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A Star Is Born
(Warner Bros., $29)
Bradley Cooper’s “astonishing” reprisal of a landmark screen romance will leave you feeling “properly walloped,” said Slate.com. The actor-director plays an alcoholic rock star who mentors a singer-songwriter. But credit Lady Gaga. It’s thanks to her thrilling performance that this retelling “rivals the 1954 classic.”
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
(20th Century Fox, $30)
“The most entertaining Oscar contender you probably didn’t see” is also the most unique, said Salon.com. Playing a misanthropic writer who turns to forgery, Melissa McCarthy never compromises. The character has “all the charm of a broken beer bottle,” and you can’t stop watching her.
Mary, Queen of Scots
Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie are both superb in this “feisty” drama about a feud between two queens, said Time. Ronan plays the ill-fated Mary Stuart and Robbie her cousin, Elizabeth I, and though they share only one scene, their competitiveness “becomes a force of its own.”