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Song of the Sea: Oscar-nominated Irish animation surfs great waves of emotion

Song of the Sea: Oscar-nominated Irish animation surfs great waves of emotion

Mike McCahill on 7th July / comments

The latest animation from Irelandís Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells) offers a new take on the mythological creature known as the s...

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Orson Welles

Orson Welles

David Parkinson on 6th July / comments

It's impossible to sum up the achievement and the enigma of Orson Welles in a couple of paragraphs. His influence on American cinema remains incalculable even though in strictly commercial terms, his ...

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HITMEN & ASSASSINS

HITMEN & ASSASSINS

5th June

With John Frankenheimer's The Manchurian Candidate (1962) available in a dual Blu-ray and DVD formant, this month's quiz centres on hitmen and assassins.

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Christopher Walken

Christopher Walken

James Oliver on 6th July / comments

Christopher Walken, eh? Smart, eccentric and says James Oliver one of the best supporting actors about.

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P'tit Quinquin: funny-haha or funny-strange?

P'tit Quinquin: funny-haha or funny-strange?

Mike McCahill on 6th July / comments

Arthouse gloom merchant Bruno Dumont finally cracks a smile with this feature version of his four-part TV series about a rural French village beset by grisly murders. It could well be the oddest thing...

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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Mike McCahill on 6th July

More stately animation from Studio Ghibli. Isao Takahata took a decade to polish off this take on an old Japanese folk legend about a young girl found in a bamboo shoot.

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Electric Boogaloo

Electric Boogaloo

Mike McCahill on 6th July

Aussie film historian Mark Hartley follows his entertaining Ozploitation romp Not Quite Hollywood with the rise-and-fall story of 1980s video pioneers Cannon Films. It runs the gamut with great glee

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A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

Mike McCahill on 6th July

Droll Swedish philosopher-comedian Roy Andersson returns to UK screens after an eight-year absence with whatís billed as the final part of his trilogy about being a human being.

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The Falling

The Falling

Mike McCahill on 6th July

Carol Morleyís follow-up to her 2011 hit Dreams of a Life depicts a mass fainting outbreak among the pupils of a remote Home Counties school. Donít expect easy answers, but its mysteries should stay w...

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Flipside

Flipside

James Oliver on 3rd July / comments

British cinema has always prided itself on respectability. From its earliest days, it has favoured stories about the great and good, and courted prestige with its adaptations of established literary m...

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10 best films based on TV shows

10 best films based on TV shows

James Oliver on 3rd July / comments

With The Man from U.N.C.L.E striding onto cinema screens and Shaun the Sheep gambolling onto DVD James Oliver lists 10 great films taken from TV shows.

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Amy: Film of the Week

Amy: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 3rd July / comments

Asif Kapadia follows up 2010ís standout documentary profile Senna with a similarly evocative take on the rise and fall of singer Amy Winehouse. You canít help but be moved, whether to tears or anger, ...

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La Grande Bouffe: one to chew over

La Grande Bouffe: one to chew over

Mike McCahill on 3rd July / comments

Italian provocateur Marco Ferreriís cult 1973 item finds four well-to-do gents hole up in a country house with the specific intention of eating themselves to death. It makes for a slap-up satire on co...

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Still the Water: ready your tearducts for a moving Japanese drama

Still the Water: ready your tearducts for a moving Japanese drama

Mike McCahill on 2nd July / comments

This Cannes-lauded breakthrough from Japanese writer-director Naomi Kawase tracks the movements of two schoolkids on an island where a body has just washed up. Itís a remarkably affecting mood piece, ...

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Housebound: arresting Kiwi genre item

Housebound: arresting Kiwi genre item

Mike McCahill on 1st July / comments

This low-budget Kiwi horror-comedy sequesters a delinquent young woman within the haunted house of her overbearing mother. Itís a most inventive feature debut for writer-director Gerard Johnstone, wri...

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