Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
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.
Overall, it’s impressive. Most impressive.
What We Do in the Shadows
With the TV mockumentary of the same name recently airing to critical acclaim, dig your fangs into the original hilarious horror film it was based on.
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).
Blade Runner 2049
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.