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The best films in January 2019: The Favourite and Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Plus the documentary Capernaum about a Lebanese boy suing his parents

Melissa McCarthy finally gets the role she deserves

Melissa McCarthy finally gets the role she deserves

The Favourite, released 1st January

There is nothing remotely polite about this society portrait. It’s a crackling, caustic imagined account of the intrigue lurking among the vipers in the court of a sickly Queen Anne. As played by the incomparable Olivia Colman, the Queen is petulant and needy, initially a tragi-comic figure who is governed by her capable confidante Lady Sarah (Rachel Weiss). Sarah uses the monarch’s frailty to…

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