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Waiting for the collapse: From Doomwatch to The Changes

Waiting for the collapse: From Doomwatch to The Changes

Frank Collins on 29th August / comments

Frank Collins explores British TV's distinctive contribution to the science fiction genre to mark the BFI’s major celebration of t...

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Attenborough the Actor

Attenborough the Actor

David Parkinson on 2nd September / comments

Following the death of Richard Attenborough, much of the focus fell on his achievements as a director. But, as Crash Course reveals, he was also a fine character actor.

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M: Lorre's on the loose again!

M: Lorre's on the loose again!

Mike McCahill on 2nd September / comments

Fritz Lang’s touchstone 1931 thriller, with Peter Lorre as a child killer caught between Berlin cops and thugs, returns to UK screens this week as part of the BFI’s Lorre retrospective. It remains a remarkably tough experience, reports Mike McCahill.

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Goto, Isle of Love - Borowczyk's inventive fantasy, £13.99 on DVD+Blu-ray

Goto, Isle of Love - Borowczyk's inventive fantasy, £13.99 on DVD+Blu-ray

Michael Brooke on 2nd September

A wonderfully strange, inventive fantasy. if the Quay Brothers had been hired to shoot a period remake of Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, it might have looked a bit like this, writes Michael Brooke.

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The Leisen Touch

The Leisen Touch

James Oliver on 1st September / comments

The name might not ring a bell, but Mitchell Leisen is an overlooked master thanks to films such as Midnight and Easy Living, writes James Oliver.

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A Touch of Sin - a bold state-of-the-nation movie, from £10.99 on DVD & Blu-ray

A Touch of Sin - a bold state-of-the-nation movie, from £10.99 on DVD & Blu-ray

Mike McCahill on 1st September

As a state-of-the-nation address detailing a China in the grip of a rapacious capitalism, the four linked tales in Jia Zhang-ke’s film could scarcely be more forceful, writes Mike McCahill.

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Walerian Borowczyk: Short Films and Animation - 13.99 on DVD+Blu-ray

Walerian Borowczyk: Short Films and Animation - 13.99 on DVD+Blu-ray

Michael Brooke on 31st August

Containing the vast majority of the shorts that he made between 1959-84, this is a wildly imaginative set of films from the brilliant Polish artist and filmmaker, writes Michael Brooke.

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Blanche - Borowczyk's masterful medieval film, restored, £13.99 on DVD+Blu-ray

Blanche - Borowczyk's masterful medieval film, restored, £13.99 on DVD+Blu-ray

Michael Brooke on 30th August

One of the great European art films in which Borowczyk brings a medieval world to life with an artist's eye. It now looks resplendent in a brand new restoration, writes Michael Brooke.

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The Dardennes: World cinema's brothers-in-arms

The Dardennes: World cinema's brothers-in-arms

Mike McCahill on 29th August / comments

Belgium’s Dardenne brothers emerged from industrial films to scoop the Palme d’Or twice either side of the millennium. With their Two Days, One Night currently receiving much acclaim, Mike McCahill profiles two of cinema’s most committed humanists.

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The Honourable Woman - spy thriller starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, £16.99 on DVD

The Honourable Woman - spy thriller starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, £16.99 on DVD

Barry Forshaw on 29th August

Set against a backdrop of espionage and government paranoia, Hugo Blick's gripping new BBC drama is a reminder of just how good an actress Maggie Gyllenhall is, writes Barry Forshaw.

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Night Moves: Film of the Week

Night Moves: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 28th August / comments

Kelly Reichardt follows up her acclaimed Western Meek’s Cutoff with a contemporary thriller tracking the efforts of young activists to blow up a hydroelectric dam. It’s a film of gripping twitches and flinches, writes Mike McCahill.

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Cider with Rosie - BBC's fine adaptation of Laurie Lee's book, £13.99 on DVD

Cider with Rosie - BBC's fine adaptation of Laurie Lee's book, £13.99 on DVD

Julian Upton on 28th August

Claude Whatham’s film, shown on BBC2 in 1971 as a Christmas Day treat, still stands up as a satisfying visual experience. It's a fine adaptation of a fine book, writes Julian Upton.

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Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari: A silent masterpiece returns

Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari: A silent masterpiece returns

Mike McCahill on 27th August / comments

Robert Wiene’s classic of German Expressionism returns to UK cinemas this weekend, as chilling as ever in its tale of a murderous conman seizing control of the popular imagination. Mike McCahill reassesses one of the cinema’s weirdest bad dreams.

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Locke - innovative British drama starring Tom Hardy, from £11.99 on DVD & Blu

Locke - innovative British drama starring Tom Hardy, from £11.99 on DVD & Blu

Emma Simmonds on 27th August

A riveting film set entirely in the confines of a car, in which a man juggles a work and relationship meltdown. It engages our imagination and secures our attention, writes Emma Simmonds.

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Dostoevsky on Screen

Dostoevsky on Screen

David Parkinson on 26th August / comments

Marking the release of Richard Ayaode's The Double and Lav Diaz's Norte, The End of History on DVD, Crash Course delves into the screen career of Fedor Dostoevsky.

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