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Minari is the Oscar-nominated drama you need to watch this weekend

If you can tear yourself away from garden drinks and park gatherings over the Easter bank holiday weekend, you could do much worse than watching Minari – the fifth film by director Lee Isaac Chung, which has been nominated for no fewer than six Oscars and was inundated with rave reviews after being released in the US. The 1980s-set drama follows Jacob Yi (Steven Yeun) and his wife Monica (Yeri Han), who move their family from California to Arkansas in search of a new life. Jacob dreams of growing Korean produce on his own farm, but as he tries to fulfil his ambition, his family struggles to survive.

"The eternal quest for the American Dream is centred in this understated story, which is largely told in Korean," says Stylist's entertainment director Helen Bownass. "It is also sharply funny – with particularly memorable moments from the Yis' mischievous seven-year-old son David (Alan S Kim) and Monica's wrestling-loving, card-playing mother Soon-Ja (Yuh-jung Youn). Quietly radical and wonderfully tender with a universal message about what keeps a family connected, I'm thrilled it's been nominated for Best Picture at this year's Academy Awards." Watch at home from 2 April, in drive-in cinemas from 12 April and in cinemas 17 May

Ready to ease back into wearing actual outfits again? A relaxed denim dress is an ideal place to start
COS / £69
Dark denim is always chic – we'd wear this oversized shirt dress with quilted Velcro-strap sandals
NEW LOOK / £25.99
Available in sizes 18-30, this pale shirt dress with tie belt will become a spring wardrobe staple
This Fairtrade organic cotton midi is made using up to 95% less water than conventional denim
HUSH / £75
Breezy chuck-on denim dresses do exist: this tiered mid-wash smock is an (on-trend) case in point
MASAI / £115
This Danish brand specialises in easy yet elegant silhouettes, like that of this dark denim design
Don't retire your chunky black lace-up boots just yet: use them to tough up this soft chambray dress

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This debut crime thriller unapologetically turns the classic genre on its head

Think of a classic crime novel about gangsters, drug smuggling, prostitution rings, money laundering and above all, the omnipotent importance of family, and your brain will probably take you straight to Mario Puzo's 1969 classic, The Godfather. Not anymore. After today's release of British-Pakistani journalist Saima Mir's debut novel, it's The Khan (Oneworld) that will dominate, thanks to its refreshingly unapologetic tale of a devoutly Muslim British Pakistani family who control the streets of an unnamed northern English city thanks to their organised crime syndicate and its old-school ways.

"The Khan family proudly have one foot in England and the other in the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan, but that doesn't stop patriarch Akbar Khan from raising his eldest daughter Jia to defy outdated stereotypes about how traditional Muslim women should behave," says Stylist Loves' content director Gemma Crisp. "After her father's murder, Jia leaves her successful career as a London lawyer to return home and run his illegal empire, which is under threat from a rival Eastern European gang. What follows is a no-holds-barred account of her plot to reinvent the syndicate, destroy their rivals and mend the wounds of relatives with whom she cut ties years earlier. Oh, and there are a couple of twists at the end, just for good measure. Jia Khan is a fiercely modern anti-heroine – it's no surprise that The Khan has already been optioned by BBC Studios." £14.99,

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