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  1. Electricity review – Agyness Deyn has heart and soul
    Agyness Deyn delivers a strong performance as a young woman with epilepsy on a quest to find her brother, writes Mark Kermode
    4 stars
  2. The Green Prince review – gripping Israeli spy documentary
    The truth is put on trial in this arresting story about the son of a Hamas leader who became a spy for Israel, writes Peter Bradshaw
    4 stars
  3. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies review – packs a huge chain-mail punch
    Jackson’s pumped-up final hobbit movie really works: it’s exciting, spectacular, genial and rousing, writes Peter Bradshaw
    4 stars
  4. Black Sea review – Jude Law gets into deep water in a leaky Soviet sub
    Tensions run high in Kevin Macdonald’s dark submarine thriller, writes Mark Kermode
    4 stars
  5. Zero Motivation review – an off-kilter look at female soldiers in the IDF
    Writer-director Talya Lavie was inspired by her own time in the Israeli Defense Force and paints a picture of day-dreaming, gender politics and high heels
    4 stars
  6. Penguins of Madagascar review – exhilarating and delirious and hilarious
    The best things in the Madagascar movies go it alone brilliantly in this supercharged adventure, writes Peter Bradshaw
    4 stars
  7. Open Bethlehem review – heartfelt plea against incarceration of a city
    Leila Sansour’s documentary about her campaign to open up Jesus’s birthplace once again is definitely admirable, writes Peter Bradshaw
    4 stars
  8. Eastern Boys review – delicate, ambitious and gripping
    Robin Campillo’s drama about a businessman and an eastern-European hustler is part love story, part neo-Dickensian immigrant thriller, writes Catherine Shoard
    4 stars
  9. Big Eyes review – an ogle at who owns what
    Burton’s film about the painter of big-eyed children asks relevant questions, but – does he like the paintings?, writes Peter Bradshaw
    3 stars
  10. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb review – surreal panto fantasy
    Ben Stiller’s long-suffering guard is back – joined by Robin Williams in his final role – and trying to keep the magic alive in this likable third instalment, writes Peter Bradshaw
    3 stars
  11. Kon-Tiki review – Thor Heyerdahl’s ocean odyssey
    It’s Boys’ Own stuff all the way in a dramatisation of the Norwegian adventurer’s 1947 raft journey from Peru to Polynesia, writes Leslie Felperin
    3 stars
  12. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies review – no more than a middling finale from Middle-earth
    Despite the admirable Martin Freeman, this last film of a bloated trilogy offers few departures from the tried and tested, writes Mark Kermode
    3 stars
  13. The Green Prince review – fascinating insight into Israel’s Shin Bet security agency
    The relationship between a Shin Bet operative and a Palestinian informer makes for an absorbing documentary, writes Mark Kermode
    3 stars
  14. A Tale of Samurai Cooking review – sweet Japanese costume drama
    Yűzô Asahara subverts traditional gender roles with this romantic tale of a reluctant young man set to work in a lord’s kitchen, writes Mark Kermode
    3 stars
  15. Manakamana review – more art installation than cinematic experience
    A two-hour documentary following a cable car up and down a Nepalese hillside doesn’t make for gripping viewing, writes Mark Kermode
    3 stars
  16. The Interview review: stoned, anally fixated – and funny
    Starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, the film behind the hack that rocked Hollywood is a tasteless but amusing comedy about assassinating Kim Jong-un
    3 stars
  17. Merchants of Doubt review – strategic cunning of climate-change sceptics
    This depressing documentary finds oil companies repurposing the tactics of big tobacco, writes Peter Bradshaw
    3 stars
  18. The Circle review – not as rounded as it could be
    A loving but clunky docudrama about the early days of gay rights would benefit from more vivacity, writes Henry Barnes
    3 stars
  19. A Tale of Samurai Cooking review – a tasty morsel
    Demure period movie about cooking that is more snack fare than haute cuisine, writes Peter Bradshaw
    3 stars
  20. The Great Museum review – behind the scenes at Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum
    Johannes Holzhausen’s documentary is a pleasing, high-minded peek at the inner workings of Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum, writes Peter Bradshaw
    3 stars
  21. The Snow Queen: Magic of the Ice Mirror review – frenetic but cheerful
    There’s entertainment enough to be had in this eye-popping animated confection, writes Andrew Pulver
    3 stars
  22. Manakamana review – real-time Nepalese cable-car journey
    This depiction of a cable-car trek to a Nepalese temple is suspended somewhere between soothing and soporific, writes Henry Barnes
    3 stars
  23. The Water Diviner first-look review – a handsome crowdpleaser from Russell Crowe
    The first-time director and star plays a grieving father with an unusual ability to detect water in a good-looking melodrama with a big heart, writes Luke Buckmaster
    3 stars
  24. The Grandmaster review – thrilling but often incoherent martial arts epic
    Wong Kar-wai is back on safer ground with this action-packed adventure, but it only soars when he focuses on the female lead, writes Mark Kermode
    3 stars
  25. Get Santa review – sweet-natured seasonal fare
    Jim Broadbent is a treat as Father Christmas in this gentle festive comedy, writes Mark Kermode
    3 stars
  26. Penguins of Madagascar review – an oddly entertaining animated romp
    This Madagascar spin-off has plenty to keep both adults and children chuckling, writes Mark Kermode
    3 stars
  27. She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry review – scattered moments in feminist history
    First-time documentarian Mary Dore creates a well-deserved appreciation of the women’s lib movement, but her approach often feels disjointed
    3 stars
  28. The Grandmaster – Wong Kar-wai pulls his punches
    Wong Kar-wai’s strained story about Bruce Lee’s trainer lacks the emotional power of his best work, says Peter Bradshaw
    3 stars
  29. St Vincent review – Bill Murray props up comedy slush
    It’s good to see Bill Murray back in a starring role, but there are too many life lessons in store for his cantankerous Vietnam vet, writes Peter Bradshaw
    3 stars
  30. The Polar Express review – a trainful of sugar
    Peter Bradshaw
    3 stars
  31. Mea Culpa review – fast-moving French policier
    Good thing Fred Cavayé’s new-school French crime flick keeps the pace high, because there’s not much under the hood, writes Andrew Pulver
    3 stars
  32. School of Babel review – absorbing anatomy of a multi-ethnic classroom
    The pupils in this documentary about a Parisian classroom are a bit more studious than the ones in its fictional counterpart The Class, writes Andrew Pulver
    3 stars
  33. Unbroken review – Angelina Jolie’s long-distance runaround
    Athlete and war hero Louie Zamperini’s amazing story of courage and survival has been turned into an unambitious and unengaging marathon in Angelina Jolie’s biopic, writes Peter Bradshaw
    2 stars
  34. The Face of Love review – doppelganger drama trades on mystery
    With Annette Bening, Ed Harris and a poignant cameo from Robin Williams, this promising oddity unravels into absurdity, writes Peter Bradshaw
    2 stars
  35. Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast review – mild and bland
    Disney’s latest fairytale, coming over like Valley-Girl Aesop, feels like a short padded out to faeture length, writes Mike McCahill
    2 stars
  36. Bringing Tibet Home review – earth moves in lumpen documentary
    The story of an artist’s plan to smuggle 20,000kg of soil out of his native Tibet feels manipulative as well as banal, writes Leslie Felperin
    2 stars
  37. Get Santa review – cheap’n’cheerful Yuletide jailbreak
    Jim Broadbent’s Santa has been banged up in Brixton prison in this amiable but lop-sided British Miracle on 34th Street, writes Xan Brooks
    2 stars
  38. Bonobo review – Brits plus sex equals a letdown
    Tessa Peake-Jones’s adventures in a commune based on the sexual behaviour of apes quickly turns into something sitcommy, writes Peter Bradshaw
    2 stars
  39. Me, Myself and Mum review – stereotypical French sex education
    Comedian Guillaume Gallienne plays both himself as a boy and his mother in a coming-of-age tale riddled with gender cliches
    2 stars
  40. Hello Carter review – a melancholy romp, but winningly played
    Look past the dreariness and this comedy about a lovelorn schmuck is not without interest, writes Catherine Shoard
    2 stars
  41. Annie review – pink, sparkly radioactive waste
    This unecessary reboot is clearly meant to warm the cockles, but boring musical numbers and hammy performances simply leave the viewer with a sugar rush of nausea, writes Peter Bradshaw
    1 star
  42. Free the Nipple review - predictable and bland, it is sadly a bust
    First-time director Lina Esco’s heart is in the right place but her tale of feminist activism is bogged down by heavy-handed delivery and frustrating cliche
    1 star
  43. The Pyramid review – ‘unscary cats and rubbery monsters’
    The cliches come thick and fast in Grégory Levasseur’s derivative, increasingly irritating horror, writes Mark Kermode
    1 star
  44. The Pyramid review – ancient cliches terrorise a silly horror film
    When a new pyramid is discovered, a team of archeologists venture in on the sly. What could go wrong? The script, for one, writes Chris Michael
    1 star
  45. Merchants of Doubt review – documentary exposes big-business hucksters
    Robert Kenner’s documentary explores how sleight-of-hand is used against scientific fact in the climate-change debate, writes Mark Kermode
    unrated
  46. The Killers review – Philip French on Robert Siodmak’s first-rate Hemingway adaptation
    At the centre of this noir classic is the sizzling chemistry between Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner, writes Philip French
    unrated
  47. Music of resistance in Sudan's rebel regions
    The documentary Beats Of The Antonov follows musicians in the restive south, where government bombs rain down on insurgents and civilians alike. Director Hajooj Kuka explains why culture is vital in the fight for survival
    unrated
  48. Mark Kermode: the most exciting film breakthroughs of 2014
    Mark Kermode looks back at cinema’s best newcomers of the year
    unrated
  49. Spione review – Philip French on Fritz Lang’s groundbreaking spy thriller
    The German director’s follow-up to the box office failure of Metropolis remains technically astonishing, writes Philip French
    unrated
  50. DVDs and downloads: Goodbye to Language; The Congress; Charlie’s Country and more
    Jean-Luc Godard’s dazzling Cannes winner falls flat as home viewing, while Robin Wright is exhilarating in The Congress, writes Guy Lodge
    unrated
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