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EIFF 2018: Puzzle (2018) starring Kelly Macdonald

A small-town American housewife finds both passion and a new direction in life thanks to jigsaw puzzles and her relationship with an eccentric inventor (played by Irrfan Khan). It's a quietly impressive small gem of a film with characters who feel real.

Kelly Macdonald in Puzzle (2018)

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Red Sparrow (2018) starring Jennifer Lawrence

Francis Lawrence's attempt at modernising the Cold War thriller is a jarring and unpleasant mix of musty old cliches, rape, torture, romance and feminine empowerment. It has its moments as well as some fine performances but it's not particularly enjoyable.

Red Sparrow (2018)

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The Shape of Water (2017) directed by Guillermo del Toro

This heartfelt homage to Creature from the Black Lagoon is a hymn to the wonder and power of fantasy. The affectionate world-building, bruising view of 1960s social attitudes and the excellent performances by Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer make up for a somewhat predictable story.

The Shape of Water

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God’s Own Country (2017) written and directed by Francis Lee

Harry J. Ford reviews this raw, intense Yorkshire farm-set romance between a farmer's son and a Romanian immigrant, starring Josh O'Connor and Alec Secareanu.

God's Own Country starring Josh O'Connor and Alec Secareanu


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The Big Sick (2017) starring Kumail Nanjian and Zoe Kazan

Dave Longmore looks at the romantic comedy The Big Sick, directed by Michael Showalter.

Kumail Nanjian and Zoe Kazan in The Big Sick

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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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Baby Driver

Joyous blend of genres presented with heart and a cinematic sense of cool that cannot be faked.

Ansel Elgort and Jamie Foxx in Baby Driver

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EIFF 2017: Song to Song (2017)

Terrence Malick's dreamlike look at two intersecting love triangles is hard to rate objectively.

Terrence Malick's surreal Song to Song

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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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Fifty Shades Darker

Fifty Shades Duller would be a more appropriate title for this one.

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