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Constructing a sensational career through a plethora of genres, there aren’t many performers in Hollywood to rival the calibre of Rachel McAdams. Initially famed for heart-wrenching romantic dramas, the Canadian has progressed into a universal talent; offering engaging and incising characters for a cavalcade of directorial masters.

To celebrate the UK release of Southpaw – in cinemas Friday 24th July starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker and the actress in question – we select six of McAdams’ finest screen-turns.

TO THE WONDER

To The Wonder

Terrence Malick’s ethereal, profound and provocative drama swells with rich atmosphere; so much so you’ll believe running your fingers through the static will bring you even closer to the emotion. To The Wonder harnesses a band of stoic and silence performances – all of superior skill – but it is McAdams’ Jane who touches deepest.

A figure from Neil’s (Ben Affleck) past, the duo become reconnect when he furthers his work as an environmental inspector. Beginning a complex and dense relationship, much of the palpable tension and atmosphere oozes from the lush cinematography and framing, but also the intensity of these quietly thunderous performances. McAdams dominates the stage by proving how capable she is as a psychical presence rather than one scripted. Her body language, expressions and even faint breathing elegantly render her persona forming arthouse event filmmaking.

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Chris' love affair with cinema started years ago when school teachers would moan to his parents that he spends too much time quoting & not enough working. He has a degree in Film Studies now so how do you like those apples past teachers and doubters? Despite being a romancer of all things Woody Allen & Michael Haneke, Chris has favourite films in the majority of genres and is a complete sucker for bumbling indie types. He's also prone to gazing at beautiful actresses - particularly Felicity Jones, Jennifer Lawrence & Scarlett Johansson - for overly long periods of time. Just thought we'd warn you ladies...