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January Quiz 2015 -- back by popular demand!

January Quiz 2015 -- back by popular demand!

8th January

The year has barely begun and already we are looking for ways to escape. Our newly relaunched quiz will distract you from the humdrum and the mundane and challenge your knowledge of all things film along the way. Set by David Parkinson, this quiz is desi

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Au Revoir les Enfants: Film of the Week

Au Revoir les Enfants: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 30th January / comments

Louis Malle’s 1987 coming-of-ager returns to UK screens this weekend as part of the Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations. It’s a deeply affecting, palpably personal account of wartime friendship and betrayal, writes Mike McCahill.

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Pelo Malo/Bad Hair: smart Venezuelan drama requires no drastic cuts

Pelo Malo/Bad Hair: smart Venezuelan drama requires no drastic cuts

Mike McCahill on 29th January / comments

Venezuelan writer-director Mariana Rondon won the Golden Shell at last year’s San Sebastian festival for this tale of a mother and child chafing against society’s gender roles. She’s got a fine head on her shoulders, writes Mike McCahill.

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Inherent Vice: Paul Thomas Anderson's purple haze

Inherent Vice: Paul Thomas Anderson's purple haze

Mike McCahill on 29th January / comments

The latest from writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, The Master) adapts Thomas Pynchon’s era-defining detective novel as a vehicle for Joaquin Phoenix. The results are fuzzy, in ways both good and bad, writes Mike McCahill.

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Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross

Mike McCahill on 28th January

This German drama, a prize-winner at this year’s Berlin festival, charts a latter-day teenager’s passage through the ranks of an extreme form of Catholicism. Don’t let its formal rigour put you off.

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Hollywood Teenpics

Hollywood Teenpics

David Parkinson on 28th January / comments

As Charlie Lyne's cine-essay Beyond Clueless continues to do the rounds of UK cinemas, Crash Course examines how American adolescence has been depicted on screen.

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Trash: second-hand Slumdoggery

Trash: second-hand Slumdoggery

Mike McCahill on 28th January / comments

The slums of Rio provide an evocative backdrop for this socially-minded crowdpleaser from writer Richard Curtis and director Stephen Daldry. Don’t go expecting another City of God, reports Mike McCahill.

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The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands

The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands

David Parkinson on 28th January

One of the best silent era British films, rereleased by the BFI to mark the centenary of key World War One naval battles.

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The Tamarind Seed

The Tamarind Seed

David Parkinson on 28th January

The sight of the names of composer John Barry and title designer Maurice Binder among the credits of this spy thriller might set pulses racing among James Bond aficionados. But this is closer in spirit to John Le Carré than Ian Fleming.

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I'm All Right Jack

I'm All Right Jack

Barry Forshaw on 27th January

The Boulting Brothers’ glorious satire of post-war industrial relations marked a pivotal moment in Peter Sellers’ film career.

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Kingsman: The Secret Service - a licence to make ill

Kingsman: The Secret Service - a licence to make ill

Mike McCahill on 26th January / comments

This latest comic-book adaptation from the team behind Kick-Ass finds a young working-class lad drafted to serve in a covert security organisation. It’s a pretty loathsome enterprise, writes Mike McCahill.

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The Marx Brothers

The Marx Brothers

David Parkinson on 23rd January / comments

As Duck Soup goes on general release as part of a month-long BFI Southbank retrospective, Crash Course recalls the madcap genius of Minnie Marx's boys.

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Hollywood Teenpics

David Parkinson on 28th January / comments

As Charlie Lyne's cine-essay Beyond Clueless continues to do the rounds of UK cinemas, Crash Course examines how American adolescence has been depicted on screen.

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The Marx Brothers

David Parkinson on 23rd January / comments

As Duck Soup goes on general release as part of a month-long BFI Southbank retrospective, Crash Course recalls the madcap genius of Minnie Marx's boys.

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Sapphic Cinema

David Parkinson on 19th January / comments

The 30th anniversary release of Donna Deitch's landmark drama Desert Hearts prompts Crash Course to trace the surprisingly sketchy history of lesbians on screen.

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Single Cell Cinema

James Oliver on 13th January / comments

James Oliver explores the origin of cinema and introduces the British forefathers of the art form.

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Classic Noir

David Parkinson on 6th January / comments

The DVD release of Robert Siodmak's seething existentialist thriller, The Killers (1946), persuades Crash Course to take a walk on the dark side...

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2005 - 2014: ‘We’re all stories, in the end’ - From Doctor Who to Utopia

Frank Collins on 24th December 2014 / comments

Frank Collins completes his survey of British Science Fiction television with an analysis of recent dramas.

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