Film: The Five Best films

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1

The Truman Show (PG)

The world is a stage. Peter Weir's immaculately conceived media satire proves that rarest of beasts: a Hollywood comedy with brains, as Jim Carrey's unwitting TV star lives out his days in a landscape of clapboard homes and picket fences.

2

Buffalo 66 (5)

Punch-faced actor Vincent Gallo's directorial debut is a marvellously droll, naturalistic study in loserdom as Gallo's jittery ex-con kidnaps a busty teen (Christina Ricci) and spirits her home to meet the folks.

3

Mulan (u)

Ancient history the Disney way: choreographing Chinese legend to a bunch of MOR showtunes and lacing the resulting yarn with a spry Girl Power twist.

4

The Last Days of Disco (5)

More sophisticated comedy from Whit Stillman, skirting the fringes of an exclusive New York club and tracing the bungled affairs and garbled soul-searching of disco wallflowers Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny.

5

The Dream Life of Angels (nc)

Fresh, gritty and urgent, Erick Zonca's impressive continental debut explores similar ground to La Haine with its tale of fringe people in Chirac's France. The two female leads shared the Best Actress award at Cannes.

FIVE BEST REVIVALS

Apocalypse Now (NFT, 7.30pm, Sun)

Francis Coppola's Vietnam phantasmagoria, culled from Conrad's Heart of Darkness, dispatching Martin Sheen on a mission to "terminate with extreme prejudice" the command of Marlon Brando's renegade colonel. Less a straightforward movie than a kind of life experience.

2

Annie Hall (NFT, 6.30pm, tonight)

The peak picture from Woody Allen's "early, funny" period offers a loose-limbed, gag-fuelled autopsy on a Manhattan love-affair gone awry. It's perhaps the film which best marks his transition from stand-up to fully-fledged auteur.

3

A Winter's Tale (Riverside, 6.30pm, Tue)

A deft, effortlessly affecting portrait of love won and lost from ageing New Waver Eric Rohmer. Subtle, sharp and achingly human, A Winter's Tale is up there with Rohmer's very best.

4

I Know Where I'm Going (NFT, 7.30pm, tonight)

Powell and Pressburger's 945 classic stirs stiff-upper-lipped British romance in with Celtic mysticism, as Wendy Hiller's London career girl sets out for the Hebrides and falls in with Roger Livesey's salt- of-the-earth laird.

5

From Russia with Love (NFT, 4pm Sun)

Surely the most complex, exotic and satisfying Bond flick ever made. Number two in the series puts Sean Connery through all manner of hoops as he tussles with a peroxided Robert Shaw and Lotte Lenya's dikey villainess.

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