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Five five-star films you must see this month

All in cinemas in February, all magnificent

Andrew Garfield in Silence

You can tell it's Academy Awards season when the cinemas are crowded with high quality flicks, all hoping to capitalise on the free publicity. These five movies are all Oscar hopefuls and all of them rate the maximum five stars from Time Out critics. From Scorsese's latest epic to searing coming-of-age dramas, these are the ones to tick off your list. 

1

Jackie

Right from the beginning of Pablo Larraín’s near-experimental stunner, you can tell you’re in for a psychodrama of strange, hypnotic intimacy

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2

Moonlight

Barry Jenkins’s exquisite coming-of-age drama is a heartbreaker, filled with miracles

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3

Manchester by the Sea

Actor Casey Affleck joins the ranks of giants in a tremendously moving portrait of grief from American writer-director Kenneth Lonergan

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4

Toni Erdmann

Embarrassing dads don't come much more meaningful (or embarrassing) than the one in this German comedy

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5

Silence

Scorsese's epic of faith under fire set in 17th-century Japan ranks among the greatest achievements of spiritually minded cinema

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