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Marshland: cop thriller gets bogged down

Marshland: cop thriller gets bogged down

Mike McCahill on 5th August / comments

This Spanish thriller follows a pair of detectives as they investigate the brutal slaying of two teenage sisters in a remote rural backwater. The post-Franco mood is compelling, the plot and character...

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Charlie Chaplin's Silent Films

Charlie Chaplin's Silent Films

David Parkinson on 4th August / comments

As Artificial Eye releases several Charlie Chaplin classics on DVD and Blu-ray, Crash Course examines the risks that the world's biggest film star took in making the transition from shorts to features...

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Sicilian Films

Sicilian Films

James Oliver on 3rd August / comments

With Roberto Rossellini's Stromboli erupting onto DVD and Blu-ray, James Oliver takes a look at 10 of the best films set in Sicily...

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A Star is Born

A Star is Born

David Parkinson on 3rd August / comments

In July 1954, the cameras finally stopped rolling on one of the longest shoots in Hollywood history. The critics proclaimed Judy Garland's long-awaited comeback a masterpiece. But drastic steps were t...

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Hard to Be a God: a stunning return to the Dark Ages

Hard to Be a God: a stunning return to the Dark Ages

Mike McCahill on 3rd August / comments

The final, decades-in-the-making film from the late Russian writer-director Aleksei German takes place on an alternative Earth mired firmly in the Dark Ages. You won’t have seen - or smelt - anything ...

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Modern Horror

Modern Horror

James Oliver on 31st July / comments

Horror films are going through a purple patch, says James Oliver as he casts an eye over some of the genre's recent triumphs.

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Slow Cinema

Slow Cinema

David Parkinson on 31st July / comments

As Lisandro Alonso's Jauja and Albert Serra's Story of My Death arrive on disc, Crash Course investigates an arthouse phenomenon that insists on taking its own sweet time.

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Man with a Movie Camera: Film of the Week

Man with a Movie Camera: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 31st July / comments

Fresh from being voted the greatest documentary of all time in a Sight & Sound poll, Dziga Vertov’s 1929 silent returns to UK cinemas in a new digital restoration. It remains a thrilling display of th...

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Beyond the Reach: Gordon Gekko goes wild in the desert

Beyond the Reach: Gordon Gekko goes wild in the desert

Mike McCahill on 30th July / comments

This action thriller finds big game hunter Michael Douglas turning his attentions from animal to human prey during an excursion in the Arizona desert. It’s not as dangerous a game as we’re led to beli...

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Cub: a bad case of the ging-gang-ghoulies

Cub: a bad case of the ging-gang-ghoulies

Mike McCahill on 29th July / comments

Acclaimed on the horror festival circuit, this feature debut from Flemish writer-director Jonas Govaerts tosses a scout troop into the woods to face diverse threats. It doesn’t quite earn its badge fo...

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Iris: a lesson in good style

Iris: a lesson in good style

Mike McCahill on 28th July / comments

Completed just before his death, the legendary documentarist Albert Maysles’ penultimate project is an intimate study of idiosyncratic New York fashionista Iris Apfel. It’s a smart and pleasurable pie...

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Charlie Chaplin's Silent Films

David Parkinson on 4th August / comments

As Artificial Eye releases several Charlie Chaplin classics on DVD and Blu-ray, Crash Course examines the risks that the world's biggest film star took in making the transition from shorts to features and th...

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Sicilian Films

James Oliver on 3rd August / comments

With Roberto Rossellini's Stromboli erupting onto DVD and Blu-ray, James Oliver takes a look at 10 of the best films set in Sicily...

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A Star is Born

David Parkinson on 3rd August / comments

In July 1954, the cameras finally stopped rolling on one of the longest shoots in Hollywood history. The critics proclaimed Judy Garland's long-awaited comeback a masterpiece. But drastic steps were taken wh...

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Modern Horror

James Oliver on 31st July / comments

Horror films are going through a purple patch, says James Oliver as he casts an eye over some of the genre's recent triumphs.

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Slow Cinema

David Parkinson on 31st July / comments

As Lisandro Alonso's Jauja and Albert Serra's Story of My Death arrive on disc, Crash Course investigates an arthouse phenomenon that insists on taking its own sweet time.

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Chapter 6: Erotica Italiana

Barry Forshaw on 27th July / comments

Sex and Italian cinema are natural bedfellows. From the carnal undertones of neo-realism to the perverse obsessions of Passolini and Tinto Brass, sex is ever-present.

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