpudlian Peter Turner (Jamie Bell).

Annette Bening and Jamie Bell in Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

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England Is Mine (2017) starring Jack Lowden and Jodie Comer

This controversial imaginary biopic of the young Morrissey's life comes across as aloof, miserable and vaguely pretentious.

Jack Lowden as the enigmatic Morrissey


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The Beguiled (2017)

Sofia Coppola's remake is slow-as-molasses to start with, but eventually becomes truly beguiling entertainment.

Female ensemble in Sofia Coppola's remake

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