The Station Agent

The Station Agent

Thomas McCarthy’s feelgood film was the smash hit of this year’s Sundance film festival, exploring the relationship between a bunch of New Jersey dropouts and a vertically challenged visitor. Miramax may have been impressed, but John Atkinson wasn’t

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Movie Poster

Movie Poster

The line between advertising and art in cinema has always been a fine one, and nowhere is this more obvious than the film poster. Laurence Boyce reviews a new book which explores the history of this "underappreciated art form"

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Okay

Following on from Russia and Iceland this week comes the latest export from Danish cinema, an off-kilter drama by Jesper Westerlin Nielsen. Elke de Wit is impressed by a film which views the family from every angle

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The Cuckoo (Kukuska)

The Cuckoo (Kukuska)

Russian filmmakers are benefiting from a new interest in their work after the surprise success of Russian Ark. Paul Clarke celebrates a new film by Aleksandr Rogozhkin which explores the chaos of war and mutual misunderstanding

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A Quick Chat With Dagur Kari

A Quick Chat With Dagur Kari

Dagur Kari’s first short film won a raft of international awards, and his debut feature Noi Albinoi has been an unexpected success on the arthouse circuit. Jason Wood met the young Icelandic filmmaker to discuss rainbows, snow and Jerry Seinfeld

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Hulk (DVD)

Hulk (DVD)

He may be big, mad, and very very green, but the Hulk didn’t provide quite the impact that Hollywood executives were hoping for this summer. John Atkinson reviews the DVD of the weirdest comic book adaptation ever made

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The American Friend

The American Friend

Classic literary characters don’t always translate happily onto film, but Patricia Highsmith’s favourite anti-hero seems to have stood the cinematic test of time. Ian Haydn Smith looks back at the second big-screen outing for Mr Ripley

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Waiting For Happiness

Waiting For Happiness

Few African movies find a general release in Britain, so film festivals provide a rare opportunity for them to reach a wider audience. Antonio Pasolini caught the latest from one of Africa’s hottest young directors at the London Film Festival

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Easy Riders, Raging Bulls

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls

Peter Biskind’s sensational account of American cinema in the 60s and 70s won him many fans but few friends in Hollywood. Now the book has been turned into a documentary by the BBC, but Laurence Boyce thinks it’s become a victim of its own success

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An Interview With Sarah Polley

An Interview With Sarah Polley

Despite being one of the most gifted young actresses of her generation, Sarah Polley seems determined not to play by the usual Hollywood rules. Ann Lee met her to discuss politicians, zombies and her new film

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My Life Without Me

Terminal illness has been the source of some of cinema’s most mawkish moments, but this new film by Isabel Coixet aims for a much more practical and down-to-earth take on the subject. Ann Lee thinks it’s a wasted opportunity

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Cherbourg Shorts 2003

Cherbourg Shorts 2003

For the last nineteen years, the Cherbourg Film Festival has dedicated itself to providing a forum for new work by young British and Irish directors. Elke de Wit reports on the short film programme at this year’s festival

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Paper Moon

Paper Moon

In the 70s, Peter Bogdanovich was one of the leading directors of the movie brat generation, but his career has since dwindled into obscurity. Tim Applegate looks back over one of his best films, an odd couple story of a conman and his diminuitive apprentice

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A Short Time in Leeds

A Short Time in Leeds

In our second report from the 17th Leeds Film Festival, Tim Smedley rounds up the short film programme, and finds some memorable work by student filmmakers, debut directors and established names alike

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The 41st New York Film Festival

The 41st New York Film Festival

L.A. may be in love with the movies, but the movies have always been in love with New York. At the 43rd official celebration of cinema in the Big Apple, Thessa Mooij found the first film festival which gave her nightmares

which gave her nightmares

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