Critics' Choice

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CRITICS CHOICE

FIVE BEST FILMS

Redacted Cert 15, 90 mins Brian De Palmas controversial Iraq film, mixing realand staged footage to unnerving effect.

Water Lilies Cert 15, 86 mins Extraordinarily perceptive French film about agirls synchronised swimming team and the perils of adolescence.

Out of the Blue Cert 15, 100 mins The worst mass murder in New Zealands historymovingly dramatised by Robert Sarkies.

Garage Cert 18, 89 mins Pat Shortt is superb as Josie, mentally challenged andmisunderstood in rural Ireland.

There Will Be Blood Cert 15, 158 mins Paul Thomas Andersons blistering versionof Upton Sinclairs Oil. Daniel Day-Lewis won the Best Actor Oscar.

FIVE BEST PLAYS

The Vortex 8pm, Apollo Shaftesbury Avenue, W1. Until 7 June(www.apollotheatre.co.uk)

Felicity Kendal seduces a young officer.

Brief Encounter 8pm, Cinema on the Haymarket, SW1. Until 22 June(www.seebriefencounter.com)

An imaginative staging of Cowards original play, fusing film and theatre.

Hairspray 7.30pm, Shaftesbury Theatre, WC2.

To 15 March (hairspraythemusical.com) Evening Standard Best Musical.

The Magic Flute 7.30pm, Duke of Yorks Theatre, WC2. Until 12 April(www.magicflutethemusical.com) South African version of Mozarts classic.

The Harder They Come 7.30pm, Barbican Theatre. Until 5 April(www.barbican.org.uk)

A Caribbean cracker classic Jimmy Cliff film given new life on stage.

FIVE BEST EXHIBITIONS

Rodchenko Hayward Gallery, SE1. Until 27 April (www.haywardgallery. …