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In the long-awaited sequel to our Mancunian Guide, we asked our writers to pick their favourite festive films — all you have to do is trust them

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DéjàReview: The Shining

Kubrick’s most controversial film based of the Steven King novel of the same name, The Shining, is revisited by writer Tom Kuson

Milorad Krstic’s Ruben Brandt, Collector is an engaging and visually stunning film which stands as a true testament to the uniqueness of animation, writes Deputy Film Editor Josh Sandy

Review: The Good Liar

Despite starring A-class talent, Bill Condon’s stylish crime thriller struggles under the weight of its often ludicrous plot twists, writes Carl Fitzgerald

Review: Marriage Story

Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story combines a heartbreaking divorce story with witty comedic elements to create a masterful emotional rollercoaster, writes Michal Wasilewski

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Review: Frozen 2

Despite the critically-acclaimed magic of its smash-hit predecessor, due to poor plotting, awkward pacing and musical mis-steps, Frozen 2 has certainly let it go, writes Carl Fitzgerald

Review: The Report

Based on a true story, Scott Z. Burns’ film combines a socially relevant plot with stand-out performances to great effect, writes Zofia Gryf-Lowczowska

Review: Last Christmas

Despite its potential, Paul Feig’s Wham-quoting Christmas rom-com wastes its stars’ talent and fails at meaningful social comment, writes Carl Fitzgerald

Following a string of lacklustre outings, James Cameron’s return to the Terminator franchise signals an exciting and much needed return to form, writes Tom Kuson

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Review: Luce

Balancing thought-provoking questions about expectations with a consistently thrilling story, Luce is a well-acted, engaging and beautifully scored watch, writes James McCafferty

Review: Doctor Sleep

30 years after The Shining’s release, its long-awaited sequel proves, despite some flaws, to be a worthy successor to Stanley Kubrick’s masterpice, writes Carl Fitzgerald