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It Follows: an outstanding teen horror

It Follows: an outstanding teen horror

Mike McCahill on 26th February / comments

This much-admired US horror finds a small group of Detroit teenagers stalked by mysterious figures in the wake of their first sexu...

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Hinterland: a moving British road trip

Hinterland: a moving British road trip

Mike McCahill on 25th February / comments

This low-budget debut from writer-director-star Harry Macqueen reunites a pair of childhood friends on a drive to the Cornish coas...

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Diary of a Madman

Diary of a Madman

David Parkinson on 25th February

Witness Vincent Price in his most chilling portrayal of evil! He stars as Simon Cordier, a well-respected magistrate, who visits a condemned prisoner on the eve of his execution.

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The Oblong Box

The Oblong Box

David Parkinson on 25th February

American Horror legend Vincent Price and British Horror legend Christopher Lee unite for the first time in this grisly Edgar Allan Poe adaptation, from director Gordon Hessler.

DVD

The Tales of Hoffmann: Powell and Pressburger get operatic

The Tales of Hoffmann: Powell and Pressburger get operatic

Mike McCahill on 24th February / comments

Powell and Pressburger’s 1951 screen adaptation of Offenbach’s opera about a lovelorn poet returns to UK screens this weekend in a restored print. Its gaudily elaborate design has scrubbed up rather well, writes Mike McCahill.

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School of Babel

School of Babel

Mike McCahill on 24th February

This French documentary sets up shop in a Parisian junior high school, and observes the interactions of a class of students with a common trait: they’re all the offspring of immigrants. The results are quietly moving

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Effie Gray

Effie Gray

Mark Reynolds on 24th February

Emma Thompson’s heartfelt investigation of a frosty Victorian marriage is an understated triumph of finely honed indignation.

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The King and Four Queens

The King and Four Queens

David Parkinson on 24th February

On screen chemistry fizzes as Clark Gable is joined by Eleanor Parker, Jean Wiles, Sara Shane and Barbara Nichols, playing four feisty dames who couldn’t be more different, in the hottest Western ever made!

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Artists on Screen

Artists on Screen

David Parkinson on 23rd February / comments

With Tim Burton's Big Eyes still in cinemas and Mike Leigh's Mr Turner and Richard Laxton's Effie Gray coming to DVD, Crash Course seeks to put some perspective on art biopics.

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Texas

Texas

James Oliver on 23rd February / comments

The great state of Texas occupies a special place in the American imagination, a symbol both of freedom (remember the Alamo!) and the frontier

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Spring in a Small Town

Spring in a Small Town

Mark Reynolds on 23rd February

This poignant study of suppressed desire is an undisputed classic of Chinese cinema.

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Maidan: Film of the Week

Maidan: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 20th February / comments

This potent documentary by filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa (In the Fog) charts the ups and downs of the protest movement in Ukraine between December 2013 and February 2014, using cameras placed at street level. It’s gripping viewing, reports Mike McCahill.

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Cake: a thin slice of the good life

Cake: a thin slice of the good life

Mike McCahill on 19th February / comments

Jennifer Aniston received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance as a depressive L.A. divorcee in Daniel Barnz’s comedy-drama. Yet you’ll have seen the rest of it done better on TV, writes Mike McCahill.

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Palo Alto

Palo Alto

Mark Reynolds on 19th February

An impressive debut about reckless teens from the next Coppola off the block.

DVD

He Ran All the Way

He Ran All the Way

David Parkinson on 19th February

Nick Robey is just a small time criminal still living with his mother, until a heist goes terribly wrong and he fatally injures a policeman in his panic. Shelley Winters stars in this 1951 film noir classic.

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