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Conor McGregor: Notorious charts Dubliner's rise to fame and fortune

Gavin Fitzgerald's documentary Conor McGregor: Notorious spends four years in the company of the controversial Dubliner

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CONOR MCGREGOR: NOTORIOUS (Cert 15, 86 mins, Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd, available from November 20 on Amazon Video/BT TV Store/iTunes/Sky Store/TalkTalk TV Store and other download and streaming services, also available from November 20 on DVD £19.99/Blu-ray £24.99, Documentary)

Born and raised in Dublin, professional mixed martial artist and boxer Conor McGregor is a controversial figure inside and out of the ring. Gavin Fitzgerald's revealing documentary spends four years in the company of the sportsman, charting his meteoric rise from living with his mother and claiming benefits to commanding seven-figure fees for his high-profile Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bouts.

The film is granted unprecedented access to the man and his entourage, family and girlfriend Dee Devlin, juxtaposing personal revelations with highlights from McGregor's career including winning the UFC championship belt in just 13 seconds and his record-breaking showdown with Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas.

GODLESS (7 episodes, streaming from November 22 exclusively on Netflix, Western/Drama/Romance)

A desperate woman with a gun should never be underestimated in this seven-part western from writer-director Scott Frank and Academy Award-winning auteur Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Erin Brockovich).

The series initially focuses on Roy Goode (Jack O'Connell), an orphan from an early age, who is taken under the wing of notorious criminal Frank Griffin (Jeff Daniels). He raises Roy as a son within his gang of larcenous degenerates and involves the young man in various crimes, which challenge Roy's convictions about right and wrong.

Eventually, Roy betrays his mentor and flees to the isolated mining town of La Belle in New Mexico, where most of the men have perished in a subterranean accident.

Sheriff Bill McNue (Scoot McNairy) and his deputy Whitey (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) keep the peace but really, La Belle is governed by women including fierce widows Alice Fletcher (Michelle Dockery) and Mary Agnes (Merritt Wever).

They allow Roy to seek shelter in La Belle and when news reaches the town that the Griffin Gang is heading their way, Alice, Mary and co prepare for a shootout.

MUDBOUND (Cert 15, 135 mins, streaming from November 17 exclusively on Netflix, Drama/War/Romance)

Adapted from the debut novel by Hillary Jordan, director Dee Rees' compelling period drama skilfully contrasts the bruising experiences of two Mississippi families - one black, the other white - in the aftermath of the Second World War.

Like the book, Rees' film ebbs and flows between six narrators, whose testimonies offer a moving glimpse into an era of simmering racial tensions. Henry McAllan (Jason Clarke) transplants his wife Laura (Carey Mulligan), their two children and his grandfather (Jonathan Banks) from Memphis to the Mississippi Delta to pursue grand dreams of farming the land.

Part of the property is leased to Hap Jackson (Rob Morgan) and his wife Florence (Mary J Blige), whose family has shed blood, sweat and tears into the sun-baked soil. The fates of these two emotionally wounded clans become inextricably entwined when Henry's charismatic brother Jamie (Garrett Hedlund) and Hap's eldest son Ronsel (Jason Mitchell) return from the battlefield, bearing deep psychological scars.

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