Film: The Five Best Films

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The Opposite of Sex (8)

Christina Ricci plays 6-year-old Dedee, shooting from the lip and causing all kinds of havoc when she moves in with her mild-mannered half-brother (Martin Donovan). Director Don Roos' script bristles with smart put-downs and acidulous one-liners.


The Truman Show (5)

Like Groundhog Day, Peter Weir's ingenious and unsettling fantasy is, in the end, an escape movie - in the case of Jim Carrey's Truman Burbank it's from the round-the-clock TV docu-soap that is his own life.


(Pi) (5)

David Aronofsky's black-and-white debut tells the story of a maths whizz who believes he has discerned a pattern in the stock market; a stylish indie which mixes Wall Street, Jewish mysticism and nightmares.


Antz (PG)

Computer-animated comedy voiced by a stellar cast stars Woody Allen as an ant who becomes an unlikely hero and opponent of the colony's totalitarian regime. Terrific fun and Allen's best work in a while.


The Dream Life of Angels (8)

Erick Zonca's remarkable debut draws its strength from the contrasting personalities of Isa (Elodie Bouchez) and Marie (Natacha Regnier), whose friendship comes alive in the drab environs of Lille.