With Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker soon to land in cinemas, now is the perfect time to catch up on the previous adventures in a galaxy far far away. Not only packed with mesmerising action sequences and dazzling visuals, this superb addition to the space saga also offers a sizeable stage for a veteran Mark Hamill and his compellingly dark version of Luke Skywalker.
Following four centuries-old vampire roommates struggling to find their place in the millennial world, this laugh-a-minute movie from Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement and Thor: Ragnarok’s Taika Waititi is arguably the best scary comedy since Shaun of the Dead.
Winner of three Oscars and holding a 96% score on Rotten Tomatoes, Netflix’s Roma is not one to miss. Drawn from the childhood experiences of writer-director Alfonso Cuarón (Birdman), this storytelling triumph centres on a middle-class family’s maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s. It’s a deeply personal and atmospheric work touching on domestic strife and social hierarchy.
Although feeling like an action-packed third act the entire way through, this Second World War story is an intelligent masterpiece of a movie from Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight). With its non-linear narrative and disorienting score (courtesy of Hans Zimmer), Dunkirk perfectly captures the confusion and nail-biting tension of the 1940 Allied evacuation of France.
Stars Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Harry Styles (yes, the One Direction singer).
A visually stunning sequel to the sci-fi noir 1982 classic, this gritty epic follows LAPD Officer K, a bioengineered android replicant played to perfection by Ryan Gosling. Although his primary mission as a ‘blade runner’ is to hunt down rogue replicants, K accidentally unearths a long-buried secret that could plunge society into chaos.
It’s this explosive discovery that leads him on a quest to locate Rick Deckard (once again played by Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.