The Square (2017)

Ruben Östlund's Palme d'Or winner is a satire about the art world. Extremely funny and at times quite uncomfortable, it has several bravura scenes, despite an overall lack of structure.


The Shape of Water (2017)

Of all the movies in which the female lead has a sexual relationship with an amphibian monster, The Shape of Water is the sweetest.  Destined to be a crowd-pleaser, it's a little predictable but an interesting reflection of today's illiberal times.

Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi (2017)

Much has been made about how much darker The Last Jedi is compared to the satisfying nostalgia-fest that was the previous The Force Awakens.  Much has also been made about gaping plot holes, cringeworthy comedy moments and some ridiculous moments.   Nevertheless, episode eight of the Star Wars saga is a hugely enjoyable popcorn movie.

The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (1971)

Wim Wenders's second film was virtually out of circulation for over three decades. It's now been restored and will soon get a UK blu-ray release.  I was lucky to catch the restoration's UK premiere screening at London's historic Regent Street cinema. For Wenders fans it's a fascinating taste of the riches to come.

78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene (2017)

The shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 shocker Psycho is famous for its technical audacity, but does this two-minute sequence merit an entire 91 minute documentary?  This fascinating and insightful film left the audience wanting even more.