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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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BlacKkKlansman (2018) directed by Spike Lee

The Do the Right Thing director returns to form with a more poised and deliberate, yet still powerfully relevant, look at racism in America. John David Washington is a livewire revelation as Ron Sallworth, a black man who talks his way into the KKK in the 1970s.

Adam Driver and John David Washington in BlacKkKlansman

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Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) starring Tom Cruise

Once again, Tom Cruise's career gets saved from self-destructing in five seconds via this heart-in-mouth exciting entry in the long-running franchise. Terrific chases, a rollercoaster ride of plot twists and great support from Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson and Henry Cavill make for the best action film in a long time.

Tom Cruise and helicopters in Mission: Impossible - Fallout

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EIFF 2018: Winterlong (2018) written and directed by David Jackson

This father-son reconciliation drama features fine performances and solid characterisations across the board. While there are a few obvious contrivances and unresolved subplots, the film still manages to distinguish itself from others of its ilk.

Harper Jackson in Winterlong

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EIFF 2018: Terminal (2018) written and directed by Vaughn Stein

This futuristic neo-noir - starring Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg, Dexter Fletcher and Mike Myers - boasts neon-drenched heavy-stylised visuals but drowns under wannabe hip pretension and a lack of purpose. Really, shouldn't Robbie be doing better things nowadays after her Oscar-nominated performance in I, Tonya?

Margot Robbie and Max Irons in Terminal

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EIFF 2018: Calibre (2018) starring Jack Lowden and Martin McCann

This Scottish Highlands-set backwoods thriller sustains the slow-burning suspense throughout its 110 minutes and provides plenty of twists on its own well-worn cinematic niche. A very promising feature-length debut from writer-director Matt Palmer.

Calibre, the feature-length debut of writer-director Matt Palmer

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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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Murder on the Orient Express (2017) directed by Kenneth Branagh

This sumptuous Agatha Christie adaptation, also featuring Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley and Michelle Pfeiffer, does what it says on the tin decently enough.

Kenneth Branagh directs and stars in Murder on the Orient Express

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The Villainess (2017) directed by Byung-gil Jung

Review of an occasionally confusing but often epic and exhilarating South Korean variant of La Femme Nikita, starring Ok-bin Kim, Ha-kyun Shin and Jun Sung.

Ok-bin Kim plays Sook-hee in The Villainess

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The Snowman (2017) starring Michael Fassbender

Review and podcast of Tomas Alfredson's baffling and tensionless mess of an adaptation of Jo Nesbø's novel, featuring the novelty tune Popcorn by Hot Butter of all things.

Michael Fassbender in the Jo Nesbø adaptation The Snowman

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