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Exit: a lonely woman finds a way out in a striking Taiwanese drama

Exit: a lonely woman finds a way out in a striking Taiwanese drama

Mike McCahill on 27th April / comments

This moody Taiwanese drama concerns a lonely middle-aged woman who finds solace in her relationship with an incapacitated man. It’...

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8 1/2: masterpiece or mess?

8 1/2: masterpiece or mess?

Mike McCahill on 27th April / comments

Federico Fellini’s autobiographical 1963 fantasia, charting the struggles of a director to bring his next project to the screen, returns to UK cinemas this weekend. Mike McCahill takes another look at...

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MovieMail Quiz--Singers Who Act or Actors Who Sing?

MovieMail Quiz--Singers Who Act or Actors Who Sing?

22nd April

Simply Media recently released Stanley Kramer's medical drama, Not As a Stranger (1955), which includes a little-seen dramatic role for Frank Sinatra. Consequently, this month...

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Find out how you did! Eastern European Quiz - answers now live!

Find out how you did! Eastern European Quiz - answers now live!

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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The Falling: Film of the Week

The Falling: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 24th April / comments

Carol Morley’s follow-up to her 2011 hit Dreams of a Life depicts a mass fainting outbreak among the pupils of a remote Home Counties school. Don’t expect easy answers, but its mysteries should stay w...

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The Good Lie: an extraordinary journey

The Good Lie: an extraordinary journey

Mike McCahill on 24th April / comments

This true-life drama pays tribute to the so-called Lost Boys - those Sudanese migrants who fled their war-torn country at the turn of the last millennium to seek better lives elsewhere. It makes for a...

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Me, Myself and Mum

Me, Myself and Mum

Mike McCahill on 24th April

This year’s Best Film winner at France’s Cesars - beating Stranger by the Lake and Blue is the Warmest Colour - is a whimsical coming-of-age story drawn from a hit stageplay. It’s not always funny, bu...

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Far from the Madding Crowd: Remastered

Far from the Madding Crowd: Remastered

24th April

John Schlesinge's swinging 60s screen adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel, starring Terence Stamp, Julie Christie, Alan Bates, returns in a brand new print.

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Dreamcatcher

Dreamcatcher

Mike McCahill on 24th April

Documentarist Kim Longinotto here profiles Brenda Myers-Powell, a sex worker-turned-social worker committed to raising the expectations of Chicago’s young women.

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Exodus: Gods and Kings

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Mike McCahill on 24th April

Ridley Scott adds to the growing number of faith-based dramas with a lavish retelling of the legend of Moses, as played by Christian Bale. It has spectacle in spades, but also a fair bit of common sen...

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The Emperor's New Clothes: a matter of Brand expansion

The Emperor's New Clothes: a matter of Brand expansion

Mike McCahill on 23rd April / comments

Russell Brand occupies centre frame in Michael Winterbottom’s new agit-prop documentary, exposing rising levels of social inequality via a variety of Michael Moore-ish tactics. Trust the message, if n...

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A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence: a bird's eye view of the human condition

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence: a bird's eye view of the human condition

Mike McCahill on 22nd April / comments

Droll Swedish philosopher-comedian Roy Andersson returns to UK screens after an eight-year absence with what’s billed as the final part of his trilogy about being a human being. Deadpan isn’t the word...

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The Duke of Burgundy

The Duke of Burgundy

Mark Reynolds on 22nd April

Nothing much happens at the surface in Peter Strickland’s tribute to low-budget 1970s Euro porn, but the simmering undercurrents are curiously affecting. Starring Borgen's Sidse Babett Knudsen.

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Tea & Sangria: the misadventures of an Englishman abroad

Tea & Sangria: the misadventures of an Englishman abroad

Mike McCahill on 20th April / comments

This low-budget passion project finds writer-director-producer Peter Domankiewicz playing an Englishman stranded in Madrid after his latest relationship collapses. You may struggle to fall for it, wri...

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Peter Lorre

Peter Lorre

James Oliver on 20th April / comments

When he first arrived in Hollywood, Peter Lorre was widely seen as the best actor in the world but that didn't last long: he spent the latter part of his career propping up the bills of b-movies, TV s...

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