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Chapter 2: The Devil You Know

Chapter 2: The Devil You Know

Barry Forshaw on 26th March / comments

Does Mary Whitehouse still guide the hand of today’s movie censors? Barry Forshaw continues his survey of titillation on the big screen.

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Dior and I: behind-the-scenes at a legendary fashion house

Dior and I: behind-the-scenes at a legendary fashion house

Mike McCahill on 26th March / comments

This fly-on-the-wall fashion documentary follows Raf Simons, the Belgian appointed in 2012 as Dior’s new creative director, as he ...

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Eastern European Cinema: The Quiz

Eastern European Cinema: The Quiz

27th February

This month's quiz centres on cinema in Eastern Europe between the coming of talkies and the new waves of the post-Communist era. The questions cover films and film-makers from countrie...

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Seaside

Seaside

James Oliver on 25th March / comments

Grab your bucket and spade 'cos we're off the seaside!

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Thora Hird

Thora Hird

James Oliver on 25th March / comments

For our latest look at legendary supporting actors, we examine the career of Dame Thora Hird: hymn singer, stairlift rider and says James Oliver one of the best actresses of her era.

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Robot Overlords: who needs Michael Bay?

Robot Overlords: who needs Michael Bay?

Mike McCahill on 25th March / comments

This Brit family flick finds a town overrun by robots that have enslaved the adult populace, forcing the local kids to fight back. It’ll make a most agreeable matinee over the Easter holidays, writes ...

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The Face of an Angel: art mirrors life in Winterbottom's latest

The Face of an Angel: art mirrors life in Winterbottom's latest

Mike McCahill on 24th March / comments

Prolific British director Michael Winterbottom turns his attention to the Meredith Kercher murder case with his latest, an artful take on the filmmaking process. It’s well-performed, but hard to warm ...

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Swimming to Cambodia

Swimming to Cambodia

Mark Reynolds on 24th March

Spalding Gray’s trenchant monologue gives rare insights into playing a small part in a movie juggernaut filming halfway across the world, and contains sharp observations about international citizenshi...

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Sixteen: a compelling inner-city drama

Sixteen: a compelling inner-city drama

Mike McCahill on 23rd March / comments

This low-budget Brit drama follows a former Congolese child soldier (Roger Jean Nsengiyumva) as he endures another rocky rite-of-passage in latter-day London. It makes for a tightly knitted morality p...

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Maxine Peake as Hamlet: Film of the Week

Maxine Peake as Hamlet: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 20th March / comments

Last summer’s Manchester production of Shakespeare’s oft-performed tragedy broke with tradition in casting actress Maxine Peake as the Great Dane. This dynamic filmed record proves more essential than...

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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya: more stately animation from Studio Ghibli

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya: more stately animation from Studio Ghibli

Mike McCahill on 19th March / comments

Animation legend Isao Takahata took a decade to polish off this take on an old Japanese folk legend about a young girl found in a bamboo shoot. The images were certainly worth the wait, writes Mike Mc...

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Trilogies

Trilogies

James Oliver on 19th March / comments

Trilogies are a familiar part of film-going especially at the multiplexes but there are not many where all three parts cut the mustard.

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A Second Chance: small Bier

A Second Chance: small Bier

Mike McCahill on 19th March / comments

The new drama from Oscar-winning Dane Susanne Bier focuses on a detective who takes extreme measures to pacify his wife after the death of their young child. Good performances, but the plotting doesn’...

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Attila Marcel

Attila Marcel

Mark Reynolds on 19th March

A colourful live-action exploration of memory by the director of Belleville Rendezvous.

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Paddington

Paddington

Mike McCahill on 19th March

Michael Bond’s beloved Peruvian ursine finally arrives on the big screen as the star of a new family movie, supported by a cast of British comedy faces. This heartening adventure proves no mere cash-i...

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