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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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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 2010ís standout documentary profile Senna with a similarly evocative take on the rise and fall of singer Amy Winehouse. You canít help but be moved, whether to tears or anger, ...

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La Grande Bouffe: one to chew over

La Grande Bouffe: one to chew over

Mike McCahill on 3rd July / comments

Italian provocateur Marco Ferreriís cult 1973 item finds four well-to-do gents hole up in a country house with the specific intention of eating themselves to death. It makes for a slap-up satire on co...

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Still the Water: ready your tearducts for a moving Japanese drama

Still the Water: ready your tearducts for a moving Japanese drama

Mike McCahill on 2nd July / comments

This Cannes-lauded breakthrough from Japanese writer-director Naomi Kawase tracks the movements of two schoolkids on an island where a body has just washed up. Itís a remarkably affecting mood piece, ...

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Housebound: arresting Kiwi genre item

Housebound: arresting Kiwi genre item

Mike McCahill on 1st July / comments

This low-budget Kiwi horror-comedy sequesters a delinquent young woman within the haunted house of her overbearing mother. Itís a most inventive feature debut for writer-director Gerard Johnstone, wri...

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Cast a Dark Shadow

Cast a Dark Shadow

David Parkinson on 1st July

Smarmy, psychotic fortune hunter Edward Teddy Bare (Dirk Bogarde) has a penchant for the older woman and for murder! This taut British Noir from director Lewis Gilbert garnered a BAFTA nomination for ...

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Donald Pleasence

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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Magician: how Orson Welles became a movie wizard

Magician: how Orson Welles became a movie wizard

Mike McCahill on 30th June / comments

This documentary profile charts the rise and fall of Orson Welles, from all-American boy wonder to exiled king in Europe. It gets close to the heart of our continuing fascination with this legend of c...

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The Searchers

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 ...

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Slow West: Film of the Week

Slow West: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 26th June / comments

The directorial debut of former Beta Band keyboardist John Maclean is an offbeat Western in which a naive young man comes to be mentored by an outlaw. It moves faster than suggested, while lingering i...

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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.

Read

Donald Pleasence

James Oliver on 30th June / comments

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

Read

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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Shelley Winters

James Oliver on 22nd June / comments

James Oliver looks at the career of Shelley Winters, an actress who broke Hollywood's rules and got rewarded for doing it.

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Anthology Films

James Oliver on 16th June / comments

With the brilliant Wild Tales arriving on DVD and Blu-ray, James Oliver picks ten of the best anthology films.

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