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Barry Jenkins’ film shows life at its toughest and its most real, making it a worthy Oscar contender.

His mesmerizing central performance enlivens John Lee Hancock’s tasty biopic of the businessman whose ambition was a key ingredient in the birth of a McDonald’s.

The reunion of Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne almost two decades on from The Matrix is about the only surprise in bone-crunching follow-up.

London

Moonlight shows life at its toughest and its most real, making it a more than worthy Oscar contender

Hacksaw Ridge is a must see film that tells the extraordinary true story of a solider who volunteered for service in the American army after being horrified by the atrocities of Pearl Harbour.

He directs and stars in the interpretation of August Wilson’s play, made magnificent by both his and Viola Davis’ acting.

Like most send-ups a lot of the humour is about the predictability of the genre, subverting its clichés and making you feel clever.

Oscar-winning director Ang Lee wartime drama seen through the eyes of a teenage soldier who becomes a hero to his entire country.

Iraq

Writer-director Maren Ade’s film is the red hot favourite to win the Best Foreign Language Oscar but is it evidence of a willfully out of touch elite?

Europe

20th Century Women is so truthful it’s as though you lived it yourself, but all this truth is delivered at a pretty slow pace

Fact is often stranger than fiction and none more so than in this compelling story of a man who traces his way back to his birth mother in a remote Indian village using his memory and Google maps.

Denzel Washington’s interpretation of August Wilson’s play is made magnificent by his and Viola Davis’ acting

True life story of interracial couple Richard and Mildred’s courtroom battle of against bigotry and bureaucracy focuses on the little things in life and is as understated as its protagonists.

Recommended film of the week: Hacksaw Ridge (15).

Mel Gibson has done a very effective job on real-life tale of soldier without a gun Desmond Doss, but it is also his most sappy and corny film.

Danny Boyle who induced that intoxicating rush of blood to the head with Trainspotting rounds up the gang again 20 years on.

Edinburgh

Rachel Weisz stars in this true story as Deborah Lipstadt, who took to the stand to prove that the Holocaust happened

The Oscar-winning actress stars in this true story as Deborah Lipstadt, involved in libel battle with British “historian” David Irving.

Creatures great and small pursue glittering dreams of musical stardom in Garth Jennings and Christophe Lourdelet’s colour-saturated comedy.

A bunch of animated gorillas, pigs, mice, sheep, giraffes, elephants, bears and porcupines regurgitate the last five decades of popular music

Nobody had to do this, unless it was worth doing. It wasn’t, but it is well made and fitfully entertaining

Edinburgh

Pablo Larrain’s film about First Lady in the aftermath of JFK’s assassination is an exploration of the intensity and shock of grief.

America

One man’s extraordinary true-life odyssey - to locate the mother and brother he lost at the age of five - provides the inspiration for Garth Davis’ life-affirming drama.

India

Three’s company, 23’s an intimidating crowd in writer-director M Night Shyamalan’s thriller.

This is Jackie before the O, and right after the FK; America’s premier first lady in mourning, at a loss, cast adrift, trying to hastily erect a myth around her late husband

America

Recommended film of the week: Underworld: Blood Wars (15)

A man with multiple personalities abducts three teenage girls and subjects them to a gruesome fate – they are going to be acted at beyond endurance

Set in contemporary Los Angeles, but with timely touches of Golden Age Hollywood and clever cinematic flourishes, ‘La La Land’ is a loveable musical for the modern day.

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling steal the show with strong screen presence in a film too much fun for an Oscar.

Two hours of ice cold with Casey Affleck is supposed to be raw and real but just feels staged and bogus.

Manchester

Ben Affleck directs and stars in prohibition era crime drama where everybody wears greats suits from a novel by Dennis Lehane.

Boston

Stone and Gosling steal the show with strong screen presence in a film that’s too much fun to win an Oscar

Adapted by Patrick Ness from his award-winning novel, its a tender coming of age story that will strike a chord with anyone who has lost a loved one.

Within the first two minutes of ‘Why Him?’ James Franco (‘Spring Breakers’) is preparing to get his genitalia out in anticipation of ‘Netflix and chill’ time with his university student girlfriend, Stephanie.

The latest film on Martin Scorsese’s directorial list, starring Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver, lacks the energy and invention of his previous works

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