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Tue
18
Nov
2014
 
  • Drama
  • Japan
  • Colour
  • 120 mins.
Winner of the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, Tokyo Sonata is a beautifully realised portrait of an ordinary Japanese family in a changing society; the father who loses his job and conceals it from his family, the eldest son who wants to…
Thu
21
Jun
2007
 
  • Colour
There's plenty to offend everyone here. Shot in Mexico by the Chilean-born actor/writer/director Alexandro Jodorowsky,El Topo which translates as The Mole is the cult film fan's cult film. A brief description would do scant justice to the bewildering array of images - some witty, some bleak and…
Tue
21
Apr
2015
 
  • Biographical comedy drama
  • UK/USA
  • Colour
  • 153 mins.
Mike Leigh's thoroughly entertaining Biopic of W.S. Gilbert & Sir Arthur Sullivan; from the critical flop of their 1884 production Princess Ida to the career defining success of their finest Comic Opera The Mikado. Outstanding lead performances from Jim Broadbent and Allan Corduner and sensitive direction from…
Tue
23
Aug
2005
 
  • Colour
In this New Zealand-set period adventure that unfolds like a Kiwi western, an embittered Boer War veteran tracks down a Maori seaman wanted for murdering a British soldier. Kereama (Temuera Morrison, of Once Were Warriors fame) is innocent of the crime, however, and fears rough justice at…
Sun
03
Mar
2013
 
  • Thriller, War, Action
  • UK
  • B&W
  • 140 mins.
How do you weigh the cultural heritage of a nation against the value of human life? That’s the subtext of The Train, a wholly persuasive, intelligent thiller crisply directed by John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate) with documentary-like realism and emphasis on action and problem-solving. [For more, click…
Tue
22
Jan
2013
 
  • Black comedy drama
  • Turkey
  • Colour
  • 98 mins.
Set in Ghobadi's native Kurdistan, close to the Turkey-Iran border. Soran is a 13-year-old boy who orders other children around as he installs an antenna for villagers keen to hear of Saddam's fall. Eventually, he falls for Agrin but is disturbed by her brother Henkov, who was…
Tue
01
Sep
2009
 
This exceptional political thriller is part morality tale and part action adventure, as three journalists - Nick Nolte, Gene Hackman and Joanna Cassidy - cover the Nicaraguan revolution and become involved in the violent struggle. Director Roger Spottiswoode has brilliantly realised the electric atmosphere generated by rubble-strewn…
Tue
08
Jan
2013
 
  • Romantic drama
  • UK/France/Lebanon/Belgium
  • Colour
  • 98 mins.
The courage and ingenuity of the cast and crew are never at issue in Philippe Aractingi's story of a Christian cabby ferrying a Shia Muslim mother around Lebanon in search of her son who's gone missing in a bombing raid. But the use, as extras, of people…
Mon
28
Oct
2019
 
  • Music, Comedy, Romance
  • USA
  • B&W
  • 105 mins.
Preston Sturges' Unfaithfully Yours is a typically witty and wild screwball comedy starring Rex Harrison as a symphony conductor named Alfred de Carter who is convinced his wife (Linda Darnell) is having an affair. During one of his concerts, Alfred begins planning three different ways of solving…
Tue
26
Aug
2008
 
  • Colour
Exiled since 1959, the 14th Dalai Lama has been celebrated around the world for his efforts to balance his Buddhist beliefs with his responsibilities as the leader of a repressed people. As a consequence, most film profiles have been blatantly hagiographic. Accorded unprecedented access to the Dalai…
Tue
14
Jun
2005
 
  • Colour
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