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Perhaps best known for his comedic work in the US version of The Office (2005-2013), John Krasinski is not an artist typically associated with the horror genre; yet with his third feature as a film-maker the actor-director has delivered a thrilling, nerve-shredding horror.

From crime-comedy Bottle Rocket (1996) to comedy-drama The Grand Budapest Hotel (2013), director Wes Anderson has made some of the most visually striking and whimsical films of the past decade that often manage to be both exhilarating and wearying.

Boxing films are, as Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull (1980) and Mark Robson’s Champion (1949) have shown, as much about the physical strength and mental fragility of their central characters as they are about the sport itself.

“I must be insane,” whimpers Sawyer Valentini (Claire Foy) in Steven Soderbergh’s psychological thriller Unsane.

Whether appearing in front of or behind the camera, filmmaker and stuntman Nash Edgerton has long established himself as a formidable talent within the film industry.

For some audiences it might be easy to dismiss Game Night as the sort of risible comedy often churned out following awards season and before the big Easter and Summer blockbusters.

On the 6th January 1994 sports fans were gripped by the attack on American figure skater Nancy Kerrigan and the possible involvement of competitor Tonya Harding.

Whether dealing with real-life tragedy in biographical drama Fruitvale Station (2013) or reinvigorating the Rocky franchise with Creed (2015), writer-director Ryan Coogler has made a name for himself as bold and inventive film-maker.

Since announcing himself with seminal vampire horror Cronos (1993) and garnering further acclaim with Pan’s Labyrinth (2005), Guillermo del Toro has established himself as one of the finest living directors of fantasy cinema.

The premise for directors Peter and Michael Spierig’s latest directorial outing is intriguing.

Although 90 years have passed since R. C. Sherriff’s play was first performed and a hundred since the events depicted, this Great War drama remains as pertinent as ever.

Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra follows the success of his Liam Neeson starring, high-octane thrillers Unknown (2011), Non-Stop (2014) and Run All Night (2015) with the taught, stylised and highly enjoyable action thriller The Commuter.

Since bursting onto the screen with his feature length debut - the superb, ultra-violent, profanity-strewn In Bruges (2008) - writer and director Martin McDonagh has established himself as one of the most exciting directors working today.

From Richard Attenborough’s excellent Young Winston (1972) to Jonathan Teplitzky’s Churchill (2017), Winston Churchill has been the subject of countless historical dramas and biopics that have dealt with various stages of the near-mythical figure’s life.

Writer and director Scott Cooper follows the success of moving drama Crazy Heart (2009) and hard-bitten crime thrillers Out of the furnace (2013) and Black Mass (2015) with arresting and haunting western Hostiles.

At first glance Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle could be dismissed as a desperate bid to cash in on the franchise potential of Joe Johnston’s much loved Jumanji (1995) and its 2005 follow-up Zathura: A Space Adventure.

Though largely panned upon its release and regularly finding itself at the top of lists of the worst films ever made, Tommy Wiseau’s dire drama The Room (2003) has birthed legions of fans who regularly attend midnight screenings of the film to revel in the sheer awfulness of the whole thing.

Sean Anders’ serviceable comedy Daddy’s Home was one of 2015’s surprise box office hits.

George Clooney’s Suburbicon is his latest outing in the director’s chair and is an engaging and bleakly comic thriller.

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