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Miss Julie: Film of the Week

Miss Julie: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 4th September / comments

The latest take on Strindberg’s battle-of-the-sexes perennial sees former Bergman muse Liv Ullmann pitting Jessica Chastain’s lady of the manor against Colin Farrell’s chippy footman. It’s gripping, a...

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The Second Mother: crowdpleasing domestic drama

The Second Mother: crowdpleasing domestic drama

Mike McCahill on 4th September / comments

This Brazilian comedy-drama - about a well-to-do household thrown into disarray when the housemaid’s progressive-minded daughter shows up - has been a huge popular favourite on the festival circuit. Y...

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl: Sundance favourite proves very hard quirk

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl: Sundance favourite proves very hard quirk

Mike McCahill on 4th September / comments

This year’s Sundance festival gave two top prizes to this comedy-drama about an affectless teenager shaken into life via encounters with his leukaemia-stricken neighbour. It’s a resistible mix of calc...

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Dope: mildly addictive hood comedy

Dope: mildly addictive hood comedy

Mike McCahill on 3rd September / comments

This laidback comedy, an audience favourite at this year’s Sundance and Cannes festivals, finds a nerdy high schooler trying to dispose of a backpack full of drugs. It offers sporadic highs, writes Mi...

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Vivre sa vie

Vivre sa vie

on 3rd September

Godard’s fourth feature, starring his then wife and frequent muse Anna Karina, is a stylistically inventive study of personal freedoms and disillusionment in 1960s Paris – and a penetrating portrait o...

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Closed Curtain: Iranian cinema goes into retreat

Closed Curtain: Iranian cinema goes into retreat

Mike McCahill on 2nd September / comments

This collaboration between writer-directors Jafar Panahi and Kambozia Partovi (The Circle) strives to point up the limitations placed on Iranian creatives through its tale of a besieged writer. Yet it...

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Buttercup Bill: a highway best lost

Buttercup Bill: a highway best lost

Mike McCahill on 1st September / comments

This indie psychodrama heads from New York to New Orleans in pursuit of two former childhood sweethearts reunited in adult life after a tragedy. It’s visually busy but dismayingly unoriginal, laments ...

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Angela Lansbury

Angela Lansbury

James Oliver on 1st September / comments

There was much more to Angela Lansbury than Murder, She Wrote as James Oliver finds out.

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The Maggie  A Little Boat That Could

The Maggie A Little Boat That Could

Mark Reynolds on 29th August

This charming, unashamedly sentimental comedy is notable for bringing together the creative team who would go on to create The Ladykillers (1955).

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45 Years: Film of the Week

45 Years: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 28th August / comments

Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay won the top acting prizes at this year’s Berlin festival for this drama about a happily married couple whose relationship is threatened by news from the past. They...

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L'Eclisse: Antonioni's landmark returns to cinemas

L'Eclisse: Antonioni's landmark returns to cinemas

Mike McCahill on 28th August / comments

Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1962 drama - about the doomed relationship between a trader and a city girl - is reissued this week in a digital restoration. It shows both the strengths and weaknesses of the...

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Angela Lansbury

James Oliver on 1st September / comments

There was much more to Angela Lansbury than Murder, She Wrote as James Oliver finds out.

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Pillow Talk

David Parkinson on 27th August / comments

Opinion is divided over Pillow Talk (1959). Some modern critics have labelled it 'socially and politically schizophrenic' for celebrating the liberated career woman while at the same time fixating on her vir...

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Bergman and Rossellini

David Parkinson on 26th August / comments

Marking the Blu-ray release of the BFI's Roberto Rossellini Ingrid Bergman Collection, Crash Course charts the scandalous, often stormy, but always cinematically compelling relationship between the Italian d...

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Ang Lee

David Parkinson on 25th August / comments

Few film-makers have created such a distinctive body of work as Ang Lee. The sheer diversity of the subject matter alone sets it apart.

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Claude Rains

James Oliver on 7th August / comments

It must have been a bitter-sweet offer: how would he like to come out to Hollywood and make his film debut in a major motion picture, with top-billing and everything?

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Carol Reed

David Parkinson on 6th August / comments

Born on 30 December 1906, Carol Reed was one of six children fathered by stage legend Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree with his mistress, Beatrice Mae Pinney.

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