THOSE who saw 2017’s Loving Vicent or who recently watched Exhibition on Screen’s Van Gogh & Japan will know a little about how fragile Vincent van Gogh was as he came to his later years.

At Eternity’s Gate is an experimental biographical drama following the famed but tormented artist as he spends his final years in Arles, France, painting masterworks of the natural world that surrounds him. Every biographical drama need a majestic leading actor and Willem Dafoe does not disappoint. Dafoe carries the film, sometimes with very little if no dialogue, captivating the audience and leading him to a Best Actor Oscar nomination. The film is shot using POV, moving around to exclaim the chaos of van Gogh’s mind whist keeping the vibrancy of the colourful visuals striking, seeing the inspiration for his pictures as van Gogh might have.

The film is for art lovers, historical bio junkies and anyone who wants to witness Willem Dafoe’s genius at work, well worth it.

Border is not your average Swedish thriller.

It follows a customs officer, Tina, known for her extraordinary sense of smell. Almost as if she can sniff out the guilt on anyone hiding something.

But when Vore, a suspicious-looking man, walks past her, her abilities are challenged for the first time ever. Tina can sense Vore is hiding something she can’t identify. Even worse, she feels a strange attraction to him.

As Tina develops a special bond with Vore and discovers his true-identity, she also realizes the truth about herself, which will call into question her entire existence. Its fairy tale message about how we treat the people in our midst who don’t fit whatever definition we have of being normal is very poignant and relevant. Beautifully shot and wonderfully odd, winning an Academy Award for best Makeup and Hair Styling, this is a unique film for anyone who likes to look deeper.

Another movie breaking genre conventions is the dark comedy western, The Sisters Brothers. Focusing on the complex relationships of its male characters, César award winning French director, Jacques Audiard, takes Patrick deWitt’s novel and blends the usually bloody western traits along with taking its superb leading actors in some unexpected emotional directions. This film will satisfy those wanting their long-awaited western hit but will give so much more that than the usual on the surface shoot-out, leaving you with a few twists and turns you might not have prepared for.

Disney are at their live action antics again and after recent classic animation-to-live-action remake successes, such as Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and Jungle Book, next Walt Disney Studios turns its head to the much-loved classic about a flying baby elephant. Bringing back the visionary Tim Burton (Batman, The Nightmare before Christmas) to direct, Dumbo looks to be pulling out all the stops, adding some impressive CGI to a great cast including Tim Burton favourites Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito and Eva Green. Burton has form with Disney after helping direct and produce another classic animation to live action remake in the vibrant Alice in Wonderland and Alice through the Looking Glass.

The film looks to be a real treat for those looking for a memorable family film over the holiday period and whether it pulls heart strings as much as the original or not, it’s probably best to bring the tissues along just in case.

If Dumbo was a little too dark for your little ones, Paramount Studios (The SpongeBob Movie) and Nickelodeon Movies (Rango and Charlotte’s Web) have teamed up to bring you a new and very vibrant animation, Wonder Park.

It tells the story of a magnificent amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive. The film is engaging and along with a compelling story line about the power of imagination is the perfect choice to treat your kids to a trip to the cinema.

Finding Your Feet originally tapped its way into Ilkley Cinema in early 2018 and turned out to be a stomping success, bringing much footfall and laughter. In 2019, Finding Your Feet’s producers, Nick Moorecroft, Meg Leonard and James Spring are back at it again, looking to make a big splash with their new comedy drama, Fisherman’s Friends. The film is based on a true story about a group of singing Cornish fisherman who set out to get a record deal. If you enjoyed Finding Your Feet, you’ll enjoy this fishy tale of wit and warmth in the face of tragedy.