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.
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