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Sicilian Films

Sicilian Films

James Oliver on 3rd August / comments

With Roberto Rossellini's Stromboli erupting onto DVD and Blu-ray, James Oliver takes a look at 10 of the best films set in Sicily...

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A Star is Born

A Star is Born

David Parkinson on 3rd August / comments

In July 1954, the cameras finally stopped rolling on one of the longest shoots in Hollywood history. The critics proclaimed Judy Garland's long-awaited comeback a masterpiece. But drastic steps were t...

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BFI Quiz

BFI Quiz

20th July

As the Carl Theodor Dreyer Collection continues to sell well on Blu-ray, this m...

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Hard to Be a God: a stunning return to the Dark Ages

Hard to Be a God: a stunning return to the Dark Ages

Mike McCahill on 3rd August / comments

The final, decades-in-the-making film from the late Russian writer-director Aleksei German takes place on an alternative Earth mired firmly in the Dark Ages. You wonít have seen - or smelt - anything ...

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Modern Horror

Modern Horror

James Oliver on 31st July / comments

Horror films are going through a purple patch, says James Oliver as he casts an eye over some of the genre's recent triumphs.

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Slow Cinema

Slow Cinema

David Parkinson on 31st July / comments

As Lisandro Alonso's Jauja and Albert Serra's Story of My Death arrive on disc, Crash Course investigates an arthouse phenomenon that insists on taking its own sweet time.

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Man with a Movie Camera: Film of the Week

Man with a Movie Camera: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 31st July / comments

Fresh from being voted the greatest documentary of all time in a Sight & Sound poll, Dziga Vertovís 1929 silent returns to UK cinemas in a new digital restoration. It remains a thrilling display of th...

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Beyond the Reach: Gordon Gekko goes wild in the desert

Beyond the Reach: Gordon Gekko goes wild in the desert

Mike McCahill on 30th July / comments

This action thriller finds big game hunter Michael Douglas turning his attentions from animal to human prey during an excursion in the Arizona desert. Itís not as dangerous a game as weíre led to beli...

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Cub: a bad case of the ging-gang-ghoulies

Cub: a bad case of the ging-gang-ghoulies

Mike McCahill on 29th July / comments

Acclaimed on the horror festival circuit, this feature debut from Flemish writer-director Jonas Govaerts tosses a scout troop into the woods to face diverse threats. It doesnít quite earn its badge fo...

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Iris: a lesson in good style

Iris: a lesson in good style

Mike McCahill on 28th July / comments

Completed just before his death, the legendary documentarist Albert Mayslesí penultimate project is an intimate study of idiosyncratic New York fashionista Iris Apfel. Itís a smart and pleasurable pie...

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Chapter 6: Erotica Italiana

Chapter 6: Erotica Italiana

Barry Forshaw on 27th July / comments

Sex and Italian cinema are natural bedfellows. From the carnal undertones of neo-realism to the perverse obsessions of Passolini and Tinto Brass, sex is ever-present.

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Eden: Film of the Week

Eden: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 24th July / comments

French writer-director Mia Hansen-Loveís latest charts the ups and downs of an aspirant DJ in the millennial French house scene. Whether or not you dig the music, itís a gorgeous piece of cinema, writ...

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Love & Mercy: very good vibrations

Love & Mercy: very good vibrations

Mike McCahill on 24th July / comments

This biopic of Beach Boy Brian Wilson contrasts the boyish 60s prodigy (Paul Dano) with his burnt-out 80s equivalent (John Cusack), feeling his way back to normal life. Itís expertly performed and ver...

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Southpaw: Jake Gyllenhaal rolls with the punches in stirring boxing drama

Southpaw: Jake Gyllenhaal rolls with the punches in stirring boxing drama

Mike McCahill on 23rd July / comments

Jake Gyllenhaal takes top billing in this punchy boxing drama as a fighter struggling to fend off his own inner demons. Itís nothing you wonít have seen before - but it lands some surprisingly powerfu...

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The Legend of Barney Thomson: Robert Carlyle runs with scissors in grisly farce

The Legend of Barney Thomson: Robert Carlyle runs with scissors in grisly farce

Mike McCahill on 22nd July / comments

The actor Robert Carlyleís directorial debut turns on a downtrodden Glaswegian barber who finds corpses piling up everywhere he goes. Think Irvine Welsh, only replayed as panto, advises Mike McCahill.

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