Val Lewton's time as head of RKO's B-movie horror division saw him produce enduring and inventive films that rethought the presentation of horror. Graeme looks at his approach and his finest work, The Curse of the Cat People.
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James Oliver on 19th April
The film that launched Ginger Rogers' solo career, Bachelor Mother gave her a chance to shine as a comedienne. It's one of the very greatest of screwball comedies, writes James Oliver.
Nicole Holofcener has written some of the freshest, funniest dialogue spoken on screen this century. In his latest Essentials profile, Mike McCahill explains why this native New Yorker has become regarded as the female Woody Allen.
James Oliver on 18th April
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers' last picture for RKO sees them play the ballroom dancers who wooed America during WWI. It's a film of rare grace and panache, writes James Oliver.
Jonathan Melville on 17th April
Ken Loach and Mike Leigh are just two of the major filmmakers in competition for Cannes 2014, alongside new films from Nuri Bilge Ceylan and The Dardenne Brothers.
Frank Collins concludes his blog series with a look back at the earliest television crime shows and how Fabian Of The Yard and Dixon Of Dock Green were developed from documentaries and cinema of the 1950s.
Adapted from an acclaimed Spanish graphic novel, this hand-drawn animation recounts a series of tales from an old people’s home. It’s a commendably honest and moving account of the ageing process, writes Mike McCahill.
Graeme Hobbs on 17th April
Forget the lurid studio-imposed title, this beautiful sequel to Val Lewton's Cat People is one of the great explorations of childhood imagination, writes Graeme Hobbs.
Jonathan Melville on 16th April
We mark the release of Bill Forsyth's That Sinking Feeling on the Flipside with a new sale and limited edition postcards.
Julian Upton on 16th April
Cheap, cheerful and cheeky, this inventive, infectiously funny Glaswegian crime caper from Bill Forsyth (Gregory's Girl) plays out like comic, bargain-basement Rififi, writes Julian Upton.
Tom Hardy assumes the driver's seat for this one-man thriller, which finds a faithless master builder navigating the worst night of his life. This smartly constructed character study may yet make a star of its leading man, reports Mike McCahill.