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The General

    Buster Keaton’s favourite of his own films got off to a poor start in 1927. A flop at the box office and poorly received by critics (“the fun is not exactly plentiful” said

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Jeremy Theobald in Christopher Nolan's debut, Following

Following

    Can you honestly tell from Following, that its first-time director Christopher Nolan is only two years away from making Memento, the film that put him on Hollywood producers’ speed-dials? Shot on weekends and

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Kate Winslet and Harvey Keitel in Holy Smoke

Holy Smoke

    A maker of thoughtful films, some hugely successful (The Piano), some not (In the Cut), Jane Campion here takes a small film – about a cultbuster (Harvey Keitel) and his intensely focused efforts

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Madeleine Carroll handcuffed to Robert Donat in The 39 Steps

The 39 Steps

    There are several filmed versions of John Buchan’s novel. The other two notables have Kenneth More and Robert Powell in the lead. But this one, in spite of its antiquity, is the best.

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Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould in a publicity shot for Mash

Mash

      An on-screen statement, put there at the behest of a nervous film studio, claims this film is about the goings-on at a field hospital during the Korean War. That statement apart, this

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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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Poor Photoshop skills add a little extra to the lie-detector scene from Meet the Parents

Meet The Parents

    The notion of “upstaging” someone comes from the theatre. If you as an actor walk upstage, away from the auditorium, you force the person you’re addressing to turn their back on the audience.

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Antonio Banderas

The 13th Warrior

    A real proper old-fashioned Sunday afternoon film – epic in intention, ludicrous in execution. Considered to be unwatchable when it was test-screened, it was partially recast, rescored and reshot – by Michael Crichton, writer of

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Redneck Keanu Reeves in The Gift

The Gift

    Director Sam Raimi is an expert in genre-twisting. Back when he was making The Evil Dead he so overloaded his gore epic that it eventually became funny. With The Gift he takes on

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