The Best Films Out Now

THE BEST FILMS OUT NOW We recommend the top movies of the moment

There are films to meet every taste in theartsdesk's guide to the best movies currently on release. In our considered opinion, any of the titles below is well worth your attention.

A Fantastic Woman ★★★★★ From Chile with heat, a powerful romance about a young trans woman and her doomed lover

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story ★★★★ Belated homage to Hollywood's golden age star with a scientific hinterland

Call Me By Your Name ★★★★ Timothée Chalamet is a knockout in a heartbreaking, sensual gay romance

Dark River ★★★★ Haunted rural realism starring Ruth Wilson in which family secrets are dredged up in the Yorkshire moors

Early Man ★★★★★ Nick Park scores a magnificent goal with his stop-frame, football-crazy cavemen

Lady Bird ★★★★ Saoirse Ronan stars in Greta Gerwig's uncynical and beautifully observed directorial debut

Mary Magdalene ★★★★ Potent, rigorously human feminist reimagining of Jesus and his female disciple

Molly's Game ★★★★★ Jessica Chastain gets her poker face on in Aaron Sorkin's high-octane gambling thriller

My Generation ★★★★ Michael Caine presents the Sixties: a total immersion in swinging London

My Golden Days ★★★★ French independent tale of heartbreak shines through honest, raw lead performances

Star Wars: The Last Jedi ★★★★ Visually stunning and narratively shocking, Rian Johnson challenges expectations in the latest instalment

The Florida Project ★★★★★  Bright indie flick packs a punch with heartfelt storytelling

The Post ★★★★ Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks weigh in as press freedom - and female empowerment - come under attack in Spielberg's glorious paean to print

The Shape of Water ★★★★ Guillermo del Toro's creature-feature fable is a fine romance

The Square ★★★★ Ruben Östlund's stylish, brilliantly acted assault on polite Swedish society

The Third Murder ★★★★ Cryptically elusive Japanese killing mystery offers no easy answers

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri ★★★★★ Frances McDormand is on fire in Martin McDonagh's unmissable tragicomedy

You Were Never Really Here ★★★★ Lynne Ramsay's wild ride to the dark side with an intimidating performance by Joaquin Phoenix as a remorseless lone avenger