If there's a theme to winter's best movies, it's 'yesterday'. The most interesting releases take a fresh look back at the 20th century, whether it's Hollywood at the shagged-out end of the 1960s (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), the tensions of post-World War II Germany (Never Look Away) or England left reeling in the wake of the first Great War (Tolkien). Filmmakers have a lot of nostalgic wishes they'd like to fulfil, such as: why didn't I write the Beatles' songs (Yesterday)? And: where are my childhood toys, both the delightful (Toy Story 4) and the frightful (Child's Play)?
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