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Forget the preposterous storytelling in Ian McEwan’s novel – Emma Thompson manages to turn this adaptation into an acting showcase with her complicated part as a high-court judge dealing with a disintegrating marriage and a difficult court case that forces her to re-examine her life decisions. (Opens on September 13)
No horror movie fan can afford to miss this instant genre classic – remarkably, the first feature film made by American writer-director Ari Aster. Toni Collette, playing a woman in grief after the death of her domineering mother, is flawless in this relentlessly dark – and extremely scary – tale of familial breakdown. (Now showing)
The quest for a successor to The Full Monty continues with this British comedy about a motley crew of middle-aged men who find mutual support by forming a synchronised swimming team. Sounds too far-fetched? It is based on a true story, one documented in 2010’s Men Who Swim. (Opens on September 13)
With all the intrigue of a John le Carré book, this espionage drama directed by Yoon Jong-bin offers a fascinating glimpse into the astonishing experiences of the fabled South Korean spy known as “Black Venus”. Any audience interested in the labyrinthine workings of secret services should give this film a chance. (Now showing)
An eccentric yet touching exploration of what makes a good marriage, this Japanese comedy – based loosely on an online story that has spawned both a song and a manga – sees an ordinary salaryman remarry, only to find that his new wife has a habit of staging elaborate death scenes. (Opens on September 13)
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