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Falstaff: Chimes at Midnight - Film of the Week

Falstaff: Chimes at Midnight - Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 1st May / comments

Orson Wellesí Shakespearian mash-up of 1965 returns to UK cinemas this weekend in a new restored print. It proves there was more t...

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We Are Monster: true-life prison drama makes for hard time

We Are Monster: true-life prison drama makes for hard time

Mike McCahill on 30th April / comments

This low-budget Britflick dramatises the true events that led to the murder of an inmate at Feltham Young Offenders Institution ba...

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MovieMail Quiz--Singers Who Act or Actors Who Sing?

MovieMail Quiz--Singers Who Act or Actors Who Sing?

22nd April

Simply Media recently released Stanley Kramer's medical drama, Not As a Stranger (1955), which includes a little-seen dramatic role for Frank Sinatra. Consequently, this month...

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Find out how you did! Eastern European Quiz - answers now live!

Find out how you did! Eastern European Quiz - answers now live!

27th February

This month's quiz centres on cinema in Eastern Europe between the coming of talkies and the new waves of the post-Communist era. The questions cover films and film-makers from countrie...

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6 Really Terrible Remakes

6 Really Terrible Remakes

Tom Browne on 30th April

With a proposed remake of Seventies horror classic Donít Look Now already provoking much gnashing of teeth in film-buff circles, Tom Browne looks back at six other remakes that should never have made ...

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Politics

Politics

James Oliver on 29th April / comments

Unlike the idealistic Americans, the British have always taken a more pragmatic view of their system of government. Perhaps that's why our film industry has never taken the same interest in Westminste...

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The Adventures of Robin Hood

The Adventures of Robin Hood

David Parkinson on 29th April / comments

Eight decades have passed since Errol Flynn made his Hollywood breakthrough after replacing the asthmatic Robert Donat in Captain Blood (1935).

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Old Testament Movies

Old Testament Movies

David Parkinson on 29th April / comments

Marking the arrival on DVD and Blu-ray of Darren Aronofsky's Noah and Ridley Scott's Exodus - Gods and Kings, Crash Course looks back on over a century of films inspired by the Hebrew Bible.

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Samba: an affecting immigrant song

Samba: an affecting immigrant song

Mike McCahill on 29th April / comments

French writer-directors Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache follow up their huge 2011 success Untouchable with a Parisian romance between a Senegalese migrant and an immigration adviser. Itís a bit of a...

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Journeymen

Journeymen

James Oliver on 28th April / comments

James Oliver examines the directors who too often stay in the shadow of 'greater auteurs'

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Far from the Madding Crowd: a less than Hardy adaptation

Far from the Madding Crowd: a less than Hardy adaptation

Mike McCahill on 28th April / comments

This latest adaptation of the Thomas Hardy perennial finds Carey Mulliganís Bathsheba vacillating between suitors Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen and Tom Sturridge. Itís pretty enough, but whereís...

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Exit: a lonely woman finds a way out in a striking Taiwanese drama

Exit: a lonely woman finds a way out in a striking Taiwanese drama

Mike McCahill on 27th April / comments

This moody Taiwanese drama concerns a lonely middle-aged woman who finds solace in her relationship with an incapacitated man. Itís an intriguing sophomore feature from former cinematographer Hsiang C...

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8 1/2: masterpiece or mess?

8 1/2: masterpiece or mess?

Mike McCahill on 27th April / comments

Federico Felliniís autobiographical 1963 fantasia, charting the struggles of a director to bring his next project to the screen, returns to UK cinemas this weekend. Mike McCahill takes another look at...

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The Falling: Film of the Week

The Falling: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 24th April / comments

Carol Morleyís follow-up to her 2011 hit Dreams of a Life depicts a mass fainting outbreak among the pupils of a remote Home Counties school. Donít expect easy answers, but its mysteries should stay w...

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The Good Lie: an extraordinary journey

The Good Lie: an extraordinary journey

Mike McCahill on 24th April / comments

This true-life drama pays tribute to the so-called Lost Boys - those Sudanese migrants who fled their war-torn country at the turn of the last millennium to seek better lives elsewhere. It makes for a...

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