The Life Aquatic

The Life Aquatic

Wes Anderson is unquestionably one of the most individual and unique directors working in American cinema, but broadening his appeal beyond a select audience of critics and dedicated fans has proved difficult. Mark Sells review his latest film

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Horizons West

Horizons West

Where would modern cinema be without the Western? The iconic films of the great Western directors have had a profound effect on film as a medium, and this new study by Jim Kitses sets out to explore the history of the genre. Review by Edward Lamberti

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Dietrich’s Ghosts

Dietrich’s Ghosts

The legacy of the Third Reich has always proved problematic for film historians – is it possible to view Nazi films on purely artistic terms, regardless of their political context? This new book from the BFI aims to find out. Review by Ben McCann

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Vojna (War)

Vojna (War)

The continuing conflict in Chechnya is the setting for this powerful film from the director Alexsei Balabanov, but Deryck Swan finds the mix between gritty realism and high-octane action a little hard to swallow

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Million Dollar Baby

Million Dollar Baby

Going head to head with The Aviator at this year’s Oscars is Clint Eastwood’s latest film, an emotive story of the relationship between a jaded trainer and a young female boxer. Mark Sells thinks it’s Eastwood’s best film yet

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Vera Drake

Vera Drake

Fresh from its success at the BAFTAs and a surprisingly warm reception across the pond, Mike Leigh’s latest film Vera Drake is currently gearing up for the Oscars. Antonio Pasolini steps back from the hype and finds out whether all the acclaim is justified

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Garden State

Garden State

Soul-searching independent films are ten-a-penny in America, but this low-budget romantic comedy from Zach Braff has been getting an unusually good reception from the Stateside critics. Ben McCann finds out if the hype is justified

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A Very Long Engagement

A Very Long Engagement

After parting company with his long-term collaborator Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet has continued to carve out a niche as one of France’s most visually imaginative directors. Antonio Pasolini reviews his latest film starring Audrey Tautou

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