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J. Edgar – solid but unrevealing J. Edgar Hoover biopic, that tries to explore his sexualityDirector: Clint Eastwood
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Judi Dench
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back – flat sequel that manages to remove all the elements that makes the character uniqueDirector: Edward Zwick
Cast: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smoulders
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – totally routine spy thriller, as if Branagh wanted to show he could make something averageDirector: Kenneth Branagh
Cast: Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner
Jackie – biopic of Jackie Kennedy, focusing on the days after the assassination of her husbandDirector: Pablo Larrain
Cast: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig
Jason and the Argonauts – absolutely superb Harryhausen Greek myths film, which I’ve loved since being a kidDirector: Don Chaffey
Cast: Todd Armstrong, Nancy Kovack, Gary Raymond
Jason Bourne – relaunch of the franchise, but with the magic gone, like director and star ran out of reasons not to do itDirector: Paul Greengrass
Cast: Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones
Jaws – a killer shark terrorises a town: only three men can stop it. Spielberg’s (literal) monster hitDirector: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw
JFK – granddaddy of conspiracy movies, Stone’s epic (mad) fantasia on the death of KennedyDirector: Oliver Stone
Cast: Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Bacon
Joan of Arc – flat and preachy Joan of Arc biopic, even its director apologised forDirector: Victor Fleming
Cast: Ingrid Bergman, José Ferrer, Francis L Sullivan
John Wick – punchy and imaginative, basically a series of fights as an assassin seeks revenge for his dog’s murderDirector: Chad Stahleski, David Leitch
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nqvist, Ian McShane
John Wick 2 – colder sequel that sacrifices the heart of the original for even more gunplayDirector: Chad Stahelski
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane
John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum – more of the same, but still full of very inventive fightsDirector: Chad Stahelski
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Halle Berry
JoJo Rabbit – in Nazi Germany a young boy’s imaginary friend is Hitler – but he still slowly realises the horror Director: Taika Watiti
Cast: Roman Griffin Davis, Taika Watiti, Scarlett Johansson
Joker – a mentally disturbed man, furious at social injustice, becomes a killer in this pleased with itself Scorsese rip-offDirector: odd Phillips
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz
Judas and the Black Messiah – the FBI forces a man to inform against Black Panther leader Fred HamptonDirector: Shaka King
Cast: Lakeith Stanfield, Daniel Kaluuya, Jesse Plemons
Judgment at Nuremberg – Nazi officials are placed on trial, but will politics get in the way in this cracking dramaDirector: Stanley Kramer
Cast: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Maximilian Schell
Jules et Jim – Truffaut’s classic menage as a Frenchman and a German share a mutual love for a French womanDirector: François Truffaut
Cast: Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre
Julia – dubious biopic of Lilian Hellman and her friendship with a left-wing Jewish radical in Nazi GermanyDirector: Fred Zinnemann
Cast: Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Robards
Julius Caesar – traditional version of the Shakespeare play, with Brando showing modern actors can do the BardDirector: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Cast: James Mason, Marlon Brando, John Gielgud
Jurassic Park – dinosaurs walk the earth… in a theme park. What could go wrong? Designed for the dino-loving kid in all of usDirector: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum
Jurassic World – hugely fun reboot, as the park reopens and a genetically engineered super dinosaur goes wildDirector: Colin Trevorrow
Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – when a volcano threatens the dinosaurs, our heroes rush to save as many as they canDirector: JA Bayona
Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall
Jurassic World: Dominion – very, very tired retread of a host of ideas from the other filmsDirector: Colin Trevorrow
Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum

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Kagemusha – a peasant acts as a double for a lord. When the lord dies he has to take his place.Director: Akira Kurosawa
Cast: Tatsuya Nakadai, Tsutomu Yamazaki
Khartoum – General Gordon makes his final stand in this biographical epicDirector: Basil Dearden
Cast: Charlton Heston, Laurence Olivier, Richard Johnson
The Kids Are All Right – the kids of a lesbian couple meet their sperm donor. Trouble followsDirector: Lisa Cholodenko
Cast: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo
The Killers – femme fatales and murders in this masterful film noirDirector: Robert Siodmark
Cast: Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond O’Brien
Kind Hearts and Coronets – a disowned relative decides to bump off his noble family in this brilliant black comedyDirector: Robert Hamer
Cast: Dennis Price, Alec Guinness, Valerie Hobson
The King – Henry V comes to the throne and decides on war with France in this reimagining of ShakespeareDirector: David Michôd
Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Joel Edgerton, Robert Pattinson
King Arthur – average Arthurian epic, with miscast leads and the knights as Roman cavalryDirector: Antoine Fuqua
Cast: Clive Owen, Keira Knightley, Ioan Gruffudd
King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword – failed attempt to launch a sort of geezer King Arthur franchiseDirector: Guy Ritchie
Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey
King Kong – iconic monster movie, the ‘daddy’ of them all, as the big beast takes an unfortunate trip to see his love in New YorkDirector: Melville C Cooper, Ernest B Schoedsack
Cast: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot
King Kong – Jackson cashes in his chips to make the film of his dreams, an affectionate and romantic remakeDirector: Peter Jackson
Cast: Adrien Brody, Naomi Watts, Jack Black
King of Thieves – a crew of old lags carry out a heist on Hatton Garden in a film which admires them all a little too muchDirector: James Marsh
Cast: Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Ray Winstone
King Richard – Richard Williams pushes his daughters to better themselves by becoming tennis superstarsDirector: Reinaldo Marcus Green
Cast: Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis, Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton
The King’s Speech – Best Picture winning costume drama, as George VI tries to conquer his stammerDirector: Tom Hooper
Cast: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter
Kingsman: The Secret Service – James Bond spoof that is a little too delighted with its crude humourDirector: Matthew Vaughan
Cast: Colin Firth, Taron Edgerton, Samuel L. Jackson
Klute – a call-girl may hold the answer to a murder mystery in one of the first unsettling conspiracy thrillers of the 70sDirector: Alan J Pakula
Cast: Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Charles Cioffi
Knives Out – a murder mystery writer is killed but who in his family is responsible? Very entertaining Christie pasticheDirector: Rian Johnson
Cast: Daniel Craig, Ana de Armas, Christopher Plummer
Kong: Skull Island – adventurers on a strange island meet a giant ape in predictable homage to better moviesDirector: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson, Brie Larsen
Kramer vs Kramer – Best Picture winning divorce and childcare drama as a Dad learns to care for his son than fights for custodyDirector: Robert Benton
Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Justin Henry

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La La Land – musical homage as a couple meet and fall in love in Hollywood – but career ambitions get in the wayDirector: Damien Chazelle
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone
Lady Bird – a precocious teen struggles with decisions about her future and her relationship with her motherDirector: Greta Gerwig
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalfe, Tracy Letts
The Lady Eve – a confidence trickster seduces a snake obsessed heir to a fortune – brilliant screwball comedyDirector: Preston Sturges
Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn
The Lady from Shanghai – an Irish drifter is made a dangerous offer in Welles’ for-the-money thrillerDirector: Orson Welles
Cast: Orson Welles, Rita Hayworth, Everett Sloane
The Lady in the Van – playwright Alan Bennett allows a homeless woman to live in a van on his drive for yearsDirector: Nicholas Hytner
Cast: Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Roger Allam
Lady Macbeth – an unhappily married woman seizes opportunities to rid herself of those standing in her wayDirector: William Oldroyd
Cast: Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Naomi Ackie
The Lady Vanishes – an old woman disappears on a train in this gripping Hitchcock comedy-thrillerDirector: Alfred Hitchcock
Cast: Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, May Whitty
Land and Freedom – left-wing radicals find betrayal while fighting for the cause in the Spanish Civil WarDirector: Ken Loach
Cast: Ian Hart, Rosana Pastor, Frédéric Pierrot
Last Christmas – can a wild child turn her life around with the help of a too-good-to-be-true guy? Christmas fantasyDirector: Paul Feig
Cast: Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Emma Thompson
The Last Detail – escorting a young sailor to prison, two others decide to help him experience life – in 48 hoursDirector: Hal Ashby
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid, Otis Young
The Last Duel – in Medieval France, two men fight a duel after one is accused of raping the other’s wifeDirector: Ridley Scott
Cast: Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer, Ben Affleck
The Last Emperor – Best Picture winning epic on the life of the last Chinese Emperor – looks a million dollars, but slightly shallowDirector: Bernardo Bertolucci
Cast: John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O’Toole
The Last Hurrah – a long-term mayor runs for another term in this political drama that has no idea what it thinks about anythingDirector: John Ford
Cast: Spencer Tracy, Jeffrey Hunter, Dianne Foster
The Last King of Scotland – Idi Amin takes a Scottish doctor under his wing, who slowly realises Amin is a monsterDirector: Kevin MacDonald
Cast: Forest Whitaker, James McAvoy, Kerry Washington
The Last Metro – during the occupation, an actress hides her Jewish director husband in their theatre basementDirector: François Truffaut
Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu, Heinz Bennett
The Last Picture Show – in small-town America times change but life never does in this coming-of-age classicDirector: Peter Bogdanovich
Cast: Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd
The Last Samurai – self-important drama, as a civil war vet joins a Samurai revolt in Japan, becoming… the last SamuraiDirector: Edward Zwick
Cast: Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Timothy Spall
The Last Temptation of Christ – one of the most controversial films ever made, a reimagining of the Gospels with a doubt-filled JesusDirector: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Barbara Hershey
Laura – a detective falls in love with a murder victim in this influential noirDirector: Otto Preminger
Cast: Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb
Lawless – strangely flat bootlegger gangster family dramaDirector: John Hillcoat
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke, Jessica Chastain
The League of Gentlemen – ex-servicemen denied their pay-offs, plot a heist in this great, overlooked, crime caperDirector: Basil Dearden
Cast: Jack Hawkins, Nigel Patrick, Richard Attenborough
Left Behind – dreadful Christian film as passengers on a plane suddenly realise the Rapture has happenedDirector: Vince Armstrong
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Chad Michael Murray, Cassie Thompson
Legend – Tom Hardy takes on both roles in this otherwise unremarkable Kray Brothers biopicDirector: Brian Helgeland
Cast: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Christopher Eccleston
The Legend of Tarzan – failed attempt to launch a Tarzan franchise with a uninteresting lead characterDirector: David Yates
Cast: Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, Samuel L Jackson
Leon – a hitman befriends a girl whose family are killed by corrupt copsDirector: Luc Besson
Cast: Jean Reno, Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman
The Letter – melodrama in which a fatal letter get lead to life or deathDirector: William Wyler
Cast: Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson
A Letter to Three Wives – soapy small-town drama, written brilliantly, about a trouble-stirring letterDirector: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Cast: Jeanne Crain, Linda Darnell, Ann Sothern
Licorice Pizza – in the 1970s two young people fall in love, but won’t admit it because of an awkward age gapDirector: Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: Alana Haim, Cooper Hoffman, Bradley Cooper
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp – an army officer is the epitome of British fair play and decencyDirector: Powell & Pressburger
Cast: Roger Livesey, Deborah Kerr, Anton Walbrook
Life is Beautiful – a father shelters his son from the horrors of a concentration camp as Chaplin meets Schindler’s ListDirector: Roberto Benigni
Cast: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini
The Life of Emile Zola – Best Picture winning biopic of the great French writer, mostly about the Dreyfus affairDirector: William Dieterle
Cast: Paul Muni, Joseph Schildkraut, Gale Sondergaard
Lifeboat – one-location mini-masterpiece as survivors of a shipwreck drift on the seasDirector: Alfred Hitchcock
Cast: Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix, Walter Slezak
The Lighthouse – two wickies on a lighthouse slowly tip into madness in this haunting, undefinable semi-ghost storyDirector: Robert Eggers
Cast: Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe
Lilies of the Field – a travelling handyman builds a church for a group of German nunsDirector: Ralph Nelson
Cast: Sidney Poitier, Lilia Skala, Lisa Mann
Lilith – a troubled counsellor starts to fall in love with his disturbed patient and finds his own grip on reality slippingDirector: Robert Rossen
Cast: Warren Beatty, Jean Seberg, Peter Fonda
Lincoln – serious, but heartfelt, biopic on the passing of the Thirteenth Amendment, with a towering lead performanceDirector: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones
Lion – an Indian man, adopted as a boy by Australian parents, wants to find out the secrets of his pastDirector: Garth Davis
Cast: Sunny Pawar, Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman
The Lion in Winter – Henry II and his family gather to fight and argue over Christmas in this sensationally acted historical epicDirector: Anthony Harvey
Cast: Peter O’Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins
The Little Stranger – interesting adaptation of a ghost story novel, deliberately written from the perspective of a scepticDirector: Lenny Abrahamson
Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Charlotte Rampling
Little Women – brilliant adaptation of Alcott, perfectly cast, wonderfully shot and leaves a tear in the eyeDirector: Gillian Armstrong
Cast: Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon, Gabriel Byrne
Little Women – imaginative and well acted new version, crammed with invention and good ideasDirector: Greta Gerwig
Cast: Saiorse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh
The Living Daylights – Dalton takes on his first mission and is masterful, in this overlooked Bond adventureDirector: John Glen
Cast: Timothy Dalton, Maryam d’Abo, Jeroen Krabbé
Logan – Jackman’s Wolverine swan-song is bloody, bold and brilliant as Logan protects the last surviving mutant childrenDirector: James Mangold
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen
London Has Fallen – violent, dumb and offensive sequel as a Secret service agent protects the President from terroristsDirector: Babak Najafi
Cast: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman
The Lone Ranger – box-office disaster, in a better-than-you-expect version of the old B-movie stapleDirector: Gore Verbinski
Cast: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Ruth Wilson
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner – a borstal boy has only one skill – running – which is exploited by the GovernorDirector: Tony Richardson
Cast: Tom Courtenay, Michael Redgrave, Avis Bunnage
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne – a spinster with a drink problem tries to cease one final chance at happinessDirector: Jack Clayton
Cast: Maggie Smith, Bob Hoskins, Wendy Hiller
The Long Good Friday – a capitalist London gangster gets in over his ahead against the IRA in this brilliant Brit thrillerDirector: John Mackenzie
Cast: Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Derek Thompson
The Long Goodbye – Philip Marlowe investigates again in this Altmanesque 1970s twist on Raymond ChandlerDirector: Robert Altman
Cast: Elliot Gould, Nina van Pallandt, Sterling Hayden
The Longest Day – huge scale D-Day drama with an all-star castDirector: Ken Annakin, Andrew Martan, Bernhard Wicki
Cast: John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Henry Fonda
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – first, and possibly most beloved, of the series – gets everything rightDirector: Peter Jackson
Cast: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – the War of the Ring begins as Jackson expertly juggles multiple storylinesDirector: Peter Jackson
Cast: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Andy Serkis
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – epic conclusion, won Best Picture and every other award in sightDirector: Peter Jackson
Cast: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen
Loro – slightly scattergun and sometimes blunted, satire on Silvio BerlesconiDirector: Paolo Sorrentino
Cast: Toni Servillo, Elena Sofia Ricci, Riccardo Scamarcio
The Lost City of Z – explorer Percy Fawcett hunts for a lost Aztec civilisation, in this dream-like epicDirector: James Gray
Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Tom Holland
The Lost Daughter – on holiday in Greece, a woman is forced to confront her failures as a motherDirector: Maggie Gyllenhaal
Cast: Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley, Dakota Johnson
Lost Highway – Lynchian oddness that defies easy explanation. Only for people who like that sort of thingDirector: David Lynch
Cast: Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, Balthazar Getty
The Lost Weekend – Best Picture winning drama about alcohol addiction, still very effective and powerfulDirector: Billy Wilder
Cast: Ray Milland, Jane Wyman,. Phillip Terry
Love Affairtwo people fall in love on an Atlantic cruise, before tragedy strikes: half comedy, half sentimental love storyDirector: Leo McCarey
Cast: Irene Dunne, Charles Boyer, Maria Ouspenskaya
Love & Friendship – hugely entertaining adaptation of Austen ephemera as a schemer provokes engagementsDirector: Whit Stillman
Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel
Love is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon – dark and daring artist biopicDirector: John Maybury
Cast: Derek Jacobi, Daniel Craig, Tilda Swinton
Love’s Labour’s Lost – Kenneth Branagh’s old-school musical version of Shakespeare, an interesting semi-failureDirector: Kenneth Branagh
Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Natasha McElhone, Adrian Lester
Loving – a mixed race couple in 1960s America faces a legal battle to be allowed to live togetherDirector: Jeff Nichols
Cast: Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Marton Csorkas
Loving Vincent – witnesses reflect on the final days of van Gogh, in this unique film assembled from paintingsDirector: Doreta Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
Cast: Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Saoirse Ronan

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – a jazz musician records a session while her trumpeter dreams of fameDirector: George C Wolfe
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Glynn Turman
Macbeth – Polanski’s dark and violent version of the tale, crammed with nihilismDirector: Roman Polanski
Cast: Jon Finch, Francesca Annis, Martin Shaw
Mad Max: Fury Road – gonzo action film, as Max helps a group of women escape a tyrantDirector: George Miller
Cast: Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hoult
Made in Dagenham – female car factory workers in the 1970s campaign for equal wagesDirector: Nigel Cole
Cast: Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson
The Madness of King George – George III loses his mind, leading to a crisis in the monarchy in this superb Bennett adaptationDirector: Nicholas Hytner
Cast: Nigel Hawthorne, Helen Mirren, Rupert Everett
Magic Mike – strippers live the dream and aim for the stars – but struggle to deal with grim realityDirector: Steven Soderbergh
Cast: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Cody Horn
The Magician – a troupe of magicians are questioned by rationalists: fascinating meditation on performanceDirector: Ingmar Bergman
Cast: Max von Sydow, Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Björnstrand
The Magnificent Ambersons – Welles cruelly cut-to-ribbons Kane follow-up, an American family sagaDirector: Orson Welles
Cast: Joseph Cotton, Tim Holt, Agnes Moorehead
The Magnificent Seven – decent remake, that doesn’t quite have the magic of the first oneDirector: Antoine Fuqua
Cast: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Peter Sarsgaard
Magnolia – lives intersect over a few days in LA in this Altman tributeDirector: Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: John C Reilly, Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore
Malcolm X – passionate and epic biopic of Malcolm X, brilliantly made and wonderfully performedDirector: Spike Lee
Cast: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Albert Hall
A Man For All Seasons – Thomas More won’t compromise on Henry VIII’s marriage in the Best Picture winning personal faveDirector: Fred Zinnemann
Cast: Paul Scofield, Robert Shaw, Wendy Hiller
The Man From UNCLE– failed attempt to bring a TV show to the big screen, not quite entertaining enoughDirector: Guy Ritchie
Cast: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander
The Man Who Knew Infinity – an Indian mathematician struggles to win respect with the support of a shy professorDirector: Matthew Brown
Cast: Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons, Devika Bhise
The Man Who Would Be King – in the British Raj, two conmen head out to the furthest reaches of India in search of richesDirector: John Huston
Cast: Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Christopher Plummer
The Man With the Golden Gun – Bond goes face-to-face with a hitman who prides himself on never missing.Director: Guy Hamilton
Cast: Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland
Manchester by the Sea – a man consumed by grief and guilt, becomes his nephews guardian. Heart-rendingDirector: Kenneth Lonergan
Cast: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Lucas Hedges
The Manchurian Candidate – brilliant, chilling brainwash conspiracy thriller as Korean war vets are programmed to killDirector: John Frankenheimer
Cast: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Angela Lansbury
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom – old-fashioned full-life biopic of Mandela, like an 80s award baiterDirector: Justin Chadwick
Cast: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge
Mank – gorgeous film about the history of Citizen Kane, impossible to enjoy without a love of the originalDirector: David Fincher
Cast: Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Charles Dance
Marathon Man – a college post-graduate’s CIA brother is killed. A renegade Nazi is convinced he passed a secret to his brother. Director: John Schlesinger
Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Oliver, Roy Scheider
Marriage Story – searing response to Kramer vs Kramer as a couple feud for custody in this searing divorce dramaDirector: Noah Baumbach
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Laura Dern, Alan Alda
The Martian – an astronaut on the first mission to Mars is accidentally left behind and needs to surviveDirector: Ridley Scott
Cast: Matt Damon, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jessica Chastain
Marty – a shy butcher falls in love in this gentle Best Picture winner, adapted from a TV playDirector: Delbert Mann
Cast: Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair, Esther Minciotti
Mary Poppins Returns – delightful sequel musical, at its strongest when it has the courage to be its own thingDirector: Rob Marshall
Cast: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw
Mary, Queen of Scots – grand but second-tier Tudor history epic, with a little too much sympathy for Mary Queen of ScotsDirector: Charles Jarrott
Cast: Vanessa Redgrave, Glenda Jackson, Timothy Dalton
Mary, Queen of Scots – political version which tries to turn Mary into a genius and Elizabeth into a weakling and failsDirector: Josie Rourke
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Guy Pearce
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – overblown and try-too-hard version, operatic and overly dynamicDirector: Kenneth Branagh
Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Robert De Niro, Helena Bonham Carter
M*A*S*H – very dated, sexist, counter-culture comedy which I found hugely grating and unfunnyDirector: Robert Altman
Cast: Donald Sutherland, Elliot Gould, Sally Kellerman
The Mask of Zorro – hugely enjoyable version of the Zorro story, perfect swashbuckling entertainmentDirector: Martin Campbell
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta Jones
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World – a personal fav, a Napoleonic naval captain pursues a French shipDirector: Peter Weir
Cast: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, James D’Arcy
Match Point – Allen’s tone-deaf London-based drama about a social climbing tennis coachDirector: Woody Allen
Cast: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Scarlett Johansson
The Matrix – iconic sci-fi action, as an office drone discovers the world is not what it seemsDirector: The Wachowskis
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne
The Matrix Reloaded – pretentious and (whisper it) rather dull sequel that took all the faux-philosophy way too farDirector: The Wachowskis
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Carrie Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne
The Matrix Revolutions – if you thought the above was bad… two films that near killed the franchise stone deadDirector: The Wachowskis
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Carrie Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne
The Matrix Resurrections – a failed attempt to relaunch the franchise, although much better than the other sequelsDirector: Lana Wachowski
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
McCabe and Mrs Miller – revisionist Western about a crook and madam who find themselves out of their depthDirector: Robert Altman
Cast: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Rene Auberjoinois
Memoirs of a Geisha – lush but totally empty romantic drama that takes a tourist’s eye to JapanDirector: Rob Marshall
Cast: Zhang Ziyi, Ken Watanabe, Gong Li, Michelle Yeoh
The Men – Brando makes his film debut in this earnest but realistic drama about paraplegic war veteransDirector: Fred Zinnemann
Cast: Marlon Brando, Teresa Wright, Everett Sloane
Men in Black: International – pointless sequel, that feels like a product rather than a filmDirector: F Gary Gray
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson
Michael Collins – wonderfully shot biopic of the Irish terrorist leader, makes passionate points about the gun in politicsDirector: Neil Jordan
Cast: Liam Neeson, Julia Roberts, Alan Rickman, Aiden Quinn
Midnight Cowboy – Best Picture winning tale of two grifters who shoot for the moon in New York, but crash to the groundDirector: John Schlesinger
Cast: Jon Voight, Dustin Hoffman, Sylvia Miles
Midnight Express – Turkish Prison drama – to say it looks a bit racist and homophobic today is an understatementDirector: Alan Parker
Cast: Brad Davis, Randy Quaid, John Hurt
Midnight Run – a bail-bond collector tracks down an accountant who stole money from the mafia. Brilliant odd-couple comedyDirector: Martin Brest
Cast: Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto
The Midnight Sky – after an environmental catastrophe, a scientist remains on Earth to warn a space missionDirector: George Clooney
Cast: George Clooney, Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo
Midnight Special – a father protects his boy, with secret powers, from the governmentDirector: Jeff Nichols
Cast: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst
Midway – a retelling of the famous WW2 battle, which never quite escapes its made-for-TV rootsDirector: Jack Smight
Cast: Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn
Mildred Pierce – superb murder mystery melodrama about a mother and her terminally ungrateful childDirector: Michael Curtiz
Cast: Joan Crawford, Eve Arden, Ann Blyth
Miller’s Crossing – one of my favourite Coen films, a fixer falls out with his gangster boss and plays all sides against the middleDirector: Coen Brothers
Cast: Gabriel Byrne, Albert Finney, Marcia Gay Harden
Million Dollar Baby Best Picture winning sucker punch (literally) as a woman dreams of becoming a boxing champDirector: Clint Eastwood
Cast: Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman
Minari – autobiographical film: in 80s America, a Korean family try to make a farm selling Korean food a successDirector: Lee Isaac Chung
Cast: Steven Yeun, Han Ye-ri, Youn Yuh-jung, Alan Kim
Ministry of Fear – a man is framed for murder in this WW2 spy thrillerDirector: Fritz Lang
Cast: Ray Milland, Marjorie Reynolds, Carl Esmond
Minority Report – dark sci-fi noir: a police force arresting people for crimes they are yet to commit. Flunks the endingDirector: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton
Misbehaviour – the 1970 Miss World competition is disrupted by protests in this engaging social issues comedyDirector: Philipa Lowthorpe
Cast: Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jessie Buckley
The Miseducation of Cameron Post – a teenage lesbian is sent to a sex re-education campDirector: Desiree Akhavan
Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, John Gallagher Jnr, Jennifer Ehle
Les Misérables – theatrical version of the famous musical, shot in a distinctive style that gets a bit gratingDirector: Tom Hooper
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway
Missing – in the aftermath of the Chilean revolution an American father hunts for his missing son Director: Costa-Gravas
Cast: Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, John Shea
The Mission – tragic South American missionaries drama, as colonialism claims multiple victims. Breathtaking scoreDirector: Roland Joffé
Cast: Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Ray McAnally
Mission: Impossible – huge fun spy action adventure, as a secret agent has to clear his name. Spawned an excellent franchiseDirector: Brian de Palma
Cast: Tom Cruise, Emannuelle Beart, Jon Voight
Mission: Impossible: II – only bad film in the franchise: egotistical Tom Cruise vehicle about the hunt for a virusDirector: John Woo
Cast: Tom Cruise, Thandiwe Newton, Dougray Scott
Mission: Impossible: III – exciting return to form, as Hunt hunts down a arms dealer with a secret weaponDirector: JJ Abrams
Cast: Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Michelle Monaghan
Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation – Hunt and his team take on a secretive alliance of rogue spiesDirector: Christopher McQuarrie
Cast: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg
Mission: Impossible: Fallout – Hunt and his team go all out to find a nuclear weapon they lost on a failed missionDirector: Christopher McQuarrie
Cast: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Henry Cavill
The Missionary – witty, gentle comedy: a priest working with fallen women finds himself in endless sexual entanglementsDirector: Richard Loncraine
Cast: Michael Palin, Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott
Mrs Miniver – Best Picture winning homefront saga, as a woman hold house and home together in the BlitzDirector: William Wyler
Cast: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Theresa Wright
Mr Brooks – a respectable businessman is driven to acts of murder by his imaginary friendDirector: Bruce A Evans
Cast: Kevin Costner, William Hurt, Demi Moore
Mr. Holmes – an aged Holmes struggles with the loss of his memoryDirector: Bill Condon
Cast: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker
Mr Smith Goes to Washington – the best-ever filibuster film as one man makes a differenceDirector: Frank Capra
Cast: James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains
Mr Turner – beautifully filmed and deeply engrossing Turner biopicDirector: Mike Leigh
Cast: Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey
Moana – delightful Disney film; the daughter of an Island chief, dreams of living her island for the open seaDirector: Ron Clements, John Musker
Cast: Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson
Moby Dick – uniquely filmed adaptation of the American novel, with some brave casting and a wonderful sense of the seaDirector: John Huston
Cast: Gregory Peck, Leo Genn, Richard Baseheart
Molly’s Game – a woman runs a gaming house for celebrities and ends up on the wrong side of both sides of the lawDirector: Aaron Sorkin
Cast: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner
Money Monster – a financial current affairs TV host is taken hostage by a man who has lost everything in the crashDirector: Jodie Foster
Cast: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell
Moneyball – the manager of a baseball team can only contend with the big teams by using stats to his advantageDirector: Bennett Miller
Cast: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Moonlight – Best picture winning life of a gay Black man, told in three parts: as a boy, a teenager and a young manDirector: Barry Jenkins
Cast: Trevante Rhodes, Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris
Moonraker – James Bond does Star Wars in what’s pretty much a remake of The Spy Who Loved MeDirector: Lewis Gilbert
Cast: Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Michael Lonsdale
Morocco – romantic drama set in the French Foreign LegionDirector: Josef von Sternberg
Cast: Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper, Adolphe Menjou
Mothering Sunday – self-consciously arty film about post-WW1 grief: outstays its welcomeDirector: Eva Husson
Cast: Odessa Young, Josh O’Connor, Colin Firth
The Motorcycle Diaries – a young Che Guevara motorbikes over South America with a friend and becomes politicalDirector: Walter Salles
Cast: Gael Garcia Bernal, Rodrigo de le Serna, Mia Maestro
Moulin Rouge – handsomely made biopic of Toulouse-LautrecDirector: John Huston
Cast: José Ferrer, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Suzanne Flon
Moulin Rouge! – brash, loud and wonderfully romantic jukebox musical, as a writer falls in love with a courtesanDirector: Baz Luhrmann
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, Jim Broadbent
Much Ado About Nothing – vibrant and funny Shakespeare adaptation, sun-kissed and sexyDirector: Kenneth Branagh
Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington
The Mummy – huge-fun, old-fashioned adventure as archaeologists accidentally bring to a life a terrible mummyDirector: Stephen Somers
Cast: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah
The Mummy – disastrous attempt to launch a Dark Universe franchise, which killed the franchise dead on arrivalDirector: Alex Kurtzmann
Cast: Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Russell Crowe
Munich – Israel sends assassins to wipe out Black September in this noble attempt to engage with terrorismDirector: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Ciarán Hinds
Munich: The Edge of War – Neville Chamberlain flies to Germany to make peace in this so-so spy dramaDirector: Christian Schwochow
Cast: George Mackay, Jannis Niewöhner, Jeremy Irons
The Muppet Christmas Carol – my Christmas watch of choice, beautiful (and best) version of the Dickens storyDirector: Jim Henson
Cast: Michael Caine, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo the Great
Murder by Decree – Holmes investigates Jack the Ripper in this enjoyable mix of pastiche and Bonkers conspiracy theoryDirector: Bob Clark
Cast: Christopher Plummer, James Mason, Frank Finlay
Murder on the Orient Express – Brilliant all-star adaptation of Agatha Christie’s most famous Poirot novel. A dozen suspects: who did it?Director: Sidney Lumet
Cast: Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman
Murder on the Orient Express – lush version, at times, like some of Branagh’s work, too operatic for its own goodDirector: Kenneth Branagh
Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Pfeiffer, Johnny Depp
Mutiny on the Bounty – Best Picture winning retelling of the most famous mutiny everDirector: Frank Lloyd
Cast: Clark Gable, Charles Laughton, Franchot Tone
My Cousin Rachel – a man suspects his cousin’s widow of having murdered her – but falls in love with herDirector: Roger Michell
Cast: Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin, Holliday Grainger
My Darling Clementine – myth-making Wyatt Earp biopic, Ford’s romanticism at its bestDirector: John Ford
Cast: Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, Victor Mature
My Fair Lady – Best Picture winning musical version of Pygmalion, very stagy and unoriginal, rather flatly madeDirector: George Cukor
Cast: Rex Harrison, Audrey Hepburn, Sterling Holloway
My Man Godfrey – a millionaire goes incognito as a butler with one crazy family, classic screwballDirector: Gregory La Cava
Cast: William Powell, Carole Lombard, Alice Brady
My Week with Marilyn – a young man forms a bond with Marilyn Monroe when she shoots a film in EnglandDirector: Simon Curtis
Cast: Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh