Cinema in Manchester and the North

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor

It’s that time of year when Hollywood studios throw their might (and vast promo budgets) behind the films they deem most likely to please awards voters. That means our cinemas are full of expensive biopics, well-intentioned dramas and, occasionally, some very good films.

In our guide to the very best cinema this month, we highlight Sebastián Lelio’s A Fantastic Woman. The first Academy Award nominee to feature a leading turn by a trans actress has been earning rave reviews and there are some special events planned to tie into its Manchester release. We also look at Paul Thomas Anderson’s excellent Phantom Thread, and tell you the best place to watch the Oscars outside of L.A.

Lynne Ramsay’s ferocious You Were Never Really Here is a dark, desperate New York thriller about the perverse evils committed behind the locked doors of the rich and powerful. Starring Joaquin Phoenix as a mercenary hired to track down a missing girl, this brutal neo-noir channels the likes of Taxi Driver and Hardcore. The director will introduce a screening on Tuesday 27th Feb at HOME – if you can stomach it, this is unmissable cinema.

On a lighter note, RAD Screenings have lined up a John Wick double-bill – we do our best to evince the elegant charms of these balletic action movies. Meanwhile, back at HOME, the film team explore the best films by directors who only directed once with a new season entitled, One Film Wonders.

Here are our picks

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