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The must-see movies to add to your watch list

Emma Stone plays the dastardly Cruella with malevolent glee – and magnificent couture

From the latest live-action adaptations to outstanding debuts and long-awaited sequels, these are the movies to add to your must-watch list now



The wait is finally over for the latest Disney live-action adaptation and, at last, we will find out how Cruella got to be Cruella. Emma Stone is seriously sinister as the villainess, tottering around in monochrome couture like a malevolent Moira from Schitt’s Creek. There are brilliant cameos from Emma Thompson and Mark Strong and many, many great quips in this spin-off that lies somewhere between The Joker and The Devil Wears Prada. In cinemas May 28 (US & UK)

Rare Beasts

Following the huge success of I Hate Suzie is Billie Piper’s latest triumph, Rare Beasts. Piper writes, produces and directs this delightfully dark anti-rom-com – a heartfelt story of a woman unravelling under the unrealistic pressures of love, work and family. There is a quirky chorus of mansplaining men and intolerable family members, as well as many deeply relatable instances of one person just trying to hold it all together. One for all Fleabag devotees… Out May 21 on select streaming platforms

Promising Young Woman

The directorial debut from Emerald Fennell (she of The Crown’s Camilla Parker Bowles fame) landed just in time for its deserved awards-season buzz. With Carey Mulligan giving a brilliant portrayal of a woman who, following a traumatic event, seeks revenge against predatory men, this is a thriller for the #MeToo era and serves up much to discuss. On Amazon Prime, iTunes and Google Play in the US now, and on Sky and NOW TV in April

We can all relate to Billie Piper’s Mandy, who is just trying to hold it all together in Rare Beasts
Frankie, played by Maya Hawke, is a millennial with big dreams in Gia Coppola’s Mainstream


Just like her aunt Sofia, Gia Coppola is well on the way to becoming an indie-film legend, and her latest release may just be the tipping point. Mainstream is a look at the sinister side of social media and the gods we create of its key players. Andrew Garfield and Maya Hawke play the leads as two down-and-out millennials on a mission to break the internet and achieve fame and fortune. Think Ghost World meets Ingrid Goes West, set against a backdrop of the dream-like cinematography that the Coppola women do so well. Out May 7 on select streaming platforms

In A Quiet Place Part II, Emily Blunt reprises her role as Evelyn Abbott in a world where silence really is golden

A Quiet Place Part II

If the first instalment didn’t give you nightmares, the sequel certainly will. John Krasinski is back with the second part of his self-penned horror franchise, returning to a world in which citizens must live in silence, for fear of disturbing the flesh-eating creatures that stalk the land. Cillian Murphy is stepping into Krasinski’s shoes as lead hero, and Emily Blunt is back as the matriarch trying to navigate this new fatal frontier. In cinemas May 28 (US) and June 4 (UK)

In the Heights bring music, dance and drama to the Washington Heights community

In the Heights

In what can only be described as a dream cinematic collaboration, Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda and Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu have joined forces to create the film version of this uproarious Broadway musical. Expect Miranda’s signature catchy harmonies and tongue-twisting raps and all the soul of Chu’s unique storytelling. With nods to its predecessor West Side Story, In the Heights explores the push and pull of two cultures in the Dominican-American community in Washington Heights, New York. It’s a musical masterpiece that we’ll be singing for years to come. In cinemas June 26 (US & UK)


The lineup of names attached to this project are some of the most electrifying talents in the industry today. The incredible Janicza Bravo directs leading ladies Riley Keough and Taylour Paige, with a screenplay by cult writer Jeremy O. Harris. The film is based on a real-life Twitter thread that went viral in 2015, telling the tale of Zola, who winds up on a wild road trip with a stripper named Stefani, plus all the chaos that unfolds. It’s a modern-day Thelma & Louise with a touch of Hustlers and promises to be a must-see. In cinemas June 30 (US)

Riley Keough and Taylour Paige star in Zola


This film has captured the hearts of nearly everyone who has seen it – and earned a sweep of award nominations along the way. Based on the childhood of director Lee Isaac Chung, it is the story of a Korean family pursuing their American dream in rural Arkansas and their journey to put down roots in the face of many challenges – and is heartbreaking and life-affirming all at once. On Amazon Prime now

Minari is an intimate portrait of one family’s hard-fought pursuit of the American dream

The Woman in the Window

A.J Finn’s bestselling book already has a cult-like following, and the movie adaptation is set to follow suit. Amy Adams plays Dr. Anna Fox, an agoraphobic psychologist troubled by the disappearance of her neighbor. As she fights to unpick this mystery, her life unravels in the most sinister way, with the film helter-skeltering through twists and turns that are sure to keep you on your toes. Out May 14 on Netflix


If Frances McDormand is at the forefront, our attention is already piqued, but Chloé Zhao’s masterpiece of struggle, solitude and community gives lots to commend. McDormand gives a phenomenal performance as Fern, a sixtysomething, now-unemployed widow who, after losing everything amid the economic shutdown of her small town, is forced to leave her home and join the community of modern-day nomads traveling across the American West. On Hulu in the US now, and on Star on Disney Plus in the UK in April

In The Woman in the Window, Amy Adams plays an agoraphobic psychologist who witnesses a murder – or did she?
Daniel Kaluuya takes on the role of civil rights leader Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah

Powerhouse performances lead in this awards-season favorite, a high-octane and harrowing biographical drama about Fred Hampton, chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party in 1960s Chicago. Daniel Kaluuya plays Hampton in the Shaka King-directed story (co-created with Keith and Kenny Lucas), which follows the pursuit and assassination of the civil rights leader by the FBI and the betrayal by informant and party infiltrator William O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield). In cinemas and on HBO Max now