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Mark Goodin

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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