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Tue
09
Sep
2008
 
  • Colour
Feel-good movies don't come any better than this Australian smash hit, which is an exuberant joy from sequined start to feathered finish. Come Dancing meets Footloose when rebel ballroom star Paul Mercurio hesitantly teams up with ugly duckling novice Tara Morice for an important contest. He wants…
Tue
11
Jul
2017
 
  • Drama
  • Italy
  • B&W
  • 96 mins.
The first collaboration between Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman is a devastating portrait of a woman's existential crisis, set against the beautiful and forbidding backdrop of a volcanic island. After World War II, a Lithuanian refugee (Bergman) marries a simple Italian fisherman (Mario Vitale) she meets in…
Tue
24
Jul
2012
 
  • Romantic comedy
  • France
  • Colour
  • 109 mins.
Like his earlier films, Claire's Knee and Pauline at the Beach, this is a sunny treatise on the agonies of holiday romance from director Eric Rohmer. This time, however, there's a male protagonist, with Melvil Poupaud playing the graduate student waiting for his girlfriend to join him at the seaside.…
Tue
12
May
2009
 
  • Colour
Originally released in the UK as Summer Madness, this was the movie that whetted director David Lean's appetite for location filming with international stars, paving the way forBridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago. It's a touching take on The Time of the…
Tue
08
Dec
2009
 
Driven by the social conscience that informed his Matewanand Eight Men Out, and the same sense of the past rising up that drew Lone Star so much acclaim, this multilayered ensemble piece from writer/director/editor John Sayles takes as its notional theme the development of swampland for profit.…
Mon
08
Aug
2011
 
  • Comedy western
  • USA
  • Colour
  • 89 mins.
This is one of a pair (it was followed by Support Your Local Gunfighter in 1971) of priceless comedy gems from director Burt Kennedy that spoofs the western genre with great affection. Both films provided marvellous roles for James Garner, here utilising his easy-going charm as the…
Tue
23
Jun
2009
 
  • Colour
Atom Egoyan won the Grand Jury prize at Cannes and was also Oscar nominated for his direction and adaptation of Russell Banks's novel about the impact of a schoolbus crash (which kills 14 children) on a small Canadian community. Although the Pied Piper analogy is overemphasised, this…
Tue
10
Jan
2012
 
  • Satirical drama
  • USA
  • B&W
  • 92 mins.
Not a box-office success in its day, this mordant satire has rightly picked up admirers over the years, and is at long last recognised for the classic that it is. It contains key career highs for Burt Lancaster, as vicious Broadway columnist JJ Hunsecker, and Tony Curtis,…
Tue
07
Jun
2016
 
  • Satirical drama
  • USA
  • B&W
  • 95 mins.
Powerful and unscrupulous New York newspaper columnist J.J. Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster) enlists sleazy press agent Sidney Falco (Tony Curtis) to do whatever it takes to break up his sister's affair with a jazz musician. The first American film of Scottish director Alexander Mackendrick, Sweet Smell of Success…
Tue
20
Sep
2005
 
  • Colour
Jane Campion is better known for her critically acclaimed 1993 hit The Piano, but this - her first film for the cinema - is a far more quirky and original movie that quickly established her as one of the most interesting directors working today. Part comedy, part…
Tue
24
May
2016
 
  • Drama
  • U.S.A
  • Colour
  • 95 mins.
Burt Lancaster stars as Ned Merill, who begins his day with a lap in a friend's pool. Realising that his Connecticut suburb is full of backyard pools which lead all the way to his house he attempts to swim all the way home, confronting incidents from his…
Tue
13
Dec
2005
 
  • Colour
Although they probably don't know it, novelist and radio writer Peter Tinniswood and Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki are soulmates. Tinniswood's Uncle Mort would be perfectly at home in a Kaurismäki film, delighting in the drab Finnish landscapes and the dreariness of daily life. Set in the early…
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