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Still the Water: ready your tearducts for a moving Japanese drama

Still the Water: ready your tearducts for a moving Japanese drama

Mike McCahill on 2nd July / comments

This Cannes-lauded breakthrough from Japanese writer-director Naomi Kawase tracks the movements of two schoolkids on an island whe...

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Housebound: arresting Kiwi genre item

Housebound: arresting Kiwi genre item

Mike McCahill on 1st July / comments

This low-budget Kiwi horror-comedy sequesters a delinquent young woman within the haunted house of her overbearing mother. Itís a ...

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HITMEN & ASSASSINS

HITMEN & ASSASSINS

5th June

With John Frankenheimer's The Manchurian Candidate (1962) available in a dual Blu-ray and DVD formant, this month's quiz centres on hitmen and assassins.

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Cast a Dark Shadow

Cast a Dark Shadow

David Parkinson on 1st July

Smarmy, psychotic fortune hunter Edward Teddy Bare (Dirk Bogarde) has a penchant for the older woman and for murder! This taut British Noir from director Lewis Gilbert garnered a BAFTA nomination for ...

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Donald Pleasence

Donald Pleasence

James Oliver on 30th June / comments

James Oliver profiles Donald Pleasence, quite possibly the hardest working man in show-business...

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Magician: how Orson Welles became a movie wizard

Magician: how Orson Welles became a movie wizard

Mike McCahill on 30th June / comments

This documentary profile charts the rise and fall of Orson Welles, from all-American boy wonder to exiled king in Europe. It gets close to the heart of our continuing fascination with this legend of c...

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The Searchers

The Searchers

David Parkinson on 29th June / comments

Sixty years ago this month, John Ford took his cast and crew to Monument Valley to shoot what many critics consider to be the finest Western ever made. But, for Ford, The Searchers was something of a ...

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Slow West: Film of the Week

Slow West: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 26th June / comments

The directorial debut of former Beta Band keyboardist John Maclean is an offbeat Western in which a naive young man comes to be mentored by an outlaw. It moves faster than suggested, while lingering i...

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The Wrecking Crew!: the tales behind the smash hits

The Wrecking Crew!: the tales behind the smash hits

Mike McCahill on 26th June / comments

This documentary profiles the session musicians who backed up the likes of Cher, the Beach Boys and Nancy Sinatra during American pop musicís golden age. Thereís a choice anecdote or classic tune ever...

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The Overnight: a swinging good time

The Overnight: a swinging good time

Mike McCahill on 26th June / comments

This American comedy finds two Californian couples getting closer than anticipated during a long night of revelry. Its rare mix of raunch and insight might just help viewers get lucky, writes Mike McC...

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That Sugar Film: when the sweet stuff turns sour

That Sugar Film: when the sweet stuff turns sour

Mike McCahill on 26th June / comments

This post-Spurlock food-scare doc finds Aussie Damon Gameau putting his own internal organs on the line while investigating the dangers posed by hidden sugars in our diet. Best leave the popcorn in th...

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Hippocrates: French medical drama displays questionable bedside manner

Hippocrates: French medical drama displays questionable bedside manner

Mike McCahill on 24th June / comments

This social-realist drama follows a naive medical intern stumbling through his first months in a rundown hospital on the outskirts of Paris. It provides an antidote to trumped-up TV drama, but our int...

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Everyone's Going to Die: turning the White Cliffs into the world's end

Everyone's Going to Die: turning the White Cliffs into the world's end

Mike McCahill on 23rd June / comments

This offbeam British indie finds a nervous bride-to-be and a recently bereaved singleton forming a tentative alliance around the beaches and arcades of Folkestone. Thereís a leftfield promise about it...

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Concrete Clouds: an edifying Thai project

Concrete Clouds: an edifying Thai project

Mike McCahill on 22nd June / comments

This Thai moodpiece, a directorial debut for Apichatpong Weerasethakulís regular editor, finds a businessman recalled to Bangkok after the death of his father. Itís been very sensitively constructed, ...

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Shelley Winters

Shelley Winters

James Oliver on 22nd June / comments

James Oliver looks at the career of Shelley Winters, an actress who broke Hollywood's rules and got rewarded for doing it.

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