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HITMEN & ASSASSINS

HITMEN & ASSASSINS

5th June

With John Frankenheimer's The Manchurian Candidate (1962) available in a dual Blu-ray and DVD formant, this month's quiz centres on hitmen and assassins.

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Song of the Sea: Oscar-nominated Irish animation surfs great waves of emotion

Song of the Sea: Oscar-nominated Irish animation surfs great waves of emotion

Mike McCahill on 7th July / comments

The latest animation from Ireland’s Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells) offers a new take on the mythological creature known as the selkie. This affecting throwback fully deserved its Oscar nod, cheers M...

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Orson Welles

Orson Welles

David Parkinson on 6th July / comments

It's impossible to sum up the achievement and the enigma of Orson Welles in a couple of paragraphs. His influence on American cinema remains incalculable even though in strictly commercial terms, his ...

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Christopher Walken

Christopher Walken

James Oliver on 6th July / comments

Christopher Walken, eh? Smart, eccentric and says James Oliver one of the best supporting actors about.

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P'tit Quinquin: funny-haha or funny-strange?

P'tit Quinquin: funny-haha or funny-strange?

Mike McCahill on 6th July / comments

Arthouse gloom merchant Bruno Dumont finally cracks a smile with this feature version of his four-part TV series about a rural French village beset by grisly murders. It could well be the oddest thing...

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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Mike McCahill on 6th July

More stately animation from Studio Ghibli. Isao Takahata took a decade to polish off this take on an old Japanese folk legend about a young girl found in a bamboo shoot.

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Electric Boogaloo

Electric Boogaloo

Mike McCahill on 6th July

Aussie film historian Mark Hartley follows his entertaining Ozploitation romp Not Quite Hollywood with the rise-and-fall story of 1980s video pioneers Cannon Films. It runs the gamut with great glee

DVD

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

Mike McCahill on 6th July

Droll Swedish philosopher-comedian Roy Andersson returns to UK screens after an eight-year absence with what’s billed as the final part of his trilogy about being a human being.

DVD Blu-ray

The Falling

The Falling

Mike McCahill on 6th July

Carol Morley’s follow-up to her 2011 hit Dreams of a Life depicts a mass fainting outbreak among the pupils of a remote Home Counties school. Don’t expect easy answers, but its mysteries should stay w...

DVD Blu-ray

Flipside

Flipside

James Oliver on 3rd July / comments

British cinema has always prided itself on respectability. From its earliest days, it has favoured stories about the great and good, and courted prestige with its adaptations of established literary m...

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10 best films based on TV shows

10 best films based on TV shows

James Oliver on 3rd July / comments

With The Man from U.N.C.L.E striding onto cinema screens and Shaun the Sheep gambolling onto DVD James Oliver lists 10 great films taken from TV shows.

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Amy: Film of the Week

Amy: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 3rd July / comments

Asif Kapadia follows up 2010’s standout documentary profile Senna with a similarly evocative take on the rise and fall of singer Amy Winehouse. You can’t help but be moved, whether to tears or anger, ...

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Orson Welles

David Parkinson on 6th July / comments

It's impossible to sum up the achievement and the enigma of Orson Welles in a couple of paragraphs. His influence on American cinema remains incalculable even though in strictly commercial terms, his directo...

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Christopher Walken

James Oliver on 6th July / comments

Christopher Walken, eh? Smart, eccentric and says James Oliver one of the best supporting actors about.

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Flipside

James Oliver on 3rd July / comments

British cinema has always prided itself on respectability. From its earliest days, it has favoured stories about the great and good, and courted prestige with its adaptations of established literary masterwo...

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10 best films based on TV shows

James Oliver on 3rd July / comments

With The Man from U.N.C.L.E striding onto cinema screens and Shaun the Sheep gambolling onto DVD James Oliver lists 10 great films taken from TV shows.

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Donald Pleasence

James Oliver on 30th June / comments

James Oliver profiles Donald Pleasence, quite possibly the hardest working man in show-business...

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The Searchers

David Parkinson on 29th June / comments

Sixty years ago this month, John Ford took his cast and crew to Monument Valley to shoot what many critics consider to be the finest Western ever made. But, for Ford, The Searchers was something of a make-or...

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