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The Last Jedi propelled George Lucas’s saga into a galaxy far, far away from the old-fashioned charm of the original trilogy, but this Han Solo origins story directed Ron Howard slingshots at lightspeed in the opposite direction.

Raja Gosnell, director of Beverly Hill Chihuahua, collars a buddy cop movie, which is essentially Miss Congeniality on four legs, with dysfunctional canines replacing the beauty queens.

Terry Gilliam’s modern twist on the 17th classic is flawed but wonderfully wacky.

Spain

With its self-aware humour and ultra-violent fight sequences, Deadpool was one of the biggest hits of 2016, grossing $783,112,979 worldwide and becoming the highest grossing R-rated comedy in box office history.

Ian McEwan’s Booker Prize-nominated novella, a moving portrait of doomed love, set against the ravishing backdrop of the titular stretch of shingle in Dorset, comes to the big screen, starring three-time Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan.

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David Leitch’s sequel is rollicking, gleefully irreverent and saved by its potty-mouthed humour, but generic and dull action proves you can have too much of a good thing.

The hijacking of an Air France flight in June 1976 by members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and a subsequent rescue mission led by Israeli forces are terrific raw ingredients for an edge-of-seat geo-political thriller.

Paris

Mother doesn’t know best - she is teetering on the precipice of a nervous breakdown in Jason Reitman’s beautifully crafted and bittersweet portrait of modern parenthood starring Charlize Theron.

Along with Coralie Fargeat’s feature-length debut Revenge, James McTeige’s Breaking In is the latest female led, hard-bitten thriller to grace cinema screens this month.

With a body-confident self-empowering message at its heart, Amy Schumer’s ‘I Feel Pretty’ is a much-needed lesson about the importance of learning to love yourself.

There is an early scene in I Feel Pretty when the film’s protagonist Renee (Amy Schumer) watches Big (1988).

Following 2009s Fantastic Mr Fox, American filmmaker Wes Anderson again delves into the world of stop motion animation.

Unless you have been living with your head under a rock for the past year you will know that Avengers: Infinity War is one of the biggest films of 2018, if not the biggest.

Superhero blockbusters don’t get much bigger than ‘Infinity War’, and considering it is second most expensive movie ever made, the latest in the Avengers franchise is up there with Marvel’s best.

Silence really is deafening in ‘A Quiet Place’ - one of the best horrors of recent years.

It’s the beginning of the end for the series that began a decade ago with a next-to-last film that has all the CGI action sequences you’d expect but struggles to fit in all the characters from the sprawling Marvel franchises.

Jessie Buckley delivers a searing lead performance as a guilt-riddled twenty-something who becomes embroiled in the hunt for a serial killer in debut writer-director Michael Pearce’s deliciously creepy psychological thriller.

From Damien Chazelle’s drama Whiplash (2014) to Joel Edgerton’s dark revenge thriller The Gift (2015) and Jordan Peele’s chilling social thriller Get Out (2017), Blumhouse Productions has produced some of the best films of the last four years.

Based on the novel by David Levithan, this dreamy romance about a 16-year-old girl who falls in love with a spirit, which moves between different bodies, dodges Twilight comparisons and is at least genuinely interested in exploring its premise.

Four Weddings And A Funeral director Mike Newell helms another film with a cumbersome title, a sweeping tale of self-sacrifice set amid the Nazi occuptation of Guernsey and starring Lily James.

London

More than 25 years after they last shared the big screen Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland reunite for this bittersweet comical final road trip of a couple that turns into a journey of self-discovery.

Writer-director Xavier Legrand’s feature debut is a continuation of his award-winning short Just Before Losing Everything about a terrified wife wriggling free of the suffocating grasp of her abusive husband.

Paddy Considine returns to the director’s chair for a hard-hitting drama about a boxing champion, whose charmed life suffers a series of knockout blows inside and out of the ring.

Perhaps best known for his comedic work in the US version of The Office (2005-2013), John Krasinski is not an artist typically associated with the horror genre; yet with his third feature as a film-maker the actor-director has delivered a thrilling, nerve-shredding horror.

United States

Real-life couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt star in this tense thriller about a family forced to live in silence due to an invasion of alien creatures which hunt by sound.

This Oscar nominated picture tells the story of controversial American figure skater Tonya Harding who was accused of conspiring to attack one of her rivals during the build up to the 1994 olympics.

Written and directed by Greta Gerwig and staring Irish actress Saoirse Ronan in the lead role. Lady Bird follows 17 year old Christine MacPherson, through her

From crime-comedy Bottle Rocket (1996) to comedy-drama The Grand Budapest Hotel (2013), director Wes Anderson has made some of the most visually striking and whimsical films of the past decade that often manage to be both exhilarating and wearying.

Japan

Based on the Ernest Cline book of the same name, Ready Player One sees legendary director Steven Spielberg bring the popular story to the big screen.

Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman’s ruthlessly efficient horror anthology Ghost Stories scared audiences out of their seats in theatre and now it comes to the big screen, with Nyman as a debunker of the paranormal who investigates the stories of the supposed supernatural.

This bold almost silent sci-fi horror thriller taps into a rich vein of parental anxiety with Emily Blunt and John Krasinski as parents of a deaf daughter battling against sightless otherworldly creatures that hunt by sound.

Mean girls mean business in writer-director Cory Finley debut feature, a lip-smacking psychological thriller of cruel intentions and unscrupulous personal advancement set in rarefied suburban Connecticut.

Boxing films are, as Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull (1980) and Mark Robson’s Champion (1949) have shown, as much about the physical strength and mental fragility of their central characters as they are about the sport itself.

United Kingdom

Winner of this year’s Oscar for best picture, The Shape of Water is the latest film from highly rated Mexican film maker Guillermo Del Toro, who also won the academy award for Best Director.

Gamers will be in their element in this Steven Spielberg movie which negotiates the increasingly fine line between virtual reality and real life.

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