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  1. What We Do in the Shadows review – best comedy of the year
    Flight of the Conchord writers are behind this wickedly funny mockumentary about a bunch of undead flatmates rowing about the cleaning, writes Peter Bradshaw
    5 stars
  2. Benedict Cumberbatch's impressions – review
    To promote new movie The Imitation Game, Benedict Cumberbatch was challenged to deliver 11 imitations in a minute. Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw rates his performances
    5 stars
  3. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 review – Seymour Hoffman brings wit and gravitas to a spiky media satire
    The penultimate instalment of The Hunger Games franchise is lower on action than its predecessors, writes Mark Kermode
    4 stars
  4. Winter Sleep review – a powerful meditation upon guilt
    A pompous Anatolian hotelier comes down to earth in this compelling drama from Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan, writes Mark Kermode
    4 stars
  5. Get On Up review – foot-stomping biopic of James Brown
    The godfather of soul is an untameable force of nature in this stirring story of his life, writes Mark Kermode
    4 stars
  6. The Homesman review – Tommy Lee Jones’s frontier western impresses
    Depression, madness and sympathy in 19th-century Nebraska make for a confident, insightful film, writes Peter Bradshaw
    4 stars
  7. Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy review – the first film based on a Twitter feed
    A timeless coming of age tale lurks beneath the modern meta-commentary in this Thai teen tale, writes Phil Hoad
    4 stars
  8. The Gambler review – Mark Wahlberg gives a dynamite display of self-hatred
    Rupert Wyatt’s version of this spiral of self-imposed despair isn’t a typical thriller but offers surefire cinematic – if not moral – virtue, writes Jordan Hoffman
    4 stars
  9. Winter Sleep review – sharply observed tragicomedy
    This chilly but touching Palme d’Or winner takes place against a mesmerisingly vast backdrop – in signature style from the Once Upon a Time in Anatolia director, writes Peter Bradshaw
    4 stars
  10. The Mule review – toilet humour elevated to fiendishly smart art
    Angus Sampson co-directs and stars in an Australian comedy that wisely bypasses the challenges of a cinematic release
    4 stars
  11. The Imitation Game review – an engrossing and poignant thriller
    Benedict Cumberbatch’s excellent performance gives added complexity to a fine account of the life of codebreaker Alan Turing, writes Mark Kermode
    4 stars
  12. Life Itself review – a delightful tribute to US film critic Roger Ebert
    Steve James’s life-affirming documentary about the influential American movie critic gets the Thumbs Up from Mark Kermode
    4 stars
  13. The Drop review – gripping but sometimes irrational crime thriller
    Tom Hardy, co-starring with James Gandolfini in his final role, faces an escapable destiny in Dennis Lehane’s organised crime story, writes Peter Bradshaw
    4 stars
  14. Life Itself review – documentary tribute to film critic Roger Ebert
    Cinema lovers will be inspired by this portrait of the Chicago newspaperman who became a TV celebrity and an internet legend, writes Peter Bradshaw
    4 stars
  15. David Bowie Is review – Bowie’s brilliance shines in star-studded tribute
    Bowie emerges as a figure of dissident, unrepentant gorgeousness in this enjoyable documentary, writes Peter Bradshaw
    4 stars
  16. Jazz in Polish Cinema: Out of the Underground 1958-1967 review
    Jazz helped Poland’s film-makers to deliver a hint of rebellion under communist rule in the 50s and 60s, writes John Fordham
    4 stars
  17. Interstellar review – if it’s spectacle you want, this delivers
    Despite a plot full of holes of various kinds, Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic remains enthralling and amazing, writes Mark Kermode
    4 stars
  18. Made in Dagenham review – the feast of the show is visual rather than aural
    Gemma Arterton effortlessly leads the way in a joyful, garish musical rejig of the hit film, writes Susannah Clapp
    4 stars
  19. What We Do in the Shadows review – vampire mockumentary with comical bites
    Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement creates plenty of giggles but perhaps not enough meat for feature-length fangs, writes Mark Kermode
    3 stars
  20. The Homesman review – Tommy Lee Jones isn’t quite what a feminist looks like
    Hailed as a ‘feminist western’ by some, The Homesman only is up to a point, writes Mark Kermode
    3 stars
  21. American Sniper review: Clint Eastwood’s heartfelt salute to US muscle in Iraq
    Unconcerned with the wider facts, this gripping but incurious film of the ‘Devil of Ramadi’ decides to print the legend instead
    3 stars
  22. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 review – Jennifer Lawrence still engages in this operatic nightmare
    The YA drama seems to be evolving toward superheroism, showing Katniss Everdeen’s development into a sleek, black-robed ninja, writes Peter Bradshaw
    3 stars
  23. My Old Lady review – a soft-centred but well-acted confection
    Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas star in this thoughtful drama about a ménage à trois of sorts – peppered with some ingenious twists, writes Peter Bradshaw
    3 stars
  24. The Sleepwalker review - symbols clash but the plot stays sound
    This absorbing film may look like a indie cliche but it cleverly unlocks two sisters’ secrets via the distraction of a house-in-the-woods mystery, writes Jordan Hoffman
    3 stars
  25. Paddington review – bear baits Ukip with fluffy immigrant tale
    Antique conceit meets high-concept story in Paul King’s big-screen adaptation of the Michael Bond classic, writes Xan Brooks
    3 stars
  26. The Drop review – Brooklyn neo-noir
    Tom Hardy broods his way though a money-laundering thriller featuring James Gandolfini in his final role, writes Mark Kemode
    3 stars
  27. Diplomacy review – an intelligent if not electrifying second world war drama
    The gripping tale of an encounter on the eve of the Allied liberation of Paris suffers in the transition from stage to screen, says Mark Kermode
    3 stars
  28. Beyond the Lights review: soap-opera struggles and abs to die for
    This story of a put-upon pop star and her bodyguard is no masterpiece, but the big numbers come from the heart
    3 stars
  29. Diplomacy review – thoroughly civilised two-hander
    Volker Schlöndorff’s intelligent film eavesdrops on the second-world war hotel room in which a Francophile Swede persuaded a Nazi governor not to destroy Paris, writes Andrew Pulver
    3 stars
  30. We Are the Giant review – courage under fire
    Worthy documentary tribute to Arab Spring protesters focuses on non-violent methods but fails to tackle a chaotic present, writes Peter Bradshaw
    3 stars
  31. The Imitation Game review – Cumberbatch cracks biopic code
    Benedict Cumberbatch is utterly convincing as Alan Turing, the mathematician who did more than anyone to defeat Hitler but who was destroyed by homophobia, writes Peter Bradshaw
    3 stars
  32. Dumb and Dumber To review – the bottom line: it's still funny
    Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels resume their slapstick double-act 20 years on, but despite some inspired work with a hot dog, this half-assed sequel leaves you feeling numb and number
    3 stars
  33. No Good Deed review – low-rent home invasion exploiter
    Idris Elba’s star power isn’t enough to save this thriller that deserves to go straight to DVD, writes Mark Kermode
    2 stars
  34. My Old Lady review – predictable and somewhat grating comedy-drama
    A fine cast only partially redeems Israel Horovitz’s film of his own play, writes Mark Kermode
    2 stars
  35. Get On Up review – not the James Brown biopic he deserves
    The truth of the godfather of soul’s rich, troubled life is lost in cliche and glib myth, writes Peter Bradshaw
    2 stars
  36. An Evening with Arnold Schwarzenegger review – more nosiness required
    Simon Hattenstone: Schwarzenegger’s story is remarkable and he tells it well, but we could do with a bit less reverence
    2 stars
  37. V/H/S Viral review – aggravating and essentially plot-free, but that won't scare off horror fans
    Besides one bright spot involving razor-sharp genitals, this horror compilation is bereft of thrills, scares or creativity
    1 star
  38. No Good Deed review – no redeeming features
    This preposterous exploitation flick is a baffling career move for Idris Elba, writes Peter Bradshaw
    1 star
  39. Third Person review – Liam Neeson tries to write a masterpiece
    This three-stranded tale involving a blocked writer, a mother battling for custody and a trafficked child is manipulative claptrap, says Mark Kermode
    1 star
  40. Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey? review – more festive nonsense
    Mark Kermode is not amused by the bewildering third instalment of Debbie Isitt’s kids’ comedy
    1 star
  41. Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey? review – unfunny, infantile and crass
    The third in the series, minus all of the charm, is like a British Christmas ad directed by Satan, writes Peter Bradshaw
    1 star
  42. The Vatican Museums review – over-garnished papal-art doco
    The Vatican’s art collection is spilling over with treasures, but they’re hard to concentrate on in this gaudy brandfest, writes Andrew Pulver
    1 star
  43. Third Person review – deeply dubious luxury fantasy
    Liam Neeson is a rich and famous writer lounging around in a five-star hotel, while James Franco plays a painter – with preposterous results, writes Peter Bradshaw
    1 star
  44. Watch Me review – Anjelica Huston’s revealing account of her A-list friends
    Anjelica Huston proves herself an astute observer in her star-packed second memoir, writes Elizabeth Day
    unrated
  45. Woman in the Moon – Philip French on Fritz Lang’s handsomely restored moon-mission yarn
    Philip French admires Fritz Lang’s groundbreaking fusion of adventure story, love triangle and conspiracy thriller
    unrated
  46. #ReviewAnything – from atmospheric soundtracks to a John Travolta's poster, we review your creative handiwork
    Every Friday we pledge to review whatever you’ve sent us over the past seven days, with absolutely no restrictions. We might not be nice about it, mind. SUBMIT YOUR OWN: post in the comments below or send them in via Twitter: @guideguardian
    unrated
  47. The Moment with Cary Elwes review – a Hollywood charm-bomb
    Bim Adewunmi: The star of The Princess Bride on the everlasting joy of working on a much-loved movie
    unrated
  48. Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: My Life review – how Sophia Loren ‘the toothpick’ became a star
    Barbara Ellen enjoys the Italian actress’s tale of her journey from extreme poverty to becoming one of Hollywood’s great beauties
    unrated
  49. The Day the Earth Caught Fire review – Philip French on Val Guest’s lively nuclear angst thriller
    Val Guest’s best sci-fi thriller, newly remastered, makes for a fascinating period piece, writes Philip French
    unrated
  50. Akira Kurosawa review – Peter Wild lets the pictures do the talking
    Focusing mainly on the films, Wild’s study is a succinct portrayal of the intensely private director Scorsese calls ‘my master’, writes PD Smith
    unrated
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