Film: The five best films

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Out of Sight (5)

Director Steven Soderbergh's tale of love on opposite sides of the law beats every previous Elmore Leonard adaptation. George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez are the swooniest romantic pairing of the cinema year.


Antz (PG)

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


My Name is Joe (5)

All that one would expect from a Ken Loach film - humour, indignation, emotional sympathy - driven by Peter Mullan's scary, intense performance as a recovering alcoholic.


Ronin (5)

John Frankenheimer's action thriller is buttressed by a fine international cast (Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Stellan Skarsgard), moody French locations and a clutch of supercharged car chases.


Slums of Beverly Hills (5)

Tamara Jenkins' feature debut is a modest but winning rites-of- passage movie about a family coping with poverty in LA's richest suburb. Alan Arkin gives an acting masterclass as the father.