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A short film by a director from Norwich has garnered an impressive accolade at an international film festival.

The 27 tumultuous days, which led to Churchill’s impassioned cry for the British to fight on the beaches and in the streets, is dramatised in Joe Wright’s handsomely crafted character study boasting an Oscar worthy performance from the unrecognisable star.

Darkest Hour tells the story of Winston Churchill in the early days of the war. It also features a remarkable portrayal by an almost unrecognisable Gary Oldman. But how does it compare to the many others who have played him?

Suffolk’s Elveden Hall, near Bury St Edmunds, has a long relationship with the big screen including Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut. Now it is gracing our cinema screens again in Ridley Scott’s All The Money In The World.

Salty, quick-fire dialogue pepper Martin McDonagh’s blackly comic thriller that pits the righteous anger of vigilante parent Frances McDormand against her local police force in a fictional midwestern town.

The removal of Kevin Spacey from Ridley Scott’s propulsive thriller proves to be a blessing in disguise as replacement Christopher Plummer shines as oil tycoon John Paul Getty.

Christian Bale plays a grizzled army captain in writer-director Scott Cooper’s solid but sometimes standard revisionist western, set during the final years of the bloodthirsty war between the US Army and Native Americans.

The central character of writer-director Mike White’s navel-gazing comedy drama is a narcissist and neurotic, whose deep-seated feelings of inadequacy are exacerbated by social media envy.

Mary Poppins, Han Solo, the Mamma Mia ensemble and a host of Marvel superheros are among the famous characters due to return to the big screen in 2018. Simon Parkin highlights some of the films that will have us heading to cinemas this year.

Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin makes his directorial debut with this dramatisation of the rise and fall of Molly Bloom, who dealt herself a winning hand as hostess of Hollywood’s most exclusive poker game with a $50,000 stake to sit at a table.

There was a time when Oscar-winners were also crowd-pleasers. As the Golden Globe nominees are announced Arts editor Andrew Clarke takes a look at how the box office no longer mirrors the trophy cabinet

Roll up and rock out for director Michael Gracey’s foot-stomping musical, the passion project of Hugh jackman, based on the topsy-turvy life of circus impresario and master of shameless self-promotion, P.T. Barnum.

This year was a year of contrasts and contradictions at the cinema. The headlines were made by what was happening off screen rather than what was on it. Arts editor Andrew Clarke takes a look at 2017 and asks what will go down in the history books?

Like I’m A Celebrity, with people you have actually heard of, this sorta-sequel to the 1995 Robin Williams film has some fun moments but flipping the original’s concept on its head, it comes up with something much less interesting.

Life is full of big questions. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Are Jaffa Cakes cakes or biscuits? And, at this time of year at least, perhaps the biggest of them all - is Die Hard a Christmas movie? Comedian Mark Thomas and I got into it.

Sequels, prequels, remakes, return of the musical and a spate of films about race, it’s been another eventful year at the cinema. Here we highlight our 10 best films of 2017 (in no particular order), and a some that nearly made the grade.

Carlos Saldanha’s coming-of-age story, from thre studio behind the Ice Age and Rio films, tells the journey of self-discovery centred on a Spanish fighting bull, who prefers to smell the roses rather than stomp on them.

Norwich WWE wrestler Paige has revealed she has watched the movie based on her life and described it as “incredible”.

A new trailer for a major Hollywood movie shot in Norfolk has been released.

As Star Wars: The Last Jedi finally arrives in cinemas, Carrie Fisher’s last performance in her iconic role of Princess Leia is unveiled. The film’s stars Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega discuss life without her and taking the franchise forward.

If Episode VII: The Force Awakens crammed everything fans love into one entertaining origin story, the next chapter directed by Rian Johnson adds scope, humour and a spectacular finale that’s one of the highlights of the entire series.

Mark Edwards selects ten films with Christmas links that may surprise you.

Mark Edwards talks award-winning Suffolk filmmaker Tom Shrapnel about family Christmases with his grandmother, screen legend Deborah Kerr.

Jake Gyllenhaal bids for an Oscar nomination for his powerful portrayal of a real-life survivor of the 2013 Boston marathon bombing in David Gordon Green’s uplifting drama.

Independently made to the tune of $6 million, 2003 romantic drama The Room has gained a cult following as one of the worst films of all time. Actor-director James Franco pays tribute with this comedic dramatisation of the making of the film.

Netflix series Shot in the Dark revisits the subject of LA crime stringers seen in Jake Gyllenhaal film Nightcrawler. It’s the latest example documentary/film crossovers. But which can you most trust?

Oscar-winning German film-maker Michael Haneke crafts another portrait of an insular privileged dysfunctional family who can’t go 15 minutes without one of them getting poisoned, beaten up, attempting suicide or dying.

Adapted from the award-winning 2012 novel by RJ Palacio, Stephen Chbosky’s emotional family saga has Room star Jacob Tremblay playing a boy with a rare genetic syndrome, and Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson as his parents.

Bharat Nalluri’s comedy-drama adaptation of Les Standiford’s book, starring Downtown Abbey pin-up Dan Stevens, finds fun amid the tumultuous events leading to the publication of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.

Renowned Chinese artist and filmmaker Ai Weiwei’s new documentary Human Flow, which see him address the global refugee crisis, is being shown in Norwich with a live discussion with the artist.

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