This year’s biggest Hollywood talents are set to come together on Sunday 12 March for the 95th Oscars ceremony.

The best movies from the past 12 months will be celebrated, with Everywhere All at Once and The Banshees of Inisherin tipped to take home awards.

Here’s how to stream the leading movies:

All Quiet on the Western Front

The film’s particular storyline is no different to other war movies (Photo: Netflix)

Where to stream: Netflix

Many film and TV dramas set in the war trenches have been shown over the past 90 years, and this particular storyline is no different. This movie is the first German adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s 1929 anti-war novel All Quiet on the Western Front, although it was made into an early Hollywood talkie in 1930 and a TV movie in 1979.

Newcomer actor Paul Bäumer plays a teenager about to leave school and desperate to join the army. As soon as he and his friends join the front line, however, they discover violence, suffering and little glory.

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Avatar: The Way of Water

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Zoe Saldana, as Neytiri, left, and Sam Worthington, as Jake Sully (Photo: 20th Century Studios/AP)

Where to watch: In cinemas

The long-awaited sequel to 2009’s Avatar was released in December, directed by one of the greatest film storytellers of our era James Cameron.

As expected, The Way of Water has cutting-edge CGI, stunning underwater scenes, imaginative creatures and breathtaking viewing experiences, but critics said it failed to make a lasting impression, with many disappointed.

The famous blue space cats Jake Sully and Neytiri return to our screens some years on from the original story on Pandora. Along with their children, they’re threatened when an old foe returns and they must escape to a neighbouring kingdom and adapt to a new lifestyle in a forest environment.

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The Bansheens of Inisherin

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This tragicomedy makes you laugh and wince at the same time.Photo: Jonathan Hession/Searchlight/PA)

Where to stream: Disney+

This tragicomedy featuring one of Ireland’s favourite couples, Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, makes you laugh and wince at the same time.

Based in the early 1920s, Farrell plays a farmer who lives quietly on an island off the west coast of Ireland. He’s rejected by his best friend, which he refuses to accept – it is portrayed beautifully. The tone quickly changes and violence intrudes, and the storytelling becomes gloomy and some of the humour becomes cruel.

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Elvis

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Austin Butler in a scene from "Elvis." (Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)
Austin Butler as Elvis (Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

Where to stream: Sky Cinema and Now

Austin Butler captures the American singer’s energy in this flashy new biopic. Elvis Presley’s manager, who doubles as the movie’s main villain and an opportunistic swindler, is played by one of the best loved actors of our era, Tom Hanks. True to form, Hanks makes us sympathise with his character (some of the time).

Director Bas Luhrmann doesn’t delve too far into the dark side of Elvis and his music often tells the story. Recreations of his performances are shot in colour, at a rapid pace – the film is a fitting tribute to the King.

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Everything Everywhere All at Once

This image released by A24 shows Tallie Medel, left, and Stephanie Hsu in a scene from "Everything Everywhere All At Once." (Allyson Riggs/A24 via AP)
Tallie Medel, left, and Stephanie Hsu in Everything Everywhere All At Once (Photo: Allyson Riggs/A24)

Where to stream: Prime Video

If you were to categorise this film, it’d be a sci-fi family drama. From the minds of Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinart (known as ‘the Daniels’), the film follows a blue-collar laundromat owner, Evelyn Wang, whose relationship with her husband and grown-up daughter are under pressure from contemporary life.

Amid the stressful family situation, a hole into the multiverse is opened, Evelyn is sucked in and acts as the defence to the evil forces of multiple alternative realities.

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Tár

Cate Blanchett as Lydia Tár. (Photo: Focus Features)
Cate Blanchett as Lydia Tár (Photo: Focus Features)

Where to watch: In cinemas

Given five stars by our critics, Tár is a film of rare and wild excellence. Todd Field’s film deals with “cancel culture”, the relationship with truth and ethics and the work of a Kubrick or a Polanksi.

Sexual assault allegations are made against the lead character Lydia Tár, ruining her reputation as a prominent lesbian woman who supports younger females in her musical field.

This reframing of a #MeToo story feels less reactionary and important in the way it shows power dynamics.

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Top Gun: Maverick

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Tom Cruise portraying Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Photo: Paramount Pictures/AP)

Where to stream: Paramount+, Sky Cinema and Now

Hitting cinemas 36 years after the original, the new Top Gun movie was a sequel worth watching.

Tom Cruise, Hollywood’s “mission leader”, plays Pete Mitchell – the best navy pilot around that has never risen up the ranks. Although the film technology is new, the movie is old-fashioned in storyline. It follows Mitchell’s relationship with his old pal and rival, his courtship of love interest Penny and the young recruits who are pushed to their limits.

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Triangle of Sadness

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Abigail (Dolly De Leon) and Yaya (Charlbi Dean) (Photo: Neon/Curzon Artificial Eye)

Where to watch: In cinemas

Ruben Ostlund’s English-language film debut follows couple Carl and Yaga who are invited to a luxury cruise ship alongside a group of out of touch wealthy people. About 70 minutes in, a storm at sea arises and almost all the guests at the captain’s dinner start vomiting. The ship explodes and sinks, leaving everyone stranded on a remote island.

Rather than feel sympathy for the characters, audiences are more likely to laugh at them in their hour of need.

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Women Talking

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Ben Whishaw Rooney Mara and Claire Foy in Women Talking (Photo: Michael Gibson/Orion – United Artists/AP)

Where to watch: In cinemas

This feminist period film discusses gender, power and men – men who have belittled and assaulted women. Directed by Sarah Polley, the story is set in a religious, closed community, rife for exploitation.

The woman, who are pregnant, elderly, or with young children, discuss their options to remain in their community or fight for their beliefs on a fairer ground. This remains the argument throughout, and each character expresses their separate views.

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The Whale

Brendan Fraser in The Whale
Brendan Fraser in The Whale

Where to watch: In cinemas

Darren Aronofsky’s film is a depiction of the self-destruction of a man with morbid obesity. Brendan Fraser plays an Idaho man whose dwindling health is becoming a pressing concern. His nurse understands, to an extent, that Charlie is attempting to kill himself via his relationship with food after the suicide of his partner.

We see Fraser’s character Charlie eat until he is sick, and then eat again. It’s a tragedy of self-harm, obesity and family dynamics.

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Babylon

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Margot Robbie, left, and Diego Calva in Babylon (Photo: Scott Garfield/Paramount Pictures)

Where to stream: Paramount+

Babylon is set in 1926 Los Angeles, a place of wannabes, freaks and hustlers. Manny (played by Diego Calva) befriends Nellie LaRoy (Margot Robbie), a party girl working her way to stardom from poverty.

The film brings us into the chaos of this world, following gangsters, drunken stars, complicated studios. History is packed into the messy and frantic storyline.

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Aftersun

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Paul Mescal as Calum in Aftersun (Photo: AP)

Where to Stream: Prime Video

Set in the early 2000s, Aftersun follows 11-year-old Sophie on holiday with her father on the eve of his 31st birthday. As adolescence creeps into her life and her dad Calum struggles with fatherhood, Sophie’s recollection of their time away is a powerful portrait of their relationship.

Describes as a “standout feature debut”, the film shows family life and a heartbreaking portrait of a relationship set to part ways prematurely.

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The Batman

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Zoe Kravitz and Robert Pattinson in The Batman (Photo: Jonathan Olley/Warner Bros/AP)

Where to stream: Disney+

With some sinister scenes and distrubing violence, Robert Pattinson’s Batman is far from cartoonish. From a car chase down an orange-lit highway at night to a close-range gun battle, the action is thrilling and well executed.

Although some critics have labelled the second half over-extended, parts are compelling, choregraphed superbly with flashes of brilliance.

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Living

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The story and screenplay pretty closely follow the beats of Kurosawa’s original masterpiece (Photo: Ross Ferguson/Lionsgate)

Where to watch: Prime Video

A civil servant’s life takes a turn when he receives a heartbreaking medical diagnosis. When he meets a young, vibrant woman in his office, they work together to transform a vacant lot into a playground. He searches for meaning, aiming to leave a legacy for the next generation.

Watching Mr Williams (Bill Nighly) “live a little” is poignant.

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Blonde

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Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe in Blonde (Photo: Netflix)

Where to stream: Netflix

Ana de Armas plays Marilyn Monroe as a weepy victim, making the most fascinating thing about the icon her death. In the 60 years she’s been dead, Monroe has been objectified and misunderstood, and this film felt no different.

That said, de Armas is excellent in her mimicry of Monroe, but her talent does not overcome the way her character has been conceived by director Andrew Dominik (usually faultless).

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

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The sequel perforfmed well (Photo: Marvel Studios)

Where to stream: Disney+

Although the first Black Panther was a tough act to follow, the sequel performed. The characters fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers after the death of King T’Challa.

The Wakandans band together to embrace a new chapter in their lives and kingdom. Considering it’s three-hour run time, the movie stays absorbing and varied, with the help of thought-out characters and staging.

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The Woman King

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Viola Davis as Nanisca (Photo: Ilze Kitshoff)

Where to stream: Netflix, Prime Video

Gina Prince-Bythewood’s film puts Black womanhood centre stage. Based on events in the 1820s, it tells the story of how King Ghezo was protected by female warriors called the Agojie.

They’re depicted as strong, capable, defiant, and they remain memorable to audiences. In addressing African enslavement, the action film is one of power and there are few actresses better suited to the role than Viola Davis.

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Causeway

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Jennifer Lawrence plays veteran Lynsey (Photo: Apple TV)

Where to stream: Apple TV+

Dubbed an Oscar contender from the start, the film has a cast known to most: Jennifer Lawrence as Lynsey, Brian Tyree Henry as James.

Now in a half-way house, Lynsey had suffered a brain injury in Afghanistan leaving her with memory issues and panic attacks. It follows her trip back to her mothers house in New Orleans, why she wanted to get away from her town, her claustrophic childhood and absent brother.

Although the storyline is dull in places, the film has promise.

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Turning Red

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Turning Red’s Mei is voiced by Rosalie Chiang (Photo: Disney+)

Where to stream: Disney+

Turning Red tells the story of a 13-year-old girl Meilin Lee navigating adolescence and family expectations. She is an overachieving student, well-behaved child and a loyal friend. When she gets overly emotional, due to hereditary curses and generational trauma, she turns into a giant red panda.

The fearless depiction of puberty and balancing honouring those who raised you with following your heart, it’s a beautiful story and a beacon of light for young girls. It’s moving, funny and special.

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Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio

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Pinocchio returns in this Italian depiction (Photo: REGINE DE LAZZARIS AKA GRETA)

Where to stream: Netflix

Initially finding fame in 1940 as a Walt Disney cartoon, Pinocchio returns in Italian director Matteo Garrone’s depiction of the puppet boy.

A father’s wish brings a wooden boy to life in Italy, giving him the chance to care for a child but the story isn’t as straightforward as it seems – or the toys history. The country becomes embroiled in fascism and the two struggle to find a place, and Pinocchio must prove to his father that he is worthy.

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Empire of Light

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Michael Ward and Olivia Colman as Stephen and Hilary (Photo: Searchlight)

Where to stream: Disney+

Set in an English coastal town in the 1980s, Empire of Light follows Hilary, a duty manager of a cinema (played by Olivia Coleman) form a relationship with new younger employee Stephen (Michael Ward).

Hilary is struggling with her mental health and Stephen is attempting to escape adversity in his old town. They find a sense of belonging together, although their relationship never seems believable and the film has been criticiced as dull.

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All the Beauty and the Bloodshed

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The film follows the photographer’s fight against the opioid crisis (Photo: Provided)

Where to stream: Curzon Home Cinema

This documentary, filled with rare footage and interviews, provides insight into the life of photographer and activist Nan Goldin. Oscar-winning director Laura Poitras uses Goldin’s crusade against the Sackler family to explore a life filled with loss and love.

It becomes clear throughout why the honesty and intimacy is so sacred. The clips show Goldin’s family tragedies, her brutal attack by a past lover, the impact of Aids, and her own addiction. This openness is both new and refreshing, and makes all the difference.

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Navalny

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The award-winning documentary follows one of Putin’s fiercest and bravest critics (Photo: BBC/Cable News Network)

Where to stream: Prime Video (to rent)

Following the assassination of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in 2020, Daniel Roher’s documentary makes clear that standing up to Putin comes with an enormous risk.

The story is told with honesty, frankness and is compelling in sharing the story of the former presidential candidate. His wife, along with Navalny’s political team, recounts the days leading up to the assassination attempts and build evidence to prepare publicly.

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