The Rules of Attraction

The Rules of Attraction

Sex, drugs and James van der Beek. No wonder this bombed at the box office. Roger Avary’s adaptation of Brett Easton Ellis’ novel received some of the most scathing reviews of recent months – but is it really as bad as everyone says? Alex King sits through a film that’s "more self indulgent than shocking"

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A Quick Chat with Lukas Moodyson

A Quick Chat with Lukas Moodyson

After the success of Show Me Love and Together, Lukas Moodysson has returned with a scathing examination of teenage life in Russia, Lilya 4-Ever. Tom Dawson met him to find out why his new film is as much about Sweden as the Soviet Union

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Le Souffle

Le Souffle

Teen films seem to be everywhere these days, but Damien Odoul’s debut film takes a very different approach to the gross-out gags and cardboard characters of Hollywood. Le Souffle follows a single summer’s day in the life of a teenage boy in rural France. Antonio Pasolini enjoys an unusual teen flick that’s "first and foremost an exercise in style"

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Pocket Essentials Hal Hartley

Pocket Essentials Hal Hartley

Hal Hartley is one of the unsung heroes of American independent cinema, adored by film students, festival programmers and critics alike, but largely ignored by mainstream audiences. Hannah Patterson reviews a new guide to the director’s work by kamera’s own Jason Wood

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Thieves Like Us

Thieves Like Us

Robert Altman changed the face of American cinema in the 1970s. Films like McCabe & Mrs Miller (1971) and Nashville (1975) are acknowledged classics, but Altman’s lesser work of the period also deserves reconsideration. Tim Applegate looks back over a little-known Altman tale from 1974, inspired by Nicholas Ray’s first feature They Live by Night (1947)

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Open Hearts

Open Hearts

Thomas Vinterburg has just directed a sci-fi spectacular. Lars von Trier is working on a depression-era melodrama. And now Susanne Bier’s Open Hearts breaks most of the Dogme 95 rules in its first five minutes. Does this mean Dogme is dead? Tim Smedley doesn’t think so

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A Quick Chat with Neil Hunter

A Quick Chat with Neil Hunter

Lawless Heart was one of the most acclaimed and successful British films of 2002. With the DVD release only a week away, Jason Wood meets one of the film’s co-directors, Neil Hunter, to discuss camaraderie, camerawork, and why you have to watch the film more than once

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Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard

They just don’t make ’em like this any more. Part horror, part Hollywood satire, Billy Wilder’s classic tale of film and faded stardom has recently returned to cinemas in a new print, forty three years after its original release. Alex King reckons it’s still way ahead of its time

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Frida

Salma Hayek turns serious as both actor and producer in this biopic of the artist Frida Kahlo. Bob Carroll rolls up his sleeves and uncovers a film "which matches the broad, primary strokes of its protagonist’s paintings"

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The Films Of Derek Jarman

The Films Of Derek Jarman

Derek Jarman was one of the great eccentric characters of British cinema, and his films are still inspiring debate almost a decade after his death. This new book examines the historical aspects of Jarman’s work, but Michelle le Blanc and Colin Odell think it’s a missed opportunity

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Commandante

Oliver Stone’s latest project is a documentary about the cigar-chomping Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Predictably enough, the film has caused a storm of controversy and has yet to secure international distribution. Elke de Wit caught a rare screening at the Berlin Film Festival

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Mystery Train

Mystery Train

Jim Jarmusch’s third feature film examines three interconnected stories which take place over a day and a night in Memphis, Tennessee. Adrian Gargett reflects on the poetic qualities of Jarmusch’s ‘distinct dramatic-comic vision’

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Scene by Scene

Scene by Scene

In his excellent BBC2 series, Scene by Scene, Mark Cousins conducted revealing interviews with actors and directors by showing them clips from their own work. But how does the format work as a book? Antonio Pasolini finds out

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Cinema 16

Cinema 16

Most filmmakers cut their directorial teeth making short films, but the majority never make it to our cinema screens. This new DVD features 16 shorts by new and established British directors. Oliver Berry thinks it opens up a new way of viewing and distributing the format

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Equilibrium

The second post-apocalyptic vision of the future this week imagines a world in which all emotions are banned and the populace is controlled by state-administered drugs. Tim Smedley enjoys an "undemanding genre flick"

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