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Marvel’s latest instalment in their cinematic universe sees Chadewick Boseman reprise his role as the Black Panther and follows on directly from the events of his previous appearance in Captain America: Civil War.

Since announcing himself with seminal vampire horror Cronos (1993) and garnering further acclaim with Pan’s Labyrinth (2005), Guillermo del Toro has established himself as one of the finest living directors of fantasy cinema.

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Guillermo Del Toro returns to low-budget fantasy an erotically-charged Cold War love story between a mute cleaning lady, played by Sally Hawkins, and a carnivorous merman that has scooped 13 Oscar nominations.

Parenthood and shattered childhood dreams are also key motifs of Russian film-maker Andrey Zvyagintsev’s follow-up to Oscar winning Leviathan , which has been nominated as Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards.

The Marvel Comics universe expands with a rousing standalone adventure for the eponymous African king, featuring a predominantly black cast festooned with Oscar winners and nominees teasing out tender romance and bruising rivalries.

The premise for directors Peter and Michael Spierig’s latest directorial outing is intriguing.

Twenty-two years after the original Robin Williams film comes the sequel to 1995’s Jumanji.

Written and directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Irish actress Saoirse Ronan in the lead role, Lady Bird follows 17-year-old Christine MacPherson through her final year of high school in Sacramento, California, during the economic downturn of 2002.

Dramatisation of the fateful journey of self-discovery of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst, who vanished in 1969 during a round the world yacht race, is touching thanks to Colin Firth’s understated nobility as the all at sea as a fearless fool.

The dramatisation of a failed 2015 terrorist attack on board a train hurtling from Amsterdam to the French capital, which was thwarted by the quick-thinking of three American tourists, continues Clint Eastwood films about acts of valour torn from headlines.

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From Joe Wright, the British director behind such period dramas as Atonement and Anna Karenina, comes Darkest Hour the true story behind Winston Churchill’s early days as Prime Minister.

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Although 90 years have passed since R. C. Sherriff’s play was first performed and a hundred since the events depicted, this Great War drama remains as pertinent as ever.

Daniel Day-Lewis wears success like an impeccably tailored suit as he delivers his final screen performance as a perfectionist dressmaker in Paul Thomas Anderson’s drama, which is set in the salons of 1950s London.

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Released to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War, Saul Dibb’s elegiac screen adaptation expands RC Sherriff’s moving 1928 stage play about life on the front line without sacrificing the psychological intensity.

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The Shape of Water is an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of the cold war era in America in 1962.

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Despite coming across as a children’s movie, there’s far more to Disney’s latest heartstring-tugging animation ‘Coco’ than meets the eye.

The final chapter in the ‘Insidious’ series is an edge-of-your-seat psychological thrill ride full of jump scares and suspense that delves into the protagonist’s emotional back story for the first time.

Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra follows the success of his Liam Neeson starring, high-octane thrillers Unknown (2011), Non-Stop (2014) and Run All Night (2015) with the taught, stylised and highly enjoyable action thriller The Commuter.

Wallace and Gromit maker Nick Park’s latest stop-motion film, a comedy of errors that traces the history of football to our club-wielding prehistoric ancestors, has charm but is too safe.

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Richard Linklater follows Boyhood with this road movie and knowing tribute to Hal Ashby’s 1970’s classic The Last Detail, with Steve Carell roping in Veitnam War buddies Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne on a journey to bury his soldier son.

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Alexander Payne’s quirky comedy drama set in the near future, with Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig as a socially conscious couple reduced in size to live in picture perfect micro-communities, is part-dystopian social satire, part-doomed romance.

Since bursting onto the screen with his feature length debut - the superb, ultra-violent, profanity-strewn In Bruges (2008) - writer and director Martin McDonagh has established himself as one of the most exciting directors working today.

Written and directed by Rian Johnson, this much anticipated second instalment in the latest Star Wars trilogy follows on directly from 2015’s well received The Force Awakens.

Disney Pixar’s latest animated extravaganza hit cinema screens this week, delving into the peculiar Mexican celebration of the Day Of The Dead.

Steven Spielberg’s dramatisation of events leading up to the high-profile legal wrangling between The Washinton Post and President Nixon feels relevant in the era of fake news and presidential Twitter outbursts but is self-serving and smug.

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Disney Pixar’s coming-of-age adventure amid Mexican Day of the Dead culture has little of the humour or visual wonder you’d associate with the usually inventive studio.

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From Richard Attenborough’s excellent Young Winston (1972) to Jonathan Teplitzky’s Churchill (2017), Winston Churchill has been the subject of countless historical dramas and biopics that have dealt with various stages of the near-mythical figure’s life.

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With a totally unlikely yet compelling cast and immersive cinematography, this ‘Jumanji’ sequel is a vibrant escapist adventure.

The 27 tumultuous days, which led to Churchill’s impassioned cry for the British to fight on the beaches and in the streets, is dramatised in Joe Wright’s handsomely crafted character study boasting an Oscar worthy performance from the unrecognisable star.

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Darkest Hour tells the story of Winston Churchill in the early days of the war. It also features a remarkable portrayal by an almost unrecognisable Gary Oldman. But how does it compare to the many others who have played him?

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Salty, quick-fire dialogue pepper Martin McDonagh’s blackly comic thriller that pits the righteous anger of vigilante parent Frances McDormand against her local police force in a fictional midwestern town.

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Win tickets to see a film of your choice at Cineworld in St Neots or Huntingdon.

Writer and director Scott Cooper follows the success of moving drama Crazy Heart (2009) and hard-bitten crime thrillers Out of the furnace (2013) and Black Mass (2015) with arresting and haunting western Hostiles.

The removal of Kevin Spacey from Ridley Scott’s propulsive thriller proves to be a blessing in disguise as replacement Christopher Plummer shines as oil tycoon John Paul Getty.

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Christian Bale plays a grizzled army captain in writer-director Scott Cooper’s solid but sometimes standard revisionist western, set during the final years of the bloodthirsty war between the US Army and Native Americans.

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