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Miss Julie: Film of the Week

Miss Julie: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 4th September / comments

The latest take on Strindbergís battle-of-the-sexes perennial sees former Bergman muse Liv Ullmann pitting Jessica Chastainís lady of the manor against Colin Farrellís chippy footman. Itís gripping, a...

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The Second Mother: crowdpleasing domestic drama

The Second Mother: crowdpleasing domestic drama

Mike McCahill on 4th September / comments

This Brazilian comedy-drama - about a well-to-do household thrown into disarray when the housemaidís progressive-minded daughter s...

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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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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl: Sundance favourite proves very hard quirk

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl: Sundance favourite proves very hard quirk

Mike McCahill on 4th September / comments

This yearís Sundance festival gave two top prizes to this comedy-drama about an affectless teenager shaken into life via encounters with his leukaemia-stricken neighbour. Itís a resistible mix of calc...

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Dope: mildly addictive hood comedy

Dope: mildly addictive hood comedy

Mike McCahill on 3rd September / comments

This laidback comedy, an audience favourite at this yearís Sundance and Cannes festivals, finds a nerdy high schooler trying to dispose of a backpack full of drugs. It offers sporadic highs, writes Mi...

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Vivre sa vie

Vivre sa vie

on 3rd September

Godardís fourth feature, starring his then wife and frequent muse Anna Karina, is a stylistically inventive study of personal freedoms and disillusionment in 1960s Paris Ė and a penetrating portrait o...

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Closed Curtain: Iranian cinema goes into retreat

Closed Curtain: Iranian cinema goes into retreat

Mike McCahill on 2nd September / comments

This collaboration between writer-directors Jafar Panahi and Kambozia Partovi (The Circle) strives to point up the limitations placed on Iranian creatives through its tale of a besieged writer. Yet it...

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Buttercup Bill: a highway best lost

Buttercup Bill: a highway best lost

Mike McCahill on 1st September / comments

This indie psychodrama heads from New York to New Orleans in pursuit of two former childhood sweethearts reunited in adult life after a tragedy. Itís visually busy but dismayingly unoriginal, laments ...

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Angela Lansbury

Angela Lansbury

James Oliver on 1st September / comments

There was much more to Angela Lansbury than Murder, She Wrote as James Oliver finds out.

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The Maggie  A Little Boat That Could

The Maggie A Little Boat That Could

Mark Reynolds on 29th August

This charming, unashamedly sentimental comedy is notable for bringing together the creative team who would go on to create The Ladykillers (1955).

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45 Years: Film of the Week

45 Years: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 28th August / comments

Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay won the top acting prizes at this yearís Berlin festival for this drama about a happily married couple whose relationship is threatened by news from the past. They...

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L'Eclisse: Antonioni's landmark returns to cinemas

L'Eclisse: Antonioni's landmark returns to cinemas

Mike McCahill on 28th August / comments

Michelangelo Antonioniís 1962 drama - about the doomed relationship between a trader and a city girl - is reissued this week in a digital restoration. It shows both the strengths and weaknesses of the...

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Pillow Talk

Pillow Talk

David Parkinson on 27th August / comments

Opinion is divided over Pillow Talk (1959). Some modern critics have labelled it 'socially and politically schizophrenic' for celebrating the liberated career woman while at the same time fixating on ...

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En Equilibre: pay-out drama has big pay-off

En Equilibre: pay-out drama has big pay-off

Mike McCahill on 27th August / comments

This drama from the director of 2006ís widely enjoyed The Page Turner pits a wheelchair-bound stuntman against the female insurance agent sent to investigate his claim. Itís a low-key but elegant batt...

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The Ang Lee Trilogy

The Ang Lee Trilogy

Mark Reynolds on 27th August

Triple bill of family relationship films from the distinguished director Pushing Hands; The Wedding Banquet; and Eat Drink Man Woman. Celebrated Taiwanese actor Sihung Lung plays paternal roles in al...

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