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  1. Some Like It Hot review – close to perfect
    Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis keep this joyous Billy Wilder comedy fizzing from start to finish, writes Peter Bradshaw
    5 stars
  2. Norte, The End of History review – agony and ecstasy in the Philippines

    The torture of life caught between right and wrong paths is captured blazingly by Lav Diaz in an epic and ambitious film worthy of Dostoyevsky, writes Peter Bradshaw

    5 stars
  3. Boyhood review – one of the great films of the decade
    Richard Linklater's beautiful time-lapse study of a boy as he grows up is a thrilling Bildungsroman for modern American cinema, writes Peter Bradshaw
    5 stars
  4. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes review – stylish installment no 2 for the prequel franchise

    Extremists thrive on both sides of the human-ape divide, as Andy Serkis dominates a cracking sequel, writes Peter Bradshaw

    4 stars
  5. Grand Central review – atomically charged Tahar Rahim-Léa Seydoux romance

    An erotic drama set in a nuclear power plant uses its unusual setting to irradiate Tahar Rahim and Léa Seydoux with ardour, writes Peter Bradshaw

    4 stars
  6. Finding Vivian Maier review – fascinating study of a brilliant undiscovered talent
    Documentary uncovering the mysterious life and times of Maier, a nanny whose photographs bear comparison with Cartier-Bresson, writes Peter Bradshaw
    4 stars
  7. Boyhood review – Richard Linklater makes the complex appear casual

    Richard Linklater's latest, filmed in 39 days over 12 years, captivates you not with its method, but with its intimate insight into the growing pains of family, writes Mark Kermode

    4 stars
  8. Begin Again review – ramshackle charm

    John Carney's story about random hearts brought together by music works surprisingly well, writes Mark Kermode

    4 stars
  9. A Hard Day's Night review – 'an astute portrait of black-and-white Britain'

    Richard Lester's Beatles film captures the country on the brink of a cultural revolution – and the band in their hit-making heyday, writes Mark Kermode

    4 stars
  10. Lucy: mindless and mixed up, but propulsive and fun – first look review
    Jordan Hoffman: Scarlett Johansson shines in this pseudo-intellectual action flick that represents Luc Besson's finest work since The Fifth Element
    3 stars
  11. Hercules review – cheerfully ridiculous

    Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson plays the classical hero in glistening semi-nudity, leading a squad of mercenaries to defend the king of Thrace, writes Peter Bradshaw

    3 stars
  12. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes review – a state-of-the-art battle for supremacy
    Apes and humans are torn between a wary truce and mutual obliteration in a striking addition to the sci-fi saga, writes Mark Kermode
    3 stars
  13. Finding Vivian Maier review – belated exposure for a dark photographic star

    Mark Kermode enjoys a fascinating documentary about the chance discovery of the work of an eccentric talent

    3 stars
  14. Norte, the End of History review – electrifying tale of crime and punishment in the Philippines

    Mark Kermode is impressed by this long but rewarding story of lives connected by the act of murder from 'slow cinema' director Lav Diaz

    3 stars
  15. Grand Central review – intoxicating love story in the shadow of a nuclear power plant

    Strong performances from Tahar Rahim and Léa Seydoux energise a sometimes overwritten radioactive romance, writes Mark Kermode

    3 stars
  16. I Am Divine review – affectionate portrait of a misfit turned screen icon

    Divine's journey from drag queen to character actor, with contributions from director John Waters, is movingly told, writes Mark Kermode

    3 stars
  17. Supermensch: the Legend of Shep Gordon review – a shagadelic rock doc from Mike Myers

    Mike Myers delivers an entertaining documentary about rock manager Shep Gordon – with the objectionable bits airbrushed out, writes Mark Kermode

    3 stars
  18. I Am Divine review – frothing with funny, salty anecdotes
    The man behind the mascara in this entertaining doc cleverly channelled hatred into cheering confrontational spectacle, writes Mike McCahill
    3 stars
  19. Goltzius and the Pelican Company review – perpetually mischievous

    Peter Greenaway directs an overlong account of the titillating Old Testament illustrations by painter Hendrik Goltzius, writes Mark Kermode

    3 stars
  20. How to Train Your Dragon 2 review – impressively swoopy

    The second instalment in DreamWorks' Vikings and beasties series takes the story in intriguing directions, writes Mark Kermode

    3 stars
  21. Bastards review – gripping stuff

    The men are the bastards in this powerful story of a Moroccan woman's attempt to gain recognition for her outcast daughter, writes Mark Kermode

    3 stars
  22. Bastards review – often gripping Moroccan single-mothers doco
    Deborah Perkin's film follows a stigmatised single mother in Morocco, and her fight for legal recognition for her child, writes Peter Bradshaw
    3 stars
  23. Goltzius and the Pelican Company review – Peter Greenaway's modern court masque
    Peter Greenaway's story of a Dutch painter attempting to produce an erotic edition of the Old Testament depicts the birth of modern media – and the sex behind it, writes Peter Bradshaw
    3 stars
  24. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared review – laughs are lost in translation
    This comedy about an explosives-obsessed centenarian on the run was a big hit in Scandinavia, though you may well miss the joke, writes Mark Kermode
    3 stars
  25. Cycling With Molière review – flippantly erudite

    This French comedy about two thesps rehearsing The Misanthrope is frothy but enjoyable, writes Mark Kermode

    3 stars
  26. Here and Now review – tender and convincing

    Lisle Turner's tale of teenage self-discovery is a pastoral, positive, low-key affair, writes Mark Kermode

    3 stars
  27. Cycling With Molière review – bittersweet middle-aged bromance
    This tale about two actors rekindling their old friendship is lightweight, but still enjoyable, writes Peter Bradshaw
    3 stars
  28. Here and Now review – an intelligent and attractive film

    An impressive debut feature from writer-director Lisle Turner that's well acted by its young cast led by Lauren Johns, writes Peter Bradshaw

    3 stars
  29. Sex Tape first look review: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel in perky porn-com
    There's something surprisingly coy about this amiable internet-age marital farce, with Segel and Diaz galloping happily through the set-pieces and Rob Lowe shining as a secretly kinky CEO
    2 stars
  30. Mr Morgan's Lost Love review – syrupy and misty-eyed

    This adaptation of Françoise Dorner's novel is a melancholic cross between Venus and Goodbye, Mr Chips, writes Mark Kermode

    2 stars
  31. Transformers: Age of Extinction review – ridiculous fourth outing for Michael Bay
    The fourth film in Bay's skull-splinteringly insensitive franchise has a whole new cast – did the others run out of batteries, asks Peter Bradshaw
    2 stars
  32. Begin Again review – Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo improbably gallop around
    John Carney looks to revive the busk aesthetic of his love story Once in this big-budget followup – with unconvincing results, writes Peter Bradshaw
    2 stars
  33. Love Me Till Monday review – wildly uneven Britcom
    This British low-budget comedy about a woman suffering a quarter-life crisis doesn't know if it's drama or a sitcom, writes Peter Bradshaw
    2 stars
  34. The Anomaly review – ambitious but uneven sci-fi romp

    Noel Clarke's latest effort mixes a Matrix-style plot with downmarket DVD tactics, writes Mark Kermode

    2 stars
  35. Goddess review – a naff but goodhearted musical

    A couple of decent numbers and Ronan Keating aren't enough to redeem this Australian comedy musical, writes Mark Kermode

    2 stars
  36. Tammy review – a road movie that never quite gets into gear

    Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone's oddball odyssey boasts a star cast but spreads the laughs too thinly, writes Mark Kermode

    2 stars
  37. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared review – tastes of sentimentality
    Based on the bestselling Swedish novel by Jonas Jonasson, this is a shaggy dog story that's neither funny nor serious, writes Peter Bradshaw
    2 stars
  38. Pudsey the Dog: the Movie review – relentlessly tacky BGT spin-off

    This comedy vehicle for the four-legged Britain's Got Talent winner leaves Mark Kermode thoroughly depressed

    1 star
  39. Pudsey the Dog: The Movie review – a shame for everyone involved

    It is embarrassing that something so shoddy could ever have emerged from Britain's film industry. Bring on the SuBo sequel

    1 star
  40. Transformers: Age of Extinction review – interminably stupid

    Michael Bay's latest addition to the Transformers franchise pummels the audience into stupefied submission, writes Mark Kermode

    1 star
  41. Mr Morgan's Last Love – a sexless American in Paris

    Michael Caine sweetly squires Clémence Poésy is this coy and unendurable May-to-December romance, writes Peter Bradshaw

    1 star
  42. Mood Indigo review – a profoundly moving return to form for Gondry
    Michel Gondry’s latest film, about a Parisian love affair challenged by a tragic illness, deals with adult themes in a typically surreal fashion
    unrated
  43. Alain Robbe-Grillet: Six Films 1963-74 – Philip French on a master of the nouveau roman
    Philip French on six films, including L'Immortelle and Trans-Europ-Express, from one of the key nouvelle vague writer-directors
    unrated
  44. Jealousy review – New Wavey fifth collaboration between Philippe and Louis Garrel
    Philip Garrel directs his son Louis as a jobbing actor with relationship problems in the dullest of their many collaborations, writes Leslie Felperin
    unrated
  45. Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon review – Mike Myers' lively tribute
    Mike Myers directs a homage to the badass showbiz manager, but steers clear of the sexual politics of his time, writes Peter Bradshaw
    unrated
  46. Nashville – Philip French on Robert Altman's barbed-wire birthday card to the States

    Altman's dazzling portrait of America in 1975 is one of his four large-scale masterpieces, writes Philip French

    unrated
  47. DVDs and downloads: Under the Skin, The Lunchbox, Yves Saint Laurent and more

    Guy Lodge is seduced by Jonathan Glazer's tale of alien invasion starring Scarlett Johansson and enjoys a second helping of Ritesh Batra's epistolary romance

    unrated
  48. The Zhivago Affair review – how a novel became a weapon in the cold war

    Dr Zhivago was no masterpiece but it was at the centre of a cold war battle between the CIA and the Soviets, writes Christopher Bray

    unrated
  49. River of Fundament; La finta giardiniera; In the Penal Colony – review

    Even as its funding was slashed, ENO was the place to be for Matthew Barney's six-hour film-opera, writes Fiona Maddocks

    unrated
  50. Thunderbolt and Lightfoot review – Michael Cimino's dark bromance

    Cimino's light-hearted movie becomes dark, seriously violent, heavily ironic and finally tragic, writes Philip French

    unrated
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