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In 'Modern Times' the Little Tramp Steps Out of the Past and Into the Future One Last Time

This film features incisive social commentary, a charming relationship of equals, some of Charlie Chaplin's most iconic slapstick, and it looks ahead with playful speculation and scintillating savvy to the future.

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'Black Narcissus' Is Truly, Madly, Hysterically Wonderful

Powell and Pressburger's Black Narcissus is iconically and almost ethereally beautiful. It's a full-blooded, complex melodrama of the highest order.

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'Tokyo Story' is Resonant, Insightful and Superbly Performed and Directed

Delicately portrayed and played by all concerned, many sequences have tremendous power. When Noriko’s broad, generous smile gives way to long-suppressed tears it is utterly heartbreaking.

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The Tangled, Trailing Tale of 'The White Ribbon'

A la Village of the Damned, the children of this village are a strange breed, suspiciously always present at the scenes of the savage crimes.

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Surviving Desire Is a Star-crossed Lovers’ Drama With an Absurdist Streak

Hal Hartley specializes in an inspired marriage of the ordinary and the extraordinary; the sublime falling from the mouths of slackers. His films may be an acquired taste, but it’s one I’d urge you to indulge.

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Séraphine

Séraphine is an earnest, engrossing and crucially unsentimental examination of the artist and her inspiration.

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TS Productions

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Flame and Citron

The film is a compelling, urgent portrait of violent, paranoid times, and questions what it is to be a hero.

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Nimbus Rights II APS

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Film Noir Classics: Volume One

Perversely, to get the maximum possible enjoyment out of this collection, you have to first temper your expectations so that you’re not expecting an entire volume of inarguable masterpieces.

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People Like Us

This series acted as a springboard for an astonishing plethora of British talent such as Julia Davis, Tamsin Greig, Robert Webb, David Tennant and Bill Nighy.

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The Last House on the Left

The whole endeavour feels curiously sanitised, relatively speaking, of course.

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London to Brighton

In this nuanced and exhilarating debut by Paul Andrew Williams, budgetary limitations are thriftily turned to their advantage as a captivating tale of sin and redemption is spun.

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Steel Mill / Wellington

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High Hopes

Leigh takes on ordinary and infuses blinding colour, broad comedy, crude monikers and flamboyant performances.

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Une Femme Mariee

An erudite, somewhat autobiographical, handsome and twisted examination of female infidelity.

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Henry Holt & Company

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Empire of Passion

For all his visual flair, Oshima has failed to construct a coherent, emotionally engaging piece and I fear these failings may cause this film to alienate viewers.

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Pulling: The Complete First Season

Both a product of a society which rabidly consumes such sewer-brow idiocy and a hilarious, exquisitely-acted, original British comedy.

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Hobson's Choice (Criterion Collection)

Director Lean toys with the audience’s expectations with regards to his well-established directorial style.

Performing Arts

The Secret Policeman’s Balls

All in all The Secret Policeman’s Balls is a corking collection of performances from Britain’s finest joke-tellers and musicians.

Emma Simmonds
Performing Arts

The Secret Policeman’s Balls

The seemingly smutty and initially baffling title is the collective moniker for a series of Amnesty International benefit concerts, held in London.

Emma Simmonds

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