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Manhattan

    Woody Allen’s 1979 magnum opus starts famously with a long montage which appears to suggest that New York is to the modern world what Paris was in the early half of the 20th

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Max Schreck as Nosferatu

Nosferatu

Murnau’s 1922 silent expressionist classic is one of defining moments in movie-making. It borrowed its story wholesale from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, gave it the lightest of resprays and hoped no one would notice the theft.

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Jackie Chan in Police Story

Police Story

      There are plenty of people who think of Jackie Chan as a brilliant martial artist who has squandered his gifts on silly comedy. Even they, the Chan purists, acknowledge the brilliance of

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The Adventures of Robin Hood

    “Only the rainbow can duplicate its brilliance” ran the tagline to the swashbuckler from 1938 which took a young Tasmanian and gave him a movie role that would define him for ever. Errol

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Christine Tremarco and Stuart Sinclair Blyth

Hold Back The Night

    One of the occasional forays behind the camera of Phil Davis, the hugely gifted actor whose face pops up in everything from a Dickens adaptation to a geezer gangster flick. Which is particularly

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Jim Broadbent and Allan Corduner in Topsy-Turvy

Topsy-Turvy

    Lovers of costume drama and light operetta are in for a treat. And so are people who can’t stand either art form, thanks to Mike Leigh, more usually known as a purveyor of

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Geoffrey Rush in House on Haunted Hill

House on Haunted Hill

    When you buy a Bentley – as you do – you’re not looking for a holographic dashboard, an in-car virtual chauffeur, or an ejector seat. You want walnut and leather everywhere. The same

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Before Sunset

This 2004 follow-up to Richard Linlater’s 1995 Before Sunrise is a first-date movie for people who fancy themselves as having more going on upstairs. But grey matter to one side, do you need to have

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