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1. Fan­tas­tic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindel­wald (12A)

Writ­ten by JK Rowl­ing, David Yates’s fre­quently thrilling se­quel con­tin­ues to ex­pand and en­rich mytholo­gies beyond the won­der years of the Harry Pot­ter alumni. Eddie Red­mayne en­dears us even more to his awk­ward loner bran­dish­ing a wand. Pro­duc­tion de­sign and cos­tumes are a heav­ing ban­quet for the eyes, gar­nished through­out with spe­cial ef­fects con­jured by an un­seen army of dig­i­tal wizards.

2. The Grinch (U)

A good heart - even one two sizes too small - isn’t hard to find in the charm­ing retelling of Dr Seuss’s sea­sonal fable. The Grinch is an early Christ­mas present crammed with cute crit­ters, slap­stick and boun­ti­ful com­mu­nity spirit.

3. Bo­hemian Rhap­sody (12A)

Who wants to live for­ever? Fred­die Mer­cury does in Bryan Singer’s mu­si­cal biopic, a greatest hits trib­ute blessed with a heart­break­ing per­for­mance from Rami Malek as the charis­matic front­man, which in­cludes Queen’s epic set at Live Aid.

4. Robin Hood (12A)

Di­rec­tor Otto Bathurst’s gung-ho ac­tion ad­ven­ture has ac­tion set pieces rem­i­nis­cent of the As­sas­sin’s Creed video games, em­ploy­ing slow­mo­tion to ex­cess as lead­ing man Taron Eger­ton per­forms leaps and som­er­saults while fir­ing ar­rows.

5. Nativity Rocks! (U)

Mu­si­cal the­atre star Si­mon Lip­kin fizzes with en­ergy as man-child teach­ing as­sis­tant Mr Poppy, even when the film around him stag­nates, while Strictly’s Craig Revel Hor­wood would be hard pushed to de­scribe his pan­tomime vil­lain as fab- u-lous. The cli­mac­tic per­for­mance to jus­tify Coventry’s claim as Christ­mas Town Of The Year is all sweetly sham­bolic.

6. The Girl in the Spi­der’s Web (15)

Al­most a decade af­ter Noomi Ra­pace orig­i­nated the role of emo­tion­ally dam­aged hacker Lis­beth Sa­lan­der, Stock­port-born ac­tress Claire Foy be­comes the third ac­tress to wage war on abu­sive men as Swedish au­thor Stieg Lars­son’s aveng­ing an­gel.

7. A Star Is Born (15)

This is the third re­make of the rags-to-riches fairy­tale. It stars Lady Gaga - un­de­ni­ably lu­mi­nous as a naive in­genue rock­et­ing to fame - with Bradley Cooper as her griz­zled men­tor and lover. Both are se­ri­ous Os­car con­tenders.

8. The Nutcracker And The Four Realms (PG)

ETA Hoff­mann’s short story is a re-telling about a young girl gifted a locked egg who sets out in a mag­i­cal land to re­trieve the key, star­ring Keira Knight­ley and Mor­gan Free­man.

9. Wi­d­ows (15)

Des­per­ate times de­mand re­source­ful women in Wi­d­ows, a glossy heist thriller based on the 1980s TV se­ries cre­ated by Lynda Laplante. Two breath­lessly staged rob­beries, which quicken the pulse, book­end the pic­ture but it’s a slow burn.

10. No­body’s Fool (15)

Fools rush in to watch wri­ter­di­rec­tor Tyler Perry’s crass com­edy about a high-fly­ing ad­ver­tis­ing ex­ec­u­tive (Tika Sumpter), who can mar­ket any prod­uct and has bought into the idea of a per­fect guy to sweep her off her feet.

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