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.
Potter's attempt to create an Essex Taj Mahal was a lovely treattv
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Woman accidentally shoots herself in the head while posing for a selfie
- 2 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
- 3 Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
- 4 Female Muay Thai champion hustles coaches to give them a beating
- 5 16-year-old girl beaten and burned alive by lynch mob in Rio Bravo, Guatemala
Eurovision 2015: Graham Norton returns with another cutting commentary - his best lines
Eurovision 2015: The best moments from Australia's random entry to Lithuania's gay kiss
Clarkson, Hammond and May Live: Top Gear trio returns with a blend of fireworks, AC/DC and 'automotive pornography'
Eurovision 2015 winner: Sweden beats Russia and Italy to take the title from Conchita Wurst
Eurovision 2015: Estonia seemingly enters Louis Tomlinson from One Direction
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland