THE FIVE BEST FILMS

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1

The Truman Show (PG)

Since his birth, Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) has been the unwitting subject of the world's highest-rating TV show. Peter Weir's comedy is all the more effective for its undercurrent of dread. See Reviews, left

2

Love is the Devil (8)

This disturbing portrait of the artist (Francis Bacon, played, or rather inhabited, by Derek Jacobi) as a ruthless sadist has genuine guts and imagination, and dodges the pitfalls of tortured-artist biopics.

3

The Last Days of Disco (5)

Go to Whit Stillman's chronicle of the early 980s dance scene expecting another Boogie Nights and you'll be disappointed - this is something more subtle, witty and perceptive.

4

Buffalo 66 (5)

Yes, it's often wildly pretentious. But there is real vitality in this directorial debut from the actor Vincent Gallo - more a collection of great moments than a truly fine film, but definitely worth catching.

5

A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (5)

Not at all what you might expect from a Merchant/Ivory film, A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries is an affectionate and subtle study of a family caught between Parisian life and a longing for America. See Reviews, left

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