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Writer-director Armando Iannucci’s Moscow-set black comedy set after the death of the tyrant is genuinely laugh-out-loud and casually chilling with an all-star playing up the absurdity in a wild variety of different accents.

Our culture correspondent VIV GROSKOP profiles the greek director - described variously as part of film's 'Weird Wave' and the cinematic answer to Kafka - who Hollywood is taking to heart

Tomas Alfredson’s The Snowman, adapted from the Jo Nesbo novel of the same name, is the latest Scandinavian noir thriller to land in cinemas.

Not to be confused with the charming animated film based on Raymond Briggs’ picture book, Tomas Alfredson’s gritty detective thriller is is a ham-fisted detective yarn with ice rather than blood in its veins, adapted from a gripping novel.

Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman co-direct a groundbreaking animated drama about the final days of painter Vincent van Gogh is unique but the effect is often distracting and distancing.

The Hangover downs shots with Deliverance and The Blair Witch Project, in this British horror thriller resists the temptation for cheap, jump-out-of-your-seat scares to focus on a sustained build-up of tension.

Starry cast including Kristin Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall, Patricia Clarkson, Emily Mortimer and Cillian Murphy in Sally Potter’s black and white satire of contemporary social mores, which unfolds in real time.

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Armando Iannucci’s black comedy stars Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor, Jason Isaacs, Andrea Riseborough, Michael Palin and Rupert Friend...speaking in absurdly different accents

With Blade Runner 2049 in cinemas and Electric Dreams, a series based on his short stories, on TV, cult sci-fi writer Philip K Dick is everywhere at the moment, but why his does his unique vision endure 30 years after his death.

Japan

Set in what looks to be a surprisingly dingy basement flat in north London, six ghastly middle class liberal intelligentsia characters (and a banker) bicker about how ghastly the middle class liberal intelligentsia (and bankers) are

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In 1990, Joel Schumacher brought together young Hollywood’s bright lights Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin, Oliver Platt, Julia Roberts and Kiefer Sutherland for an outlandish thriller about curious medical students. Sadly the belated sequel flatlines.

Adapted from the 1994 novel by British author Peter Ackroyd, The Limehouse Golem stars Bill Nighy as a seasoned detective sent to investigate a series of grisly murders in Victorian London.

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For all its ropy visual effects and poorly written dialogue, Joel Schumacher’s 1990 psychological horror Flatliners had a genuine charm and sense of intrigue.

Ridley Scott’s ground-breaking 1982 sci-fi classic complete with dystopian Los Angeles and Vangelis’ electronic score finally gets its eagerly awaited sequel, directed by Denis Villeneuve, and it’s been worth the wait, even if it’s a little style over substance.

Adapted from Jeannette Walls’ best-selling memoir, director Destin Daniel Cretton’s film, starrinh Oscar winner Brie Larson, asks us to believe that formative years marked harsh lessons in self-preservation could inspire four siblings.

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Following a self imposed retirement, acclaimed director Steven Soderberg returns with Logan Lucky, his first feature film in four years.

For many who remember Tommy Lee Wallace’s 1990 three hour Mini-series It, adapted from the Stephen King novel of the same name, the most memorable performance was Tim Curry’s as Pennywise, the demonic, shape-shifting clown who terrorizes the young inhabitants of Derry every twenty-seven years

In this handsomely crafted drama about battle-scarred author A A Milne who comes up with the adventures of a hunny-loving bear called Winnie-The-Pooh for his son and as an attempt to restore the innocence the war had robbed the world of.

Recommended Film of the Week: Borg vs McEnroe (15).

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Mathew Vaughn’s 2015 tongue in cheek pastiche of the spy genre – Kingsman: The Secret Service was so successful that a sequel was inevitable and with Kingsman: The Golden Circle he has delivered a follow-up as entertainingly violent and, occasionally, smutty as the first.

Detroit marks the return of Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow,

Matthew Vaughn and co-writer Jane Goldman who turned Kingsman comics into raucous action thriller, laden with gratuitous violence and casual disregard for political correctness, return with a globetrotting sequel.

America

Danish filmmaker Janus Metz Pedersen immortalises the epic Wimbledon battle between iceman reigning cham pion Bjorn Borg and hot-headed ‘super-brat’ challenger John McEnroe in sports biopic that sides with the Swede.

Since his 1998 debut with Pi Darren Aronofsky has established himself as a film-maker who pushes the boundaries of mainstream surrealist cinema, combining genre and fantastical imagery to examine religion, addiction and mental health.

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Heading up this Cold War set action flick, Charlize Theron stars as an MI6 Agent sent to Berlin to investigate a colleague’s murder and retrieve a missing list of double agents.

Twenty years after Judi Dench captured the aching loneliness and dignity of Queen Victoria in Mrs Brown she effortlessly slips back into the regal garb of Queen Victoria for Stephen Frears’ heart-warming drama about an unlikely friendship with a young Indian.

India

Darren Aronofsky prepares to sharply divide audiences with this twisted psychological thriller that is like an Alan Ayckbourne comedy of manners that is flat sharing with Polanski’s Repulsion.

BBC

This week’s recommended film of the week is: Limehouse Golum (15).

London

Numerous Stephen King stories have been re-imagined for the big screen. And the author turns 70 this month and the long-awaited adaptation of IT arrives in cinemas, Hollywood’s obsession with adptating his work shows no sign of slowing.

The horror writer’s disturbing 1986 novel finally materialises on the big screen directed by Andy Muschietti focussing on the stories of children whose lives are scarred by a malevolent presence taken form as a Clown called Pennywise.

Taylor Sheridan’s gripping drama about an FBI agent and a game tracker hunting a killer on a Native American reservation in wintry Wyoming delivers something real.

Shot on location in Yorkshire, writer-director Francis Lee’s love story is like Brokeback Mountain - albeit in chillier surroundings - for its tenderly observed coupling of a disenchanted farmer’s son and a Romanian migrant worker.

Dunkirk provides an immersive spectacle.

Juan Carlos Medina’s macabre murder mystery, based on Peter Ackroyd’s novel, set on the fog-choked streets of Victorian London, is smart and all you could hope for.

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