The Independent Recommends: The Five Best Films

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Insomnia (15)

Remarkable debut by Erik Skjoldbjaerg begins with a policeman (Stellan Skarsgard) investigating a sex killing in Norway, but becomes a haunting study in guilt, duplicity and sleeplessness.

Out of Sight (15)

Director Steven Soderbergh's tale of love on opposite sides of the law knocks spots off every previous Elmore Leonard adaptation, and boasts in George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez the swooniest romantic pairing of the cinema year.

Antz (PG)

Computer-animated comedy voiced by a stellar cast stars Woody Allen (above) as a worker ant who becomes an opponent of the colony's totalitarian regime. Good fun, and Allen's best work in a while.

My Name is Joe (15)

All that one would expect from a Ken Loach film - humour, indignation, emotional sympathy - driven by Peter Mullan's scary, intense performance as a recovering alcoholic.

The Philadelphia Story (U; Curzon Soho, NFT)

As civilised and graceful as any romantic comedy ever made, it also brought together the most loveable of Hollywood trios - Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart.