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The 100 best films of the 21st century

The 100 best films of the 21st century

Gangsters, superheroes, schoolkids, lovers, slaves, peasants, techies, Tenenbaums and freefalling astronauts – they’re all here in our countdown of cinema’s best movies since 2000The director of our
La Flor review – 13 thrilling hours of lovers, spies and scorpions

La Flor review – 13 thrilling hours of lovers, spies and scorpions

Six stories featuring the same four actors unfold in inventive and exasperating style in an arthouse ultramarathonSix or so hours into Mariano Llinás’s 13-hours-plus arthouse ultramarathon, the third
Hustlers review – J-Lo's stealing strippers saga is a vicarious thrill

Hustlers review – J-Lo's stealing strippers saga is a vicarious thrill

The multi-hyphenate star delivers a standout turn in a snappy, fact-based caper about strippers scamming Wall Street bankers After the dog days of August, littered with one lazily patchworked
Sprinter review – speedy sporting drama runs out of puff

Sprinter review – speedy sporting drama runs out of puff

A Jamaican athlete’s career is jeopardised by problems off the track in this heartwarming tale of ambition and family tiesHere’s a heartfelt sports drama from Jamaica made in the traditional style,
Moffie review – soldiers on the frontline of homophobia

Moffie review – soldiers on the frontline of homophobia

Hidden passions add to the brutish hell of apartheid-era South African conscripts in Oliver Hermanus’s skilfully tense dramaMoffie, screening in the Orizzonti sidebar at Venice, is a tense, stealthy
Joker review – Joaquin Phoenix’s villain has last laugh in twisted tale

Joker review – Joaquin Phoenix’s villain has last laugh in twisted tale

Todd Phillips’s daring reboot of the DC Comics antihero is brilliantly brought to life by its star – with a little help from Martin ScorseseJoaquin Phoenix provides a comic-book hero for the left
The Farewell's Lulu Wang: ‘I would love it if white men were asked the same questions as me’

The Farewell's Lulu Wang: ‘I would love it if white men were asked the same questions as me’

In making her second feature, the film-maker refused to pander to US or Chinese audiences – and perfectly captured the Chinese diasporaChangchun, the capital of China’s north-eastern Jilin province,
Hard Paint review – sex, lies and webcams in Brazil's underworld

Hard Paint review – sex, lies and webcams in Brazil's underworld

A lonely man young facing jail time strikes up an unlikely connection in this absorbing but exasperating urban dramaAn oppressive sort of claustrophobic loneliness is what you’re left with at the end
Die Tomorrow review – dates with death ripped from the headlines

Die Tomorrow review – dates with death ripped from the headlines

This ruminative collection of vignettes steeped in everyday reality was inspired by newspaper accounts of bizarre tragediesNot a Bond film. In Damien Hirst’s celebrated creation, The Physical
Hero review – biopic of a world-changing Trinidadian war hero

Hero review – biopic of a world-changing Trinidadian war hero

A thought-provoking drama-documentary about Ulric Cross, an RAF pilot and diplomat who was a go-between in several African countries’ independence strugglesReleased to coincide with Windrush Day, this
Balloon review – airborne escape caper crash lands

Balloon review – airborne escape caper crash lands

Michael Herbig’s overwrought drama sucks the thrills out of this story of two families fleeing communist East GermanyYou could probably choose a less conspicuous method of defecting than floating
In Safe Hands review – lives collide in intelligent adoption drama

In Safe Hands review – lives collide in intelligent adoption drama

In a welcome but heavy-handed tale, a fortysomething woman embarks on a momentous quest to bring a child into her homeWhile British film-makers such as Ken Loach approach issues rooted in a personal
It Must Be Heaven review – Palestine's holy fool lives the dream

It Must Be Heaven review – Palestine's holy fool lives the dream

The latest satire-fable from Elia Suleiman is as droll as ever, but while there’s a kernel of seriousness here it too often lapses into elusive mannerismThe Palestinian film-maker Elia Suleiman,
Too Late to Die Young review – misty tale of a changing Chile

Too Late to Die Young review – misty tale of a changing Chile

A teenager seeks to escape from her remote commune just after the fall of Pinochet in this atmospheric but elusive dramaHistory provided a resplendent context for simple domestic events in last year’s
Parasite review – creepy invasion of the lifestyle snatchers

Parasite review – creepy invasion of the lifestyle snatchers

Bong Joon-ho’s bizarre black comedy about a rich Korean family and a poor one in a modern-day Downton Abbey situation gets its tendrils in youBong Joon-ho has returned to Cannes with a luxuriously
Behind the bloodshed: the chilling untold stories about Charles Manson

Behind the bloodshed: the chilling untold stories about Charles Manson

Tarantino’s epic is the big draw at Cannes. But there are other Manson movies around – including one about what ultimately happened to the young women who fell under the murderer’s spell Over the last
10 films to watch at Cannes | Peter Bradshaw's picks

10 films to watch at Cannes | Peter Bradshaw's picks

Jim Jarmusch’s starry zombie horror opens, Quentin Tarantino returns and rising director Alice Furtado makes her debut •Cannes 2019 party kicks off as clouds of controversy gatherDir Quentin
Styx review – refugee dilemma tests moral compass

Styx review – refugee dilemma tests moral compass

Should a lone yachtswoman act when authorities tell her to sail away? Wolfgang Fischer’s drama steers into Europe’s migrant crisis with convictionOur creatives continue to form more imaginative and
The World Is Yours review – brash Franco-crime caper

The World Is Yours review – brash Franco-crime caper

Isabelle Adjani and Vincent Cassel star in a carnivalesque romp peopled by the chancers and artful dodgers of France’s immigrant underclassRomain Gavras is no political firebrand like his father,
The Crossing review – Bai Xue's slowburn gem delivers the goods

The Crossing review – Bai Xue's slowburn gem delivers the goods

This feature debut about a schoolgirl coerced into small-time smuggling is all the more powerful for shunning high drama With this elegantly elliptical arthouse movie, Bai Xue announces herself as a