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  1. The Lady from Shanghai review – outrageous and dreamlike
    A whirling thing of wonder, Welles's brilliant, brash noir crackles with chemistry between him and Rita Hayworth, writes Peter Bradshaw
    5 stars
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Branded to Kill review – deserved re-release for extreme Japanese thriller

    Seijun Suzuki's crazed masterpiece got him fired by his studio, but it remains a striking blend of sex, violence and surrealism, writes Mark Kermode

    4 stars
  5. Branded to Kill review – genuinely bizarre Japanese thriller
    A dreamlike metaphysical thriller with a 60s vibe, Seijin Suzuki's cult classic pulls no punches when it comes to sudden violence, writes Peter Bradshaw
    4 stars
  6. Joe review – these woods are lovely, dark and deep

    Peter Bradshaw: Nicolas Cage cuts a brooding figure in this powerful slice of Southern Gothic realism by David Gordon Green – director of Pineapple Express

    4 stars
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Begin Again review – ramshackle charm

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

    4 stars
  12. Joe review – Nicolas Cage returns to form in deep south drama

    Nicolas Cage and his director, David Gordon Green, both enjoy a revival in a brutal tale of a Texas ex-con and his protege, writes Mark Kermode

    3 stars
  13. Earth to Echo review – derivative sci-fi

    This isn't as good as any of the films it steals from, but there are 'flimsy pleasures' to be had, writes Mark Kermode

    3 stars
  14. The Purge: Anarchy review – nasty sequel to dystopian crime fantasy

    Class-war potshots distract attention from this follow-up's shaky plot, but it still resembles an exploitation film, writes Mark Kermode

    3 stars
  15. Northwest review – Danish crime thriller with gritty documentary style

    Michael Noer portrayal of small-time crooks drawn into a criminal empire is convincing but hardly original, writes Mark Kermode

    3 stars
  16. Magic in the Moonlight: Woody Allen's film is as airy as they come – review
    Emma Stone and Colin Firth star in this airy film that's more charming than laugh out loud funny
    3 stars
  17. Guardians of the Galaxy review – a whip-smart, risky space romp

    A new troupe of intergalactic comedy badasses sets out to save the universe in Marvel's self-satirising superhero movie, writes Steve Rose

    3 stars
  18. Earth to Echo review – a contemporary homage to Steven Spielberg's ET

    This good-natured family movie is smart and dynamic, but lacks the sense of wonder of its inspiration, writes Peter Bradshaw

    3 stars
  19. The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden review – unfocused but fascinating documentary

    Cate Blanchett contributes to a compelling but long documentary about a 1930s settlement in the Galapagos that goes sour, writes Peter Bradshaw

    3 stars
  20. The Purge: Anarchy review – social breakdown in thriller sequel
    James DeMonaco follows through on the premise of last year's original, as the US government grants its citizens a night of mischief, writes Mike McCahill
    3 stars
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. The House of Magic review – rollercoaster animation

    A kitten lost in a magician's house offers frenetic adventure – but it's a long way from Toy Story, writes Mark Kermode

    2 stars
  33. Hercules review – Dwayne Johnson has fun remodelling the myth

    Though decried by fans of the comic strip it's based on, this swords 'n' sandals epic isn't as terrible as you might expect, writes Mark Kermode

    2 stars
  34. Believe review – Brian Cox stars as Man United's Matt Busby
    This cringeworthy 'inspired by true events' supposition sees a retired Busby coaching a pickpocket to under-12s glory, writes Mike McCahill
    2 stars
  35. House of Magic review – Disney-type animation full of technical wizardry
    This Belgiuan explore is an overwhelmingly moderate film, complete with generic US settings and cutesy talking animals, writes Peter Bradshaw
    2 stars
  36. Smart Ass review – so-so French drama about sex and money

    Kim Chapiron's drama has an intriguing setup – a trio of business school grads applying market theory to hookup culture – but it's not very funny or sexy writes Leslie Felperin

    2 stars
  37. Northwest review – anaemic Scandi-noir crime caper

    The Scandinavian crime wave continues in a supposedly naturalistic makeover that cannot resist some designer porn , writes Peter Bradshaw

    2 stars
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. And So It Goes: embarrassing for everyone – first look review
    The guy who made Spinal Tap, Michael Douglas playing grouchy and Annie Hall. What could go wrong? Pretty much everything
    1 star
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. The Piano – Philip French on Jane Campion's haunting New Zealand period drama
    Jane Campion's tale of a mute Scottish woman and her daughter cast ashore in 19th-century New Zealand is easily her best work, writes Philip French
    unrated
  45. Who Is Dayani Cristal? review – moving documentary-drama on US migrants
    Leslie Felperin: Gael García Bernal traces the tragic journey of one migrant to the US, with empathy and charisma
    unrated
  46. 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
  47. 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
  48. 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
  49. 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
  50. 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
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