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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…
Tue
12
Apr
2016
 
  • Romantic drama
  • Spain
  • Colour
  • 112 mins.
Benigno and Marco are both caring for unconscious women; Marco's girlfriend Lydia, a female matador who has been gored by a bull and ballerina Alicia, who is in a coma after a traffic accident. Moving between past, present and future, the lives and destinies of four characters…
Tue
03
Apr
2018
 
  • Drama
  • Iran
  • Colour
  • 95 mins.
A depressed middle-aged man travels the Iranian countryside searching for someone to bury him after his planned suicide. Eventually, he encounters a Turkish taxidermist who tries to get him to see life's beauty. This Palm d'Or-winning drama is one of Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami's most accessible films…
Tue
27
Jun
2017
 
  • Adventure, drama, comedy
  • Australia
  • Colour
  • 90 mins.
Ten Canoes is different in many ways. Forget Hollywood, action or predictable stories, even forget fast-paced entertainment. Ten Canoes is a quiet film, a film about how Aboriginal life has been 1,000 years ago and maybe even before that. This excellent film tells two stories, differentiated by…
Tue
13
Oct
2009
 
Lawyer Jacques Vergès has spent his life defending the indefensible. The son of a French father and a Vietnamese mother, he forged his reputation pleading for the darling of the Algerian liberation movement, Djamila Bouhired (whom he would eventually marry). However, he is now best known as…
Tue
24
Jan
2017
 
  • Colour
The fragile lives of six people connect on emotional voyages toward forgiveness and reconciliation in Germany and Turkey. Fatih Akin's second feature, the drama The Edge of Heaven, concerns a man named Ali and his son, Nejat, a German teacher, who decide to move in with Yeter,…
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