Films 2010s

For the blockbuster, this was the age of the Franchise. Marvel’s growing success meant every single studio was dusting off every IP they could lay their hands on to try and turn it into a cinematic “universe”. However, literally none of them could do as well as Marvel. Blockbusters became more about setting up future films (some of which would never exist) rather than telling good stories. Away from that, interesting, small-scale films continued to be made and sometimes the likes of a Nolan or Cuarón would get the money to make an original big-budget film.

2010

Another Year – a contented married couple offer support (but not help?) to their less well-adjusted friendsDirector: Mike Leigh
Cast: Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen, Lesley Manville
Beginners – a reserved son struggles to know how to react when his widowed father comes out as gayDirector: Mike Mills
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent
Black Swan – a ballerina wins the lead dancer role, but can her fragile mental health survive the pressureDirector: Darren Aronofsky
Cast: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassell
Centurion – Roman soldiers, caught behind Hadrian’s Wall, have to keep ahead of furious tribes to get homeDirector: Neil Marshall
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Liam Cunningham, David Morrissey
The Fighter – two boxing brothers battle family clashes and addiction in this warm-hearted Rocky-ish taleDirector: David O. Russell
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, Amy Adams
The Ghost Writer – the Ghost writer for a Blairish ex-PM gets wrapped up in espionage in this superb thrillerDirector: Roman Polanski
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Williams
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 – our heroes on the run; expert adaptation of the drier part of the bookDirector: David Yates
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson
Inception – a team specialises in stealing memories for people as they sleep – but how can you tell what’s real?Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
The Kids Are All Right – the kids of a lesbian couple meet their sperm donor. Trouble follows Director: Lisa Cholodenko
Cast: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo
The King’s Speech – Best Picture winning costume drama, as George VI tries to conquer his stammerDirector: Tom Hooper
Cast: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter
Made in Dagenham – female car factory workers in the 1970s campaign for equal wagesDirector: Nigel Cole
Cast: Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson
The Next Three Days – a desperate husband risks everything to break his innocent wife out of prisonDirector: Paul Haggis
Cast: Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, Brian Dennehy
127 Hours – a rock climber falls and his arm is trapped; to escape he must make a terrible choiceDirector: Danny Boyle
Cast: James Franco, Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn
Robin Hood – slightly revisionist version, a little too dry, that mixes in Magna Carta with Saving Private Ryan actionDirector: Ridley Scott
Cast: Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Mark Strong, William Hurt
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll – imaginative biopic of Ian DruryDirector: Mat Whitecross
Cast: Andy Serkis, Bill Milner, Naomie Harris
The Social Network – Zuckerberg builds Facebook and loses his friends, in this era-exploring dramaDirector: David Fincher
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake
The Way Back – in the 1940s men escape from a Siberian Gulag and walk across Asia to freedomDirector: Peter Weir
Cast: Jim Sturgess, Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, Saoirse Ronan

2011

Albert Nobbs – in late 19th century Dublin, a woman disguises herself as a man so she can find work in a hotelDirector: Rodrigo Garcia
Cast: Glenn Close, Janet McTeer, Mia Wasikowski
Anonymous – dreadful Oxfordian conspiracy theory that argues (wrongly) that the Earl of Oxford wrote Shakespeare’s playsDirector: Roland Emmerich
Cast: Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, Rafe Spall
The Artist – Best Picture winning pastiche silent-film: an actor struggles in Hollywood after the introduction of soundDirector: Michel Hazanavicius
Cast: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, James Cromwell
Battle Los Angeles – aliens attack Los Angeles and only the army stands in their way. A guilty pleasure.Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Ramon Rodriguez 
Contagion – a virus outbreak drives the world in chaos in a film that felt very real in 2020Director: Steven Soderbergh
Cast: Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Laurence Fishburne
The Descendants – a man’s wife is in a coma: he must connect with his daughters and deal with his familyDirector: Alexander Payne
Cast: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller
Drive – a samurai-style getaway driver finds a reason to bend his rules in this cult crime dramaDirector: Nicholas Winding Refn
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks
The Eagle – dry adventure story, as a Roman officer and a native Brit go behind the lines in search of a lost legionDirector: Kevin Macdonald
Cast: Canning Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Hollywood adaptation of the Swedish hit thriller, an heir to Silence of the LambsDirector: David Fincher
Cast: Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig, Christopher Plummer
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – misfiring final entry that completely misses the point of the bookDirector: David Yates
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson
Hugo – family film about a boy living in a train station who finds a mysterious automaton. Really for film buffsDirector: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley
The Ides of March – a political spin doctor is surprised to find he might still be an idealistDirector: George Clooney
Cast: Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Evan Rachel Wood
The Iron Lady – very average biopic that manages to turn Thatcher into someone very uninterestingDirector: Phyllida Lloyd
Cast: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Olivia Colman
Ironclad – medieval Dirty Dozen, as a gang of rogueish warriors protect a castle from siege by King JohnDirector: Jonathan English
Cast: James Purefoy, Paul Giamatti, Brian Cox
J. Edgar – solid but unrevealing J. Edgar Hoover biopic, that tries to explore his sexualityDirector: Clint Eastwood
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Judi Dench
Legend – Tom Hardy takes on both roles in this otherwise unremarkable Kray Brothers biopicDirector: Brian Helgeland
Cast: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Christopher Eccleston
Moneyball – the manager of a baseball team can only contend with the big teams by using stats to his advantageDirector: Bennett Miller
Cast: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman
My Week with Marilyn – a young man forms a bond with Marilyn Monroe when she shoots a film in EnglandDirector: Simon Curtis
Cast: Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh
Rise of the Planet of the Apes – superb relaunch as we find out how this started to become the Planet of the ApesDirector: Rupert Wyatt
Cast: Andy Serkis, James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow
A Separation – in Iran a couple are forced to divorce; the husband is then accused of causing a harmful accidentDirector: Asghar Farhadi
Cast: Payman Maadi, Leila Natami, Sareh Bayet
Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows – Holmes takes on Moriarty in this less impressive sequelDirector: Guy Ritchie
Cast: Robert Downey Jnr, Jude Law, Jared Harris
Transformers: Dark of the Moon – simply horrible, horrible film that plumbs almost every crude depthDirector: Michael Bay
Cast: Shia LeBeouf, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro

2012

Amour – a husband and wife struggle to cope after a series of strokes strip her of strength, character and mindDirector: Michael Haneke
Cast: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert
Argo – average Best Picture winner: a CIA agent smuggles diplomats out of Iran, by disguising them as a film crewDirector: Ben Affleck
Cast: Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, John Goodman
The Bourne Legacy – failed spin-off about another spy, that spends most of its run time justifying its existenceDirector: Tony Gilroy
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton
Dredd – successful reboot where he keeps the helmet on. Dredd is called into to settle a towerblock siegeDirector: Pete Travis
Cast: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey
Great Expectations – solid adaptation that doesn’t really do anything newDirector: Mike Newell
Cast: Jeremy Irvine, Holliday Grainger, Ralph Fiennes
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – first (and best) entry in Jackson’s misguided, enforced LOTR follow-upDirector: Peter Jackson
Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage
The Hunger Games – in a dystopian future, teenagers fight to the death in gladiatorial games. First in a YA popular series.Director: Gary Ross
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherston, Liam Hemsworth
Lawless – strangely flat bootlegger gangster family dramaDirector: John Hillcoat
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke, Jessica Chastain
Lincoln – serious, but heartfelt, biopic on the passing of the Thirteenth Amendment, with a towering lead performanceDirector: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones
Magic Mike – strippers live the dream and aim for the stars – but struggle to deal with grim realityDirector: Steven Soderbergh
Cast: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Cody Horn
Les Misérables – theatrical version of the famous musical, shot in a distinctive style that gets a bit gratingDirector: Tom Hooper
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway
Rust and Bone – a kickboxer and a crippled killer whale trainer find love in this striking and brilliant filmDirector: Jacques Audiad
Cast: Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Armand Verdure
Silver Linings Playbook – two misfits with personality disorders enter a dance competition. Russell’s warmest filmDirector: David O Russell
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro
The Woman in Black – a widowed solicitor explores a haunted house. Good jump horror film with a too young starDirector: James Watkins
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer
Zero Dark Thirty – morally dubious Hunt for Bin Laden film, that (inadvertently?) builds a strong case for tortureDirector: Kathryn Bigelow
Cast: Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Jennifer Ehle

2013

All is Lost – a sailor, alone at sea, battles against the elements and the waves to keep his ship afloatDirector: JC Chandor
Cast: Robert Redford
American Hustle – conmen are forced by the FBI to help with a sting operation for a politician believed to be corruptDirector: David O Russell
Cast: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper
Belle – a mixed-race relative of a rich family is wooed for her wealth; her uncle, the Chief Justice, adjudicates the Zorg caseDirector: Amma Assante
Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wikinson, Sam Reid
Blue Jasmine – a socialite has to cope with sudden poverty in this twist on Streetcar Named DesireDirector: Woody Allen
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins, Alec Baldwin
The Book Thief – in Nazi Germany, a young girl loves books: but she draws attention to her family, secretly hiding a Jew Director: Brian Percival
Cast: Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson
The Butler – a Black butler serves many of the Presidents of the 20th century, in this gentle and polite civil rights storyDirector: Lee Daniels
Cast: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo
Captain Phillips – the captain of tanker is kidnapped when his ship is hijacked by Somali piratesDirector: Paul Greengrass
Cast: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi
The Duchess – in the 18th century, the Duchess of Devonshire is the toast of society but unhappily marriedDirector: Saul Dibb
Cast: Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Hayley Atwell
Elysium – in a dystopian future, the rich live on a space station while the poor live on earth. Director: Neill Blomkamp
Cast: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga
The Fifth Estate – biopic of wikileaks founder Julian Assange, which manages to totally fumble all its pointsDirector: Bill Condon
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl, Alicia Vikander
GI Joe: Retaliation – all-action sequel : the Joes fight against a man who has replaced the PresidentDirector: Jon M Chu
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Jonathan Pryce
Gravity – an astronaut is stranded in space, facing a desperate struggle to get homeDirector: Alfonso Cuarón
Cast: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney
The Great Gatsby – epic, glitzy and brash adaptation of the famous Fitzgerald novelDirector: Baz Luhrmann
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire
Her – a man falls in love with the voice of his operating system, which is become ever more self-aware. Smug and awful filmDirector: Spike Jonze
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – second Hobbit film as five chapters are turned into three hoursDirector: Peter Jackson
Cast: Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – our heroes are recalled to the games. But is there another plan they don’t know?Director: Francis Lawrence
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
The Impossible – true-life story of a family caught up in the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004 in ThailandDirector: JA Bayona
Cast: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland
The Invisible Woman – intelligent Dickens biopic, focusing on his secret relationship with Nelly TernanDirector: Ralph Fiennes
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott-Thomas
The Lone Ranger – box-office disaster, in a better-than-you-expect version of the old B-movie stapleDirector: Gore Verbinski
Cast: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Ruth Wilson
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom – old-fashioned full-life biopic of Mandela, like an 80s award baiterDirector: Justin Chadwick
Cast: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge
Nebraska – an elderly man is convinced he’s won a lottery, so his son agrees to drive him cross country to ‘collect’Director: Alexander Payne
Cast: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb
Now You See Me – a gang of magicians are recruited by a secret organisation for an unknown purposeDirector: Louis Letterier
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson
Oblivion – the last two people on Earth find that they are part of a terrible wider secret in this ambitious sci-fiDirector: Joseph Kosinski
Cast: Tom Cruise, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko
Pacific Rim – when giant monsters attack the Earth, mankind builds giant machines to fight them. Perfect B-movie sillinessDirector: Guillermo del Toro
Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi
Philomena – an old woman, whose baby was taken from her in her 20s, asks a journalist’s help to track him downDirector: Stephen Frears
Cast: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Michelle Fairley
The Railway Man – a man who survived a Japanese POW camp has to overcome PTSD to forgiveDirector: Jonathan Teplitzky
Cast: Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgård
Saving Mr Banks – PL Travers reacts with horror, when Walt Disney plans to turn her Mary Poppins into a film musicalDirector: John Lee Hancock
Cast: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell
Sunshine on Leith – two squaddies return home to Leith in this up-beat Proclaimers jukebox muscialDirector: Dexter Fletcher
Cast: George Mackay, Kevin Guthrie, Freya Mavor
The Wolf of Wall Street – a Wall Street crook takes almost as man drugs as he steals dollars in this electric classicDirector: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
The Wolverine – the clawed superhero searches for peace in Japan – but of course doesn’t find itDirector: James Mangold
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tak Okamoto

2014

The Amazing Spider Man 2 – franchise killer as Spiderman takes on multiple foes with sharply diminishing returnDirector: Marc Webb
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx
American Sniper – sensitive biopic: an Iraq war marine sniper deals with PTSD, helping veterans before his tragic deathDirector: Clint Eastwood
Cast Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller
Birdman – smug and showy Best Picture winner: an actor best known for playing a superhero puts on a Broadway showDirector: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Cast: Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Ed Norton
Boyhood – shot over a decade, Linklater’s beautiful film charts the formative years of a young boy becoming a teenagerDirector: Richard Linklater
Cast: Eller Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette
Child 44 – failed thriller: a disgraced NKVD officer struggles to convince superiors a serial killer can exist in the USSR. Director: Daniel Espinosa
Cast: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – apes and men are precariously balanced in this superb trilogy episodeDirector: Matt Reeves
Cast: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman
Dracula Untold – first (failed) attempt to launch a Monsters-verse; Dracula takes on dangerous powers to save his peopleDirector: Gary Shore
Cast: Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadron
The Equalizer – TV remake, as a former special-ops agent uses his skills to right wrongs done to regular peopleDirector: Antoine Fuqua
Cast: Denzel Washington, Chloe Grace Moretz
Exodus: Gods and Men – biblical epic focusing on Moses, that keeps butting up against its atheism Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, John Turturro
The Falling – in an all-girls school, an epidemic of unexplained fainting is linked to sexual awakeningsDirector: Carol Morley
Cast: Maisie Williams, Florence Pugh, Maxine Peake
Fury – a WW2 tank crew lead the line in Normandy in this solid but unmemorable war filmDirector: David Ayer
Cast: Brad Pitt, Logan Lehman, Shia LeBeouf
Godzilla – decent-enough reimagining that struggles from becoming just a CGI effect hitting thingsDirector: Gareth Edwards
Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Bryan Cranston
Gone Girl – a wife disappears and her husband is suspected of her murder as their perfect marriage unravelsDirector: David Fincher
Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – final, and worst, of the Hobbit trilogy, a bloated battle of little interestDirector: Peter Jackson
Cast: Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen
Ida – beautiful, profound and wonderful Polish film about a nun questioning her calling in Cold War PolandDirector: Paweł Pawlikowski
Cast: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska
The Imitation Game – dreadful Turing biopic, cliched, self-important, timid and obviousDirector: Morten Tyldum
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode
Into the Woods – misfiring and a little dull Sondheim adaptationDirector: Rob Marshall
Cast: Emily Blunt, James Corden, Meryl Streep
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – totally routine spy thriller, as if Branagh wanted to show he could make something averageDirector: Kenneth Branagh
Cast: Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner
John Wick – punchy and imaginative, basically a series of fights as an assassin seeks revenge for his dog’s murderDirector: Chad Stahleski, David Leitch
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nqvist, Ian McShane
Kingsman: The Secret Service – James Bond spoof that is a little too delighted with its crude humourDirector: Matthew Vaughan
Cast: Colin Firth, Taron Edgerton, Samuel L. Jackson
Left Behind – dreadful Christian film as passengers on a plane suddenly realise the Rapture has happenedDirector: Vince Armstrong
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Chad Michael Murray, Cassie Thompson
Mr Turner – beautifully filmed and deeply engrossing Turner biopicDirector: Mike Leigh
Cast: Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey
Noah – bizarre, imaginative and unique Biblical epic – for all its flaws it does something differentDirector: Darren Aronofsky
Cast: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone
Pawn Sacrifice – misfiring Bobby Fischer biopic that pulls all its punches and checkmates itselfDirector: Edward Zwick
Cast: Tobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber, Peter Sarsgaard
Selma – superb, passionate MLK biopic, focusing on his march in Selma, AlabamaDirector: Ava DuVernay
Cast: David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Carmon Ejogo
Still Alice – tearjerking, sensitive drama about a English professor suffering from early onset dementiaDirector: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
Cast: Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart
The Theory of Everything – sanitised but heart-warming Stephen Hawking biopic, focusing on his marriageDirector: James Marsh
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Charlie Cox
The Water Diviner – after his sons are MIA after Gallipoli, a father travels to Turkey to find their bodiesDirector: Russell Crowe
Cast: Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko, Dylan Georgiades
What We Do In the Shadows – very funny spoof, as a group of vampires house-share in New ZealandDirector: Jermaine Clement, Taika Waititi
Cast: Taika Waititi, Jermaine Clement, Jonathan Brudgh
Wild – a woman wants to recover from grief and addiction by an epic hike: a lot more than just Eat, Pray, HikeDirector: Jean-Marc Vallée
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Thomas Sadoski

2015

Ant Man – a thief is recruited by a scientist with a shrinking suit that gives him control over ants in this witty Marvel entryDirector: Peyton Reed
Cast: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly
Avengers: Age of Ultron – the Avengers battle a genius robot intend on wiping out humanity to save the worldDirector: Joss Whedon
Cast: Robert Downey Jnr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth
The Big Short – investors predict the 2008 crash and best against the economy: smart but cold comedy-dramaDirector: Adam McKay
Cast: Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell
Black Mass – biopic of a notorious gangsterDirector: Scott Cooper
Cast: Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton
Bridge of Spies – a lawyer defends an unmasked Soviet spy facing the electric chairDirector: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan
Brooklyn – an Irish migrant to the US is torn between two men, one American, one back home in IrelandDirector: John Crowley
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson
Carol – sensitive and beautiful drama about two women who fall in love in 1950s AmericaDirector: Todd Haynes
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson
Concussion – a doctor is attacked when he blows the whistle on the dangers of head injury in American footballDirector: Peter Landesman
Cast: Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks
Creed – the son of Apollo Creed is mentored by Rocky as he aims for a title shot in this franchise rebootDirector: Ryan Coogler
Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson
The Danish Girl – sentimental true story (virtually none of which is true) about a man in the 20s transitioningDirector: Tom Hooper
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Matthias Schoenaerts
Ex Machina – a billionaire has built an AI woman who wants control over her own lifeDirector: Alex Garland
Cast: Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson
Eye in the Sky – British soldiers and politicians have to make real-time decisions about a missile strikeDirector: Gavin Hood
Cast: Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, Aaron Paul
Fifty Shades of Grey – shockingly bad film, based on a soft porn book that was an inexplicable global sensationDirector: Sam Taylor-Johnson
Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eloise Mumford
45 Years – on the eve of their anniversary, a husband reveals a secret to his wife that changes everythingDirector: Andrew Haigh
Cast: Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay
In the Heart of the Sea – whalers are lost at sea when their ship sinks and turn to desperate measuresDirector: Ron Howard
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy
Jurassic World – hugely fun reboot, as the park reopens and a genetically engineered super dinosaur goes wildDirector: Colin Trevorrow
Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio
The Lady in the Van – playwright Alan Bennett allows a homeless woman to live in a van on his drive for yearsDirector: Nicholas Hytner
Cast: Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Roger Allam
Mad Max: Fury Road – gonzo action film, as Max helps a group of women escape a tyrantDirector: George Miller
Cast: Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hoult
The Man From UNCLE– failed attempt to bring a TV show to the big screen, not quite entertaining enoughDirector: Guy Ritchie
Cast: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander
The Man Who Knew Infinity – an Indian mathematician struggles to win respect with the support of a shy professorDirector: Matthew Brown
Cast: Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons, Devika Bhise
The Martian – an astronaut on the first mission to Mars is accidentally left behind and needs to surviveDirector: Ridley Scott
Cast: Matt Damon, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jessica Chastain
Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation – Hunt and his team take on a secretive alliance of rogue spiesDirector: Christopher McQuarrie
Cast: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg
Mr. Holmes – an aged Holmes struggles with the loss of his memoryDirector: Bill Condon
Cast: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker
The Program – underwhelming biopic of Lance Armstrong’s rise to the top of cycling, on the back of drugs cheatingDirector: Stephen Frears
Cast: Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd, Jesse Plemons
The Revenant – in the Wild West, a tracker is mawled by a bear and left for dead – he must find his way homeDirector: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson
Room – wonderful book adaptation as a kidnapped shelters her son, who was born in captivityDirector: Lenny Abrahamson
Cast: Brie Larsen, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen
Sicario – a female FBI agent works with the DEA to bring down a drugs smuggling ring – but questions their methodsDirector: Denis Villeneuve
Cast: Emily Blunt, Benecio del Toro, Josh Brolin
Spectre – Bond hunts down a mysterious mastermind as Bond unwisely tries to start its own interconnected universeDirector: Sam Mendes
Cast: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux
Spotlight – Boston journalists investigate sex abuse in the Catholic Church in this low-key Best Picture winnerDirector: Tom McCarthy
Cast: Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams
Spy – a desk operative has to step in when tragedy occures to a field agent in this amusing comedyDirector: Paul Feig
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne
Steve Jobs – biopic, structured like a play, that looks at its subjects life through three key project launchesDirector: Danny Boyle
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogan
Suffragette – lacklustre historical drama that fudges important issuesDirector: Sarah Gavron
Cast: Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Romola Garai
Suite Française – picturesque occupation drama as a French woman falls in love with a Good GermanDirector: Saul Dibb
Cast: Michelle Williams, Matthias Schoenaerts
Terminator: Genisys – second attempt to kickstart the franchise, a messy, personality-free disasterDirector: Alan Taylor
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtenay
Trumbo – biopic of the Hollywood scriptwriter, blacklisted and forced to work anonymouslyDirector: Jay Roach
Cast: Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren, Diane Lane
Woman in Gold – cosy Philomena rip off: woman and her lawyer fight for a painting stolen from her family in WW2Director: Simon Curtis
Cast: Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl
Youth – a retired composer rebuilds relations with his daughter at a Swiss retreat for the rich and famous Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Cast: Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz

2016

Anthropoid – unfortunately titled thriller about the plot to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich in Prague 1942Director Sean Ellis
Cast: Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan, Toby Jones
Arrival – fascinating and engrossing sci-fi as a female linguist works out how to communicate with aliensDirector: Denis Villeneuve
Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker
The BFG – faithful but somehow boring Spielberg Dahl adaptation with very little appeal to kidsDirector: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton
Captain America: Civil War – the Avengers split over who controls them and attitudes to Cap’s friend ex-killer BuckyDirector: Anthony & Joe Russo
Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jnr, Scarlett Johansson
Deadpool – try-hard superhero spoof, that explains all the cliches it uses but still rigidly sticks to themDirector: Tim Miller
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein
Denial – David Irving sues an author for calling him a Holocaust denier in a glossy adaptation of a landmark trialDirector: Mick Jackson
Cast: Rachel Weisz, Timothy Spall, Tom Wilkinson, Andrew Scott
Doctor Strange – reality-twisting Marvel film as a crippled surgeon becomes a master magicianDirector: Scott Derickson
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams
Eddie the Eagle – obvious and not-as-funny-as-it-could-be biopic of the infamously hopeless ski jumperDirector: Dexter Fletcher
Cast: Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Iris Berben
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Potter prequel series about a wizard who cares for unusual beastsDirector: David Yates
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler
Fences – in 1950s Pittsburgh, a Black father clashes with his son and makes big promises to his wifeDirector: Denzel Washington
Cast: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Jovan Adepo
The Founder – a businessman spots an opportunity in a burger stand in this fascinating McDonalds historyDirector: John Lee Hancock
Cast: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch
Free Fire – an arms sale turns into a mass shootout in this action filled black comedyDirector: Ben Wheatley
Cast: Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie Larsen
The Girl on the Train – a lonely alcoholic thinks she may have witnessed a murder from her commuter trainDirector: Tate Taylor
Cast: Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett
Gods of Egypt – dreadfully silly fantasy epic set in Ancient Egypt where Gods and men live side-by-sideDirector: Alex Proyas
Cast: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gerard Butler, Geoffrey Rush
Hacksaw Ridge – a pacifist signs up as a stretcher bearer. Only Gibson could a make a film this violent about peaceDirector: Mel Gibson
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn, Hugo Weaving
Hail Caesar! – a Hollywood fixer has to find a solution when a superstar actor is kidnappedDirector: The Coen Brothers
Cast: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson
Hell or High Water – a pair of bank robbers in West Texas have deeper motives than at first appearsDirector: David Mackenzie
Cast: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges
Hidden Figures – well-meaning but trying-too-hard story of black women struggling against prejudice in NASADirector: Theodore Melfi
Cast: Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe
Independence Day: Resurgence – failed attempt to relaunch a trilogy of sequels as the Aliens attack againDirector: Roland Emmerich
Cast: Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back – flat sequel that manages to remove all the elements that makes the character uniqueDirector: Edward Zwick
Cast: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smoulders
Jackie – biopic of Jackie Kennedy, focusing on the days after the assassination of her husbandDirector: Pablo Larrain
Cast: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig
Jason Bourne – relaunch of the franchise, but with the magic gone, like director and star ran out of reasons not to do itDirector: Paul Greengrass
Cast: Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones
La La Land – musical homage as a couple meet and fall in love in Hollywood – but career ambitions get in the wayDirector: Damien Chazelle
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone
Lady Macbeth – an unhappily married woman seizes opportunities to rid herself of those standing in her wayDirector: William Oldroyd
Cast: Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Naomi Ackie
The Legend of Tarzan – failed attempt to launch a Tarzan franchise with a uninteresting lead characterDirector: David Yates
Cast: Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, Samuel L Jackson
Lion – an Indian man, adopted as a boy by Australian parents, wants to find out the secrets of his pastDirector: Garth Davis
Cast: Sunny Pawar, Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman
London Has Fallen – violent, dumb and offensive sequel as a Secret service agent protects the President from terroristsDirector: Babak Najafi
Cast: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman
The Lost City of Z – explorer Percy Fawcett hunts for a lost Aztec civilisation, in this dream-like epicDirector: James Gray
Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Tom Holland
Love & Friendship – hugely entertaining adaptation of Austen ephemera as a schemer provokes engagementsDirector: Whit Stillman
Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel
Loving – a mixed race couple in 1960s America faces a legal battle to be allowed to live togetherDirector: Jeff Nichols
Cast: Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Marton Csorkas
The Magnificent Seven – decent remake, that doesn’t quite have the magic of the first oneDirector: Antoine Fuqua
Cast: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Peter Sarsgaard
Manchester by the Sea – a man consumed by grief and guilt, becomes his nephews guardian. Heart-rendingDirector: Kenneth Lonergan
Cast: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Lucas Hedges
Midnight Special – a father protects his boy, with secret powers, from the governmentDirector: Jeff Nichols
Cast: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst
Moana – delightful Disney film; the daughter of an Island chief, dreams of living her island for the open seaDirector: Ron Clements, John Musker
Cast: Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson
Money Monster – a financial current affairs TV host is taken hostage by a man who has lost everything in the crashDirector: Jodie Foster
Cast: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell
Moonlight – Best picture winning life of a gay Black man, told in three parts: as a boy, a teenager and a young manDirector: Barry Jenkins
Cast: Trevante Rhodes, Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris
Nocturnal Animals – a woman reads her ex-husbands horrific book and it leads her to question her lifeDirector: Tom Ford
Cast: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon
Our Kind of Traitor – middle ranking Le Carré adaptation, as a Russian works with a writer to ease his defectionDirector: Susanna White
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgård, Damian Lewis
Passengers – on a spaceship, a lonely passenger wakes another woman from hypersleepDirector: Morten Tyldum
Cast: Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – crap film based on a gag gift that does what it says on the tinDirector: Burr Steers
Cast: Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Matt Smith
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – a team steal Death Star plans in this play-it-safe Star Wars sagaDirector: Gareth Edwards
Cast: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn
Silence – 17th century Priests in Japan struggle to hold onto their faith, in the face of prosecutionDirector: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson
Sully: Miracle on the Hudson – a pilot lands a failing plane in the Hudson – and is blamed by the authoritiesDirector: Clint Eastwood
Cast: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney
Their Finest – making of a nation moving WW2 picture, the brain child of an undervalued female scriptwriterDirector: Lone Scherfig
Cast: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy
Triple 9 – thieves plan to get away with a heist by distracting the cops by killing another cop somewhere else Director: John Hillcoat
Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Antony Mackie, Casey Affleck
Unbroken – a POW survives incredible suffering and being stranded at sea during WW2Director: Angelina Jolie
Cast: Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund
A United Kingdom – an African Prince marries a British woman but they face huge obstacles to stay togetherDirector: Amma Assante
Cast: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Terry Pheto
X-Men: Apocalypse – the heroes take on a super powerful mutant in a series rapidly running out of ideasDirector: Bryan Singer
Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence

2017

Alien: CovenantPrometheus sequel that runs out of ideas as a crew arrives on an abandoned planetDirector: Ridley Scott
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup
All the Money in the World – billionaire John Paul Getty’s grandson is kidnapped – but he refuses the pay the ransomDirector: Ridley Scott
Cast: Michelle Williams, Mark Wahlberg, Christopher Plummer
Beauty and the Beast – live-action remake, a box office smash but half the film the original isDirector: Bill Condon
Cast: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Emma Thompson
The Beguiled – during the Civil War a wounded solider arrives at a all-female house, leading to tensionsDirector: Sofia Coppola
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Colin Farrell
Blade Runner 2049 – brilliant sequel (better than the original?) as a replicant hunts other replicants Director: Denis Villeneuve
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana da Armas
Call Me By Your Name – in 1970s Italy a young bisexual man has a coming-of-age relationship with an older manDirector: Luca Guadagnino
Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg
Churchill – the Prime Minister worries about the possible failure of D-Day and campaigns against itDirector: Jonathan Teplitzky
Cast: Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery
The Circle – terrible adaptation of a dystopian novel about a Google-esque company that completely misses the pointDirector: James Ponsoldt
Cast: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega
Dark River – a woman returns to her family farm after 15 years, where tensions remain unresolvedDirector: Clio Barnard
Cast: Ruth Wilson, Mark Stanley, Sean Bean
Darkest Hour – Churchill comes to power and faces an immediate crisis, as many press for a negotiated peaceDirector: Joe Wright
Cast: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Stephen Dillane
The Death of Stalin – hilarious, foul-mouthed black comedy as Stalin’s ministers scramble for power after his deathDirector: Armando Iannucci
Cast: Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Michael Palin
Disobedience – a Jewish woman returns to her orthodox London community, where the woman she loves is now marriedDirector: Sebastian Lelio
Cast: Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola
Dunkirk – superb, epic WW2 film, very cleverly split over multiple timelines. One of Nolan’s bestDirector: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Fionn Whitehead, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool – Gloria Grahame, in the last years of her life, forms a relationship with a younger manDirector: Paul McGuigan
Cast: Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Julie Walters
Get Out – brilliant, terrifying, horror as a black man is unsettled by a weekend at his white girlfriend’s parentsDirector: Jordan Peele
Cast: Daniel Kaluyya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener
The Greatest Showman – megahit old-fashioned musical, based on the life of PT BarnumDirector: Michael Gracey
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – witty sequel that deals with Star Lord’s issues with his long lost fatherDirector: James Gunn
Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista
The Hitman’s Bodyguard – lazy buddy-movie as a bodyguard must protect a hitman who is a vital witness of war crimesDirector: Patrick Hughes
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L Jackson, Gary Oldman
I, Tonya – imaginatively filmed Tonya Harding biopic, filled with black comedyDirector: Craig Gillespie
Cast: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney
John Wick 2 – colder sequel that sacrifices the heart of the original for even more gunplayDirector: Chad Stahelski
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane
King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword – failed attempt to launch a sort of geezer King Arthur franchiseDirector: Guy Ritchie
Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey
Kong: Skull Island – adventurers on a strange island meet a giant ape in predictable homage to better moviesDirector: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson, Brie Larsen
Lady Bird – a precocious teen struggles with decisions about her future and her relationship with her motherDirector: Greta Gerwig
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalfe, Tracy Letts
Logan – Jackman’s Wolverine swan-song is bloody, bold and brilliant as Logan protects the last surviving mutant childrenDirector: James Mangold
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen
Loving Vincent – witnesses reflect on the final days of van Gogh, in this unique film assembled from paintingsDirector: Doreta Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
Cast: Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Saoirse Ronan
The Miseducation of Cameron Post – a teenage lesbian is sent to a sex re-education campDirector: Desiree Akhavan
Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, John Gallagher Jnr, Jennifer Ehle
Molly’s Game – a woman runs a gaming house for celebrities and ends up on the wrong side of both sides of the lawDirector: Aaron Sorkin
Cast: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner
The Mummy – disastrous attempt to launch a Dark Universe franchise, which killed the franchise dead on arrivalDirector: Alex Kurtzmann
Cast: Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Russell Crowe
Murder on the Orient Express – lush version, at times, like some of Branagh’s work, too operatic for its own goodDirector: Kenneth Branagh
Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Pfeiffer, Johnny Depp
My Cousin Rachel – a man suspects his cousin’s widow of having murdered her – but falls in love with herDirector: Roger Michell
Cast: Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin, Holliday Grainger
On Chesil Beach – a newly married couple in 60s Britain has a disastrous wedding night that shatters their marriageDirector: Dominic Cooke
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Emily Watson, Samuel West
Phantom Thread – in 50s Britain, an iconic dress designer marries an assistant – and the two form an unusual partnershipDirector: Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville
The Post – the Washington Post carefully weighs their decision about whether to publish the Pentagon PapersDirector: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson
The Shape of Water – Best Picture winning fantasy, about a woman who falls in love with a captured sea monsterDirector: Guillermo del Toro
Cast: Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Richard Jenkins
The Square – smug art satire: an art director gets into trouble when he’s distracted by a stolen wallet Director: Ruben Östlund
Cast: Claes Bangs, Elizabeth Moss, Dominic West
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – iconoclastic Star Wars film, whose attempt to do something different was rejected by fansDirector: Rian Johnson
Cast: Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher
Thor: Ragnarak – hilarious Marvel film, that brilliantly reinvents Thor as someone lighter, funnier and tragicDirector: Taika Waititi
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – a mother campaigns for justice for her murdered sonDirector: Martin McDonagh
Cast: Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson
Victoria and Abdul – sentimental and feeble royal friendship drama, that has nothing interesting to sayDirector: Stephen Frears
Cast: Judi Dench, Ali Farzal, Tim Pigott-Smith
War of the Planet of the Apes – Caesar seeks revenge after tragedy hits his family, during a war between man and apeDirector: Matt Reeves
Cast: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn
Wonder Woman – Wonder Women fights an evil German General in WW1: not as revolutionary as it claimsDirector: Patty Jenkins
Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, David Thewlis

2018

All is True – Shakespeare retires to Stratford and struggles to make amends with his family (the role Branagh was born for?)Director: Kenneth Branagh
Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen
Aquaman – big, loud and silly film: Aquaman must return to claim his throne in AtlantisDirector: James Wan
Cast: Jason Mamoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe
At Eternity’s Gate – the final weeks of Van Gogh’s life, as he deals with depression and failureDirector: Julian Schabnel
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac
Avengers: Infinity War – a supervillain collects the legendary infinity stones, to reshape the universe. Can he be stopped?Director: Joe & Anthony Russo
Cast: Josh Brolin, Robert Downey Jnr, Chris Hemsworth
Black Panther – the heir to the kingdom of Wakanda faces a challenge from his cousinDirector: Ryan Coogler
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita N’yongo
BlacKkKlansman – a black cop (with a Jewish cop as the front man) goes undercover with the KKK in this electric race dramaDirector: Spike Lee
Cast: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier
Bohemian Rhapsody – Freddie Mercury biopic and mega-hit, squeamish about homosexualityDirector: Bryan Singer
Cast: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee
Bumblebee – charming Transformers reboot, that for once you’d be happy to show to childrenDirector: Travis Knight
Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jnr
Can You Ever Forgive Me – a failed writer makes a fortune forging personal letters of the literary rich and famousDirector: Marielle Heller
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant
Cold War – Pawlikowski fictionalises his parents lives in Poland, the Cold War constantly preventing their happinessDirector: Paweł Pawlikowski
Cast: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot
Colette – solid biopic of the French writer, who fought to publish under her own name, rather than her husband’sDirector: Wash Westmoreland
Cast: Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Eleanor Tomlinson
Creed II – the son of Ivan Drago wants a match with the son of Apollo Creed – its a grudge match in every wayDirector: Steven Caple Jnr
Cast: Michael B Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson
Destroyer – a tough cop finds a murder she is investigating has links to a shady undercover case from her pastDirector: Karyn Kusama
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Sebastian Stan, Toby Kebbell
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – bad Potter film, a messy meander through Potter-lore and backstoryDirector: David Yates
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp, Jude Law
The Favourite – two women feud to become the favourite of Queen Anne in this sharp, bitter and funny costume dramaDirector: Yorgos Lanthimos
Cast: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz
First Man – handsome biography of Neil Armstrong that, like its lead, is a little cold and easier to admire than likeDirector: Damien Chazelle
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke
The Front Runner – in 1988 Gary Hart runs for President – but is caught in a lie on his infidelityDirector: Jason Reitman
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, JK Simmons
Green Book – cosy and (depressingly) Best Picture winning road trip as a white driver bonds with a black musicianDirector: Peter Farrelly
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – cosy Sunday afternoon drama that is exactly like it soundsDirector: Mike Newell
Cast: Lily James, Michiel Huisman, Tom Courtenay
The Happy Prince – passion project by its director and star, about the final days of Wilde in exileDirector: Rupert Everett
Cast: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Emily Watson
The Incredibles 2 – Elastigirl is wanted as the new face of superheroes – but is there a darker plan at work?Director: Brad Bird
Cast: Craig T Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – when a volcano threatens the dinosaurs, our heroes rush to save as many as they canDirector: JA Bayona
Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall
King of Thieves – a crew of old lags carry out a heist on Hatton Garden in a film which admires them all a little too muchDirector: James Marsh
Cast: Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Ray Winstone
The Little Stranger – interesting adaptation of a ghost story novel, deliberately written from the perspective of a scepticDirector: Lenny Abrahamson
Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Charlotte Rampling
Loro – slightly scattergun and sometimes blunted, satire on Silvio BerlesconiDirector: Paolo Sorrentino
Cast: Toni Servillo, Elena Sofia Ricci, Riccardo Scamarcio
Mary Poppins Returns – delightful sequel musical, at its strongest when it has the courage to be its own thingDirector: Rob Marshall
Cast: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw
Mary, Queen of Scots – political version which tries to turn Mary into a genius and Elizabeth into a weakling and failsDirector: Josie Rourke
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Guy Pearce
Mission: Impossible: Fallout – Hunt and his team go all out to find a nuclear weapon they lost on a failed missionDirector: Christopher McQuarrie
Cast: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Henry Cavill
On the Basis of Sex – biopic of Ruth Bader Ginsburg which is earnest but traditionalDirector: Mimi Leder
Cast: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux
Outlaw King – Robert the Bruce picks up the battle against Edward I to get Scotland its freedomDirector: David Mackenzie
Cast: Chris Pine, Florence Pugh, Stephen Dillane
Peterloo – Leigh’s impassioned, but slightly dry, history lesson on the famous massacreDirector: Mike Leigh
Cast: Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Pearce Quigley
A Quiet Place – after an alien attack, even the slightest noise can alert them to where the survivors areDirector: John Krasinski
Cast: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds
Red Joan – terrible, slow and unrevealing fictionalised biography of a female spy for RussiaDirector: Trevor Nunn
Cast: Sophie Cookson, Tom Hughes, Judi Dench
Red Sparrow – unpleasant and queasily leery action thriller about a female assassinDirector: Francis Lawrence
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Matthias Schoenaerts, Joel Edgerton
Roma – Cuarón creates an affectionate, intimate and beautiful film about his childhoodDirector: Alfonso Cuarón
Cast: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Fernando Grediaga
Solo: A Star Wars Story – unnecessary Star Wars prequel that seems determined to explain every Solo reference ever madeDirector: Ron Howard
Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke
A Star is Born – tearjerkingly well-done version of the story, this time about Country and Western singersDirector: Bradley Cooper
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Sam Elliott
Vice – terrible, smug and obvious Dick Cheney polemicDirector: Adam McKay
Cast: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Sam Rockwell
Vita and Virginia – Virginia Woold and Vita Sackville West fall in love and have an affair in this odd filmDirector: Chanya Button
Cast: Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki, Isabella Rossellini
Widows – the wives of a gang of late-criminals, have no choice but to complete the final heist they plannedDirector: Steve McQueen
Cast: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki
The Wife – a celebrated writer picks up a Nobel Prize: but how much of his success should actually be credited to his wife?Director: Björn Runge
Cast: Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater

2019

Ad Astra – in this Heart of Darkness twist, a son journeys to his father, a lost astronaut who has resurfaced near NeptuneDirector: James Gray
Cast: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler
The Aeronauts – a scientist and a famous balloonist ascend to the highest heightsDirector: Tom Harper
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Himesh Patel
Aladdin – basically a shot by shot remake with an added subplot and a big special effects ending, but half as goodDirector: Guy Ritchie
Cast: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott
Avengers: Endgame – its all been building to this as our heroes fight to restore the universe. Perfect blockbuster entertainmentDirector: Joe & Anthony Russo
Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jnr, Chris Hemsworth
Captain Marvel – a woman on an alien planet has strange memories of a place like Earth – what can it mean?Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Cast: Brie Larsen, Jude Law, Samuel L. Jackson
The Farewell – a Chinese family keep her terminal cancer a secret from the matriarch in this personal filmDirector: Lulu Wang
Cast: Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin
Ford v Ferrari (Le Mans ’66) – a Brit driver and retired racer turned engineer, work to create the perfect race carDirector: James Mangold
Cast: Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Caitríona Balfe
Frozen 2 – Elsa is drawn towards a voice from the wilderness that may hold the key to secrets in the kingdomDirector: Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck
Cast: Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Josh Gadd, Jonathan Groff
The Good Liar – a conmen zeroes in on a widow’s money, but is all as it seems?Director: Bill Condon
Cast: Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren, Jim Carter
Hustlers – strippers exploit and steal from their Wall Street clients in this Scorsese-inspired caperDirector: Lorene Scarfaria
Cast: Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles
The Irishman – a mafia hitman loses all trace of conscience or family over a long life of violence. Elegiac brillianceDirector: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Stephen Graham
John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum – more of the same, but still full of very inventive fightsDirector: Chad Stahelski
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Halle Berry
JoJo Rabbit – in Nazi Germany a young boy’s imaginary friend is Hitler – but he still slowly realises the horror Director: Taika Watiti
Cast: Roman Griffin Davis, Taika Watiti, Scarlett Johansson
Joker – a mentally disturbed man, furious at social injustice, becomes a killer in this pleased with itself Scorsese rip-offDirector: odd Phillips
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz
The King – Henry V comes to the throne and decides on war with France in this reimagining of ShakespeareDirector: David Michôd
Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Joel Edgerton, Robert Pattinson
Knives Out – a murder mystery writer is killed but who in his family is responsible? Very entertaining Christie pasticheDirector: Rian Johnson
Cast: Daniel Craig, Ana de Armas, Christopher Plummer
Last Christmas – can a wild child turn her life around with the help of a too-good-to-be-true guy? Christmas fantasyDirector: Paul Feig
Cast: Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Emma Thompson
The Lighthouse – two wickies on a lighthouse slowly tip into madness in this haunting, undefinable semi-ghost storyDirector: Robert Eggers
Cast: Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe
Little Women – imaginative and well acted new version, crammed with invention and good ideasDirector: Greta Gerwig
Cast: Saiorse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh
Marriage Story – searing response to Kramer vs Kramer as a couple feud for custody in this searing divorce dramaDirector: Noah Baumbach
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Laura Dern, Alan Alda
Men in Black: International – pointless sequel, that feels like a product rather than a filmDirector: F Gary Gray
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson
Never Look Away – fictionalised biography of Gerard Richter, torn between East and West GermanyDirector: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Cast: Tom Schilling, Sebastian Kock, Paula Beer
1917 – two soldiers are sent with a vital message to save lives in this stylish war film, showily shot in long takesDirector: Sam Mendes
Cast: George Mackay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Colin Firth
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – perverse revenge fantasia on the death of Sharon Tate, a dreadful filmDirector: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie
Pain & Glory – a famed director who hasn’t worked for years reflects on his childhood. Biographical fantasiaDirector: Pedro Almodóvar
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Penélope Cruz, Nora Nacas
Parasite – Best Picture winner, a poor Korean family, worms their way into the lives of a rich one. Brilliant class dramaDirector: Bong Joon-Ho
Cast: Song Kang-Ho, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam
The Personal History of David Copperfield – adaptation that focuses more on the comedy than the heart of the novelDirector: Armando Iannucci
Cast: Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi
Portrait of a Lady on Fire – beautiful lesbian drama, as a painter arrives to paint the daughter of a countessDirector: Céline Sciamma
Cast: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami
Queen and Slim – after accidentally killing a cop after an illegal search, a couple go on the runDirector: Melina Matsoukas
Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Bokeem Woodbine
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – a trilogy that started so well, ends with a fanbait entry that pleased no oneDirector: JJ Abrams
Cast: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega
Terminator: Dark Fate – surely one final time to relaunch the franchise, a better movie but a box-office disasterDirector: Tim Miller
Cast: Linda Hamilton, Mackenzie Davis, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Toy Story 4 – not sure there was a reason to make a fourth film, and this doesn’t really supply oneDirector: Josh Cooley
Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts
The Two Popes – Benedict XVI meets with the future Pope Francis, in this witty, excellently acted odd-couple movieDirector: Fernando Meirelles
Cast: Jonathan Pryce, Anthony Hopkins
Uncut Gems – a luckless gem dealer needs a big score to clear his gambling debts in this electric comedy thrillerDirector: Benny & Josh Safdie
Cast: Adam Sandler, Lakeith Stanfield, Julia Fox
Us – creep horror as a woman encounters a sinister doppelganger of herself – is there a dark mystery behind it?Director: Jordan Peele
Cast: Lupita N’yongo, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph
Wild Rose – an irresponsible cleaner with a powerful voice dreams of being a country and western singerDirector: Tom Harper
Cast: Jessie Buckley, Julie Walters, Sophie Okonedo
X-Men: Dark Phoenix – final flourish of the prequel films, with all ideas finally gone, though not as bad as all thatDirector: Simon Kinberg
Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jessica Chastain