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  1. Charulata review – a vitamin boost for the mind and heart
    This brilliantly unshowy film about the frustrated wife of a newspaper editor begs the question of why we're not talking about Satyajit Ray more, writes Peter Bradshaw
    5 stars
  2. Two Days, One Night (Deux Jours, Une Nuit) review – Marion Cotillard gives a supremely intelligent performance

    Marion Cotillard is outstanding as a desperate mother lobbying co-workers for her job back in this agonising social drama from the Dardenne brothers, writes Peter Bradshaw

    5 stars
  3. To Catch a Thief review – Hitchcock at his most witty, elegant and insouciant
    Reissue of jewel-heist caper with Cary Grant and Grace Kelly revives long-lost vision of American super-rich
    5 stars
  4. Alleluia review – stylish tale of serial-killer lovers
    Fabrice de Welz's claustrophobic drama about a pair of twisted lovers preying on the dating scene is like Sightseers minus the laughs, writes Phil Hoad
    4 stars
  5. Love is Strange: John Lithgow delivers a subtle tour de force – first look review
    John Lithgow and Alfred Molina star in a surprising and brilliantly acted story about love, friendship and the pains of New York real estate
    4 stars
  6. The Notorious Mr Bout review – transforming the Merchant of Death into a garrulous entrepreneur
    Fascinating documentary portrays arms dealer Viktor Bout as 'more chancer than villain', writes Henry Barnes
    4 stars
  7. Lilting review – when love is lost in translation

    Ben Whishaw stars in an affecting low-budget British film that addresses romance across the language barrier, writes Jonathan Romney

    4 stars
  8. Moebius review – an X-rated family affair

    Cannibalism, voyeurism, mutilation… anything goes in Kim Ki-duk's provocative dialogue-free drama, writes Jonathan Romney

    4 stars
  9. Wakolda review – the muscular force of a Forsythian thriller
    Lucía Puenzo's drama-thriller about a mysterious, genetics-obsessed German doctor in Patagonia is an atmospheric triumph, writes Peter Bradshaw
    4 stars
  10. God's Pocket review – Philip Seymour Hoffman gives fine wiseguy
    Philip Seymour Hoffman's flame burns on in a very satisfying crime drama, writes Peter Bradshaw
    4 stars
  11. Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For review – uncompromising and still-satisfying pulp vision

    Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez's lustrous visuals still dazzle, even if not all parts of their second noir-inflected portmanteau keep up, writes Mike McCahill

    3 stars
  12. Wolfcop review – a gory hoot
    You can't help but warm to this old-school Canadian horror-comedy about a law enforcer with a snout for crime, writes Leslie Felperin
    3 stars
  13. The Rover review – 'an honourable misfire' of a dystopian drama
    Guy Pearce is excellent but Robert Pattinson fails to convince in David Michôd's extremely violent and bleak vision of the future, writes Jonathan Romney
    3 stars
  14. We Gotta Get Out of This Place review ‑ stylish but confused Texan neo-noir

    The sibling directors of this tale of small-town youth who steals from a gang boss don't know which direction to go in, writes Henry Barnes

    3 stars
  15. The Congress review – Robin Wright is remade for hit-and-miss satire of Hollywood

    A film bulging with ideas about our attitude to celebrity is let down by the use of garish animation sequences, writes Henry Barnes

    3 stars
  16. The Giver – first look review: Utopia isn't all it's cracked up to be, again
    Phillip Noyce’s futureworld looks great and despite a dodgy script and some familiar tropes it gets the essentials right, writes Jordan Hoffman
    3 stars
  17. The Rover review – Ozbilly shaggy dog story loses its way

    Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson star in a brain frazzling post-apocalyptic outback tale of freaks and ferals, writes Peter Bradshaw

    3 stars
  18. Dinosaur 13 review – a jawbone-dropping true tale

    This documentary follows US archaeologists who found a dinosaur, only to become mired in a custody battle, writes Mike McCahill

    3 stars
  19. We Gotta Get Out of This Place review – interesting but flawed Texas neo-noir

    This debut feature has touches of Tarantino and the Coens, but wears its influences like a shapeless, unstructured suit, writes Peter Bradshaw

    3 stars
  20. The Notorious Mr Bout review – straight-shooting tale of arms dealer

    A balanced documentary about the man who inspired the Nicolas Cage comedy Lord of War proves that truth is often stranger than fiction, writes Leslie Felperin

    3 stars
  21. Welcome to New York review – Gérard Depardieu offers naked ambition
    Gérard Depardieu is remarkable as a Dominique Strauss-Kahn figure in an incoherent tale with flashes of brilliance, writes Jonathan Romney
    3 stars
  22. God's Pocket review – John Slattery swaps Mad Men for the mean streets

    Philip Seymour Hoffman's final film is a gritty adaptation of a Pete Dexter novel that's shot through with black comedy, writes Jonathan Romney

    3 stars
  23. All This Mayhem review – dark side of skateboarding

    Eddie Martin's documentary reveals the drug-fuelled hubris that brought the Pappas brothers down, writes Jonathan Romney

    3 stars
  24. All This Mayhem review – meaty but compromised account of Aussie skateboarding outsiders
    The sidelining and self-destruction of Australian skateboarding stars the Pappas brothers is a fascinating tale, but this documentary is not quite objective enough to tell it, writes Peter Bradshaw
    3 stars
  25. Lilting review – heartfelt tale of an Anglo-Chinese friendship

    Ben Whishaw's grieving lover tries his best to befriend his boyfriend's mother in Hong Khaou's affecting debut, writes Peter Bradshaw

    3 stars
  26. The Police Officer's Wife review – study in suffering or irritating mess?
    The German director's previous film would convert Richard Dawkins to religion, but using the same techniques in a fictional tale makes this a trying watch, writes Leslie Felperin
    2 stars
  27. Into the Storm review – mild effects reel
    The disaster movie may be back, but this storm-chasing example only reaches Channel 5 heights on the Beaufort scale, writes Mike McCahill
    2 stars
  28. Art Party review – well-meaning but naive agitprop
    Footage of a 2013 art gathering held to protest against then-education secretary Gove now looks a bit mean-spirited, writes Leslie Felperin
    2 stars
  29. Lucy review – silly but eccentric Scarlett Johansson thriller

    Luc Besson's thriller about a drug mule who accidentally goes superpowered is a mess – but an eccentric, fleetingly enjoyable mess, at least, writes Mike McCahill

    2 stars
  30. Deliver Us From Evil review – supernatural cop drama overrun by forces of cliche
    Scott Derrickson tries to get the police procedural to go demonic, but this is thin stuff, writes Mike McCahill
    2 stars
  31. God Help the Girl review – Belle and Sebastian fans will try to defend this disaster

    This musical built around the songs that comprised his same-titled studio album of 2009 is a big smeary mess of twee, writes Leslie Felperin

    2 stars
  32. What If review – Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan star in tame romance

    Med school dropout Radcliffe meets Kazan at a loud party and he charms her with his nerdy talk – but then she goes home. What gives, asks Peter Bradshaw

    2 stars
  33. The Expendables 3 review – Sly Stallone and co return for another macho bout of sparring

    A film that feels the need to indicate that Mel Gibson is the baddie every time he appears is not aiming terribly high, writes Henry Barnes

    2 stars
  34. Dinosaur 13 review – lumbering T-rex documentary

    This retelling of 'the biggest custody battle in history' remains strangely unmoving despite the passions involved, writes Henry Barnes

    2 stars
  35. Hector and the Search for Happiness review – Simon Pegg stars a smug psychiatrist in mid-life crisis

    Hear My Song director Peter Chelsom has mistaken blokish fantasy for happiness in this draggy travelogue, writes Peter Bradshaw

    2 stars
  36. Blood Ties review – Clive Owen flexes his Nu Yawk accent in torpid thriller
    Clive Owen, and Marion Cotillard and a host of other stars waste their talents in this unconvincing crime thriller set in 1970s Brooklyn, writes Lesley Felperin
    2 stars
  37. Life After Beth first look review – fun zombie premise is dead on arrival
    Though this clunky, amateurish film fails to excite, Aubrey Plaza remains an undeniable star throughout, writes Jordan Hoffman
    2 stars
  38. The Expendables 3 review – Sly Stallone returns in an ageing rampage

    The Expendables cast has expanded to include more youngsters, and while Sly is under-par he still looks nimble compared to the rest of the grizzled gang, writes Peter Bradshaw

    2 stars
  39. The Congress review – Robin Wright gives a 2D performance
    Waltz With Bashir's Ari Folman makes a sci-fi misstep with this crude animated and live-action fantasia about an aging Hollywood star, played by Robin Wright, writes Peter Bradshaw
    2 stars
  40. The Inbetweeners 2 review – sequel to the box office smash

    Jonathan Romney sees few laughs in this misogynistic tale of the lads abroad

    2 stars
  41. Wakolda review – Nazis in Patagonia?

    Lucía Puenzo's creepy follow-up to the elegant XXY fails to convince as either an arthouse film or thriller, writes Jonathan Romney

    2 stars
  42. Planes 2: Fire & Rescue review – Disney's high-flyer stays aloft

    This Cars spin-off boasts splashes of wit and some first-class voices, writes Jonathan Romney

    2 stars
  43. The Hundred-Foot Journey first look review – romance on the menu
    Helen Mirren and Om Puri do their best to spice up a predictable restaurant-based culture clash, writes Tom Shone
    2 stars
  44. The Unbeatables review – decidedly midtable
    Haphazard CG animation telling a tale of gentrification, property developers, and live-action table-footballers, writes Mike McCahill
    2 stars
  45. Hector and the Search for Happiness review – stubbornly naive comedy drama about the quest for contentment

    Simon Pegg is a psychiatrist seeking the secret of a good life, in a comedy drama that is sunk by honey-smothered cliche, writes Henry Barnes

    1 star
  46. TMNT first look review – what the shell is this?
    The latest relaunch of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise is overall a lazy summer popcorn-flick, writes Jordan Hoffman
    1 star
  47. A Story Lately Told review – Anjelica Huston dissects her glamorous life with a dispassionate eye

    She has had a privileged life, but Anjelica Huston leaves the reader under no illusions in this accomplished memoir, writes Sophia Martelli

    unrated
  48. Faust DVD review – Philip French on Murnau's symphony of light and dark

    Philip French welcomes this meticulously restored Blu-ray version of Murnau's final German movie

    unrated
  49. Mork & Mindy: the sci-fi comedy that launched Robin Williams to stardom – box set review

    Stuart Jeffries: Full of daft gags involving alien faux pas, the wacky show about the little twerp from the planet Ork was a perfect vehicle for the brilliant comedian's slapstick talents

    unrated
  50. The Ealing Studios Collection Vol 1 review – Philip French on three immaculately restored Ealing classics

    Alec Guinness stars in these subtly subversive comedies, beautifully shot by Douglas Slocombe, writes Philip French

    unrated
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