Beautiful Country

Beautiful Country

Vietnam never seems to quite die out as a subject for filmmakers. This new film explores the conflict from the perspective of one of the war children left behind once the conflict was over, and John Gorick thinks it’s a tale worth telling

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Sunrise

The style of silent films can be difficult to engage with these days, but the great directors transcend the limitations of their time and remain relevant for a modern audience. Edward Lamberti looks back at a Murnau classic

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Last Party 2000

Last Party 2000

With another American presidential election looming in 2004, it seems like a good time to look back at this mock-documentary take on the sagas and shenanigans last time round. Ben McCann ends up amused but confused by the world of US politics

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The Missing

The Missing

In the postmodern cinema world, the western is a hard genre to make work. Clint managed it with Unforgiven, Kevin Costner (arguably) did the same with Dances with Wolves, and now Ron Howard, has joined them. Deryck Swan applauds his effort

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Something’s Gotta Give

Something’s Gotta Give

Jack’s back in this romantic tale of an ageing lothario who meets his match in headstrong Diane Keaton. Director Nancy Myers has pulled off this kind of tale twice before, but does that mean the formula is wearing thin? John Gorick doesn’t think so

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Northfork

Like the Coen brothers, filmmaking siblings Michael and Mark Polish are known for featuring weird and wonderful characters their movies. But while the Coens inject black humour throughout their films, the Polish twins are slowly carving a name for themselves with... »
David Caffrey

David Caffrey

Gram Parsons is one of the great forgotten stars of country music, who like so many musicians of his generation, died before his 30th birthday. Now a film has been made about his life (and death). Elke de Wit caught up with its director at the recent Berlin film festival

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A Zed and Two Noughts

A Zed and Two Noughts

Peter Greenaway’s films may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but even his detractors will find something to admire in A Zed & Two Noughts. Graeme Cole reviews his memorable story of grief, chance and killer swans

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Creeping Flesh: The Horror Fantasy Film Book

Creeping Flesh: The Horror Fantasy Film Book

Horror and science fiction has always attracted a peculiarly avid set of fans, devotees and experts, but Creeping Flesh is definitely one for the purists. The book collects a range of essays on some truly obscure sci-fi and horror films, but Paul Clarke thinks it’s too smart for its own good

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Grand Theft Parsons

Grand Theft Parsons

We’ve got an exclusive pre-release review this week of Grand Theft Parsons, a buddy movie in which one buddy’s alive and the other’s a dead country-rock star. It may tell a great story – but is it any good? Elke de Wit finds out

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Hell Drivers

Hell Drivers

Carlton has continued its intriguing range of British re-releases with Hell Drivers, a little-known thriller set in the ultra-competitive world of construction driving. Colin Odell & Michelle le Blanc get to grips with the meanest truckers this side of the sixties

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Le Souffle (DVD)

Le Souffle (DVD)

The coming-of-age story has always been a popular film genre, but Damien Odoul’s Le Souffle has a distinctly Gallic take on the subject, following one boy’s misadventures over a single day on a rural French farm. The film has finally received a DVD release in the UK, and Edward Lamberti thinks it was worth the wait

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The Barbarian Invasions

The Barbarian Invasions

Denys Arcand’s films have usually fared better with critics than audiences, but his latest movie, which follows a womanising young man diagnosed with a terminal illness, has proved a big hit on the European circuit. Ben McCann thinks it combines "genuine emotion with incisive social comment"

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