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It's a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life

David Parkinson on 19th December / comments

Sixty-eight years after its release, Frank Capra's heart-rending morality tale remains the most popular festive feature. Crash Course takes a closer look at this classic piece of Capra-corn.

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Kon-Tiki: Film of the Week

Kon-Tiki: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 19th December / comments

This Oscar-nominated adventure describes Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl’s attempt to prove how early civilisations related to the ocean by sailing from Peru to Polynesia on a raft. Prepare to be swept away, writes Mike McCahill.

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Still the Enemy Within

Still the Enemy Within

David Parkinson on 18th December

This impassioned documentary chronicles the infamous miner' strike that took place in Britain between 1984 and 1985. Approximately 160,000 coal miners went on strike, resulting in an ongoing conflict with Thatcher’s government.

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Guys and Dolls: why we continue to bet on Brando and Sinatra

Guys and Dolls: why we continue to bet on Brando and Sinatra

Mike McCahill on 17th December / comments

Joseph Mankiewicz’s 1955 musical, drawn from Damon Runyon’s gangster tales, returns to cinemas this weekend in a new print. It ain’t subtle, but the showstoppers remain sensational, writes Mike McCahill.

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb - a disappointing display

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb - a disappointing display

Mike McCahill on 16th December / comments

Ben Stiller’s family-friendly franchise returns for a third and possibly final instalment that finds the star's hapless security guard seeking to retrieve an Egyptian tablet with mysterious powers. The magic has ebbed away, writes Mike McCahill.

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The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

David Parkinson on 16th December

A documentary of the inner workings of Studio Ghibli, the Japanese animation studio that introduced the magical, wonderful world of Totoro and more

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The Possibilities Are Endless

The Possibilities Are Endless

Mike McCahill on 16th December

In 2005, former Orange Juice frontman Edwyn Collins found himself fighting for his life after undergoing a severe cerebral hemorrhage. This documentary account of his recovery makes some unexpected, often very moving choices.

DVD

Godard and His Muses

Godard and His Muses

David Parkinson on 14th December / comments

As Jean-Luc Godard turns 84 and Goodbye to Language debuts on DVD, Crash Course explores the impact that the women in JLG's life have had on his work.

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The Face of Love: Film of the Week

The Face of Love: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 12th December / comments

This unusual American drama centres on an L.A. widow (Annette Bening) who spies her late husband’s doppelganger while browsing an art gallery. It’s a dead ringer for Vertigo, with one crucial twist, writes Mike McCahill.

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Filipino Flicks

Filipino Flicks

James Oliver on 12th December / comments

If James Oliver is reading the signs correctly, the Philippines is set to be the next big thing in world cinema...

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A Tale of Samurai Cooking: a modest Japanese repast

A Tale of Samurai Cooking: a modest Japanese repast

Mike McCahill on 11th December / comments

This handsome period piece finds a kind-hearted, kitchen-savvy maid revolutionising the life of her sullen chef hubby. The starters are adorable, but the main course sits a little heavy on the stomach, reports Mike McCahill.

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Me, Myself and Mum: best French film of 2014, or another Mrs. Brown's Boys?

Me, Myself and Mum: best French film of 2014, or another Mrs. Brown's Boys?

Mike McCahill on 11th December / comments

This year’s Best Film winner at France’s Cesars - beating Stranger by the Lake and Blue is the Warmest Colour - is a whimsical coming-of-age story drawn from a hit stageplay. It’s not always funny, but it’s unarguably personal, writes Mike McCahill.

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It's a Wonderful Life

David Parkinson on 19th December / comments

Sixty-eight years after its release, Frank Capra's heart-rending morality tale remains the most popular festive feature. Crash Course takes a closer look at this classic piece of Capra-corn.

Read

Godard and His Muses

David Parkinson on 14th December / comments

As Jean-Luc Godard turns 84 and Goodbye to Language debuts on DVD, Crash Course explores the impact that the women in JLG's life have had on his work.

Read

Filipino Flicks

James Oliver on 12th December / comments

If James Oliver is reading the signs correctly, the Philippines is set to be the next big thing in world cinema...

Read

1938 - 1969: Bring Something Back - from R.U.R to The Prisoner

Frank Collins on 9th December / comments

Frank Collins looks back to the origins of British Science Fiction television to mark the BFI’s major celebration of the genre.

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Roger Corman's Poe Cycle

David Parkinson on 5th December / comments

Emboldened by release of Vincent Price in Six Gothic Tales, Crash Course delves into the dark heart of Roger Corman's Edgar Allan Poe cycle.

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Lo-fi Sci-Fi

James Oliver on 3rd December / comments

British cinema has produced rather a lot of science fiction flicks; as James Oliver finds in our latest instalment of British Films in Review, they might not always be exactly good but that doesn't stop them...

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