FILM: THE FIVE BEST FILMS

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1

The Third Man (PG)

Carol Reed's 949 stylish thriller is the perfect Viennese waltz, danced arm-in-arm with the charismatic Orson Welles to the busy sounds of Anton Karas's zither.

2

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (2)

Catchphrases, moon bases, groovy babies and crooked dentures. Welcome to the plastic-fantastic landscape of Mike Myers' irrepressible super-spy.

3

Place Vendome (5)

Nicole Garcia's upmarket Parisian thriller provides a velvet-lined showcase for the cut-glass skills of an on-form Catherine Deneuve. See review, right.

4

West Beirut (5)

Absorbing rites-of-passage debut from former Tarantino cohort Ziad Doueiri, set down in a divided-up, war-torn Lebanon.

5

The Matrix (5)

Keanu Reeves makes for a very 990s messiah in the Wachowski Brothers' slick and stylish arcade-game actioner.

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