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Modern Horror

Modern Horror

James Oliver on 31st July / comments

Horror films are going through a purple patch, says James Oliver as he casts an eye over some of the genre's recent triumphs.

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Slow Cinema

Slow Cinema

David Parkinson on 31st July / comments

As Lisandro Alonso's Jauja and Albert Serra's Story of My Death arrive on disc, Crash Course investigates an arthouse phenomenon that insists on taking its own sweet time.

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BFI Quiz

BFI Quiz

20th July

As the Carl Theodor Dreyer Collection continues to sell well on Blu-ray, this m...

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Man with a Movie Camera: Film of the Week

Man with a Movie Camera: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 31st July / comments

Fresh from being voted the greatest documentary of all time in a Sight & Sound poll, Dziga Vertov’s 1929 silent returns to UK cinemas in a new digital restoration. It remains a thrilling display of th...

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Beyond the Reach: Gordon Gekko goes wild in the desert

Beyond the Reach: Gordon Gekko goes wild in the desert

Mike McCahill on 30th July / comments

This action thriller finds big game hunter Michael Douglas turning his attentions from animal to human prey during an excursion in the Arizona desert. It’s not as dangerous a game as we’re led to beli...

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Cub: a bad case of the ging-gang-ghoulies

Cub: a bad case of the ging-gang-ghoulies

Mike McCahill on 29th July / comments

Acclaimed on the horror festival circuit, this feature debut from Flemish writer-director Jonas Govaerts tosses a scout troop into the woods to face diverse threats. It doesn’t quite earn its badge fo...

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Iris: a lesson in good style

Iris: a lesson in good style

Mike McCahill on 28th July / comments

Completed just before his death, the legendary documentarist Albert Maysles’ penultimate project is an intimate study of idiosyncratic New York fashionista Iris Apfel. It’s a smart and pleasurable pie...

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Chapter 6: Erotica Italiana

Chapter 6: Erotica Italiana

Barry Forshaw on 27th July / comments

Sex and Italian cinema are natural bedfellows. From the carnal undertones of neo-realism to the perverse obsessions of Passolini and Tinto Brass, sex is ever-present.

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Eden: Film of the Week

Eden: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 24th July / comments

French writer-director Mia Hansen-Love’s latest charts the ups and downs of an aspirant DJ in the millennial French house scene. Whether or not you dig the music, it’s a gorgeous piece of cinema, writ...

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Love & Mercy: very good vibrations

Love & Mercy: very good vibrations

Mike McCahill on 24th July / comments

This biopic of Beach Boy Brian Wilson contrasts the boyish 60s prodigy (Paul Dano) with his burnt-out 80s equivalent (John Cusack), feeling his way back to normal life. It’s expertly performed and ver...

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Southpaw: Jake Gyllenhaal rolls with the punches in stirring boxing drama

Southpaw: Jake Gyllenhaal rolls with the punches in stirring boxing drama

Mike McCahill on 23rd July / comments

Jake Gyllenhaal takes top billing in this punchy boxing drama as a fighter struggling to fend off his own inner demons. It’s nothing you won’t have seen before - but it lands some surprisingly powerfu...

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The Legend of Barney Thomson: Robert Carlyle runs with scissors in grisly farce

The Legend of Barney Thomson: Robert Carlyle runs with scissors in grisly farce

Mike McCahill on 22nd July / comments

The actor Robert Carlyle’s directorial debut turns on a downtrodden Glaswegian barber who finds corpses piling up everywhere he goes. Think Irvine Welsh, only replayed as panto, advises Mike McCahill.

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Best of Enemies: how American political debate changed forever

Best of Enemies: how American political debate changed forever

Mike McCahill on 22nd July / comments

This Sundance-heralded documentary casts a retrospective eye over 1968’s incendiary TV debates between leading right-winger William F. Buckley and provocateur Gore Vidal. The barbed wordplay masks a g...

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Fear

Fear

Mark Reynolds on 22nd July

Roberto Rossellini's unflinching, enthralling examination of cruelty, infidelity and victimhood.

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Mommy

Mommy

Mark Reynolds on 22nd July

The fifth film by 26-year-old Québécois directing prodigy Xavier Dolan is a powerful, disturbing and archly funny portrait of an impoverished single mom struggling to handle her son’s disorderly behav...

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