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End Of Year Quiz 2015

End Of Year Quiz 2015

7th January

Another year in film has come to an end – and you can re-live the highs and lows in Mike McCahill’s ...

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TV Movies

TV Movies

James Oliver on 9th February / comments

'TV Movies' have a bad reputation, a byword for stale scripts and flat production values. But not every film made for television is a 'TV Movie', if you get my drift.

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Rams: Film of the Week

Rams: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 5th February / comments

This year’s Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes went to Icelandic director Grimur Hakonarson for this eccentric comedy about two warring brothers who live on adjacent farms. It’s a low-key charmer, writ...

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Spotlight: the power of the press

Spotlight: the power of the press

Mike McCahill on 4th February / comments

One of this year’s leading Oscar contenders, Tom McCarthy’s drama centres on a team of Boston journalists who uncovered a major cover-up of sexual abuses within the Catholic Church. The film generates...

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Miss Hokusai: artist biopic doesn't quite fill in the blanks

Miss Hokusai: artist biopic doesn't quite fill in the blanks

Mike McCahill on 4th February / comments

The latest example of Japanese anime to reach UK screens forms something of an anomaly: it’s a biopic of the 19th century artist Hokusai, as seen through the eyes of his young daughter. We’re not gett...

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Goosebumps: a moderate monster mash

Goosebumps: a moderate monster mash

Mike McCahill on 4th February / comments

The big-screen riff on the popular children’s books finds Jack Black’s R.L. Stine team up with a team of teenagers to banish demons that have escaped from his imagination. It’s passable matinee fare, ...

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Dans la Cour

Dans la Cour

Mark Reynolds on 4th February

On the back of two light comedy vehicles for perpetual crowd-pleaser Audrey Tatou (Priceless and Beautiful Lies), director Pierre Salvadori goes a shade darker in this bittersweet tale of late-life fr...

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Olive Kitteridge

Olive Kitteridge

3rd February

Based on Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitizer Prize winning book, the four-part HBO miniseries directed by Lisa Cholodenko and written by Jane Anderson, stars Frances McDormand in a title role she was born to...

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Janis: Little Girl Blue - the highs and lows of the legendary Ms. Joplin

Janis: Little Girl Blue - the highs and lows of the legendary Ms. Joplin

Mike McCahill on 2nd February / comments

This much-acclaimed documentary finds filmmaker Amy Berg (West of Memphis) profiling Janis Joplin, the folk rocker who shot to stardom in the late 60s before succumbing to drugs. She’s done a solid jo...

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Trumbo: a by-the-book biopic

Trumbo: a by-the-book biopic

Mike McCahill on 1st February / comments

Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston has earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his performance in this brisk biopic of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Yet the rest is naggingly superficial, argues...

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Innocence of Memories: Film of the Week

Innocence of Memories: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 29th January / comments

British filmmaker Grant Gee here offers a guided tour of the object-strewn worlds, real and fictional, of the acclaimed Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk. He’s spun potentially dry and academic material into...

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Youth: Sorrentino and Caine hit the spa

Youth: Sorrentino and Caine hit the spa

Mike McCahill on 29th January / comments

Paolo Sorrentino’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning The Great Beauty finds Michael Caine as an acclaimed composer mulling his legacy during a stay at a Swiss spa. If it’s not quite up to its predecessor...

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Sweet Smell of Success

David Parkinson on 27th January / comments

Ranking alongside Orson Welles's Touch of Evil and Robert Wise's Odds Against Tomorrow as a classic of late American noir, Alexander Mackendrick's Sweet Smell of Success (1957) seeps sour cynicism from every...

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Short Story Adaptations

James Oliver on 26th January / comments

Although authors sometimes complain that neither publishers nor readers always appreciate short fiction, they can at least comfort themselves that moviemakers are rather keener on these writerly miniatures.

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Jacques Rivette

David Parkinson on 20th January / comments

For too long, Jacques Rivette has been the forgotten man of the nouvelle vague. The new release of Arrow's magnificent 16-disc dual format collection should finally allow cineastes to appreciate the extent...

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Twins

James Oliver on 18th January / comments

Right! The Tom-Hardy-as-both-Kray-twins movie Legend has arrived on DVD/ Blu Ray. It's a film that suggests an excellent subject for a Top Ten: not 'loveable cockney psychopaths', but twins.

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Alan Rickman 1946 - 2016

James Oliver on 15th January / comments

There's a certain cruel irony that Alan Rickman should pass away on the day that the Oscar nominations were announced, half the world away, in Hollywood. An irony because he was never once recognised by the ...

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Max von Sydow

James Oliver on 15th January / comments

James Oliver salutes Max von Sydow from Bergman to Star Wars, by way of Ming the Merciless...

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