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Latest Guardian Film Reviews sorted by Star Rating. Cut the crap!
  1. Zabriskie Point review – Antonioni’s counterculture headtrip of a film
    Now on re-release, Michelangelo Antonioni’s freaky, fascinating film is far superior to Blowup, writes Peter Bradshaw
    5 stars
  2. The Falling review – Carol Morley's masterly followup to Dreams of a Life
    Peter Bradshaw: Director Carol Morley has come up with another brilliant and very distinctive feature, about an epidemic of fainting that grips a girls school in the 1960s
    5 stars
  3. Bogowie review – heart surgery and period kitsch
    The story of a pioneering cardiologist in 1980s Poland is a fast-paced, soapy pleasure, writes Leslie Felperin
    4 stars
  4. John Wick review –a thrill ride driven by a relentless vengeance machine
    Keanu Reeves blasts back in a full-throttle action film that twists the conventions of the genre to exhilarating effect, writes Jordan Hoffman
    4 stars
  5. The Babadook review – a superbly acted, chilling Freudian thriller
    Director Jennifer Kent exerts masterly control over this tense supernatural thriller about a children’s book that one single mother should never have opened, writes Peter Bradshaw
    4 stars
  6. Trash first look review – Stephen Daldry forages into a favela mystery
    Stunning performances from a trio of young Brazilian actors save Daldry’s compelling tale of corruption from a rubbish ending, writes Jordan Riefe
    4 stars
  7. Citizenfour review – Edward Snowden documentary is utterly engrossing
    Laura Poitras’s brave documentary follows Edward Snowden as his leaks about the activities of the NSA shock the world, writes Mark Kermode
    4 stars
  8. Bjrk: Biophilia Live review – spirited and millimetre-precise
    Full of dancing microbes and pulsing starfish, this footage of Bjrk’s last Biophilia concert is impeccably presented, writes Leslie Felperin
    4 stars
  9. The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands review – artistically gung-ho
    With its spectacular set pieces, this story of two first-world-war naval battles merits comparisons with Eisenstein, writes Peter Bradshaw
    4 stars
  10. Cathedrals of Culture review – a palate-cleansing experience
    This meditation on architecture is perhaps not quite a film, but more of a quasi-installation, writes Peter Bradshaw
    4 stars
  11. ’71 review – Jack O’Connell excels in muscular, moody Troubles thriller
    The rising British star puts in another brilliant performance as a squaddie lost in the mayhem of 1970s Belfast, writes Mark Kermode
    4 stars
  12. Citizenfour review – Poitras' victorious film shows Snowden vindicated
    Laura Poitras’ documentary disentangles NSA surveillance and plots the story of Edward Snowden in Hong Kong and Moscow
    4 stars
  13. Fury review – Brad Pitt answers the call of duty … in a tank
    This second world war drama is a rousing, old-fashioned film, even if it doesn’t live up to the hype, writes Peter Bradshaw
    3 stars
  14. Serena review – an atmophere of tragic gloom and erotic doom
    Teaming up again with Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence has given us a performance of fierce, bladed intensity, writes Peter Bradshaw
    3 stars
  15. Jimi: All Is By My Side – rambling with a legend
    Andr Benjamin gives a fine performance as Hendrix in a meandering biopic, but it needs the punch of great music, finds Peter Bradshaw
    3 stars
  16. The Book of Life review – dazzling 3D effects outshine a story of love
    This animated adventure based on Mexico’s Day of the Dead festival is crammed with charging bulls, cute piglets and breathless maze-running, writes Mike McCahill
    3 stars
  17. Time Is Illmatic review – Nas goes back to the hood
    This glossy documentary takes rapper Nas back to his lauded Illmatic album and traces the social ills it exposed. News is, they’re still there, writes Henry Barnes
    3 stars
  18. The Way He Looks review – touching tale of young love in So Paulo
    Ace performances and positive messages about disability and teen sexuality impress – even if everyone’s a little too nice to be true, writes Leslie Felperin
    3 stars
  19. Black Butler review – stilted revenge thriller with kitschy charms
    This Japanese live-action version of the manga and anime classic has a fun futuristic spin, even if the dialogue and performances are stilted, writes Anna Smith
    3 stars
  20. The Judge review – cliche-ridden courtroom drama
    A hotshot city lawyer is forced to defend his estranged father in this humdrum, sentimental thriller starring Robert Downey Jr, writes Mark Kermode
    3 stars
  21. The Best of Me review – young lovers reunite
    Mark Kermode can’t help but fall for the latest bonkers Nicholas Sparks adaptation
    3 stars
  22. The Judge review – part family drama, part courtroom gripper
    There are plenty of emotional fireworks in this big, soupy but entertaining picture, writes Peter Bradshaw
    3 stars
  23. Palo Alto review – unexpectedly engaging California teen angst
    Jack Kilmer, son of Val, carries this drama – directed by Francis Ford Coppola’s granddaughter Gia – with unaffected charm, writes Peter Bradshaw
    3 stars
  24. Son of a Gun review – a silly, fun film with unfortunate character flaws
    Julius Avery’s debut feature is slow in patches with wonky writing but is handsomely packaged and shows off his potential, writes Luke Buckmaster
    3 stars
  25. One Direction: Where We Are - The Concert Film review - a giddy moment of mass hysteria
    Leslie Felperin: 1D are back with their second feature length movie, this time without the backstage material of This Is Us. It will still provoke the same squeals of delight
    3 stars
  26. Annabelle review – horror with unsubtle nods to Rosemary’s Baby
    John R Leonetti’s prequel to The Conjuring pushes the fright-night buttons, writes Mark Kermode
    3 stars
  27. Effie Gray review – a handsome but inert portrait
    Emma Thompson’s intelligent dramatisation of a famous Victorian love triangle lacks sparkle, writes Mark Kermode
    3 stars
  28. The Maze Runner review – ‘The Prisoner meets The Last Starfighter with giant spiders’
    Poor dialogue is redeemed by fine action sequences in this latest addition to the young adult dystopian thriller genre, writes Mark Kermode
    3 stars
  29. The Calling review – ‘Fargo meets Se7en’
    The banter between Susan Sarandon and Ellen Burstyn is the making of this derivative Canadian murder mystery, writes Mark Kermode
    3 stars
  30. Fury first look review – Brad Pitt's punchy, muscular videogame of a war movie
    Peter Bradshaw: Brad Pitt leads a tank crew into Germany in the dying days of the second world war in this watchable thriller that is less realistic that it supposes
    3 stars
  31. Night Train to Lisbon review – Jeremy Irons revives his penchant for dramas
    This might be more suited to a Sunday afternoon TV slot, but I have a soft spot for Irons in these roles, writes Peter Bradshaw
    2 stars
  32. The Knife That Killed Me review – earnest, anti-violence school drama
    Laudable aims and impressive, highly stylised visual effects are undermined by painfully weak acting, writes Leslie Felperin
    2 stars
  33. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles review – pointless return of crime-fighting reptiles
    This animated remake of 1990’s box-office smash is overblown and witless, writes Mark Kermode
    2 stars
  34. Palo Alto review – listless portrait of American adolescence
    Teenagers drift from one party to the next in Gia Coppola’s uneventful debut, writes Mark Kermode
    2 stars
  35. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles review – total turtle turkey
    Producer Michael Bay’s attempt at repackaging the recurrent reptiles in live-action form is over-rehearsed, insubstantial, shiny and empty, writes Mike McCahill
    2 stars
  36. United We Fall review – football comedy with unfunny sleaze
    This badly edited mockumentary about made-up Man United stars would struggle to raise a smile from Alex Ferguson, writes Leslie Felperin
    2 stars
  37. My Name Is Hmmm (Je m’appelle Hmmm) review – fundamentally misjudged
    Agns B speckles her movie with nouvelle vague mannerisms and Godardian flourishes, but it never comes alive, writes Peter Bradshaw
    2 stars
  38. Testament of Youth review - Vera Brittain's not so lovely war
    Vera Brittain’s memoir is tastefully realised, but the film drifts meekly away from the necessary pain and anger
    2 stars
  39. The Rewrite review – disposably flippant Hugh Grant romcom
    A decent supporting cast can’t redeem Marc Lawrence’s fourth Hugh Grant vehicle, writes Mark Kermode
    2 stars
  40. Going Away review – impossibly po-faced French drama
    A Riviera teacher attempts to rediscover his roots in a contrived story sans jokes, writes Mike McCahill
    2 stars
  41. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day review – agitating matinee fare
    Disney’s answer to Diary of a Wimpy Kid has plenty of vomit gags, but is not quite winning enough, writes Mike McCahill
    2 stars
  42. This Is Where I Leave You review – Tina Fey is let down by this nonsense
    dHow is the genius behing TV’s 30 Rock involved in this fatuous, humourless, pseudo-bittersweet dramedy, wonders Peter Bradshaw
    1 star
  43. United We Fall review – football comedy that deserves a kicking
    This spoof Man United documentary was shot in six days and it shows, writes Mark Kermode
    1 star
  44. The Best of Me review – health warning: high sugar content
    High-school sweethearts are reunited in this nostalgic Nicholas Sparks romance, writes Peter Bradshaw
    1 star
  45. Alvin Purple rewatched – the raunchy heart of 1970s Ozploitation films
    This racy comedy doubles as a commentary on giving the public what they want and rubbing it in prudes’ faces
    unrated
  46. Salvatore Giuliano review – Philip French on the ‘Marxist Citizen Kane’
    This gripping film centring on the death of an outlaw in postwar Italy features marries political intrigue with beautiful black-and-white cinematography, writes Philip French
    unrated
  47. DVDs and downloads: Two Days, One Night; Belle; Walking on Sunshine; Maleficent; Cold in July and more
    Marion Cotillard, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Hannah Arterton bravely come to the rescue of a mixed bag of cinematic genres, writes Guy Lodge
    unrated
  48. The Fun Factory by Chris England review – Charlie Chaplin as the baddie
    A brilliantly readable debut about music hall skulduggery and Fred Karno's famous theatrical troupe, writes James Smart
    unrated
  49. Mudbloods: an inspirational sports film … about quidditch
    There are 151 teams in the USA alone playing an earthbound version of the game in Harry Potter. A new film explores the phenomenon from the inside
    unrated
  50. A Jester’s Tale – Philip French on Karel Zeman’s gift for cinematic synthesis
    Philip French hails a witty, elegant anti-war fantasy that owes much to the Czech director’s trademark blend of live action and animation
    unrated
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