Based on Garrard Conley’s account of his experiences in gay conversion therapy, this film by writer-director Joel Edgerton was one of three on this list to feature Lucas Hedges – he was also in Lady Bird and Three Billboards – whose performance astounded.
Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf went toe-to-toe in this coming-of-age film that also heralded writer-director Greta Gerwig’s arrival as a major Hollywood player.
THE SHAPE OF WATER
This year’s visually stunning winner of the Best Picture Oscar told the unlikely love story of a mute cleaner (Sally Hawkins) and the human-like amphibian (Doug Jones) brought to the government facility where she works.
Spike Lee was in terrific form directing this funny, dramatic and bitterly ironic story about a black cop (John David Washington) infiltrating the KKK with the help of a white colleague (Adam Driver).
And for kids...
Fourteen years after the original film delighted and inspired, the sequel to Pixar’s superhero family adventure proved to be well worth the wait.
Yetis are real – at least in this fun family film about a group of the big-footed creatures who are shocked to discover the existence of humans.
TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES
This gag-filled spin-off of the TV series sees Robin (Scott Menville) try to make a Teen Titans movie happen.