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19th December

With Hollywood comedy The Interview being pulled from distribution after threats, Tom Browne looks at five other films that caused a storm on their original release.

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It's a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life

David Parkinson on 19th December / comments

Sixty-eight years after its release, Frank Capra's heart-rending morality tale remains the most popular festive feature. Crash Course takes a closer look at this classic piece of Capra-corn.

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Kon-Tiki: Film of the Week

Kon-Tiki: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 19th December / comments

This Oscar-nominated adventure describes Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahlís attempt to prove how early civilisations related to the ocean by sailing from Peru to Polynesia on a raft. Prepare to be swept away, writes Mike McCahill.

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Still the Enemy Within

Still the Enemy Within

David Parkinson on 18th December

This impassioned documentary chronicles the infamous miner' strike that took place in Britain between 1984 and 1985. Approximately 160,000 coal miners went on strike, resulting in an ongoing conflict with Thatcherís government.

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Guys and Dolls: why we continue to bet on Brando and Sinatra

Guys and Dolls: why we continue to bet on Brando and Sinatra

Mike McCahill on 17th December / comments

Joseph Mankiewiczís 1955 musical, drawn from Damon Runyonís gangster tales, returns to cinemas this weekend in a new print. It ainít subtle, but the showstoppers remain sensational, writes Mike McCahill.

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb - a disappointing display

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb - a disappointing display

Mike McCahill on 16th December / comments

Ben Stillerís family-friendly franchise returns for a third and possibly final instalment that finds the star's hapless security guard seeking to retrieve an Egyptian tablet with mysterious powers. The magic has ebbed away, writes Mike McCahill.

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The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

David Parkinson on 16th December

A documentary of the inner workings of Studio Ghibli, the Japanese animation studio that introduced the magical, wonderful world of Totoro and more

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The Possibilities Are Endless

The Possibilities Are Endless

Mike McCahill on 16th December

In 2005, former Orange Juice frontman Edwyn Collins found himself fighting for his life after undergoing a severe cerebral hemorrhage. This documentary account of his recovery makes some unexpected, often very moving choices.

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Godard and His Muses

Godard and His Muses

David Parkinson on 14th December / comments

As Jean-Luc Godard turns 84 and Goodbye to Language debuts on DVD, Crash Course explores the impact that the women in JLG's life have had on his work.

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The Face of Love: Film of the Week

The Face of Love: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 12th December / comments

This unusual American drama centres on an L.A. widow (Annette Bening) who spies her late husbandís doppelganger while browsing an art gallery. Itís a dead ringer for Vertigo, with one crucial twist, writes Mike McCahill.

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Filipino Flicks

Filipino Flicks

James Oliver on 12th December / comments

If James Oliver is reading the signs correctly, the Philippines is set to be the next big thing in world cinema...

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A Tale of Samurai Cooking: a modest Japanese repast

A Tale of Samurai Cooking: a modest Japanese repast

Mike McCahill on 11th December / comments

This handsome period piece finds a kind-hearted, kitchen-savvy maid revolutionising the life of her sullen chef hubby. The starters are adorable, but the main course sits a little heavy on the stomach, reports Mike McCahill.

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Me, Myself and Mum: best French film of 2014, or another Mrs. Brown's Boys?

Me, Myself and Mum: best French film of 2014, or another Mrs. Brown's Boys?

Mike McCahill on 11th December / comments

This yearís Best Film winner at Franceís Cesars - beating Stranger by the Lake and Blue is the Warmest Colour - is a whimsical coming-of-age story drawn from a hit stageplay. Itís not always funny, but itís unarguably personal, writes Mike McCahill.

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Electricity: Britpic fails to strike sparks

Electricity: Britpic fails to strike sparks

Mike McCahill on 10th December / comments

This new Brit drama attempts to enter the headspace of a young epileptic woman searching for her errant brother amid the bright lights of London. Decent lead performance aside, nothing about it really crackles, sighs Mike McCahill.

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Boyhood: Linklater masters the passing of time

Boyhood: Linklater masters the passing of time

Mike McCahill on 10th December

Richard Linklater's epic of the everyday was filmed over 12 years, and literally follows a boy growing up front of us.

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