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Tár

By Ege Apaydın

Cate Blanchett is on top form as a conductor who experiences a swift fall from grace in Todd Fields' piercing psychodrama.

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The Swimmers

By David Jenkins

The astonishing saga of Syrian refugee-turned-Olympic swimmer Yusra Mardini is effectively presented by writer/director Sally El Hosaini.

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Blonde

By Leila Latif

Andrew Dominik’s warts-and-all portrait of tragic Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe is as surreal as it is sad.

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Eiffel

By Josh Slater-Williams

A strong showing from Emma Mackey aside, this biopic of engineer Pierre Eiffel is built on rocky foundations.

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The Princess

By Saskia Lloyd Gaiger

Ed Perkins’ archive documentary offers fresh insight into the life and legacy of the People’s Princess.

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Elvis

By Anna Bogutskaya

Baz Luhrmann’s sweaty, opulent take on the King of rock ’n’ roll is not a biopic but a fairy tale.

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a-ha: The Movie

By Josh Slater-Williams

Norway’s favourite synth-pop sons receive the full music biography treatment in this intimate documentary.

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Benediction

By Adam Woodward

Terence Davies explores the tragic and complex life of World War I poet Siegfried Sassoon in this elegantly moving biopic.

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Ennio

By Saskia Lloyd Gaiger

Great detail abounds in Giuseppe Tornatore’s documentary celebrating the life and work of the late film composer Ennio Morricone.

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Benedetta

By Hannah Strong

Dutch master provocateur Paul Verhoeven serves up a blasphemous delight in his convent-set Italian romp.

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The Metamorphosis of Birds

By David Jenkins

Catarina Vasconcelos’ hybrid documentary explores family lineage in an inventive and soulful manner.

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The Duke

By David Jenkins

Roger Michell’s swansong is a fittingly wholesome and heartwarming caper, an ode to Ealingesque whimsy and charm.

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The Eyes of Tammy Faye

By Charles Bramesco

Jessica Chastain transforms into the opulent yet controversial ​Tammy Faye Messner in Michael Showalter’s customary biopic.

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Munich: The Edge of War

By Josh Slater-Williams

Netflix rings in the new year with an austere World War Two espionage thriller from director Christian Schwochow.

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The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

By Lydia Figes

Benedict Cumberbatch is electric in Will Sharpe’s tumultuous portrait of a cat lover extraordinaire, supported by a stellar cast.

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Being the Ricardos

By Leila Latif

Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem play TV legends Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in Aaron Sorkin’s snappy biopic.

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Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It

By Emma Fraser

This intimate documentary sees the trailblazing Hollywood icon tell her remarkable story in her own words.

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