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Get On Up: a biopic that moves like James Brown

Get On Up: a biopic that moves like James Brown

Mike McCahill on 20th November / comments

The big-screen biopic of James Brown adopts a scattershot approach to chronology, whisking us at will between the singer's younger...

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Winter Sleep: entering hibernation with this year's Palme d'Or winner

Winter Sleep: entering hibernation with this year's Palme d'Or winner

Mike McCahill on 20th November / comments

This year’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner is a heavyweight, novelistic study of a hotelier in rural Turkey whose ordered life starts to unravel. It provides the missing link between The Cherry Orchard and The Queen Vic, argues Mike McCahill.

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The Day The Earth Caught Fire, “Is this the end – or another beginning?”  - on DVD for £13.49

The Day The Earth Caught Fire, “Is this the end – or another beginning?” - on DVD for £13.49

Mark Reynolds on 20th November

After nuclear tests knock the world off its axis, global temperatures start to rise rapidly. In London - where the heat is such that the Thames is in danger of drying up - Daily Express reporter Peter Stenning (Edward Judd), his colleague Bill Maguire (Le

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What We Do in the Shadows: Kiwi comedy keeps up with the undead

What We Do in the Shadows: Kiwi comedy keeps up with the undead

Mike McCahill on 19th November / comments

The team behind TV’s cult comedy Flight of the Conchords reunite for a larky mockumentary examining the habits of a quartet of vampires in latter-day Wellington, New Zealand. It doesn’t lack for bite, writes Mike McCahill.

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My Old Lady: Downton's Dame Maggie in a less than hot property

My Old Lady: Downton's Dame Maggie in a less than hot property

Mike McCahill on 18th November / comments

Maggie Smith toplines this cosy comedy-drama as an aged Parisian making life difficult for visiting American Kevin Kline during his stay in Paris. You'll be itching for someone to break contract, laments Mike McCahill.

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Red Refugees

Red Refugees

James Oliver on 17th November / comments

During the anti-Communist hysteria of the 1950s, many of those blacklisted in Hollywood crossed the Atlantic to ply their trade in Britain. James Oliver looks at some of the films they made and ponders how they re-shaped British film.

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Third Person: in the valley of blah

Third Person: in the valley of blah

Mike McCahill on 14th November / comments

Oscar-winning writer-director Paul Haggis (Crash) attempts a comeback with this multi-stranded drama centring on couples in various forms of crisis. It’s his own midlife crisis Haggis should be worried about, yawns Mike McCahill.

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Life Itself: Film of the Week

Life Itself: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 14th November / comments

This documentary portrait of the late, lamented film critic Roger Ebert describes its subject’s passage from student journalist to social media megastar using passages from Ebert’s own memoir. It’s a wonderful life, writes Mike McCahill.

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Diplomacy: why we'll always have Paris

Diplomacy: why we'll always have Paris

Mike McCahill on 13th November / comments

The conversation that may have spared key Parisian landmarks from Nazi destruction forms the basis of this collaboration between playwright Cyril Gély and director Volker Schlondorff. It’s a showcase for two fine actors, writes Mike McCahill.

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The Imitation Game: Benedict Cumberbatch cracks the code

The Imitation Game: Benedict Cumberbatch cracks the code

Mike McCahill on 13th November / comments

Benedict Cumberbatch assumes his first big-screen lead, playing troubled mathematician Alan Turing in Headhunters director Morten Tyldum’s account of the Bletchley Park codebreakers. Something about it doesn’t quite add up, writes Mike McCahill.

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The Drop: Hardy and Gandolfini in a dog-eared crime thriller

The Drop: Hardy and Gandolfini in a dog-eared crime thriller

Mike McCahill on 12th November / comments

Bullhead director Michael R. Roskam makes his US debut with a familiar crime drama starring Tom Hardy as a bartender caught up in double-crosses on the mean streets of Brooklyn. Haven’t we been this way before?, wonders Mike McCahill.

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Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki

David Parkinson on 11th November / comments

As Hayao Miyazaki brings down the curtain on his illustrious career with The Wind Rises, Crash Course offers a valedictory salute to one of the masters of Japanimation.

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Leviathan: Film of the Week

Leviathan: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 7th November / comments

2014’s Cannes Best Screenplay winner unfolds in a small Russian coastal town, where a handyman is caught up with the mayor in an increasingly violent property dispute. It constructs a fascinating state of the nation portrait, writes Mike McCahill.

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Mr. Turner: Film of the Week

Mr. Turner: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 7th November / comments

Mike Leigh’s study of J.M.W. Turner forsakes conventional biography to concentrate exclusively on the final years of the painter’s life. It’s a bold approach, and the result truly merits the description masterpiece, writes Mike McCahill.

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Film Criticism

Film Criticism

David Parkinson on 6th November / comments

This week, Crash Course traces the evolution of film criticism to mark the release of Life Itself, documentarist Steve James's affectionate profile of influential American critic, Roger Ebert.

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