The rustle of coats, the hushed whispers, the heady scent of popcorn, the anticipation in the air as lights dim – that’s the magic of cinema. An inimitable experience, going to the movies captures a nostalgia and faded glamour even still. Following an undeniably apocalyptic year for movie theatres, these venues need our support to regain their footing. Both culturally and financially, we have to believe they still have value in our lives. And we must confess that after months of home entertainment, we’re starting to feel the pull of the big screen. Layer the sensory adventure of the theatre with months of pent-up blockbusters and you’ve got a winning combination.

Read on for our edit of stunning films to catch on the silver screen near you.

The Human Voice

With force-of-nature Tilda Swinton at the helm of director Pedro Almodóvar’s first English-language film, this is sure to stimulate and delight. Adapted from the play of the same name by Jean Cocteau, the story explores heartbreak, depression, and moving on.

Frankie

Explore three generations of thorny familial relationships in this superbly acted film written and directed by Ira Sachs. Set against the beautiful backdrop of the historic Sintra in Portugal, it portrays a family grappling with a life-changing shared experience.

The Reason I Jump

Another beautiful film based on an equally beautiful book, the film follows the story of five young people who live with autism spectrum disorder. Offering a stunning insight into the way those with autism view and experience the world, this isn’t one to be missed.

Sound of Metal

When a musician loses his hearing, what else does he lose… or gain? This moving story follows a metal drummer struggling to come to terms with his future after going deaf.

Supernova

Sam and Tusker, played by Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci, respectively, are travelling across England in their old RV to visit friends, family, and places from their past. Since Tusker was diagnosed with dementia two years ago, their time together is the most important thing they have.

The Father

Featuring an all-star cast (Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Imogen Poots and Rufus Sewell, to name a few), this film offers an unflinching look at a father and daughter navigating his advancing dementia.

Nomadland

Strike out on an adventure with Fern (Francis McDormand), a financial casualty of the Great Recession in the US. In this story of hope against a backdrop of bleak circumstance, Fern sells her belongings and purchases a van to live life as a modern nomad. The touching film proves that you can lose your house but still find a home.

Minari

A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. Through the lens, you can watch the trials and tribulations of this indomitable family and how they find their home.