Blue Valentine (15) ****

Steve Buscemi as Nikita Khrushchev, Jeffrey Tambor as Georgy Malenkov, Adrian McLoughlin as Joseph Stalin, Dermot Crowley as Lazat Kaganovich, Paul Chahidi as Nikolai Bulganin, Paul Whitehouse as Anastas Mikoyan and Simon Russell Beale as Lavrentiy Beria.

Cinema and TRAILER: The Death Of Stalin - cast and director interview

Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams are strong contenders for Oscar nominations for their tour-de-force portrayal of a husband and wife in Derek Cianfrance's slow-burning drama.

Removal man Dean (Gosling) crosses paths with Cindy (Williams) at a retirement home and he is smitten, pursuing the young woman until she agrees to a date.

Their fiery and passionate romance leads to marriage and a family, but the giddiness and excitement of those early months together is replaced by weariness as the relationship settles into a routine.

When Cindy encounters her high school sweetheart (Mike Vogel) in the supermarket, seeds of jealousy are sown that reap poisonous fruit when the couple head to a hotel for a rare night alone.