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The Best Films Out Now

The Best Films Out Now

theartsdesk recommends the top movies of the moment

Jessica Chastain lobbies hard for your vote in as Miss Sloane

There are films to meet every taste in theartsdesk's guide to the best movies currently on release. In our considered opinion, any of the titles below is well worth your attention.

 

Beauty and the Beast ★★★★ Disney's lavish modern reboot starring Emma Watson still enchants

Citizen Jane ★★★ How the urban planners didn't take Manhattan, thanks to the remarkable Jane Jacobs

Clash ★★★ Inside view of the aftermath of Egypt's Arab Spring

City of Tiny Lights ★★★★ Riz Ahmed starts in absorbing London noir drama that's big on atmosphere if low on suspense

Elle ★★★★★ Isabelle Huppert dazzles in Paul Verhoeven's genre-defying drama

FrantzFrantz ★★★★ François Ozon catches the pity of war and its aftermath in moving black and white (pictured: Paula Beer)

Free Fire ★★★★ Brie Larson helps Ben Wheatley go back to brilliant, bloody basics

Ghost in the Shell ★★★ Japanese manga phenomenon gets the Hollywood treatment

Graduation ★★★★★ Cristian Mungiu delivers a bleak Romanian masterpiece

Heal the Living ★★★ A heart transplant goes horribly right in Katell Quillévéré’s third feature

I Am Not Your Negro ★★★★ Powerful Oscar-nominated documentary about the pioneering writer and Civil Rights activist James Baldwin

Inversion ★★★★ Acutely observed Iranian drama about the complications of a woman's independence

It’s Only the End of the World ★★★★ Xavier Dolan's compelling family reunion drama stars Léa Seydoux and Marion Cotillard

Kong: Skull Island ★★★★ Colossal digitised gorilla shares spoils with John C. Reilly

Lady Macbeth ★★★ Memorably nasty portrayal of feminist psychosis in 19th-century Northumberland

Julian Barratt, MindhornMindhorn ★★★ Eighties detective spoof starring Julian Barratt (pictured) in a blouson and eyepatch is a hoot

Miss Sloane The gun lobby never loses. But it's never had an opponent like Jessica Chastain

Neruda ★★★★ Flights of fantasy as the great Chilean writer goes on the run

Personal Shopper ★★★★★ Film noir? Ghost story? Olivier Assayas and Kristen Stewart flit compellingly between genres

The Handmaiden ★★★★ Park Chan-wook's sensual reimagining of Sarah Waters' intricate lesbian thriller

The Student ★★★★ Fundamentalism Russian-style: desperation and dark comedy

Their Finest ★★★★★ Sheerly enjoyable homage to the British film industry's war effort

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