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The Best Films Out Now

The Best Films Out Now

theartsdesk recommends the top movies of the moment

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.

Ad Astra ★★★★★ Maybe the most complete and profound sci-fi since 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Animals ★★★★ Emma Jane Unsworth's novel becomes a riotous and unruly film

For Sama ★★★★★ A young mother's video diary captures the daily horror of the Syrian civil war

Gaza ★★★★ Sundance-screened doc paints portraits of love and futility

Hail Satan? ★★★★ Documentary reveals the comedy and politics of America's satanists

Holiday ★★★★ Harrowing Danish drama about misogyny

Honeyland ★★★★★ A poetic environmental documentary on Europe's last wild beekeeper

Once Upon A Time... in Hollywood ★★★★ Leo and Brad are an engaging double act in Tarantino’s mellowest film yet

Pain and Glory ★★★★ Almovodar's masterful meditation on age and art

Photograph ★★★★ Ritesh Batra presents his charming romantic drama set on the streets of Mumbai

The Edge ★★★★ Winning's cost considered in a revelatory England cricket documentary

The Farewell ★★★★ A warmly comic culture clash about a Chinese-American death deceit

The Shiny Shrimps ★★★★ Gay water polo comedy fishes some surprisingly deep waters

The Souvenir ★★★★★ Joanna Hogg's most emotionally wrenching film yet

Transit ★★★★★ Christian Petzold eschews the conventions of Holocaust drama in existential nightmares for a German refugee

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★★★★★

A compulsive, involving, emotionally stirring evening – theatre’s answer to a page-turner.
The Observer, Kate Kellaway

 

Direct from a sold-out season at Kiln Theatre the five star, hit play, The Son, is now playing at the Duke of York’s Theatre for a strictly limited season.

 

★★★★★

This final part of Florian Zeller’s trilogy is the most powerful of all.
The Times, Ann Treneman

 

Written by the internationally acclaimed Florian Zeller (The Father, The Mother), lauded by The Guardian as ‘the most exciting playwright of our time’, The Son is directed by the award-winning Michael Longhurst.

 

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