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Danny Kaye

Danny Kaye

David Parkinson on 26th November / comments

As The Best of The Danny Kaye Show comes to disc, Crash Course wonders why so few of this versatile entertainer's films are available in this country.

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Stations of the Cross: an exercise in faith

Stations of the Cross: an exercise in faith

Mike McCahill on 26th November / comments

This German drama, a prize-winner at this yearís Berlin festival, charts a latter-day teenagerís passage through the ranks of an e...

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Cheaper than Amazon November 2014

Cheaper than Amazon November 2014

26th November

We've had a good root around our catalogue of titles to identify which DVDs and Blu-rays we can offer to you at a special MovieMail discount that betters the prices on Amazon. We have managed to come up with over 170 items for you. Highlights are too m...

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Top 10 Films about Ageing

Top 10 Films about Ageing

25th November

Maggie Smithís pointed performance in My Old Lady, out now in cinemas, and news reports about a dressed-down Dame Maggie on the set of Nicholas Hytnerís and Alan Bennettís The Lady in the Van, spark thoughts about other film portrayals of people in the...

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Out of This World

Out of This World

Mike McCahill on 25th November

This popular 1960s anthology, written by Isaac Asimov and presented by Boris Karloff, is a Sci-Fi offshoot from the legendary Armchair Theatre.

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Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy: the Tweets of a Thai teenager

Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy: the Tweets of a Thai teenager

Mike McCahill on 24th November / comments

This drama from Thai writer-director Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit sets itself an unusual challenge: adapting four hundred plus Tweets issued by a real-life teenager. Itís not quite a narrative, but youíll favourite the odd scene, writes Mike McCahill.

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Marvellous

Marvellous

Mark Reynolds on 24th November

Toby Jones stars in writer Peter Bowker's tender and uplifting portrait of a gentle man.

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Begin Again

Begin Again

Mike McCahill on 24th November

John Carne's follow-up to 2006ís Once, stars Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley. It begins with a lovelorn English girl, Gretta, regaling the patrons of a New York bar with her latest sad song.

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Mike Nichols

Mike Nichols

David Parkinson on 23rd November / comments

As the American stage and screen mourns the passing of Mike Nichols, Crash Course pays its own tribute to a director who revitalised Hollywood after the slow demise of the studio system.

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Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick

David Parkinson on 21st November / comments

As the BFI reissues 2001: A Space Odyssey as part of its Sci-Fi Days of Fear and Wonder season, Crash Course looks back on the career of the peerless Stanley Kubrick.

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1990 - 2005: Terra Incognita - From Space Precinct to Doctor Who

1990 - 2005: Terra Incognita - From Space Precinct to Doctor Who

Frank Collins on 21st November / comments

Frank Collins continues his survey of British science fiction television to mark the BFIís major celebration of the genre.

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The Homesman: Film of the Week

The Homesman: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 21st November / comments

Tommy Lee Jones returns to the directorís chair for this unusual Western, concerning the efforts of a single woman and a grizzled old coot to transport a trio of madwomen to an asylum. It reveals a surprising feminist streak, writes Mike McCahill.

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Get On Up: a biopic that moves like James Brown

Get On Up: a biopic that moves like James Brown

Mike McCahill on 20th November / comments

The big-screen biopic of James Brown adopts a scattershot approach to chronology, whisking us at will between the singer's younger, middle-aged and veteran incarnations. Only a fine central performance holds it together, writes Mike McCahill.

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Winter Sleep: entering hibernation with this year's Palme d'Or winner

Winter Sleep: entering hibernation with this year's Palme d'Or winner

Mike McCahill on 20th November / comments

This yearís Cannes Palme díOr winner is a heavyweight, novelistic study of a hotelier in rural Turkey whose ordered life starts to unravel. It provides the missing link between The Cherry Orchard and The Queen Vic, argues Mike McCahill.

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The Day The Earth Caught Fire, Is this the end  or another beginning?  - on DVD for £13.49

The Day The Earth Caught Fire, Is this the end or another beginning? - on DVD for £13.49

Mark Reynolds on 20th November

After nuclear tests knock the world off its axis, global temperatures start to rise rapidly. In London - where the heat is such that the Thames is in danger of drying up - Daily Express reporter Peter Stenning (Edward Judd), his colleague

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