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Pelo Malo/Bad Hair: smart Venezuelan drama requires no drastic cuts

Pelo Malo/Bad Hair: smart Venezuelan drama requires no drastic cuts

Mike McCahill on 29th January / comments

Venezuelan writer-director Mariana Rondon won the Golden Shell at last yearís San Sebastian festival for this tale of a mother and...

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Inherent Vice: Paul Thomas Anderson's purple haze

Inherent Vice: Paul Thomas Anderson's purple haze

Mike McCahill on 29th January / comments

The latest from writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, The Master) adapts Thomas Pynchonís era-defining detect...

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January Quiz 2015 -- back by popular demand!

January Quiz 2015 -- back by popular demand!

8th January

The year has barely begun and already we are looking for ways to escape. Our newly relaunched quiz will distract you from the humdrum and the mundane and challenge your knowledge of all things film along the way. Set by David Parkinson, this quiz is desi

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Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross

Mike McCahill on 28th January

This German drama, a prize-winner at this yearís Berlin festival, charts a latter-day teenagerís passage through the ranks of an extreme form of Catholicism. Donít let its formal rigour put you off.

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Hollywood Teenpics

Hollywood Teenpics

David Parkinson on 28th January / comments

As Charlie Lyne's cine-essay Beyond Clueless continues to do the rounds of UK cinemas, Crash Course examines how American adolescence has been depicted on screen.

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Trash: second-hand Slumdoggery

Trash: second-hand Slumdoggery

Mike McCahill on 28th January / comments

The slums of Rio provide an evocative backdrop for this socially-minded crowdpleaser from writer Richard Curtis and director Stephen Daldry. Donít go expecting another City of God, reports Mike McCahill.

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The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands

The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands

David Parkinson on 28th January

One of the best silent era British films, rereleased by the BFI to mark the centenary of key World War One naval battles.

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The Tamarind Seed

The Tamarind Seed

David Parkinson on 28th January

The sight of the names of composer John Barry and title designer Maurice Binder among the credits of this spy thriller might set pulses racing among James Bond aficionados. But this is closer in spirit to John Le Carrť than Ian Fleming.

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I'm All Right Jack

I'm All Right Jack

Barry Forshaw on 27th January

The Boulting Brothersí glorious satire of post-war industrial relations marked a pivotal moment in Peter Sellersí film career.

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Kingsman: The Secret Service - a licence to make ill

Kingsman: The Secret Service - a licence to make ill

Mike McCahill on 26th January / comments

This latest comic-book adaptation from the team behind Kick-Ass finds a young working-class lad drafted to serve in a covert security organisation. Itís a pretty loathsome enterprise, writes Mike McCahill.

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The Marx Brothers

The Marx Brothers

David Parkinson on 23rd January / comments

As Duck Soup goes on general release as part of a month-long BFI Southbank retrospective, Crash Course recalls the madcap genius of Minnie Marx's boys.

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A Most Violent Year: Film of the Week

A Most Violent Year: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 23rd January / comments

Writer-director J.C. Chandor's latest dispatch finds a would-be oil magnate (Oscar Isaac) struggling to maintain his principles in the face of increasingly aggressive competition. Itís a cool analysis of the modern marketplace, writes Mike McCahill.

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Mortdecai: Depp's latest dud deserves to die a death

Mortdecai: Depp's latest dud deserves to die a death

Mike McCahill on 22nd January / comments

This update of Kyril Bonfiglioliís comic novels casts Johnny Depp as a raffish, moustachioed art dealer and bon vivant who gets caught up in the hunt for a stolen Goya painting. No-oneís mistaking it for an Oscar contender, reports Mike McCahill.

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Beyond Clueless: a teenage dream

Beyond Clueless: a teenage dream

Mike McCahill on 21st January / comments

This documentary collage from critic-turned-filmmaker Charlie Lyne mines the snarky teen movies of the 1990s and 2000s to discover universal themes and concerns. Itís a nostalgic rush where Proust meets Prinze Jr., writes Mike McCahill.

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Ex Machina: sleek Sci-Fi suffers from glitches in its system

Ex Machina: sleek Sci-Fi suffers from glitches in its system

Mike McCahill on 21st January / comments

This Sci-Fi thriller from the screenwriter of 28 Days Later and Never Let Me Go finds a young coder summoned to a millionaireís retreat to test out his sexy new creation. Some of its internal software needs an upgrade, argues Mike McCahill.

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