Critic's Choice Top Ten Films

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Critic's Choice Top Ten Films


Byline: DEREK MALCOLM

Walk the Line

12A, 135 mins.

James Mangold's gritty biog of Johnny Cash has an excellent Joaquin Phoenix in the lead, with Reece Witherspoon equally good as his wife, June Carter.

Londonwide.

The New World

12A, 133 mins

Terrence Malick's stately but often supremely beautiful take on Pocahontas, the daughter of the Indian chief who fought the Brits when they landed in Virginia in 1607. A star is born in Q'Orianka Kilcher as Pocahontas, loved and lost by Colin Farrell's soldier. Apollo, Odeon Wardour Street.

Proof

12A, 100 mins

John Madden's film version of David Auburn's play about a failing mathematics professor (Anthony Hopkins) and his anxious daughter (Gwyneth Paltrow) works well. Paltrow, in particular, is excellent. Selected cinemas - see listings.

Good Night and Good Luck

PG, 93mins

Shot in six weeks, for $8 million, George Clooney's sophomore feature is as stylish as the most expensive thriller, and its message about corrupt politicians and the media couldn't be more timely (writes Charlotte O'Sullivan). Londonwide.

Pavee Lackeen

15, 87mins

The Irish traveller at the centre of realist drama Pavee Lackeen is one very cool kid. Winnie Maughan (playing herself) won't meet her teachers' eyes, but she lets Perry Ogden's camera up close, and the resulting performance ranks alongside that of Jean-Pierre Leaud in The 400 Blows. (CO'S). Cineworld Shaftesbury Avenue, Curzon Soho, Ritzy.

The Forest For the Trees

NC, 81mins

A young, eager-to-please teacher goes into free fall as her good behaviour fails to create the life she wants. …

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