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Mike White as Buck in Chuck & Buck

Chuck & Buck

    In this small-scale, nasty and even snivelling film born in the Classmates.com/Friends Reunited era, young sleek winner Chuck (Chris Weitz) returns to his hometown and falls somehow back into the orbit of old

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Emil Jannings and Marlene Dietrich in The Blue Angel

The Blue Angel

    This is the film that made Marlene Dietrich a household scandal back in 1930. It’s the story of how a pompous but respectable schoolteacher is lured on to the rocks by Lola-Lola, the

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Lorraine Stanley and Georgia Groome in London to Brighton

London to Brighton

London, 3.07am, in a horrible manky toilet, Joanne, a very young girl (Georgia Groome) is having the lipstick wiped from her teary face by Kelly, an older woman (Lorraine Stanley), whose bulldog features have taken

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers in Velvet Goldmine

Velvet Goldmine

        In 1988 Todd Haynes made Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story. In it he used Barbie and Ken dolls instead of actors to play out the tragic story of the singer with the

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Laurence Fishburne and Keanu Reeves, The Matrix

The Matrix

Who has not seen The Matrix? It’s the Gone with the Wind and Star Wars of our era, a phantasmagoria in black leather open to multiple readings that was already being described as mind-bending and

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Fairuza Balk and Robert Forster in American Perfekt

American Perfekt

          It’s a good rule of thumb that road movies set out in any American desert and made on a low budget have a knack of turning out OK. There’s often

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Oliver is menaced by Bill Sykes in Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

    The sort of film that most of us have slept through a few times. No, not the one with “Consider Yourself” and all those other fabulous Lionel Bart songs. Instead, it’s the David

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Nick Nolte in The Thin Red Line

The Thin Red Line

    In the mid-1990s it was more or less universally accepted that Terrence Malick had given up making films. He’d made Badlands in 1973 and Days of Heaven in 1978, both of them the

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Paris, dawn, August, in the long hot summer of 1976

C’était un Rendezvous

      The story goes that after wrapping on a film starring Catherine Deneuve, having come in under budget and with a day of shooting time left, as he often managed, director Claude Lelouch

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