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François Truffaut

François Truffaut

David Parkinson on 16th September / comments

With many of his films making a welcome return to DVD and their debuts on Blu-ray, Crash Course can't resist the opportunity to pay homage to François Truffaut.

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A Most Wanted Man: Film of the Week

A Most Wanted Man: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 12th September / comments

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final completed performance before his death was as a German intelligence expert in this tense adaptation of John Le Carré’s post-9/11 thriller. Right to the end, the guy was unmatchable, writes Mike McCahill.

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Manuscripts Don't Burn: another gripping story is smuggled out of Iran

Manuscripts Don't Burn: another gripping story is smuggled out of Iran

Mike McCahill on 11th September / comments

Filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof angered the Iranian authorities with his latest, a multi-stranded drama illustrating the oppressive conditions writers operate under in his homeland. You can see why the State might be concerned, reports Mike McCahill.

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In Order of Disappearance: black comedy from the Scandie crime wave

In Order of Disappearance: black comedy from the Scandie crime wave

Mike McCahill on 11th September / comments

This darkly comic Norwegian thriller finds Stellan Skarsgard’s vengeful snow plough driver going after the drug traffickers who’ve murdered his son. Lars von Trier and Homer Simpson would be proud, writes Mike McCahill.

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Attila Marcel: Film of the Week

Attila Marcel: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 4th September / comments

French animator Sylvain Chomet (The Illusionist) moves into live-action with a quirky tale about a mute pianist trying to uncover the secret of his parents’ bizarre death. The melancholy ghosts of Tati and Keaton haunt it, writes Mike McCahill.

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The Two Faces of January - a high-class thriller, from £11.99 on DVD & Blu-ray

The Two Faces of January - a high-class thriller, from £11.99 on DVD & Blu-ray

Mike McCahill on 4th September

A fine adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel, this Mediterranean-set thriller offers the kind of entertainment you’d almost forgotten the movies were capable of, writes Mike McCahill.

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Before I Go To Sleep: Not one for the memory banks

Before I Go To Sleep: Not one for the memory banks

Mike McCahill on 3rd September / comments

Writer-director Rowan Joffe follows up his contentious remake of Brighton Rock with a psychological thriller about a woman suffering from an acute form of amnesia. Where’s James Mason when you really need him?, asks Mike McCahill.

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The Beast - Borowczyk's notoriously graphic fable, restored, £13.99 on DVD+Blu

The Beast - Borowczyk's notoriously graphic fable, restored, £13.99 on DVD+Blu

Michael Brooke on 3rd September

Restored and arriving with a host of extras, Borowczyk's witty erotic fable takes Beauty and the Beast to its logical, if morally and legally questionable, conclusion, writes Michael Brooke.

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In Bloom - a distinctive coming-of-age drama from Georgia, £11.99 on DVD

In Bloom - a distinctive coming-of-age drama from Georgia, £11.99 on DVD

Mike McCahill on 3rd September

Observational drama turns into gripping thriller in this vivid movie that sees two teenage girls coming to maturity in 1990s Georgia. It's a tense, captivating film, writes Mike McCahill.

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Attenborough the Actor

Attenborough the Actor

David Parkinson on 2nd September / comments

Following the death of Richard Attenborough, much of the focus fell on his achievements as a director. But, as Crash Course reveals, he was also a fine character actor.

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M: Lorre's on the loose again!

M: Lorre's on the loose again!

Mike McCahill on 2nd September / comments

Fritz Lang’s touchstone 1931 thriller, with Peter Lorre as a child killer caught between Berlin cops and thugs, returns to UK screens this week as part of the BFI’s Lorre retrospective. It remains a remarkably tough experience, reports Mike McCahill.

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Goto, Isle of Love - Borowczyk's inventive fantasy, £13.99 on DVD+Blu-ray

Goto, Isle of Love - Borowczyk's inventive fantasy, £13.99 on DVD+Blu-ray

Michael Brooke on 2nd September

A wonderfully strange, inventive fantasy. if the Quay Brothers had been hired to shoot a period remake of Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, it might have looked a bit like this, writes Michael Brooke.

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The Leisen Touch

The Leisen Touch

James Oliver on 1st September / comments

The name might not ring a bell, but Mitchell Leisen is an overlooked master thanks to films such as Midnight and Easy Living, writes James Oliver.

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A Touch of Sin - a bold state-of-the-nation movie, from £10.99 on DVD & Blu-ray

A Touch of Sin - a bold state-of-the-nation movie, from £10.99 on DVD & Blu-ray

Mike McCahill on 1st September

As a state-of-the-nation address detailing a China in the grip of a rapacious capitalism, the four linked tales in Jia Zhang-ke’s film could scarcely be more forceful, writes Mike McCahill.

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