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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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My Cousin Rachel

Sometimes you just need classily-mounted pulp in your life, such as this adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's novel.

Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin


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EIFF 2017: Sami Blood (2016)

Fascinating look at ethnic prejudice with a flawed, persecuted adolescent protagonist.

Sami Blood - prejudice at a Swedish boarding school

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The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

Finnish boxing biopic takes an unexpected route: sweet, cinematic, modest and unassuming.


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