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ME BEFORE YOU

On this side of a cynical millennium, it's par for the course for romantic comedies and dramas to be served with a hefty sprinkling of snark, a kind...
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WARCRAFT

Sometimes it's hard to tell whether a film has been a success or a failure. This example in particular had all the makings of yet another video game...
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X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

The hostile critical reception met by this latest instalment in the X-Men franchise (the ninth in the series, if you count the various spinoffs) was...
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GREEN ROOM

The young writer/director Jeremy Saulnier has become one of the brightest new voices on the American independent scene after his second film Blue...
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DEMOLITION

The intriguing Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallée was on something of a high-profile roll after the mainstream success of his last two films Dallas...
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CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

People keep waiting for the bubble to burst with Marvel Studios' groundbreaking experiment at constructing a shared cinematic universe for its...
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EYE IN THE SKY

The politics, legality and ethics of drone attacks could not be more relevant and topical these days, so it's surprising that more films haven't been...
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THE JUNGLE BOOK

The original 1967 Disney animated adaptation of The Jungle Book is fondly remembered for good reasons - the last feature length cartoon that Walt...
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EDDIE THE EAGLE

The ski jumper Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards was seen by many as something of a joke in terms of his competitive ability, but there was always something...
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ZOOTROPOLIS

Disney's in-house animation department has been on something of a roll in recent years with the inventive Wreck-It Ralph, world-conquering Frozen and...
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10 CLOVERFIELD LANE

The 2008 film Cloverfield was an intriguing oddity that benefited enormously from its deliberately obtuse marketing - most audiences barely knew a...
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KUNG FU PANDA 3

The original Kung Fu Panda film from 2008 was a surprisingly high quality affair, showing a reasonably respectful approach to Chinese culture and...
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DEADPOOL

Although many people like to complain (perhaps with good reason) about the seemingly never-ending glut of superhero movies that Hollywood has been...
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SPOTLIGHT

The recent child abuse scandal in the Catholic church is one of the worst coverups of our lifetimes, and the scale of it still hasn't quite sunk in...
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THE BIG SHORT

The 2008 global financial crash and the American housing crisis that helped cause it is perhaps not the most obvious subject matter for a generally...
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CREED

The underdog success of the original Rocky film in 1976 was one of those wonderful moments where art imitated life - struggling actor Sylvester...
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THE REVENANT

It's been fascinating to watch Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu carve a very particular style of his own as his career has progressed, despite working in...
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ROOM

Emma Donoghue's extraordinary 2010 novel is told entirely from the perspective of a young boy who has been kept prisoner his whole life inside a...
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THE DANISH GIRL

The increasingly prominent discussion of transgender rights in recent years is long overdue, so it's hardly surprising to see a topical issue of the...
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IN THE HEART OF THE SEA

As acclaimed and world-famous as the Herman Melville novel Moby-Dick is, the true story that inspired it is arguably just as compelling and rich with...
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THE HATEFUL EIGHT

After the massive commercial success of his last two films (the revisionist war movie Inglourious Basterds and the blaxploitation Spaghetti Western...
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STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

It's hard to think of a film that comes with more cultural baggage than a new Star Wars instalment. Since original creator George Lucas sold the...
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BRIDGE OF SPIES

The 1960 U2 incident during the Cold War was a huge embarrassment to the United States, and contributed a great deal to the breakdown of its...
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BROOKLYN

The immigrant experience is something that's very much in the spotlight these days, and it's comforting to be reminded that there was a time when it...
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CAROL

The literary work of Patricia Highsmith is dominated by her contributions to the psychological thriller, particularly her Tom Ripley series of...
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STEVE JOBS

Attempting a character portrait of one of the most influential public figures of this generation was always going to be a tricky task. The...
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ANOMALISA

Charlie Kaufman has been one of the most consistently unique writers working in independent American film for about fifteen years now. His...
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THE LOBSTER

Greek writer/director Yorgos Lanthimos has for a while now been one of the darlings of the indie movie circuit, with his 2009 film Dogtooth earning...
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BLACK MASS

The story of Irish-American criminal Whitey Bulger and his collusion with the FBI is a fascinating one, with enough scandal and drama to carry a TV...
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SICARIO

French-Canadian writer/director Denis Villeneuve has carved out a pretty remarkable résumé in the last few years, with the terrific likes of his...
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THE WALK

The daring escapades of Philippe Petit, the French high-wire artist who walked across the twin towers of the World Trade Center in 1974, have already...
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THE INTERN

It's always interesting to look at the issue of gender in Hollywood, and one of the ways to do that is to examine how films directed by women are...
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THE MARTIAN

The underdog success story of Andy Weir's novel The Martian was a hugely encouraging publishing phenomenon - an initially self-published book by an...
FILM STILL - EVEREST - Rob Hall (JASON CLARKE) leads the expedition in "Everest". Inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain, "Everest" documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind.
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EVEREST

The tragic events on Mount Everest in May of 1996 claimed the lives of eight people, and led to many questions being asked about the...
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LEGEND

The notorious Kray twins of East London have always had a peculiar relationship with the British media. Although they were brutally violent murderers...
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ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL

There's a bit of an ongoing fad at the moment in American cinema for teen drama that mixes romantic comedy staples with serious life issues, usually...
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STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON

The hip hop group NWA are among the most influential artists in the medium's history, and with the still comparatively young artform gaining more...
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THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.

It was perhaps a questionable decision to attempt a film reboot of this 1960s TV series, given the very crowded field of international spy films from...
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THE GIFT

It's always interesting to see how established actors get on when they step behind the camera to direct, and even more intriguing when they show a...
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MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION

This has been a strange film franchise. Kicking off as long ago as 1996, the original attempt to establish a Bond-rivalling series based on the late...
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AMY

Amy Winehouse was a tremendously talented, highly idiosyncratic performer whose life and early death panned out in the public eye like an inevitable...
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SOUTHPAW

Jake Gyllenhaal has been trying to win an Oscar for some time. After being nominated for Brokeback Mountain back in 2005, he has regularly pursued...
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INSIDE OUT

More than any other animation company, in fact probably more than any other film company of any kind, Pixar Animation Studios have very, very high...
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ANT-MAN

After the large-scale event of their last film Avengers: Age of Ultron, it makes a lot of sense for Marvel to tone things down with the 12th feature...
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SONG OF THE SEA

The fairly small-scale Irish animation production company Cartoon Saloon made a bit of a splash back in 2010 when their hugely impressive first...
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LOVE & MERCY

Brian Wilson, one of the founding members and principle creatives of The Beach Boys, has led a fascinating but difficult life, as is the case with...
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SLOW WEST

Mainstream audiences have been a little starved of Westerns in recent years - with the notable exceptions of Quentin Tarantino's glorious Django...
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THE LONGEST RIDE

Literary phenomenon Nicholas Sparks seems to have entered the weird echelon of authors who have every single piece of work they produce turned into...
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JURASSIC WORLD

The enormous financial success of this film underlines the public appetite for two very clear things. Firstly, the fondness people hold for Steven...
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SPY

Such is the anticipation for the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot that this film was seen by some as a kind of audition, given that it shares the same...
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MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Now that this film is out, and has been showered with rapturous critical praise as well as doing very well at the box office, it's easy to forget how...
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THE AGE OF ADALINE

Time is the enemy of love, they say - and the fleeting nature of our existence is the weighty theme being tackled (if never quite properly explored)...
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AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

And so the Marvel Cinematic Universe juggernaut rumbles on. Its cynics remain (they've been there since it started, and will never go away), and in...
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JOHN WICK

The action thriller genre has sunk into a bit of a slump in recent years, with a strangely family-friendly approach watering everything down and...
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FURIOUS 7

The Fast and the Furious franchise is pretty extraordinary in several ways. For starters, it has torn up the usual rulebook of diminishing returns -...
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THE WATER DIVINER

Russell Crowe has always been a robust and distinctive onscreen presence, so it comes as little surprise that his choice for a directorial debut is a...
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CINDERELLA

The astonishing (and rarely commented upon) financial success of Tim Burton's live-action adaptation of Alice in Wonderland - it was the 8th...
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WILD TALES

Anthology films rarely work, and it's hard to pinpoint exactly why. You have to go back pretty far to find any really good examples like Grand Hotel...
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STILL ALICE

Hollywood has an uneasy history with the way it portrays physical and mental illness. While it's often the case that major films can draw attention...
Selma
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SELMA

Films like Selma are crucially important, especially given the ongoing struggles against institutionalised racism by African-American communities...
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EX MACHINA

Alex Garland has spent the last decade or so carving a name for himself as a screenwriter of intelligent, inventive science fiction, from his...
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KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE

Matthew Vaughn sure does like his comic books. Apart from his promising debut film Layer Cake, he's made a career out of adapting a pretty varied...
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BIG HERO 6

Walt Disney Pictures had an initially rough ride when it came to producing computer-animated feature films of its own. Beaten to the entire concept...
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WILD

It's encouraging to see Reese Witherspoon use her clout as a celebrity and a producer to get challenging and worthy projects off the ground, even...
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WHIPLASH

This is a film about the pursuit of perfection. The driving, ambitious, passionate desire to be the very best you can be at something which is...
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AMERICAN SNIPER

There have been two very strong reactions to this film. The first has been slightly unexpected, in that it has become a huge success at the box...
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FOXCATCHER

The real-life events that this film is based on are almost senselessly tragic and quite depressing, so if you're already familiar with them you'd be...
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BIRDMAN

It's hard to do anything new with films these days. Genuine originality and innovation becomes more elusive the older the medium gets, and it's a...
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THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

The life of the extraordinary scientist Stephen Hawking could easily lend itself to half a dozen autobiographical stories, such is the breadth and...
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UNBROKEN

At her best, Angelina Jolie has been an excellent actor, from her early breakthrough role in Girl, Interrupted to more developed work like her...
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PADDINGTON

The English children's author Michael Bond's whimsical creation Paddington Bear is not the most obvious candidate for a crowd-pleasing Christmas...
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ST. VINCENT

Bill Murray's wry, sardonic face has gradually become one of the most naturally crowd-pleasing things in modern American independent film. Having...
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INTOLERANCE

To make a film like Intolerance now would be a daring, hugely expensive and highly risky project. To have made it in 1916, when feature-length cinema...
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THE KILLERS

It's a bit of a movie nerd cliche, but there's something irresistible about indulging in film noir so thick the shadows seem to drip off the screen...
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THE IMITATION GAME

The life of Alan Turing was extraordinary - a genius decades ahead of his time, whose work cracking the Enigma code was instrumental in defeating the...
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THE DROP

Sometimes a film doesn't need to do anything particularly special or innovative to stand out, and can get by on the strength of just doing the basics...
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THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE

Though it's very much a product of its time, the original version of this story still has a unique and unusual feel to it, far more nuanced and oddly...
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INTERSTELLAR

It's quite a ballsy thing to promise audiences they will not only be visually stunned, but will be shown something they have never seen before. It's...
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THE KILLING FIELDS

As we sit and stare in horror at the repercussions of American intrusion into Middle Eastern affairs, as regional instability leads inexorably to...
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NIGHTCRAWLER

There's something strangely heartening about seeing an absolutely terrific film turn up almost out of nowhere, with little hype or expectation placed...
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THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

There's been a lot of criticism directed at the recent Hobbit films, the first one especially, some of it deserved but a lot of which is pretty...
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THE BOOK OF LIFE

In the crowded field of feature-length animated films, it's a pleasant surprise to see something come along out of nowhere, with little expectation...
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WESTWORLD

Michael Crichton was interested in the idea of a theme park going wrong long before his dinosaur-related ideas were put down on paper. In the early...
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FURY

There have been a few decent films set during World War II lately (The Book Thief and The Wind Rises for example), but not many which have focused...
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THE JUDGE

Robert Duvall only pops up every now and then these days, which is a great shame considering how tremendously talented he is. He has portrayed two of...
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DUEL

There is some dispute amongst pedants like myself as to what constitutes Steven Spielberg's first film. Technically, he made a home movie called...
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E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL

Of all the films from Steven Spielberg's glittering career, E.T. is arguably his most personal. In fact, the more you learn about his early life, the...
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JAWS

I convinced a friend to watch Jaws for the first time recently - she'd never seen it before because she thought it sounded silly, ridiculous even....
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JURASSIC PARK

Steven Spielberg is often credited for inventing the template for the modern summer blockbuster, and is certainly responsible for some of the best...
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THE YOUNG AND PRODIGIOUS T.S. SPIVET

Jean-Pierre Jeunet has never been a subtle filmmaker. From his early career collaborations with Marc Caro on the dazzling Delicatessen and the...
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FRUITVALE STATION

Stop me if you've heard this story before - Oscar Grant was a young, unarmed black man who was shot and killed by a police officer while harmlessly...
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GONE GIRL

David Fincher has for a while now been one of the most interesting American directors working today, ever since he made two of the best films of the...
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GHOST IN THE SHELL

It's hard to overestimate the impact of Ghost in the Shell. It's probably the most influential and internationally celebrated Japanese animated film...
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THE EQUALIZER

I never saw the 80s TV series this is ostensibly based on, but given that it was a violent, vigilante revenge thriller it's not surprising to see it...
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FRANK

Frank Sidebottom was a comic persona created by British comedian Chris Sievey as a bizarre kind of satire on the nature of ambitious wannabe...
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THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY

There's been an emerging market in the last few years for a certain kind of gently whimsical drama aimed at a slightly older audience than most other...
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BLUE RUIN

It's encouraging to see a film like this get made from a Kickstarter fund, especially so when it's as daring and innovative as this. It's a violent...
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GHOSTBUSTERS

One of the results of the advent of DVD over the last 15 years has been the regurgitation of many beloved films and televisions shows from the 80s...
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TRACKS

Based on memoirs written in the late 70s which have been gestating as a film project pretty much ever since, this is a strange dramatic...
Faust
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FAUST

Many so-called "classic" silent films have not aged very well, and while they can certainly be appreciated from a detached and historical point of...
Calvary
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CALVARY

I enjoyed John Michael McDonagh's previous film The Guard, so I was intrigued by what looked like a more ambitious follow-up, also starring the...
Deer
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THE DEER HUNTER

The Deer Hunter is often talked about not just as a classic piece of Vietnam cinema, but as a cultural barometer of American society in the wake of...
'A hint of the young Malcolm McDowell': Jack O'Connell as Eric in Starred Up.
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STARRED UP

I didn't catch Starred Up in the cinema because I pigeonholed it, dismissing it without giving it a chance. I labelled it as something it was not,...
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SOPHIE’S CHOICE

There are many reasons why Meryl Streep is generally considered the world's greatest living actor - she has built up an incredible body of work and...
Bound
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BOUND

Before the success of The Matrix catapulted them into global superstardom and quite possibly made them both certifiably insane, the Wachowski...
Guardians
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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

People complain so much about how bored they are at the ubiquity of superhero movies nowadays that their complaints have become boring themselves....
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BEGIN AGAIN

It's a real shame that not that many people have gone to see this film, as it's that rare thing - a modern romcom that manages to be both romantic...
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20 FEET FROM STARDOM

I don't always do very well with my Oscar predictions, but this year I felt very smug indeed - out of every single category (except the three short...
Apes
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DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

The original 1968 Planet of the Apes film is a fondly-remembered science fiction classic, which featured special effects from the late John Chambers...
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THE DRIVER

Although it's a dated and somewhat clumsy 70s crime thriller, The Driver has a legion of admirers within the filmmaking community who have used it...
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BOYHOOD

Every once in a while a film comes along that does something completely and utterly unique, something which may have influences but none with such...
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HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

Following up the unexpectedly fantastic How to Train Your Dragon was always going to be a tricky task. The only American animated film to rival...
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HAROLD AND MAUDE

A romantic comedy about a man in his early 20s having a relationship with a woman in her late 70s might sound a little creepy (though not as much as...
Narcissus
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BLACK NARCISSUS

In this modern age of CGI and digital jiggery-pokery, where post-production effects are so advanced that things like light and colour can be altered...
Chef
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CHEF

It's nice to see Jon Favreau return to the indie roots that launched his career with the likes of Swingers (which he wrote, starred in and...
Fault
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THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

There's always a lot of sneering that goes on when films like this get made, and to be fair a lot of the time it's justified - making a Hollywood...
Nashville
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NASHVILLE

If you want an example of why Robert Altman is held in such high esteem, and an understanding of what he basically tried to do with all of his films...
22 Jump
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22 JUMP STREET

The huge success of this film's predecessor 21 Jump Street was unexpected at the time (although in retrospect, after its writer/director team went on...
Phibes
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THE ABOMINABLE DR PHIBES

Vincent Price was a truly glorious screen presence. Never recognised by any major award ceremonies due to the snobbery shown toward the genres he...
Beauty
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SLEEPING BEAUTY

In light of Disney's recent live-action re-imagining of this film's antagonist, it's worth a look back to see how the original still stands up. It's...
Crossing
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MILLER’S CROSSING

"Look in your heart!" pleads Bernie Bernbaum (a wonderful, weaselly turn from John Turturro), as he sinks to his knees and begs Gabriel Byrne's...
Edge
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EDGE OF TOMORROW

Some people enjoy watching Tom Cruise being heroic, some people would like to see him get violently killed (in a fictional context of course) in as...
Fly
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THE FLY

Everyone loves to say that remakes are never as good as the originals, and as a general rule of thumb that's probably true, but there are a handful...
Maleficent
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MALEFICENT

Despite snitty reviews and a marketing campaign that seems to have consisted entirely of just Angelina Jolie's enhanced cheekbones, it's been very...
X-Men
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X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

With six previous entries in the franchise, the X-Men series of films has had its ups and downs and enjoyed different levels of quality, but has...
If
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IF….

Without getting into the whys and wherefores, it appears to be a heartbreakingly tragic fact of American life that the phenomenon of school shootings...
Nosferatu
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NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE

The original silent film Nosferatu (out of copyright these days and therefore in the public domain, hence viewable in its entirety here) is quite...
Butch
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BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID

For what is generally perceived to be a safe, Sunday afternoon movie that the whole family can enjoy, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is in many...
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THE THIN RED LINE

When word got out in the mid-90s that Terrence Malick was making another film, having effectively disappeared from the industry for 20 years, there...
Wind
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THE WIND RISES

It really cannot be overestimated how much of a loss to the world of cinema the announcement of Hayao Miyazaki's retirement in September 2013 was....
Big
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BIG

Everybody likes Big. Even now. Unlike a lot of 80s nostalgia, which hasn't aged well at all and makes us wonder just how we ever enjoyed it in the...
Speed
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SPEED

I've talked before about Akira Kurosawa's wide-ranging influence on cinema, but it's a little-known fact that he had a hand in the making of Speed,...
Sisters
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SISTERS

Brian De Palma went through a period in the 70s and 80s when he was essentially imitating Alfred Hitchcock, not just drawing influence from him in...
Ace
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ACE IN THE HOLE

In recent times, certainly in the UK, the role of the establishment print media has come under a lot of scrutiny, and with good reason. So it's...
Nympho
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NYMPHOMANIAC: VOL I

Lars Von Trier is a filmmaker who is very easy to admire and just as easy to despise, and it's pretty apparent that he wants it that way. Few...
Samurai
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SEVEN SAMURAI

Really, what else is left to say about this film? It's probably the best film in the career of arguably the greatest director that ever lived. That...
Nebraska
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NEBRASKA

Alexander Payne has spent fifteen years carving a particular niche for himself on the American independent scene, showing an impressive consistency...
Omen
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THE OMEN

In the wake of William Friedkin's brilliant adaptation of The Exorcist, an unexpectedly enormous critical and commercial success worldwide, the mid...
Raid 2
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THE RAID 2

Sometimes when a film set itself incredibly bold targets, such as attempting to be the definitive example of its genre in the history of cinema, and...
Descent
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THE DESCENT

It's funny how much of a difference one bold casting choice can make. Originally intended to be a mixed-gender cast, the decision to make this film...
Comedy
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THE KING OF COMEDY

Out of all the handful of financial flops Martin Scorsese has directed (New York, New York, the underrated Kundun and Bringing Out the Dead), this is...
Fargo
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FARGO

With an upcoming TV series spin-off, it seems like an appropriate time to revisit the Coen brothers' breakthrough film, the one which catapulted them...
Agony
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THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

When people of an older generation tell you "they don't make films like they used to", this is probably one of the kind of films they're referring...
Cap
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CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

Many people are complaining about market saturation when it comes to superhero movies, and not without reason. The continued success of pretty much...
White
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WHITE DOG

I'm an unashamed fan of big, clumsy metaphors and allegories, and you can't really get a more obvious one than this, certainly not when it comes to...
Misfits
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THE MISFITS

There's always a certain frisson when you watch a film and you know that behind the scenes, in some fashion, art was imitating life. You certainly...
Blue
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BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR

A completely deserving winner of the Palme d'Or at last year's Cannes Film Festival, this is almost impossible to pigeonhole, such is the breadth of...
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LADYHAWKE

Another 80's childhood favourite, which holds up surprisingly well, this manages to sell a pretty silly fantasy conceit - Michelle Pfeiffer and...
Short
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SHORT TERM 12

Every now and then, a film slips by without a great deal of fanfare and I end up catching it on DVD and wondering just why the hell more wasn't made...
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THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

Despite being recognised as one of American independent cinema's true iconoclasts, and despite an impressively consistent CV that doesn't contain a...
Spinal
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THIS IS SPINAL TAP

Thirty years. It's hard to believe how old this film is now, such is the freshness, relevance and prescience of it all. There's very little to be...
Brazil
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BRAZIL

Terry Gilliam has made quite a career out of high-concept ideas that don't look like they would work on paper, and even when fully realised don't...
Book
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THE BOOK THIEF

Setting any film during the second World War and skirting a theme as weighty and unimaginably awful as the Holocaust is always going to be a tricky...
Darjeeling
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28 WEEKS LATER

It's a very common staple of the horror genre for any surprise success to spawn a brood of sequels usually more terrifying in their sheer number than...
Darjeeling
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NON-STOP

While Liam Neeson's late-career rebranding as badass middle-aged action hero has been somewhat bizarre and certainly unexpected, it has provided some...
Darjeeling
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SERPICO

It seems fitting, at a time when public trust in the police seems to be falling away (with good reason) rather than improving, to revisit the story...
Darjeeling
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THE LEGO MOVIE

A lot of people (I was one of them) were pretty snotty when this project was first announced. No doubt they've been hastily deleted now, but there...
Darjeeling
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THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG

This is just a brief shout-out to a French film from the 60s that really should be more well-known. It's a romantic drama played out as a recitative...
Darjeeling
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DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

While on the surface this might look like one of those Oscar-baiting, oh-so-worthy films that ends up boring you into submission with the weight of...
Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez in Argo
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ARGO

The news that Ben Affleck was to be donning the Batsuit was met with a ridiculously negative reaction from some quarters, but what faintly...
Darjeeling
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SAY ANYTHING…

Most people, even those who haven't seen it, remember Say Anything as that film where John Cusack stands outside Ione Skye's house with a boombox...
Darjeeling
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THE DARJEELING LIMITED

This isn't so much a review of this particular film, more a retrospective look at Wes Anderson's career as a whole. Which may mean I'm not doing this...
Lone Survivor
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LONE SURVIVOR

Making a film set in the Middle East based on real events is challenging for many reasons, but one of the biggest problems with it is that it's an...
Leon
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LEON: THE PROFESSIONAL

I first saw Leon (known as The Professional in the US) when I was 15 years old, in a UK cinema sometime in early 1995, and entirely by accident. On a...
August
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AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

Anyone's appreciation of this adaptation stands a very good chance of being tempered if you were lucky enough to catch it in its original stage form....
Llewyn
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INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

Despite the wide variety in their work, you pretty much know what you're getting with a Coen brothers film. Unquestionably amongst the most unique...
Piano
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THE PIANO

It's a shame that Jane Campion's presence on the international cinema stage has dimmed in recent years. As one of only four women to have ever been...
Wolf
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THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

How satisfying to see Martin Scorsese, arguably the world's greatest living filmmaker, and a man who's had his fair share of commercial difficulties,...
Deli
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DELICATESSEN

Sometimes I miss Marc Caro. His directorial partnership with Jean-Pierre Jeunet was one of those things that just seemed to click. They only worked...
Vinny
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MY COUSIN VINNY

I'll always have a soft spot for Marisa Tomei, whose performance in this film deservedly won an Oscar (though that didn't stop disgracefully false...
Third
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THE THIRD MAN

Although the teenage phase I went through wherein I devoured everything I could by Graham Greene may have robbed me of a year's social life, it stood...
Elephant
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THE ELEPHANT MAN

David Lynch occupies a strange and unique position in the pantheon of modern American filmmakers, aptly so for a director whose work is utterly...
12 Years
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12 YEARS A SLAVE

First of all, this is every bit the masterpiece people are claiming. Hopefully the first of what should be many long-overdue documents. There have...
Graduate
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THE GRADUATE

A friend and I were joking about crashing a wedding the other day. She talked about the possibility of me turning up and banging on the glass,...
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela(Screengrab)
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MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM

Curiously, while the autobiography on which this is based is one of the most inspiring and important pieces of writing from the twentieth century,...
hero_maisie
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WHAT MAISIE KNEW

The Henry James story upon which this is based is probably one of the most underrated novels of the 19th century. It's one thing to write, as an...
American Hustle
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AMERICAN HUSTLE

It's taken me a while to warm to David O Russell. I was pretty indifferent to his first two films (Spanking the Monkey and Flirting with...