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Patches of Prepared Darkness: Val Lewton and The Curse of the Cat People

Patches of Prepared Darkness: Val Lewton and The Curse of the Cat People

Graeme Hobbs on 16th April / comments

Val Lewton's time as head of RKO's B-movie horror division saw him produce enduring and inventive films that rethought the present...

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Nicole Holofcener

Nicole Holofcener

Mike McCahill on 18th April / comments

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.

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The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle - Fred and Ginger star, £9.99 on DVD

The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle - Fred and Ginger star, £9.99 on DVD

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.

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Ken Loach and Mike Leigh in competition for Cannes 2014

Ken Loach and Mike Leigh in competition for Cannes 2014

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.

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Eveniní all: From Fabian of the Yard to Dixon of Dock Green

Eveniní all: From Fabian of the Yard to Dixon of Dock Green

Frank Collins on 17th April / comments

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.

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Wrinkles: Film of the Week

Wrinkles: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 17th April / comments

Adapted from an acclaimed Spanish graphic novel, this hand-drawn animation recounts a series of tales from an old peopleís home. Itís a commendably honest and moving account of the ageing process, writes Mike McCahill.

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The Curse of the Cat People - Val Lewton's excellent sequel, £9.99 on DVD

The Curse of the Cat People - Val Lewton's excellent sequel, £9.99 on DVD

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.

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Grab yourself a set of limited edition BFI Flipside postcards

Grab yourself a set of limited edition BFI Flipside postcards

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.

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That Sinking Feeling - Bill Forsyth's hilarious debut, £13.99 on DVD+Blu-ray

That Sinking Feeling - Bill Forsyth's hilarious debut, £13.99 on DVD+Blu-ray

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.

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Chaplin's Tramp

Chaplin's Tramp

David Parkinson on 15th April / comments

This year sees the centenary of one of the most instantly recognisable characters in screen history and Crash Course marks the anniversary with its own tribute to Chaplin's Tramp.

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Locke: Tom Hardy is driven to distraction

Locke: Tom Hardy is driven to distraction

Mike McCahill on 15th April / comments

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.

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Honey West - from 1965, American TV's first female detective, £24.99 on DVD

Honey West - from 1965, American TV's first female detective, £24.99 on DVD

15th April

All 30 episodes from the first weekly American TV series to feature a female detective. Anne Francis stars as the woman who inherits the family detective business in this stylish 60s show.

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Lars von Trier and Leos Carax head-up Artificial Eye's new releases

Lars von Trier and Leos Carax head-up Artificial Eye's new releases

Jonathan Melville on 14th April

Lars von Trier and Leos Carax are among the star names on Artificial Eye's slate of spring and summer DVD and Blu-ray releases.

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We Are The Best!: Full-time fun with the part-time punks

We Are The Best!: Full-time fun with the part-time punks

Mike McCahill on 14th April / comments

Lukas Moodysson, the Swedish writer-director behind Together and Lilya 4-Ever, returns with a charming anecdote concerning three pre-teen punk rockers. For the first time in ages, this filmmakerís not spitting at his audience, writes Mike McCahill.

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New Zealand: Hobbits, Cult Hits and Digital Heroes

New Zealand: Hobbits, Cult Hits and Digital Heroes

David Parkinson on 14th April / comments

MovieMail's World Tour touches down in New Zealand, where David Parkinson discovers how a sleepy cinematic backwater became a key player in the digital age.

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