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An A-Z of Forgotten British Films: I

An A-Z of Forgotten British Films: I

Julian Upton on 22nd April / comments

Mixed up kids and murderous adults are among the characters in Julian Upton's latest trawl through some of Britain's forgotten fil...

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An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker: Film of the Week

An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 24th April / comments

No Manís Land director Denis Tanovic returns to UK cinemas with a pointed contemporary parable drawn from the lives of a Romany couple denied medical care. Its relevance extends far beyond Sarajevo, writes Mike McCahill.

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Nymphomaniac - a wild ride with Lars von Trier, from £12.49 on DVD & Blu-ray

Nymphomaniac - a wild ride with Lars von Trier, from £12.49 on DVD & Blu-ray

Mike McCahill on 24th April

Flithy, funny, manipulative and draining, Nymphomaniac is a digressive four-hour account of a womanís struggles with her sexuality. Donít expect simple cheap thrills, writes Mike McCahill.

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Shadows in Hollywood: Val Lewton's horror legacy

Shadows in Hollywood: Val Lewton's horror legacy

James Oliver on 23rd April / comments

No one made pictures like Hollywood producer Val Lewton, who perfected the cinema of suggestion in films such as Cat People and Curse of the Cat People, writes James Oliver.

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Vintage Epics Sale

Vintage Epics Sale

23rd April

Epic - Pronunciation:/epik/, Noun, "A long film, book, or other work portraying heroic deeds and adventures or covering an extended period of time." Inspired by the arrival of Samson and Delilah, 55 Days at Peking and a restored Seven Samurai, we celeb...

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BFI Sale - Film and Documentaries

BFI Sale - Film and Documentaries

23rd April

Discover why the British Film Institute is such a treasure trove of films and documentaries with our sale of over 150 DVDs and Blu-rays, some at extra-low prices (only valid while stocks last).

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Transcendence: it's Johnny Mnemonic, v.2.0

Transcendence: it's Johnny Mnemonic, v.2.0

Mike McCahill on 23rd April / comments

Wally Pfister, the cinematographer of Insomnia, Inception and The Dark Knight Rises, makes his directorial debut with a cyberthriller about an artificial intelligence run rampant. The resultís more Spectrum than Skynet, writes Mike McCahill.

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Tinker - Herbert Marshall's striking mining docu-drama from 1949, £9.99 on DVD

Tinker - Herbert Marshall's striking mining docu-drama from 1949, £9.99 on DVD

23rd April

A beautifully realised drama-documentary, Tinker was shot by by GŁnther Krampf (cinematographer on Pandoraís Box) with a non-professional cast in the mining communities of Durham.

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Belgium - the Dardenne Brothers and other Arthouse titans

Belgium - the Dardenne Brothers and other Arthouse titans

David Parkinson on 22nd April / comments

We're back in Europe, as David Parkinson continues MovieMail's World Tour in Belgium, a country only now starting to fulfil its cinematic potential.

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Exhibition: The empty rooms of Joanna Hogg's latest

Exhibition: The empty rooms of Joanna Hogg's latest

Mike McCahill on 22nd April / comments

British writer-director Joanna Hogg follows up her acclaimed Unrelated and Archipelago with a more conceptual work about a pair of artists growing apart. Itís a grand design, but the details are left maddeningly vague, argues Mike McCahill.

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Dr Finlay's Casebook: Series 2 - the immensely popular BBC drama, £27.99 on DVD

Dr Finlay's Casebook: Series 2 - the immensely popular BBC drama, £27.99 on DVD

David Parkinson on 22nd April

Only 10 episodes survive from the second series, but it's plenty enough to show why millions tuned in avidly to these tales from a Scottish doctor's surgery, writes David Parkinson.

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Seven Samurai: 60th Anniversary Edition - remastered, from £13.99 on DVD & Blu

Seven Samurai: 60th Anniversary Edition - remastered, from £13.99 on DVD & Blu

21st April

Kurosawa's influential epic of seven warriors protecting a village from bandits is simply one of the greatest films ever made, filled with some of the finest action sequences ever filmed.

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Top 10 Trucking Films, with clips

Top 10 Trucking Films, with clips

19th April

Yorkie bars. Transport caffs. CB radio. Serial killing. Flashing their lights at each other on the motorway. Yes, there are lots of things we associate with trucks and truck drivers but what's often forgotten is the contribution they make to cinema. Th...

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This weekend only - Arthouse Easter Bonanza, Two DVDs for £10

This weekend only - Arthouse Easter Bonanza, Two DVDs for £10

19th April

Treat yourself to an Easter Arthouse double bill - two DVDs for just £10, chosen from an extensive range of over 300 films. Our latest sale will take you around the world in style, offering you a chance to catch up on some of the best known arthouse t...

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Acorn Television Sale - over 75 series

Acorn Television Sale - over 75 series

19th April

Settle down on the sofa for our sale of excellent TV, old and new, from Acorn. Featuring detectives of all flavours, period dramas from around the world, a smattering of comedy, drama and even a life-changing documentary - this sale is packed with terr...

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