Top five films: best of the big screen

STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (102 minutes) PG

The strangers are a tennis champion (Farley Granger) and a psychopath (Robert Walker) who suggests that he and his new friend should "swap murders". The upshot is a perfect Alfred Hitchcock thriller, made in 1951 at the start of his best period, with a ingenious plot taken from a Patricia Highsmith novel and a memorably seductive villain. Screens as part of a Hitchcock retrospective. Digitally projected. Lido, Classic and Cameo, Sunday, November 4, 4pm.

Antonio Neiwiller (Mayor of Stromboli) in a scene from the film Caro Diario.

Antonio Neiwiller (Mayor of Stromboli) in a scene from the film Caro Diario.Credit:Fairfax Media

MCCABE AND MRS MILLER (120 minutes) MA

Its mood of hazy melancholy reinforced by the Leonard Cohen songs on the soundtrack, Robert Altman's wintry 1971 anti-Western gives Warren Beatty one of his best roles as the doomed gambler McCabe: boastful, shy, foolish, altogether lovable. Julie Christie is Mrs Miller, the tough Cockney madam who helps him realise at least some of his dreams. Digitally projected. Thornbury Picture House, Sunday, November 4, 3.45pm.

Warren Beatty and Julie Christie on the set of McCabe & Mrs. Miller.

Warren Beatty and Julie Christie on the set of McCabe & Mrs. Miller.Credit:Fairfax Media

CARO DIARIO (101 minutes) M

Midway through the journey of his life, Italian comic Nanni Moretti embarks on a series of adventures that include riding through Rome on his Vespa, touring the Aeolian islands, and trying to solve a medical mystery. An ideal introduction to Moretti's work, this 1993 pseudo-documentary is weightier than it appears, a symbolic autobiography rather than a literal one. Screens as part of the "Italian Cine-Scapes" series, with introduction by scholar Mark Nicholls. Digitally projected. Palace Como, Sunday, November 4, 6.30pm (courtesy aperitivo at 6pm).

FAHRENHEIT 11/9 (128 minutes) M

The always outspoken Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11) responds to the Trump era in his latest polemical documentary, which doesn't just stick to the usual political talking points. One of his more scattershot works, this nonetheless succeeds in being both funny and horrifying, especially in the segment devoted to the ongoing water crisis in Moore's hometown Flint. Selected.

A still from 
Fahrenheit 11/9, by Michael Moore.

A still from
Fahrenheit 11/9, by Michael Moore.Credit:SEE CAPTION INFO

WILDLIFE (105 minutes) M

In the Montana of 1960, a teenage boy (Ed Oxenbould) is witness to the disintegration of his parents' marriage, which gathers pace after his father (Jake Gyllenhaal) takes off to fight forest fires. Paul Dano's intelligent, well-cast adaptation of Richard Ford's novel is a cut above most such literary coming-of-age stories, with Carey Mulligan outdoing herself as the mother. Selected.

A scene from Hitchcock,s Strangers on a Train.

A scene from Hitchcock,s Strangers on a Train.

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