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  1. Exhibition review – Joanna Hogg creates a masterful cinematic enigma

    The anxieties of the bohemian classes are up for inspection in this sensual, brilliant film about art and dysfunction, writes Peter Bradshaw

    5 stars
  2. 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
  3. Locke review – 'bold and evocative'

    Tom Hardy proves he can act in a minor key in this compelling portrait of a man in transit and in crisis, writes Jonathan Romney

    4 stars
  4. We Are the Best! review – Lukas Moodysson rediscovers his sense of fun

    A film about a 1980s proto-riot grrrl band is a boisterous pleasure, writes Jonathan Romney

    4 stars
  5. We Are the Best! review – entertaining, good-natured story about young girls in a punk band
    Peter Bradshaw: Lukas Moodysson goes back to his directorial roots with an enjoyable adaptation of a graphic novel by his wife about a trio of 12-year-old girls forming a band
    4 stars
  6. Magic Magic review – Juno Temple and Michael Cera in a satisfyingly nasty drama
    Peter Bradshaw: In part it looks like a horror-thriller, but Magic Magic is more an unnervingly plausible depiction of mental breakdown, and it features a couple of career-high performances
    4 stars
  7. Rebel Without a Cause review – an imperfect film, but James Dean still has an extraordinary, feline potency
    Peter Bradshaw: There is some stuffy, faintly reactionary stuff in this famed 1955 teen drama, but James Dean is truly extraordinary, and it has some brilliant scenes
    4 stars
  8. Locke review – Tom Hardy is mesmerising in an engrossing solo thriller
    This supremely gripping one-man drama is a perfect vehicle for Tom Hardy's pent-up brilliance, admits Peter Bradshaw
    4 stars
  9. Wrinkles (Arrugas) review – 'the politest possible prison movie'
    A black-humoured but heartbreaking Spanish animation draws a desolate portrait of care home life, writes Peter Bradshaw
    4 stars
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. You & Me Forever review – a brooding look at teen girls' friendship and desire
    Although it could have become a Nordic take on Blue Is the Warmest Colour, this well-acted Danish social drama deftly shows the blurry overlap of girlish sensuality and lesbian desire, writes Leslie Felperin
    3 stars
  18. Wrinkles review – 'unsentimental evocation of old age'

    This Spanish animation, with voices from Martin Sheen and Matthew Modine, is intelligent and entertaining, writes Jonathan Romney

    3 stars
  19. Lego the Hobbit review – perfect for playing with less experienced gamers

    Lego's fingerless residents grapple with the one ring to rule them all, in a bright and breezy take on Peter Jackson's films, writes Rupert Higham

    3 stars
  20. The Love Punch review – entirely ridiculous but likable midlife comedy

    Peter Bradshaw: The cast might well have done it just for the sake of a holiday on the French riviera, but at least this cheerfully daft adventure canters along amiably

    3 stars
  21. Reaching for the Moon review – messy but respectful biopic of artists' relationships
    Poet Elizabeth Bishop and landscape architect Lota de Macedo Soares's messy lives and loves are paid watchable tribute, writes Leslie Felperin
    3 stars
  22. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 review – appealing leads and zappy scraps, but a sense of deja vu

    Peter Bradshaw: The webslinger and his conspicuously male adversaries have some zappy scraps in this reboot sequel, but the most intriguing clashes here are between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy

    3 stars
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. The Informant review – an anaemic meat-and-potatoes thriller
    Director Julien Leclercq's tale of a snitch working for the French border patrol has a smart premise, but fails to inspire, writes Mike McCahill
    2 stars
  29. Magic Magic review – 'shapeless mess'

    Even a 'memorably repellent' Michael Cera can't save Sebastián Silva's film about graceless Americans abroad, writes Jonathan Romney

    2 stars
  30. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 review – CGI pizzazz, but an unnecessary film

    The latest Marvel output adds little to the mix, writes Jonathan Romney

    2 stars
  31. The Sea review – 'lugubriously literary' adaptation of John Banville novel

    Ciarán Hands is a little too insistent in his grief in this glum bereavement drama, writes Jonathan Romney

    2 stars
  32. Super Duper Alice Cooper review – 'competent but underwhelming'
    Elton John, Iggy Pop and other rock stars pay homage in this so-so bio-doc about the notorious rocker, writes Leslie Felperin
    2 stars
  33. Transcendence: 'A sleek but insubstantial thriller' – first look review
    Tom Shone: This cautionary tale of artificial intelligence suffers from telling an overly familiar story, while the life drains out of 'digitized Oz' Johnny Depp
    2 stars
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. Khumba review – 'Tedious time-killer'
    Leslie Felperin: This zebra-striped South African animation resorts too much to hammy character stereotypes
    2 stars
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. The Love Punch review – 'utterly joyless' romcom

    Emma Thompson's middlebrow new romcom would be ideal for Nigel Farage, writes Jonathan Romney

    1 star
  41. God's Not Dead review – warped evangelist drama
    The content lurking beneath the telemovie sheen of this religious drama veers from the suspect to the outright hateful, writes Mike McCahill
    1 star
  42. 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
  43. Fargo TV review: 'What could have been a disaster is a respectful homage'

    Sam Wollaston: Watching the TV take on the Coen brothers' 1996 movie is like revisiting an old funfair: all the happy memories come flooding back

    unrated
  44. Wake in Fright – Philip French on the Australian classic starring an outstanding Donald Pleasence
    Philip French welcomes rhe DVD release of Ted Kotcheff's remarkable 'portrait of desperate, violent, uncouth lives on the fringes of civilisation'
    unrated
  45. The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Locke, Wrinkles: this week's new films

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 | Locke | Wrinkles | We Are The Best! | The Love Punch | Reaching For The Moon | Magic Magic

    unrated
  46. James Franco and Chris O'Dowd in Of Mice and Men on Broadway – reviews

    John Steinbeck's classic is revived on Broadway with an all-star cast, but the critics can't agree if its leads bring huge chemistry or are simply reading from CliffsNotes

    unrated
  47. 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
  48. 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
  49. 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
  50. 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
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