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Triangle of Sadness
2022 . Comedy, Drama

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The most disgusting film of 2022? After winning Cannes' top prize for The Square, director Ruben Östlund is back with a cruise liner comedy that's an excruciating, vomit-filled 'assault on the super-rich'.
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Decision to Leave
2022 . Crime, Drama, Romance, Mystery

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A cracking romantic thriller The director of Oldboy and The Handmaiden is back with an updated "cop-meets-femme-fatale" film, which is a "gleaming treat", but falters structurally.
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Stars at Noon
2022 . Drama, Romance, Thriller

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A 'beguiling, immersive film' Claire Denis' new film is a romantic thriller that's beautifully made.
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Broker
2022 . Drama

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'One of the year's most delightful films' Five stars for Hirokazu Kore-eda's big-hearted, funny, knotty caper. The follow-up to Shoplifters is directed with 'impeccable skill, delicacy and compassion'.
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Crimes of the Future
2022 . Drama, Horror, Science Fiction

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Surgery is sex in a body horror With Crimes of the Future, David Cronenberg 'returns pleasingly to the obsessions of his earlier films, without reaching the heights of many of them'.
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Top Gun: Maverick
2022 . Action, Drama

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'Hits its target with explosive force' With a smarter story, funnier dialogue and more nausea-inducing aerial stunts, Top Gun: Maverick outpaces the 1986 original
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Men
2022 . Horror, Thriller, Fantasy

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A 'smart and stylish' horror Jessie Buckley and Rory Kinnear star in this horror from Ex Machina director Alex Garland, which "wryly toys with horror tropes".
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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
2022 . Fantasy, Action, Adventure

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is "as gleefully outlandish as any independent cult movie"
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Spider-Man: No Way Home
2021 . Action, Adventure, Science Fiction

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Five stars for Spider-Man: No Way Home The new film in the series starring Tom Holland makes a 'refreshing' change. It's full of emotional depth.
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The Northman
2022 . Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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Not weird or violent enough Robert Eggers' action-packed epic, which stars Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman and Anya Taylor-Joy, is unusual, but it isn't strange or brutal enough.
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The Lost Daughter
2021 . Drama

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Five stars for The Lost Daughter In her first film as writer-director, Maggie Gyllenhaal adapts Elena Ferrante's fiction 'with a true artist's vision'
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The Batman
2022 . Crime, Mystery, Thriller

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A noirish pulp fantasy' Robert Pattinson stars as the caped crusader alongside Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano and Colin Farrell in Matt Reeves' The Batman. It's atmospheric, but unoriginal.
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Turning Red
2022 . Animation, Family, Comedy, Fantasy

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'Hilarious, life-affirming' new Pixar Five stars for a 'buoyant coming-of-age comedy', starring Rosalie Chiang and Sandra Oh. It is funnier, cleverer and more honest than you might expect.
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West Side Story
2021 . Drama, Romance, Crime

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Five stars for Spielberg's 'moving' West Side Story Spielberg's version of the classic musical is "full of energy, passion and tragedy", says Caryn James. It is perfect for now, while also embracing "all that is sublime" in its source.
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Eternals
2021 . Science Fiction, Action, Adventure

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Three stars for Chloé Zhao's 'disappointing' Eternals Oscar-winning Chloé Zhao directs the latest Marvel superhero movie, which is watchable but ultimately unmemorable. It could be the most disappointing MCU film yet.