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12 Years a Slave

When Steve McQueen's unflinching, unforgettable deep south slavery epic premiered at Telluride and Toronto in September, pundits identified it immediately as the likely big victor at March's Oscars. Despite young pretenders Gravity and plucky upstart American Hustle, that still looks likely to be the case. This is a film that's impossible to ignore, a challenge not to be moved by.

Out in the UK on 10 January

• First look review: 12 Years a Slave

The Wolf of Wall Street

The first surprise of Martin Scorsese's latest team-up with Leonardo DiCaprio is that it's an out-and-out comedy, full of smackhead slapstick and dwarf-chucking japery. The second is that it's really, really funny, even »

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