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Andrew Garfield as Fr Rodrigues and Shinya Tsukamoto as Mokichi in Silence

This is a tale of anti-Christian persecution that speaks loudly and dreadfully to modern times

Immersive and devastating: Géza Röhrig as Saul Ausländer in Son of Saul

The best films of 2016

Son of Saul, The Club and Anomalisa all helped make 2016 a fantastic year in cinema

In Malta, the Duke of Cambridge views The Beheading of John the Baptist (AP)

A Renaissance painter for the age of ISIS

Caravaggio is the perfect artist for our modern, divided era

Cold and controlled, a kind of monster: Jude Law as Pius XIII in HBO’s The Young Pope

Paolo Sorrentino hasn’t compromised his cinematic vision in his move to the small screen

Utterly botched: Jack Huston in the chariot-racing scene in the new Ben-Hur

The new Ben-Hur is a flop. Having sat through it, it’s not hard to see why

Consigned to the scrapbook: Ukrainian child drug addicts helped by a pastor

Almost Holy is a compelling documentary that explores the controversial work of Pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko, but the return of David Brent is a dispiriting affair

Ethan Hawke gives a weighty and complex performance as Chet Baker

Born to Be Blue stays true to its subject – a musician who conjured great beauty no matter how lost he was

Mark Duggan’s best friends, Kurtis Henville and Marcus Knox-Hooke

The Hard Stop fails to give a truly rounded picture of the man shot dead by London police

Mesmerising: Géza Röhrig as Saul Asländer in Son of Saul, set in Auschwitz

A startling Hungarian film shows how humanity can endure in the face of monstrous evil

Benoît Poelvoorde as ‘God’ in an absurdist Belgian comedy

The Brand New Testament swings from absurdist comedy to elegiac reflection on mortality