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The Best Films Out Now

The Best Films Out Now

theartsdesk recommends the top movies of the moment

Wonderfully lavish: Emma Watson and a hairy Dan Stevens in 'Beauty and the Beast'

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.

 

Aftermath ★★★★ Schwarzenegger acts his age in a quiet, convincing tragedy

Aquarius ★★★★ Brazilian star Sonia Braga shines in unsettling portrayal of her country today

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

Mad to be Normal ★★★ David Tennant is electric as Sixties anti-psychiatrist RD Laing

Certain Women ★★★★ Low-key but mesmerising American indie exploring the lives of four disparate women

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

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

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

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

La La Land ★★★★★ Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone (pictured above) will have you floating out of the cinema on a cloud

Lion ★★★★ A very different passage to India in moving drama starring Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel

Logan ★★★★ Heroic swansong for the battered but unbowed Wolverine

Moonlight ★★★★★ Barry Jenkins' Oscar-winning Best Picture has a difficult journey of self-realisation at its rich heart

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 Salesman ★★★ Iranian Oscar winner pays attention, and then some, to Arthur Miller

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

T2 Trainspotting ★★★★ Danny Boyle and his reunited cast defy the curse of the sequel

20th Century Women ★★★★ Coming of age in California with Annette Bening as every boy's dream mom

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