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  1. Willow and Wind review – A unique childhood fable from Iran

    Peter Bradshaw: A boy's quest to repair the school window he broke with a football is a trance-like wonder that beautifully conveys the vulnerability of childhood

    5 stars
  2. A Story of Children and Film review – 'Mosaic chosen with masterly care'
    Gentle and ruminative, this documentary from Mark Cousins takes a rich and clever look at how children appear on screen, writes Peter Bradshaw
    5 stars
  3. Calvary review – 'a terrific black comedy that touches greatness'

    Brendan Gleeson surpasses himself as a parish priest threatened with crucifixion in John Michael McDonagh's follow-up to The Guard, writes Xan Brooks

    4 stars
  4. The Lunchbox review - 'a quiet storm of banked emotions'

    Bollywood romance blossoms beautifully when the wrong lunch lands on the desk of a Mumbai office drone, writes Xan Brooks

    4 stars
  5. Bullets Over Broadway review – Woody Allen musical opens with a bang
    This stage adaptation, starring Zach Braff, brings brassy thrusts, American songbook standards and a horde of chorus girls to Woody Allen's comic caper, writes Alexis Soloski
    4 stars
  6. The King and the Mockingbird review – 'A richly conceived treat'

    Peter Bradshaw: This beautiful reissued French animation draws on Fritz Lang and seems to prefigure the style of Japanese anime

    4 stars
  7. Crows review – Child kidnap turned into dreamy cinema

    Peter Bradshaw: Dorota Kedzierzawska's strange film, in which a love-starved girl snatches another child, eschews the horror of the situation

    4 stars
  8. The Raid 2 review – Owww! Whoa!
    Gareth Evans's second Jakarta-set martial-arts flick is as astonishing as the first, says Peter Bradshaw
    4 stars
  9. Calvary review – Agony in the confessional
    In John Michael McDonagh's exhilarating and angry satirical drama, a priest faces a deadly high noon with a murderous, damaged parishioner, writes Peter Bradshaw
    4 stars
  10. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 review: 'so savvy, punchy and dashing that it won't be denied'

    Marc Webb's superhero sequel is savvy, punchy and dashing enough to stir the blood of even the most jaded adult, writes Xan Brooks

    4 stars
  11. A Story of Children and Film review – Mark Cousins's 'spine-tingling' visual essay

    Mark Cousins's film exploring childhood and film is dazzling in its breadth and intelligence, writes Mark Kermode

    4 stars
  12. Tom at the Farm (Tom à la Ferme) review – 'Disorientatingly strange'
    The latest offering from wunderkind Xavier Dolan makes a pleasant change. It's disciplined and intriguing, writes Peter Bradshaw
    4 stars
  13. The Double review – A brilliantly realised nightmare universe
    Richard Ayoade turns an unpromising Dostoevsky story into a quick-witted, elegant and genuinely unsettling film, writes Peter Bradshaw
    4 stars
  14. The Past review – a whirlwind of warring emotions | Mark Kermode

    Bérénice Bejo is outstanding in Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi's rich study of people trapped in physical and emotional limbo, writes Mark Kermode

    4 stars
  15. Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus review – powerful account of 'Europe's last dictatorship'

    Mark Kermode is moved by a documentary that follows Belarus Free Theatre's heroic struggle against oppression

    4 stars
  16. Muppets Most Wanted review – just enjoy the surreal anarchy

    Ricky Gervais's lead may lack some of the heart of the original, but the sequel is fun all the way, writes Mark Kermode

    4 stars
  17. Twenty Feet from Stardom review – affectionate, entertaining, bitter-sweet

    Morgan Neville's uplifting documentary brings backing singers to the front of the stage, writes Mark Kermode

    4 stars
  18. The Quiet Ones review – Shrewd and fierce paranormal horror
    Mike McCahill: Olivia Cooke excels as a possibly possessed girl locked up for academics to study in the latest Hammer film
    3 stars
  19. The Last Days on Mars – 'a jolting sci-fi thriller'

    Mission fatigue sets in as astronauts contend with B-movie dialogue and flesh-eating zombies, writes Xan Brooks

    3 stars
  20. Pioneer review – 'plot overload'

    This Norwegian thriller about early North Sea oil exploration sinks under the weight of its twists, chases and corpses, writes Xan Brooks

    3 stars
  21. The Lunchbox review – Lonely souls meet over Indian tiffin tins

    Mike McCahill: This Mumbai romance skilfully avoids Bollywood cliche to deliver an affecting tale of lunch and love letters

    3 stars
  22. The Last Days on Mars review – 'Elegantly crafted adventure'
    This smart thriller is a neo-zombie nightmare in space, set in the fascinatingly surrel landscape of the red planet, writes Peter Bradshaw
    3 stars
  23. Noah review – 'a preposterous but endearingly unhinged epic'
    Russell Crowe wrestles angels and demons in Darren Aronofsky's $125m mashup of the ancient story of Noah, writes Mark Kermode
    3 stars
  24. The Double review – Richard Ayoade's dark doppelganger drama

    Jesse Eisenberg and a strong cast bring Richard Ayoade's paranoid dystopia to life, writes Mark Kermode

    3 stars
  25. Rio 2 review – vibrant colours, lovely animation, patchy plot

    Star vocal performances and great animation are the making of this pleasingly bird-brained sequel, writes Mark Kermode

    3 stars
  26. Visitors review – 'Graceful and dreamlike'
    Visitors is visually sumptuous, luxurious, like a club-class airline seat, writes Peter Bradshaw
    3 stars
  27. Haunter review – not scary enough to put the frighteners on
    The ghost of a serial killer inhabits Abigail Breslin in this supernatural horror, but it's too derivative, writes Dee Rudebeck
    3 stars
  28. Honour review – 'A serious issue wrapped in thriller trappings'
    Paddy Considine stars as a nameless bounty hunter tracking down runaway Muslim girls in this semi-interesting hot mess, writes Leslie Felperin
    3 stars
  29. Noah review – 'A big, muscular movie'

    Darren Aronofsky's roaring biblical action-adventure is buoyed by Russell Crowe's mighty Noah, but some of the story's simplicity is swept away, writes Peter Bradshaw

    3 stars
  30. The Borderlands review – homegrown ghost-hunting creepfest

    Yet another handycam-style shocker – but with some well-orchestrated tricks up its sleeve, writes Mark Kermode

    3 stars
  31. Afternoon Delight review – intuitive performances from a top-notch ensemble

    Jill Soloway handles her tale of sexual mores with confidence and sympathy, writes Mark Kermode

    3 stars
  32. Captain America: The Winter Soldier review – eye-popping Marvel spectacular

    There's cliff-hanging action galore in the Russo brothers' Captain America, but it could have been more intelligent, writes Mark Kermode

    3 stars
  33. The Sea review – glum psychodrama adapted from Booker winner
    John Banville reduces his Booker prizewinner to jumbled pound-shop Proustisms in this choppy adaptation, writes Mike McCahill
    2 stars
  34. The Quiet Ones review – cornball thrills for the gullible

    Despite starring the splendid Jared Harris, this heavy-handed Hammer horror fails to convince, writes Xan Brooks

    2 stars
  35. Half of a Yellow Sun review – on the 'road to mediocrity'

    The acclaimed novel about the Biafran war never really hangs together on screen, writes Xan Brooks

    2 stars
  36. Khumba review – 'Tedious time-killer'
    Leslie Felperin: This zebra-striped South African animation resorts too much to hammy character stereotypes
    2 stars
  37. Pioneer review – Something murky in Norways' oil-rich seas
    Peter Bradshaw: The true story of deep-sea divers laying pipelines to pump North Sea oil might have been better told as a documentary
    2 stars
  38. Half of a Yellow Sun review – 'Well-intentioned and heartfelt'
    This adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel, though often sluggish, is a valuable reminder of Britain's toxic post-imperial legacy, writes Peter Bradshaw
    2 stars
  39. Divergent review – lacks lustre and grit

    An adaptation of Veronica Roth's fantasy for young adults will struggle to please Hunger Games fans, writes Mark Kermode

    2 stars
  40. Honour review – Shan Khan's 'conflicted' first feature

    A British thriller about honour killings avoids worthiness but succumbs to melodrama, writes Mark Kermode

    2 stars
  41. Rio 2 review – wild beasts turned cash cows
    More converting of wild animals into cash cows in this sequel relocated to the Amazon but with an even blander script, writes Mike McCahill
    2 stars
  42. Divergent review – 'YA with a conformist message'
    Peter Bradshaw is unimpressed by yet another new YA bestseller-franchise in the Hogwarts-Hunger-Ender's-Game mould.
    2 stars
  43. The Motel Life review – 'Heavy going, unformed and self-indulgent'
    Alan and Gabe Polsky's film about two hobo brothers on the run labours with heroes who are neither sympathetic or interesting, writes Peter Bradshaw
    2 stars
  44. Heathers review – cult 80s film becomes a candy-coloured musical
    The off-Broadway adaptation of the 1988 Winona Ryder/Christian Slater teen movie sorely needs the darkness and social critique of the original
    2 stars
  45. The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears review – 'Vacuous and nasty'
    It's almost impossible to tell what's going in this hyperstylised horror thriller that's virtually one long, claggy dream sequence, writes Leslie Felperin
    1 star
  46. The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears review – a 'ludicrous head trip'

    This irksome art movie apes Dali and Buñuel and ends up as an unedifying mush, writes Xan Brooks

    unrated
  47. The Raid 2: Berandal review – 'astonishing gusto'

    Gareth Evans's Raid sequel ups the ante in a vast and exhausting orchestration of sadism and sentiment, writes Xan Brooks

    unrated
  48. Hands over the City DVD review – Philip French on Francesco Rosi's Neapolitan political drama
    Rod Steiger is excellent as a ruthless property developer in this stunningly photographed tale of municipal corruption, writes Philip French
    unrated
  49. The Worlds of Sholem Aleichem: The Remarkable Life and Afterlife of the Man Who Created Tevye – review

    J Hoberman: Jeremy Dauber's biography of Sholem Aleichem looks at how Fiddler on the Roof came to represent the ultimate Americanisation of Jewish culture

    unrated
  50. White of the Eye DVD review – Philip French on the last, explosive horror film of the late Donald Cammell
    The humdrum lives of Arizona housewives are turned upside down when a troubled outsider comes to town, in Donald Cammell's flawed but fascinating horror, says Philip French
    unrated
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