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  1. The Falling review – Carol Morley's masterly followup to Dreams of a Life
    Peter Bradshaw: Director Carol Morley has come up with another brilliant and very distinctive feature, about an epidemic of fainting that grips a girls school in the 1960s
    5 stars
  2. Trash first look review – Stephen Daldry forages into a favela mystery
    Stunning performances from a trio of young Brazilian actors save Daldry’s compelling tale of corruption from a rubbish ending, writes Jordan Riefe
    4 stars
  3. Citizenfour review – Edward Snowden documentary is utterly engrossing
    Laura Poitras’s brave documentary follows Edward Snowden as his leaks about the activities of the NSA shock the world, writes Mark Kermode
    4 stars
  4. Björk: Biophilia Live review – spirited and millimetre-precise
    Full of dancing microbes and pulsing starfish, this footage of Björk’s last Biophilia concert is impeccably presented, writes Leslie Felperin
    4 stars
  5. The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands review – artistically gung-ho
    With its spectacular set pieces, this story of two first-world-war naval battles merits comparisons with Eisenstein, writes Peter Bradshaw
    4 stars
  6. Cathedrals of Culture review – a palate-cleansing experience
    This meditation on architecture is perhaps not quite a film, but more of a quasi-installation, writes Peter Bradshaw
    4 stars
  7. ’71 review – Jack O’Connell excels in muscular, moody Troubles thriller
    The rising British star puts in another brilliant performance as a squaddie lost in the mayhem of 1970s Belfast, writes Mark Kermode
    4 stars
  8. Citizenfour review – Poitras' victorious film shows Snowden vindicated
    Laura Poitras’ documentary disentangles NSA surveillance and plots the story of Edward Snowden in Hong Kong and Moscow
    4 stars
  9. Filmed in Supermarionation review – inspiring British puppetry success story
    Gerry Anderson’s puppetry for shows such as Thunderbirds may look quaint now, but this documentary reveals how they influenced sci-fi action-adventure, writes Peter Bradshaw
    4 stars
  10. ’71 review – nail-biting action thriller set during the Troubles
    This taut drama about a British soldier caught behind enemy lines in Belfast is a cracking debut from Yann Demange, writes Peter Bradshaw
    4 stars
  11. Gone Girl review – two different readings of a modern marriage
    No one is quite what they seem in David Fincher’s tantalising adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling marital mystery, writes Mark Kermode
    4 stars
  12. Black Butler review – stilted revenge thriller with kitschy charms
    This Japanese live-action version of the manga and anime classic has a fun futuristic spin, even if the dialogue and performances are stilted, writes Anna Smith
    3 stars
  13. The Judge review – cliche-ridden courtroom drama
    A hotshot city lawyer is forced to defend his estranged father in this humdrum, sentimental thriller starring Robert Downey Jr, writes Mark Kermode
    3 stars
  14. The Best of Me review – young lovers reunite
    Mark Kermode can’t help but fall for the latest bonkers Nicholas Sparks adaptation
    3 stars
  15. The Judge review – part family drama, part courtroom gripper
    There are plenty of emotional fireworks in this big, soupy but entertaining picture, writes Peter Bradshaw
    3 stars
  16. Palo Alto review – unexpectedly engaging California teen angst
    Jack Kilmer, son of Val, carries this drama – directed by Francis Ford Coppola’s granddaughter Gia – with unaffected charm, writes Peter Bradshaw
    3 stars
  17. Son of a Gun review – a silly, fun film with unfortunate character flaws
    Julius Avery’s debut feature is slow in patches with wonky writing but is handsomely packaged and shows off his potential, writes Luke Buckmaster
    3 stars
  18. One Direction: Where We Are - The Concert Film review - a giddy moment of mass hysteria
    Leslie Felperin: 1D are back with their second feature length movie, this time without the backstage material of This Is Us. It will still provoke the same squeals of delight
    3 stars
  19. Annabelle review – horror with unsubtle nods to Rosemary’s Baby
    John R Leonetti’s prequel to The Conjuring pushes the fright-night buttons, writes Mark Kermode
    3 stars
  20. Effie Gray review – a handsome but inert portrait
    Emma Thompson’s intelligent dramatisation of a famous Victorian love triangle lacks sparkle, writes Mark Kermode
    3 stars
  21. The Maze Runner review – ‘The Prisoner meets The Last Starfighter with giant spiders’
    Poor dialogue is redeemed by fine action sequences in this latest addition to the young adult dystopian thriller genre, writes Mark Kermode
    3 stars
  22. The Calling review – ‘Fargo meets Se7en’
    The banter between Susan Sarandon and Ellen Burstyn is the making of this derivative Canadian murder mystery, writes Mark Kermode
    3 stars
  23. Fury first look review – Brad Pitt's punchy, muscular videogame of a war movie
    Peter Bradshaw: Brad Pitt leads a tank crew into Germany in the dying days of the second world war in this watchable thriller that is less realistic that it supposes
    3 stars
  24. Effie Gray review – Dakota Fanning leads gusto performances
    Emma Thompson has penned an entertaining take on the doomed Victorian marriage of John Ruskin to Effie Gray, writes Peter Bradshaw
    3 stars
  25. The Calling review – Sarandon and Sutherland team-up in ridiculous serial killer thriller
    Susan Sarandon is preposterously cast, but this snowy whodunnit does have some creepy moments and nice support, writes Peter Bradshaw
    3 stars
  26. Gold review – rewriting the rules of quirky indie Irish comedy
    Maisie Williams, the film’s plucky teenage daughter groomed for sporting success, is emerging as the most promising new talent to come out of Game of Thrones, writes Leslie Felperin
    3 stars
  27. Giovanni’s Island review – an animated tale of a harrowing postwar exile
    A Japanese family’s arduous struggle to survive their remote island’s capture by the Soviet Union is affectingly told, writes Leslie Felperin
    3 stars
  28. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles review – pointless return of crime-fighting reptiles
    This animated remake of 1990’s box-office smash is overblown and witless, writes Mark Kermode
    2 stars
  29. Palo Alto review – listless portrait of American adolescence
    Teenagers drift from one party to the next in Gia Coppola’s uneventful debut, writes Mark Kermode
    2 stars
  30. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles review – total turtle turkey
    Producer Michael Bay’s attempt at repackaging the recurrent reptiles in live-action form is over-rehearsed, insubstantial, shiny and empty, writes Mike McCahill
    2 stars
  31. United We Fall review – football comedy with unfunny sleaze
    This badly edited mockumentary about made-up Man United stars would struggle to raise a smile from Alex Ferguson, writes Leslie Felperin
    2 stars
  32. My Name Is Hmmm (Je m’appelle Hmmm) review – fundamentally misjudged
    Agnès B speckles her movie with nouvelle vague mannerisms and Godardian flourishes, but it never comes alive, writes Peter Bradshaw
    2 stars
  33. Testament of Youth review - Vera Brittain's not so lovely war
    Vera Brittain’s memoir is tastefully realised, but the film drifts meekly away from the necessary pain and anger
    2 stars
  34. The Rewrite review – disposably flippant Hugh Grant romcom
    A decent supporting cast can’t redeem Marc Lawrence’s fourth Hugh Grant vehicle, writes Mark Kermode
    2 stars
  35. Going Away review – impossibly po-faced French drama
    A Riviera teacher attempts to rediscover his roots in a contrived story sans jokes, writes Mike McCahill
    2 stars
  36. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day review – agitating matinee fare
    Disney’s answer to Diary of a Wimpy Kid has plenty of vomit gags, but is not quite winning enough, writes Mike McCahill
    2 stars
  37. Annabelle review – laziest devil-doll in movie history
    The doll from The Conjuring gets her own prequel but it’s too derivative – and the lead takes an hour to stand up, writes Mike McCahill
    2 stars
  38. The Rewrite review – Hugh Grant’s still funny when he’s allowed to be
    This disappointing romcom about a screenwriter can’t explain why screenwriters frontload jokes into the first act from there, writes Peter Bradshaw
    2 stars
  39. Gone Too Far review – freewheeling south-London comedy
    The comedy’s a bit broadly played, but Destiny Ekaragha’s film about black south London teenagers still shows some potential, writes Peter Bradshaw
    2 stars
  40. United We Fall review – football comedy that deserves a kicking
    This spoof Man United documentary was shot in six days and it shows, writes Mark Kermode
    1 star
  41. The Best of Me review – health warning: high sugar content
    High-school sweethearts are reunited in this nostalgic Nicholas Sparks romance, writes Peter Bradshaw
    1 star
  42. The Maze Runner review – jog on
    Celibate chiselled YAs in awful future dystopia battle to prove they are exceptional and divergent. Again, writes Peter Bradshaw
    1 star
  43. Salvatore Giuliano review – Philip French on the ‘Marxist Citizen Kane’
    This gripping film centring on the death of an outlaw in postwar Italy features marries political intrigue with beautiful black-and-white cinematography, writes Philip French
    unrated
  44. DVDs and downloads: Two Days, One Night; Belle; Walking on Sunshine; Maleficent; Cold in July and more
    Marion Cotillard, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Hannah Arterton bravely come to the rescue of a mixed bag of cinematic genres, writes Guy Lodge
    unrated
  45. The Fun Factory by Chris England review – Charlie Chaplin as the baddie
    A brilliantly readable debut about music hall skulduggery and Fred Karno's famous theatrical troupe, writes James Smart
    unrated
  46. Mudbloods: an inspirational sports film … about quidditch
    There are 151 teams in the USA alone playing an earthbound version of the game in Harry Potter. A new film explores the phenomenon from the inside
    unrated
  47. A Jester’s Tale – Philip French on Karel Zeman’s gift for cinematic synthesis
    Philip French hails a witty, elegant anti-war fantasy that owes much to the Czech director’s trademark blend of live action and animation
    unrated
  48. Joe Carnahan's Stretch review: limo drivers are as miserable as the rest of us
    Despite a few early speed bumps, the movie ramps up to a terrific purr – a shame it never got a theatrical run, writes Jordan Hoffman
    unrated
  49. The Howard Stern Show review – Is Bill Murray the funniest man on the planet?
    Nosheen Iqbal: Very probably – but he’s also wry, inscrutable, deadpan and wise, which becomes clear despite Stern’s clunky questioning
    unrated
  50. Consumed by David Cronenberg review – body horror and techno lust in director's debut novel

    Fans of Cronenberg's films will find a similarly queasy appeal in his first book, a weirdly romantic but utterly depraved tale of sex, technology and conspiracy, writes Steven Poole

    unrated
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