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EIFF 2019: I See You (2019) starring Helen Hunt and Jon Tenney

This non-linear horror thriller is well worth a watch if you like your films to be ingeniously constructed and truly surprising. Judah Lewis and Owen Teague stand out from the cast as two adolescent guys who become delinquent for entirely different reasons.

Helen Hunt in I See You

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EIFF 2019: Unstoppable (2018) writer and director: Kim Min-Ho

The hulking Dong-seok Ma is by far the best thing about this fairly standard South Korean thriller. It's serviceable enough stuff but overlong and lacking in new ideas. Also starring Ji-Hyo Song, Seong-oh Kim, Min-jae Kim and Ji-hwan Park.

Dong-seok Ma in Unstoppable

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John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) starring Keanu Reeves

You know the drill here: lots of balletically-staged ultra-violent action plus a dash of stylish Harry Potter-esque world-building. There's also more humour than in the previous films and some welcome additions to the cast, including Halle Berry, Mark Dacascos and Anjelica Huston.

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

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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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