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The Honourable Woman - spy thriller starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, £16.99 on DVD

The Honourable Woman - spy thriller starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, £16.99 on DVD

Barry Forshaw on 29th August

Set against a backdrop of espionage and government paranoia, Hugo Blick's gripping new BBC drama is a reminder of just how good an actress Maggie Gyllenhall is, writes Barry Forshaw.

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Night Moves: Film of the Week

Night Moves: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 28th August / comments

Kelly Reichardt follows up her acclaimed Western Meekís Cutoff with a contemporary thriller tracking the efforts of young activists to blow up a hydroelectric dam. Itís a film of gripping twitches and flinches, writes Mike McCahill.

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Cider with Rosie - BBC's fine adaptation of Laurie Lee's book, £13.99 on DVD

Cider with Rosie - BBC's fine adaptation of Laurie Lee's book, £13.99 on DVD

Julian Upton on 28th August

Claude Whathamís film, shown on BBC2 in 1971 as a Christmas Day treat, still stands up as a satisfying visual experience. It's a fine adaptation of a fine book, writes Julian Upton.

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Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari: A silent masterpiece returns

Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari: A silent masterpiece returns

Mike McCahill on 27th August / comments

Robert Wieneís classic of German Expressionism returns to UK cinemas this weekend, as chilling as ever in its tale of a murderous conman seizing control of the popular imagination. Mike McCahill reassesses one of the cinemaís weirdest bad dreams.

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Locke - innovative British drama starring Tom Hardy, from £11.99 on DVD & Blu

Locke - innovative British drama starring Tom Hardy, from £11.99 on DVD & Blu

Emma Simmonds on 27th August

A riveting film set entirely in the confines of a car, in which a man juggles a work and relationship meltdown. It engages our imagination and secures our attention, writes Emma Simmonds.

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Dostoevsky on Screen

Dostoevsky on Screen

David Parkinson on 26th August / comments

Marking the release of Richard Ayaode's The Double and Lav Diaz's Norte, The End of History on DVD, Crash Course delves into the screen career of Fedor Dostoevsky.

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The Keeper of Lost Causes: Inside the Scandie crime wave's last-chance saloon

The Keeper of Lost Causes: Inside the Scandie crime wave's last-chance saloon

Mike McCahill on 26th August / comments

The latest Scandinavian crime drama to arrive in UK cinemas finds a washed-up detective investigating the disappearance of a prominent politician. Get past the obvious clichťs, and itís perfectly watchable, writes Mike McCahill.

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The Boy from Space - BBC's cult 1970s sci-fi series, £16.99 on DVD

The Boy from Space - BBC's cult 1970s sci-fi series, £16.99 on DVD

26th August

A cult favourite, originally broadcast as part of the BBCís 'Look and Read' strand, The Boy from Space follows siblings who encounter an alien child pursued by the terrifying Thin Space Man.

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Video preview: Vintage BBC sci-fi The Boy from Space and The Changes come to DVD

Video preview: Vintage BBC sci-fi The Boy from Space and The Changes come to DVD

Jonathan Melville on 25th August

Take a closer look at two new releases from the BFI, celebrating 1970s science fiction at the BBC.

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When I Saw You - must-see Palestinian coming-of-age drama, £10.99 on DVD

When I Saw You - must-see Palestinian coming-of-age drama, £10.99 on DVD

Mike McCahill on 25th August

A quality drama set in a Palestinian refugee camp in Jordan circa 1967, Annemarie Jacir's film gives welcome historical context to a land subject to violent revision, writes Mike McCahill.

DVD

Top 10 Films set in Cars, with clips

Top 10 Films set in Cars, with clips

24th August

The release of Locke and Mario Bava's Rabid Dogs offers an excellent excuse to survey one of the most singular of sub-genres - films that take place (mainly) in cars. That 'mainly' is important - sometimes the action moves outside (because, as you kno...

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Top 10 Films set in Cars, with clips

Top 10 Films set in Cars, with clips

24th August

The release of Locke and Mario Bava's Rabid Dogs offers an excellent excuse to survey one of the most singular of sub-genres - films that take place (mainly) in cars. That 'mainly' is important - sometimes the action moves outside (because, as you kno...

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Dostoevsky on Screen

David Parkinson on 26th August / comments

Marking the release of Richard Ayaode's The Double and Lav Diaz's Norte, The End of History on DVD, Crash Course delves into the screen career of Fedor Dostoevsky.

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Tracks: Rated S for Scorching

Mike McCahill on 24th August / comments

John Curran's drama, detailing the explorer Robyn Davidson's 1,700-mile trek across the Australian outback, reaches DVD and Blu-ray this week. It's a long haul - but what threats lie in store for the viewer?...

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State of the Nation: The 1970s - a once-despised golden age for film

James Oliver on 22nd August / comments

More than any other decade, British films on the 1970s reflect the era in which they were made. While they might be sleazy and disreputable, James Oliver argues that many of them are actually masterpieces.

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Kim Ki-duk: The wild man of Korean cinema

Mike McCahill on 22nd August / comments

Writer-director Kim Ki-duk earned a reputation as the bad boy of Korean cinema - supported by censorship squabbles and the near-death of an actress on one of his sets. Yet heís started to communicate with mo...

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Lauren Bacall

David Parkinson on 18th August / comments

Following her sad passing in New York on 12 August, Crash Course joins the chorus of approval paying affectionate tribute to Lauren Bacall, one of the last icons of the Golden Age of Hollywood.

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The Rover: Rated R for Ruff

Mike McCahill on 16th August / comments

David Michodís grimy post-apocalyptic saga, pairing Mike from Neighbours with Twilight's Edward Cullen, hits UK cinemas this weekend and is our Film of the Week. Yet as our panel advises, it may not be for e...

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