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Encounter takes unexpected turns on an apocalyptic sci-fi road trip

Michael Pearce’s cerebral sci-fi thriller doesn’t always deliver, but its undercurrents of paranoia, conspiracy theories and governmental subterfuge are fully embodied in a compelling lead performance from Riz Ahmed.

By Carmen Gray

Encounter takes unexpected turns on an apocalyptic sci-fi road trip
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Hellbound challenges ideas about faith and free will in six harrowing episodes

By Trevor Johnston

Hellbound challenges ideas about faith and free will in six harrowing episodes
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House of Gucci is a tragi-comic triumph of operatic proportions

By Rebecca Harrison

House of Gucci is a tragi-comic triumph of operatic proportions
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Anne at 13,000 ft follows a troubled protagonist in free fall

By Elena Lazic

Anne at 13,000 ft follows a troubled protagonist in free fall
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Pirates is a debut feature from Reggie Yates that revels in 90s nostalgia

By Alex Ramon

Pirates is a debut feature from Reggie Yates that revels in 90s nostalgia
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Natural Light is a film begrimed with the collective guilt of moral cowardice

By Pamela Hutchinson

Natural Light is a film begrimed with the collective guilt of moral cowardice
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tick, tick… BOOM! proves a moving tribute to composer Jonathan Larson

By Leila Latif

tick, tick… BOOM! proves a moving tribute to composer Jonathan Larson
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The Power of the Dog draws out the instability of the American West’s handed-down myths

By Nicolas Rapold

The Power of the Dog draws out the instability of the American West’s handed-down myths
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Cry Macho shows an ambivalence towards traditional masculinity

By Jonathan Rosenbaum

Cry Macho shows an ambivalence towards traditional masculinity
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No Sudden Move is a sharp, gritty crime thriller from Steven Soderbergh

By Leigh Singer

No Sudden Move is a sharp, gritty crime thriller from Steven Soderbergh
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Eternals is the strangest Marvel film to date

By Guy Lodge

Eternals is the strangest Marvel film to date
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The Card Counter is a triumph for Oscar Isaac

By Jonathan Romney

The Card Counter is a triumph for Oscar Isaac
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Bantú Mama looks at the African diaspora through a contemporary lens

By Chrystel Oloukoï

Bantú Mama looks at the African diaspora through a contemporary lens
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Last Night in Soho explores the toxic side of nostalgia

By John Bleasdale

Last Night in Soho explores the toxic side of nostalgia
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Cryptozoo tells a simple tale of good versus evil through an animated world of mythical creatures

By Thomas Flew

Cryptozoo tells a simple tale of good versus evil through an animated world of mythical creatures
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Munich: The Edge of War is a taut adaptation of Robert Harris’s espionage page-turner

By Euan Harris

Munich: The Edge of War is a taut adaptation of Robert Harris’s espionage page-turner
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Dune succeeds by avoiding excessive fidelity to the original novel

By Philip Kemp

Dune succeeds by avoiding excessive fidelity to the original novel
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Mamoru Hosoda’s Belle reboots Beauty and the Beast for the internet age

By Callie Petch

Mamoru Hosoda’s Belle reboots Beauty and the Beast for the internet age
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The Crossing uses striking animation techniques but its story struggles to pick up momentum

By Alex Dudok de Wit

The Crossing uses striking animation techniques but its story struggles to pick up momentum
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Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon puts a new spin on the terrifying girl-with-the-long-black-hair type

By Alexandria Slater

Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon puts a new spin on the terrifying girl-with-the-long-black-hair type
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Venom: Let There Be Carnage serves up a strangely affecting superhero sequel

By Kim Newman

Venom: Let There Be Carnage serves up a strangely affecting superhero sequel
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Flee is an astonishing animated portrait of a young refugee

By Alex Davidson

Flee is an astonishing animated portrait of a young refugee
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Il Buco takes viewers on a meditative dive through the caves of Calabria

By Ben Nicholson

Il Buco takes viewers on a meditative dive through the caves of Calabria
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Curse of The Chippendales explores the gender dynamics of stripping in the 1980s

By Rebecca Harrison

Curse of The Chippendales explores the gender dynamics of stripping in the 1980s
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Our Men: a refined and quietly impressive military drama

By Nicole Davis

Our Men: a refined and quietly impressive military drama
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Boiling Point captures a chef’s night from hell filmed in one continuous shot

By Philip Concannon

Boiling Point captures a chef’s night from hell filmed in one continuous shot
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Succession returns for a third season with another spectacular Roy family feud

By Caspar Salmon

Succession returns for a third season with another spectacular Roy family feud
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The Harder They Fall: a brilliantly over the top revenge tale

By Leila Latif

The Harder They Fall: a brilliantly over the top revenge tale
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Squid Game is a winning addition to the burgeoning dystopia subgenre

By Anne Billson

Squid Game is a winning addition to the burgeoning dystopia subgenre
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