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London Film Festival top picks: ‘Cult’

Time Out's critics select five films to look out for in the London Film Festival's ‘Cult’ strand

All Cheerleader's Die

It’s the tale of a high school outsider who recruits the local cheerleading squad to help her get revenge on the football team, but ends up abandoning her plans when supernatural happenings intervene. As much a black comedy as a straight-up slasher flick, this looks like a joyously fun take on old-fashioned ideas.

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The Congress

‘The Congress’ mixes live action and animation in a film about an actress (Robin Wright) with a disabled son who – for a huge fee – undergoes body imaging to create a digital actress. As part of the contract, the studio owns all rights to control her image and she agrees never to act again.

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Jodorowsky's Dune

This documentary explores how writer-director-mystic Alejandro Jodorowsky’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s epic sci-fi masterpiece ‘Dune’ might have turned out if it hadn't fallen apart.

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The Sacrament

The tale of a pair of hipster magazine journalists who set out to expose the shady doings of a remote religious community, it’s got ‘eerie but insightful’ written all over it. As an added bonus, the lead role is played by puppy-faced mumblecore icon Joe Swanberg.

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The Zero Theorem

Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Zero Theorem’ is a lo-fi, future-tech farce with an air of high-end cyber panto. The stars still come out for the director of ‘Brazil’, and a totally bald Christoph Waltz (‘Django Unchained’) features in every scene as Qohen Leth, an IT drone who’s lost his soul and maybe his mind.

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Showcasing all those gnarly oddities that don’t fit neatly into the other generic strands, this is where the real weird stuff hides out. Highlights include the long-awaited follow-up to a modern cartoon classic, a doc on the greatest lost sci-fi flick of all time and the latest film from one of cinema’s true visionaries, Terry Gilliam.