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Overview of the new MovieMail

Overview of the new MovieMail

Dan Hunter on 17th September

Following behind-the-scenes changes at MovieMail last week, there have been concerns about how our service will change. Here we'll run through the main areas of interest.

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Sixties Soldiers

Sixties Soldiers

James Oliver on 19th September / comments

The 1960s were supposed the era of peace and love. James Oliver takes to the parade ground to find out how British films made during this era treated army life and gets the impression that the Ministry of Defence would not approve of the results...

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20,000 Days on Earth: Film of the Week

20,000 Days on Earth: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 19th September / comments

This profile of Nick Cave forsakes standard rock-doc biography for an impressionistic guided tour of the singer’s dramatic universe. It's a work of rare cinematic imagination and may thrill even non-fans, writes Mike McCahill.

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Night Will Fall: a stark look inside the concentration camps

Night Will Fall: a stark look inside the concentration camps

Mike McCahill on 19th September / comments

This new documentary from the producer of The Act of Killing details the efforts to finish a 1945 short intended to reveal the full horror of the German concentration camps. You have to see it, if you can bear to see it, argues Mike McCahill.

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Salomé and Wilde Salomé: Pacino pursues another Oscar

Salomé and Wilde Salomé: Pacino pursues another Oscar

Mike McCahill on 18th September / comments

Al Pacino resumes his secondary career as a literary scholar this weekend in a double-bill centred around Oscar Wilde’s take on the Biblical legend. It’s some of the most committed work the actor has done in years, writes Mike McCahill.

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François Truffaut

François Truffaut

David Parkinson on 16th September / comments

With many of his films making a welcome return to DVD and their debuts on Blu-ray, Crash Course can't resist the opportunity to pay homage to François Truffaut.

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A Most Wanted Man: Film of the Week

A Most Wanted Man: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 12th September / comments

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final completed performance before his death was as a German intelligence expert in this tense adaptation of John Le Carré’s post-9/11 thriller. Right to the end, the guy was unmatchable, writes Mike McCahill.

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Changes at MovieMail

Changes at MovieMail

Dan Hunter on 11th September

Behind the scenes there have been some positive changes for MovieMail. Read on to learn more.

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Manuscripts Don't Burn: another gripping story is smuggled out of Iran

Manuscripts Don't Burn: another gripping story is smuggled out of Iran

Mike McCahill on 11th September / comments

Filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof angered the Iranian authorities with his latest, a multi-stranded drama illustrating the oppressive conditions writers operate under in his homeland. You can see why the State might be concerned, reports Mike McCahill.

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In Order of Disappearance: black comedy from the Scandie crime wave

In Order of Disappearance: black comedy from the Scandie crime wave

Mike McCahill on 11th September / comments

This darkly comic Norwegian thriller finds Stellan Skarsgard’s vengeful snow plough driver going after the drug traffickers who’ve murdered his son. Lars von Trier and Homer Simpson would be proud, writes Mike McCahill.

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Attila Marcel: Film of the Week

Attila Marcel: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 4th September / comments

French animator Sylvain Chomet (The Illusionist) moves into live-action with a quirky tale about a mute pianist trying to uncover the secret of his parents’ bizarre death. The melancholy ghosts of Tati and Keaton haunt it, writes Mike McCahill.

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The Two Faces of January - a high-class thriller, from £11.99 on DVD & Blu-ray

The Two Faces of January - a high-class thriller, from £11.99 on DVD & Blu-ray

Mike McCahill on 4th September

A fine adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel, this Mediterranean-set thriller offers the kind of entertainment you’d almost forgotten the movies were capable of, writes Mike McCahill.

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Before I Go To Sleep: Not one for the memory banks

Before I Go To Sleep: Not one for the memory banks

Mike McCahill on 3rd September / comments

Writer-director Rowan Joffe follows up his contentious remake of Brighton Rock with a psychological thriller about a woman suffering from an acute form of amnesia. Where’s James Mason when you really need him?, asks Mike McCahill.

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The Beast - Borowczyk's notoriously graphic fable, restored, £13.99 on DVD+Blu

The Beast - Borowczyk's notoriously graphic fable, restored, £13.99 on DVD+Blu

Michael Brooke on 3rd September

Restored and arriving with a host of extras, Borowczyk's witty erotic fable takes Beauty and the Beast to its logical, if morally and legally questionable, conclusion, writes Michael Brooke.

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In Bloom - a distinctive coming-of-age drama from Georgia, £11.99 on DVD

In Bloom - a distinctive coming-of-age drama from Georgia, £11.99 on DVD

Mike McCahill on 3rd September

Observational drama turns into gripping thriller in this vivid movie that sees two teenage girls coming to maturity in 1990s Georgia. It's a tense, captivating film, writes Mike McCahill.

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