Five best films out now
Saturday 08 December 2012
The second Michael Haneke film in a row to win the Palme d'Or is a tightly focused chamber piece about love, yes, but mostly death; a devastating but humane memento mori.
Rust and Bone (15)
Jacques Audiard's first film since A Prophet is a sensuous but unsentimental love story between a whale trainer and a bare-knuckle fighter. Marion Cotillard (above) stars.
The Master (15)
Sadly, Paul Thomas Anderson's film is not a takedown of L Ron Hubbard or critique of Scientology, but it is a hyperreal and compelling account of cult worship and human psychology, all the same.
Ben Wheatley's hilarious black comedy about a caravanning holiday-cum-killing spree pays homage to Mike Leigh's 1967 Play for Today, Nuts in May.
The Hunt (15)
Thomas Vinterberg's new film (left) – a riposte to his own earlier work Festen – is a sombre but timely and utterly gripping near-Kafkaesque drama about the mechanics of a modern-day witch hunt.
Review: Of Mice and Men
By opportunistic local hoping to exhibit the work
Fans will be hoping the role finally wins him an Oscar
What do gigantic horse heads tell us about Falkirk?
Finnish Postal Service praises the 'self irony and humour' of the drawings
The actor has confessed to his own insecurities
Allotments are the focus of a new reality show
Arts & Ents blogs
The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame
Scottish independence: It is the English who should be on their knees, begging the Scots to vote ‘No’
'Sinful': Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy comes under attack
Nigel Farage: I’m taking on the status quo, and the Establishment’s fighting back
An open letter to Nigel Farage: you may smile, but I am not seduced
Abdullah Deghayes: My son was the martyr of a just cause, says father of British teenager killed in Syria conflict
- 1 Easter egg hunt horror as mother finds dead body under deck of house
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 Unbeliebable: The White House offer 'no comment' to anti-Justin Bieber petition
- 4 Loch Ness Monster found on Apple Maps?
- 5 Shropshire criminals ‘using unmanned drones and infrared cameras to find illegal cannabis farms’ – and then steal from the growers