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Peter Bradshaw picks his highlights of the year ahead

Shame (dir. Steve McQueen)

Artist and film-maker Steve McQueen follows up his award-winning Hunger with this study of Brandon, a compulsive sex addict in Manhattan, played by Michael Fassbender. Brandon is forced to consider his life choices, and their origins, when his equally troubled sister (Carey Mulligan) comes to stay with him in his bachelor pad. Released on 13 January.

Coriolanus (dir. Ralph Fiennes)

This has reportedly been a "passion project" for Ralph Fiennes for years: an adaptation of Shakespeare's Coriolanus, a play about a Roman military hero and autocratic leader who despises the people and the political arts of appeasing them. Rejected by Rome, he makes common cause with the city's enemy in order to wage a bitter war of revenge. Released on 20 January.

The Descendants (dir. Alexander Payne)

Payne, the director of Election, About Schmidt and Sideways, is known as »

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