Flesh

Though the spirit of Andy Warhol looms large over his work, director Paul Morrissey was a highly individual artist in his own right, and this new boxset from Tartan collects three of his most intriguing works. Review by Tim Smedley

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My Life Without Me

This indie drama may have been filmed on a low budget, but it deals in high emotions, following the final two months and last-minute decisions of a young woman with terminal cancer. Tim Smedley thinks we’ve been here before

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The Lady of Musashino

The Lady of Musashino

He may not be as well known as other Japanese luminaries such as Ozu and Kurosawa, but Kenji Mizoguchi was undoubtedly one of the country’s most prolific and gifted directors. Tim Smedley looks back at one of his best films

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Secret Window

Secret Window

Having already built up a reputation as one of Hollywood’s top screenwriters, David Koepp has returned to the director’s chair with this Stephen King adaptation, starring Johnny Depp. Tim Smedley wishes he’d stick to the typewriter

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Noi Albinoi

Noi Albinoi

If Bjork is anything to go by, life in Iceland must be pretty weird. Dagur Kari’s new film does little to dispel the idea, following the strange adventures of a teenage misfit in a rural Icelandic town. Tim Smedley finds out more

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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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Antwone Fisher

Antwone Fisher

Great actors don’t often make great directors, but that doesn’t seem to stop them trying. Denzel Washington’s directorial debut is a biopic of sailor-turned-Hollywood screenwriter Antwone Fisher. Tim Smedley thinks he should have stayed in front of the camera

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25th Hour

25th Hour

Spike Lee’s latest film follows a small-time New York hood on his last day before beginning a seven-year prison sentence. Tim Smedley caught up with a "captivating and graceful" film that ranks alongside the director’s best work

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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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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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Elling

Elling

Despite a thriving home-grown film industry, Norwegian movies are seldom seen on British screens. Tim Smedley looks at one of the few: a "moving and uplifting" comedy about two social misfits, already slated for a remake by Kevin Spacey. Next st

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Auto Focus

Auto Focus

Paul Schrader returns to form with this portrait of a celebrity exploring the pornographic possibilities of new technology. Tim Smedley salutes ‘a successful mix of comedy and tragedy, style and substance’

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