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The Best Films Out Now

The Best Films Out Now

theartsdesk recommends the top movies of the moment

Journey to self-realisation: Ashton Sanders in 'Moonlight'

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 films below is well wroth seeing.

A Monster Calls ★★★★ Director JA Bayona's fantastical fairytale packs huge emotional wallop

Christine ★★★★★ Forcing an end: Rebecca Hall searing as TV presenter caught by mental health issues

Gold ★★★ Matthew McConaughey's fable of untold riches is harder work than it ought to be

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

Jackie ★★★ One brief shining moment that was known as Camelot: how the Kennedy legacy was born

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

Loving ★★★ Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga in a quiet true-life drama about mixed-race marriage

Manchester by the Sea ★★★★★ Casey Affleck is quietly immense in Kenneth Lonergan's powerful study of loss

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

Nocturnal Animals ★★★★ Tom Ford's film starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams is deeply disquieting

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ★★★★ The Star Wars franchise detours down a side-turning to a raw new direction

Silence ★★★ Scorsese's latest is a mammoth, more ponderous than profound

The Birth of a Nation ★★★★ Nate Parker's fearsome fable of slavery and America's great divide

The Eagle Huntress ★★★ Girl power Mongolian-style in a bewitching but problematic feature-doc

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

The Unknown Girl ★★★★★ Subtle Belgian noir about a doctor haunted by a young woman's death

Toni Erdmann ★★★★ Germany's Oscar-contender is lengthy and rewarding

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

Zero Days ★★★★★ Gripping and terrifying, Alex Gibney's masterful doc charts the beginning of cyber warfare

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