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There's a gold rush of great shows to top off this year: from five-star musical to star-studded thriller, these are the new plays we have seen and adored
The Culture Whisper team took part in a blind Christmas sandwich taste test. 2018 offers all the classics and some welcome surprises – here's what we thought
A Fantastic Woman director Sebastian Lelio turns to the orthodox Jewish community in Disobedience. Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams star
Sure, it's a good song, but Elton John better be ready for some company this year. From VISA to Burberry, Heathrow and Sainsburys, every Christmas advert worth watching in 2018
Lisbeth Salander (Claire Foy) returns in The Girl in the Spider's Web, adapted from David Lagercrantz's book. And this assignment is bigger than anything she's faced before
Extended: Teen Drag Queen musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie is a young, fun and fresh celebration of being a little bit different
In cinemas for one week before it hits Netflix, the Coen Brothers head West in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, a fun journey of cartoons and chaos
British social-realist filmmaker Mike Leigh returns to historical drama, but on a far grander scale. Starring Maxine Peake, Peterloo tackles the 1819 Peterloo Massacre in Manchester
Based on the New York Times bestseller by Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give offers a galvanising YA story starring Amandla Stenberg and KJ Apa
With Been So Long, Netflix heads to Camden and lets Michaela Coel shine as a single mother who finds romance in a neon soaked musical
Chris Pine and director David Mackenzie return together in a new medieval Netflix film, in which Scotland is (once again) trying to free itself from the English
David Gordon Green ignores every other Halloween sequel and continues from the original – bringing back Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, a woman with a taste for vengeance
Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes is back with Sunset, a mysterious tale of a woman in a Budapest hat shop during the lead up to World War I
In Bad Times at the El Royale, Drew Goddard crafts a pulpy world of sin and suspense, with a whole host of exciting names to boot
Clumsy, poorly written, and often boring – the new Spider-Man villain spinoff standalone has plenty to be embarrassed about
Bad one-liners, awkward sexism, and expired xenophobia – Rowan Atkinson's clumsy spy is back in Johnny English Strikes Again
Bradley Cooper directs and stars alongside Lady Gaga for the fourth iteration of this story – but everything about A Star Is Born still feels alive and essential
Polka dots, mental health and Japan's greatest artist: the life and career of Yayoi Kusama come to life in new documentary Kusama - Infinity
Director Lucy Bailey takes over London Country Hall for a site-specific production of Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecution
With Gossip Girl and Pitch Perfect behind them, Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively team up in Bridesmaids director Paul Feig's juicy thriller
Based on Meg Wolitzer's novel, The Wife focuses on Joan Castelman (Glenn Close) as she travels with her husband who is set to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature
Aching memories, evocative ghosts, and post-war classism float around Lenny Abrahamson’s new period drama. Unfortunately, none of it leads anywhere
Based on the 1973 novel, Eli Roth adapts John Bellairs' story about magic in the bricks of a creaky old home
Gaspar Noé returns with Climax, another piece of provocation, blending sex, drugs and faux-philosophical musings
World-class steak is served with style and plenty of charisma at at slick city favourite M restaurant
From the director of The Mercy and the writer of Mindhunter, King of Thieves is a comedy heist movie without much comedy or heist
From Now You See Me 2 director Jon M. Chu, Crazy Rich Asians is a rom-com fantasy that tackles class, family, and lavish lifestyles
In The Nun, director Corin Hardy takes on the sinister demon Valak from the Conjuring franchise. Unfortunately, there's not much to be scared of
In Desiree Akhavan's new film The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Chloë Grace Moretz takes on her bravest role to date
Following his documentary work on The Imposter, filmmaker Bart Layton returns with a heist no one needed but can still be enjoyed in American Animals.
The latest film from UK-based Polish director Paweł Pawlikowski, Cold War is a chilling black-and-white melodic odyssey through Communist Europe, Paris and beyond
With Yardie, first-time director Idris Elba proves that London is an ever-expanding concrete labyrinth of worlds and stories