Further Beyond (15)
dir: Joe Lawlor, Christine Molloy
Playful semi-documentary in which film-makers planning historical biopic confront immigration and mortality.
Little Men (PG)
dir: Ira Sachs
Two Brooklyn teenagers find their friendship jeopardised by a property dispute between their families.
dir: Paul Feig
Colour, generosity and sparkling comic detail fill the screen in this joyful revamp of the 1984 comedy.
Love & Friendship (U)
dir: Whit Stillman
This delightful director and his Last Days of Disco star Kate Beckinsale put a very funny spin on Jane Austen.
Things to Come (12A)
dir: Mia Hansen-Løve
“Isabelle Huppert gives great performance” is no shock headline. The nuanced story of a teacher in midlife free fall.
I, Daniel Blake (15)
dir: Ken Loach
Loach’s strongest film in years – an indignant attack on the savagery of the British benefits system.
Son of Saul (15)
dir: László Nemes
Géza Röhrig is outstanding as a concentration camp prisoner clinging to his humanity.
dir: Sebastian Schipper
A Berlin clubber falls in with a gang of crooks in this daredevil thriller shot in a single, unbroken, 138-minute take.
Embrace of the Serpent (12)
dir: Ciro Guerra
Two real-life Amazon expeditions form the basis of a mischievous and visually ravishing adventure.
Florence Foster Jenkins (PG)
dir: Stephen Frears
A film about the world’s worst singer (played by Meryl Streep) could have been a joke. Tenderness abounds.
This article appears in the 13 Dec 2016 issue of the New Statesman, Christmas and New Year special 2016