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Eastern European Cinema: The Quiz

Eastern European Cinema: The Quiz

27th February

This month's quiz centres on cinema in Eastern Europe between the coming of talkies and the new waves of the post-Communist era. The questions cover films and film-makers from countrie...

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Dreamcatcher: Film of the Week

Dreamcatcher: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 6th March / comments

Documentarist Kim Longinotto here profiles Brenda Myers-Powell, a sex worker-turned-social worker committed to raising the expectations of Chicagoís young women. Her efforts canít fail to move, and ma...

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Still Alice: Julianne Moore is lost for words

Still Alice: Julianne Moore is lost for words

Mike McCahill on 6th March / comments

Julianne Moore took home the Best Actress Oscar last weekend for her turn as a linguistics professor struck down with early-onset Alzheimerís in this intimate indie drama. It was a deserved victory, a...

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Chappie: bad robot

Chappie: bad robot

Mike McCahill on 6th March / comments

South African Neill Blomkamp follows up 2009ís District 9 and 2013ís Elysium with a Sci Fi parable about a robot who rebels against his programming in a police-state Johannesburg. Itís the non-robots ...

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White Bird in a Blizzard: a stormy coming-of-age tale

White Bird in a Blizzard: a stormy coming-of-age tale

Mike McCahill on 6th March / comments

The latest film from cult auteur Gregg Araki (Mysterious Skin, Kaboom) concerns a teenage girl (Divergentís Shailene Woodley) investigating her motherís sudden disappearance. The answers should stay w...

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Appropriate Behaviour: a girl's guide to New York

Appropriate Behaviour: a girl's guide to New York

Mike McCahill on 6th March / comments

This New York-set indie follows a young bisexual Persian-American woman as she attempts to recover from the failure of her last relationship. Itís a distinctive debut for writer-director-star Desiree ...

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Leviathan

Leviathan

Mike McCahill on 6th March

2014ís Cannes Best Screenplay winner unfolds in a small Russian coastal town, where a handyman is caught up with the mayor in an increasingly violent property dispute. It constructs a fascinating stat...

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Life of Riley: Alain Resnais' final bow

Life of Riley: Alain Resnais' final bow

Mike McCahill on 5th March / comments

This adaptation of Alan Ayckbournís dark stage comedy won Berlinís Silver Bear weeks before the death of its director Alain Resnais in March last year. Itís minor, but the directorís eye for experimen...

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Amour Fou

Amour Fou

Mike McCahill on 5th March

Jessica Hausnerís follow-up to 2009ís much-admired Lourdes recreates the unusual circumstances whereby 19th century poet Heinrich von Kleist came to woo a married woman. The results are deathly strang...

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This Is Where I Leave You

This Is Where I Leave You

Mark Reynolds on 5th March

Inspired characters, a perfect location and an A-list ensemble cast and crew on a mission to entertain ensure a seamless transition to the screen for Jonathan Tropperís hilarious and touching novel.

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Dystopias

Dystopias

James Oliver on 3rd March / comments

Sometimes, the movies make the future look great, all flying cars and robot servants to do all the hard work. Sometimes, though, they paint a rather bleaker picture of tomorrow, predicting totalitaria...

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British Animation

British Animation

David Parkinson on 3rd March / comments

With Aardman's Shaun the Sheep delighting audiences across the country, Crash Course traces the story of an underrated artform.

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Dystopias

James Oliver on 3rd March / comments

Sometimes, the movies make the future look great, all flying cars and robot servants to do all the hard work. Sometimes, though, they paint a rather bleaker picture of tomorrow, predicting totalitarianism an...

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British Animation

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With Aardman's Shaun the Sheep delighting audiences across the country, Crash Course traces the story of an underrated artform.

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David Parkinson on 23rd February / comments

With Tim Burton's Big Eyes still in cinemas and Mike Leigh's Mr Turner and Richard Laxton's Effie Gray coming to DVD, Crash Course seeks to put some perspective on art biopics.

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James Oliver on 23rd February / comments

The great state of Texas occupies a special place in the American imagination, a symbol both of freedom (remember the Alamo!) and the frontier

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Modern South America

James Oliver on 17th February / comments

There's more to South America than the clichťs of Salsa and Soccer: there's sensational cinema too, or so says James Oliver as he heads south of the border in search of ten of the best Latin American films o...

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Screwball Comedy

David Parkinson on 17th February / comments

As George Cukor's The Philadelphia Story (1940) returns to cinemas, Crash Course seeks to unlock the secret of screwball comedy.

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