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.
Grace Dent on TV The Secret Life of the Pub is sexist, ageist and a breath of fresh air
Art Megumi Igarashi criticises Japan's 'backwards' attitude to women's sexual expression
tv Singer could become the most unlikely star of Westeros
Ray Davies' Sunny Afternoon scoops the most awardsTheatre
Grace DentChannel 4 show proves there's no app for happiness
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 This is what happens when you tattoo Charmander on yourself, drunk, and with no experience
- 2 BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
- 3 18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
- 4 The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer has leaked – watch
- 5 Rebecca Francis accuses Ricky Gervais of using 'influence' to target female hunters after receiving barrage of death threats
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a white stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
Russian warships in English Channel 'to conduct anti-aircraft and anti-submarine military drills'