Heightened Anticipation: 15 Foreign Language Films for 2016

Whether you speak a language other than English or simply like a little light reading to go with the flickering images of pert buttocks and scurrying chickens, here are the must-see foreign language films coming to British and American cinemas this year.

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Heightened Anticipation: 15 English Language Films for 2016

Another year, another 600-700 cinematic releases in the UK and US. Oh, what to watch? It simply isn’t possible to see every worthwhile film that comes out in any given year, and 2016’s release schedule is already filling up. I am certain that I will reach 2017 with dozens of movies from this year still languishing on my “To Watch” list. At the very least I would like to catch each of the English language releases mentioned here, whether for the pedigree of the director, the consistently sound choices of the stars involved or the novelty of an unbroken 140-minute take.

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Best Films of 2015 - Honourable Mentions

In the wreckage left by any Best Of list there can always be seen the twinkling of gems that, for one reason or another, just didn't shine as brightly as those that made the ascent to Top 30 (etc.) Here are some of those minor or imperfect but notable films that hit UK cinemas in 2015, as well as my favourites from the last Oscar race, here referred to as the Awards Season Hangovers.

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CHICHESTER FILM FEST 2015 REVIEW: A GIRL AT MY DOOR

★★★★★

Coming to British arthouse screens this September, A Girl At My Door provides a rare opportunity for Western audiences to see a Korean female director in action and in so doing become entwined in the unforgiving machinations of small-town Korean society. Bae Doona and Kim Seo-ron each deliver a knock-out performance in another stick of quiet dynamite for 2015, which I'm sincerely grateful to have seen in my old haunt, Chichester's beloved New Park Cinema

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