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  • A Night At The Cinema In 1914
  • Boat People
  • Caramel
  • Carrie (1976 Film)
  • Dance Hall
  • Fruitvale Station
  • Gods Pocket + Q&A
  • If....
  • One and Eight
  • Sacrificed Youth
  • Some Like It Hot
  • Testament Of Youth
  • The Blackboard Jungle
  • The Deer Hunter
  • The Lady From Shanghai
  • The Rover + Q&A
  • The Spooky Bunch
  • Zero Dark Thirty

A Night At The Cinema In 1914 3 stars

One hundred years ago, cinema was in its infancy. This compilation, drawn from the BFI National Archive, recreates a selection of short items with musical accompaniment that audiences of the time might have enjoyed including a humorous piece about a face-pulling competition, an episode of The Perils Of Pauline featuring Pearl White in the title role, rousing scenes of Allied troops celebrating Christmas at the Front and some very early footage of big-screen icon Charlie Chaplin.

  • GenreDocumentary, Historical/Period, Shorts
  • CastFred Evans, Florence Turner, Charlie Chaplin.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration84 mins
  • Official site
  • Release01/08/2014 (selected cinemas)

One hundred years ago, cinema was in its infancy and the picture houses of the era provided the public with a retreat from the strains of everyday life. This special compilation, drawn from the BFI National Archive, recreates a selection of short items with musical accompaniment that audiences of the time might have enjoyed including a humorous piece about a face-pulling competition, an episode of The Perils Of Pauline featuring Pearl White in the title role, rousing scenes of Allied troops celebrating Christmas at the Front and some very early footage of big-screen icon Charlie Chaplin.

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Boat People 3 stars

  • GenreFilm
  • DirectorAnn Hui.
  • CountryHong Kong
  • Official site

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Caramel 3 stars

Layale is the proprietor of a Beirut beauty salon called Si Belle. She's involved in an affair with a married man, who will never leave his wife. Fearful of losing her lover, she is blind to the romantic overtures of a shy police officer, who could turn out to be her Mr Right. Shiite co-worker Nisrine nervously anticipates her impending nuptials but she must undergo an operation to restore her virginity. Meanwhile, fellow co-worker Rima wrestles with a forbidden attraction and elderly neighbour Aunt Rose enjoys a late-blooming romance. However, lasting happiness would mean abandoning her mentally incapacitated sister.

  • GenreDrama, Gay, Romance
  • CastNadine Labaki, Yasmine Al Masri, Joanna Moukarzel.
  • DirectorNadine Labaki.
  • WriterRodney El Haddad, Jihad Hojeily, Nadine Labaki.
  • CountryFr/Leb
  • Duration95 mins
  • Official sitewww.caramelmovie.co.uk
  • Release16/05/2008 (selected cinemas)

Directed, written by and starring Nadine Labaki, Caramel is a deliciously sweet melodrama revolving around a Beirut beauty salon called Si Belle, which provides a focal point for the gossiping local women as they search for love and fulfilment. Co-writers Jihad Hojeily and Rodney Al Haddad show great affection and empathy for their emotionally torn characters, traversing familiar territory without a hint of cynicism. It's gently paced, even at 95 minutes, with the various subplots neatly tied up by the time the end credits roll, though not all of the women get what their heart desires.

Sexy proprietor Layale (Labaki) is involved in an affair with a married man who is reluctant to sever ties to his wife. "I'm still lying to myself that he will leave her," Layale tells her co-workers as she secretly plans a birthday surprise for her lover in a nearby hotel. She is too self-involved to notice the romantic overtures of a shy police officer (Adel Karam), who could turn out to be Mr Right when he's not serving her with speeding tickets.

Shiite co-worker Nisrine (Yasmine Al Masri) nervously anticipates her impending nuptials but she must undergo an operation to restore her virginity before the wedding night. Meanwhile, fellow co-worker Rima (Joanna Moukarzel) wrestles with a forbidden attraction to a female client (Fatmed Safa), who seems to reciprocate her meaningful smiles.

The customers are equally colourful. Aging actress Jamale (Gisele Aouad) is constantly undergoing treatments so she can compete with younger rivals at auditions and screen tests. As for elderly seamstress Aunt Rose (Siham Haddad), she enjoys the first flushes of a late-blooming romance. However, lasting happiness would mean abandoning her senile sister (Aziza Semaan) and family loyalty must come before everything else.

Taking its title from the molten sugar, which is apparently the depilatory of choice for discerning Lebanese ladies, Caramel casts a warm glow as the characters take comfort in sisterly solidarity and find the courage to make life-altering decisions. Humour is used to good effect, much of it delivered by Aouad's make-up plastered has-been, who wouldn't look out of place in Almodovar's universe.
"What will it be today?" one of the salon staff asks Jamale.
"Lots of volume," she replies, "like a fluffy cat".

Rima's wordless romance with her customer is sensitively handled, conveyed through lingering glances and images of fingers running through wet hair, and there are touching scenes too between bride-to-be Nisrine and her mother, who likens life to eating fruit.
"It's like a melon. You must cut into it to see if you like it," confides the matriarch tenderly.
Caramel is a lovely slice.

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Tuesday 5th August 2014

Carrie (1976 Film) 4 stars

Stephen King adaptation about a young woman with telekinetic powers.

  • GenreAdaptation, Classic, Drama, Horror, Romance
  • CastSissy Spacek, John Travolta, Piper Laurie.
  • DirectorBrian De Palma.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration97 mins
  • Official site

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Dance Hall 3 stars

  • GenreDrama
  • CastBonar Colleano, Natasha Parry, Petula Clark, Jane Hylton, Donald Houston, Diana Dors.
  • DirectorCharles Crichton.
  • WriterE V H Emmett, Alexander Mackendrick, Diana Morgan.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration80 mins
  • Official site

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Monday 4th August 2014

Fruitvale Station 4 stars

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At approximately 9.15am on January 1, 2009, 22-year-old Oscar Grant III died on the operating table of Highland Hospital in Oakland, California. Several hours earlier, the young black man and his friends were detained by police at Fruitvale Station. During chaotic scenes on the platform, one of the officers shot Grant in the back as he was being restrained face down on the ground. This drama relives Grant's final 24 hours before his life was cut short, sparking protests across San Francisco.

  • GenreBiography, Drama, Romance
  • CastOctavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, Michael B Jordan, Ariana Neal, Ahna O'Reilly.
  • DirectorRyan Coogler.
  • WriterRyan Coogler.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration85 mins
  • Official sitewww.facebook.com/FruitvaleStationMovieUK
  • Release06/06/2014 (selected cinemas)

At approximately 9.15am on January 1, 2009, 22-year-old Oscar Grant III died on the operating table of Highland Hospital in Oakland, California. Several hours earlier, the young black man and his friends were detained by police at Fruitvale Station on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system that serves San Francisco.

During chaotic scenes on the platform, one of the officers shot Grant in the back as he was being restrained face down on the ground. Footage captured by witnesses on mobile phones and cameras sparked protests across the city.

Fruitvale Station dramatises the final 24 hours in the life of Grant (Michael B Jordan), recounted in chronological order except for a single emotionally devastating flashback in which the young man recalls a visit from his mother Wanda (Octavia Spencer) to San Quentin Correctional Facility to hammer home the damage he is doing to his young daughter Tatiana (Ariana Neal).

On December 31, 2008, Oscar takes Tatiana to school then drops off his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz) at work. He heads to the grocery store to pick up two crabs from the fish counter for his mother's birthday and helps a customer (Ahna O'Reilly) with a cooking dilemma by putting her in touch with his Grandma (Marjorie Shears).

He also collars store manager Emi (Victor Toman) and we learn that Oscar lost his job two weeks ago and hasn't told Sophina. "For me to hire you back, that means I have to let someone else go.

Someone who's never showed up late once. I like you man, but I can't do that," explains Emi. Bristling with frustration, Oscar stops briefly at a petrol station, where he witnesses a stray pitbull being knocked down. "Help!" screams Oscar as he cradles the dying animal. No one answers, foreshadowing the senseless loss of precious life in the film's closing moments.

Fruitvale Station is a gripping portrait of a flawed man, who struggles to rebuild bridges and atone for his sins but always seems to be dragged back into the mire. Like the train that carried Oscar and his friends home from the New Year's Eve fireworks, Cooger's film has a relentless sense of momentum and won't be deviated from its tragic course, no matter how hard we will it.

Jordan is terrific in the lead role - charming and volatile, cocksure yet desperately unsure how he will pay next month's rent. Diaz is luminous and Oscar winner Spencer is mesmerising, staring at her boy's lifeless body and sobbing, "I told him to catch the BART. I didn't know they were gonna hurt him."

Cooger opens with footage of the actual shooting and he retains the gritty realism in acutely observed scenes of family life. His script speaks from the heart and touches and rends ours with every word.

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Gods Pocket + Q&A 3 stars

Mickey Scarpato is a hard-drinking gambler, who lives in the working class community of God's Pocket. He is married to Jeanie, whose son Leon works on a construction site and doesn't realise how much trouble his big mouth can get him into. The young man speaks out against the wrong person and is killed with a swift blow to the head. The other construction workers cover up the crime and attempt to pass off Leon's death as a tragic accident. However, Jeanie suspects something is amiss.

  • GenreAdaptation, Drama, Indie
  • CastRichard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Caleb Landry Jones, Eddie Marsan.
  • DirectorJohn Slattery.
  • WriterAlex Metcalf, John Slattery.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration89 mins
  • Official site
  • Release08/08/2014 (selected cinemas)

Philip Seymour Hoffman makes one of his final screen appearances in John Slattery's indie drama, based on a novel by Pete Dexter. He plays Mickey Scarpato, a hard-drinking gambler and family man, who lives in the working class community of God's Pocket. Mickey is married to Jeanie (Christina Hendricks), whose son Leon (Caleb Landry Jones) works on a local construction site and doesn't realise how much trouble his big mouth can get him into. The young man speaks out against the wrong person and is killed with a swift blow to the head. The other construction workers cover up the crime and attempt to pass off Leon's death as a tragic accident. However, Jeanie suspects something is amiss in God's Pocket and she pleads with Mickey and best friend Bird (John Turturro) to investigate. However, Mickey has other problems: he's heavily in debt from gambling on horses and isn't sure he'll be able to raise enough money to pay for Leon's funeral conducted by Smilin' Jack Moran (Eddie Marsan).

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Monday 4th August 2014

If.... 4 stars

Seminal drama about disenchantment, violence and rebellion at a boys' public school.

  • GenreClassic, Drama
  • CastMalcolm McDowell, David Wood, Richard Warwick.
  • DirectorLindsay Anderson.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration111 mins
  • Official site
  • Release01/03/2002 (selected cinemas)

Re-release of Lindsay Anderson's 1968 allegorical tale, which has gained new resonance in the wake of recent American high school atrocities. Mick Travis (Malcolm McDowell) is a student at a long established private school, where physical and mental abuse are part and parcel of everyday life. When Mick and his school chums dare to revolt against the system, the battle lines are drawn for a fierce and bloody war between the staff and the rebellious youths.

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One and Eight stars

  • GenreFilm
  • DirectorZhang Junzhao.
  • CountryChi
  • Official site

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Sacrificed Youth stars

  • GenreFilm
  • DirectorZhang Nuanxin.
  • CountryChi
  • Official site

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Some Like It Hot 5 stars

Struggling musicians Joe and Jerry witness the 1929 St Valentine's Day Massacre and flee for their lives, with the mob in hot pursuit. Their only escape is to dress up as saxophonist Josephine and double bass player Daphne with an all-girl band, travelling towards Miami. They find it tricky to maintain their cover, surrounded by a bevy of beautiful girls, but a man's got to do what a man's got to do.

  • GenreClassic, Comedy, Romance
  • CastJack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe, George Raft.
  • DirectorBilly Wilder.
  • WriterBilly Wilder, IAL Diamond.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration121 mins
  • Official site
  • Release20/10/2000 (selected cinemas); 18/07/2014 (selected cinemas)

Another re-release of Billy Wilder's classic 1959 comedy, which features Marilyn Monroe in one of her most famous roles as sex-pot Sugar Kane. Struggling musicians Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) witness the 1929 St Valentine's Day Massacre and flee for their lives, with the mob in hot pursuit. Their only escape is to dress up as saxophonist Josephine and double bass player Daphne with an all-girl band, travelling towards Miami. They find it tricky to maintain their cover, surrounded by a bevy of beautiful girls, but a man's got to do what a man's got to do.

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Testament Of Youth 3 stars

  • GenreDrama
  • DirectorMoira Armstrong.
  • WriterAcorn Media.
  • CountryUK
  • Official site

A volunteer nurse witnesses the cruelty of World War I firsthand in the BBC adaptation of Vera Brittain's drama.

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Sunday 3rd August 2014

The Blackboard Jungle 3 stars

  • GenreDrama
  • CastAnne Francis, Louis Calhern, Glenn Ford.
  • DirectorRichard Brooks.
  • WriterRichard Brooks.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration101 mins
  • Official site

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Saturday 2nd August 2014

The Deer Hunter 4 stars

Russian-American steelworkers Nick Chevotarevich, Steven Pushkov and Mike Vronsky live in the small town of Clairton in Pennsylvania. Before the trio heads off to war in Vietnam, Steven marries his girlfriend Angela, who is pregnant by another man. At the wedding, Nick asks his girlfriend Linda to marry him, unaware that Mike is secretly in love with her too. The friends do their duty and return home broken men.

  • GenreClassic, Drama
  • CastRobert De Niro, Meryl Streep, Christopher Walken.
  • DirectorMichael Cimino.
  • WriterDeric Washburn.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration176 mins
  • Official site
  • Release01/08/2014 (selected cinemas)

In 1979, The Deer Hunter was nominated for nine Academy Awards, eventually winning five statuettes including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor In A Supporting Role. This welcome re-release still delivers a shock to the system with its infamous Russian roulette sequences. Russian-American steelworkers Nick Chevotarevich (Christopher Walken), Steven Pushkov (John Savage) and Mike Vronsky (Robert De Niro) live in the small town of Clairton in Pennsylvania. Before the trio heads off to war in Vietnam, Steven marries his girlfriend Angela (Rutanya Alda), who is pregnant by another man. At the wedding, Nick asks his girlfriend Linda (Meryl Streep) to marry him, unaware that Mike is secretly in love with her too. Mike, Nick and Steven do their duty for their country but they are emotionally and physically scarred by their ordeals. They return home and struggle to piece together their fractured lives, haunted by the ghosts from behind enemy lines.

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The Lady From Shanghai 3 stars

During a stroll through Central Park, Irish sailor Michael O'Hara rescues blonde stranger Elsa from three ruffians. She thanks him profusely and reveals that she and her husband, criminal defense attorney Arthur Bannister, are heading to San Francisco via the Panama Canal. Michael is attracted to Elsa and he signs on for duty aboard Bannister's yacht, where Bannister's partner, George Grisby, approaches the sailor with an incredible offer: to help him fake his own death in exchange for 5,000 dollars.

  • GenreAdaptation, Drama, Romance, Thriller
  • CastRita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane, Glenn Anders.
  • DirectorOrson Welles.
  • WriterOrson Welles.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration91 mins
  • Official site
  • Release25/07/2014 (selected cinemas)

Based on Sherwood King's 1938 novel If I Die Before I Wake, Orson Welles' 1947 thriller pairs the filmmaker with screen siren Rita Hayworth for a murderous battle of the sexes. During a stroll through Central Park, Irish sailor Michael O'Hara (Welles) rescues blonde stranger Elsa (Hayworth) from three ruffians. She thanks him profusely and reveals that she and her husband, criminal defense attorney Arthur Bannister (Everett Sloane), are heading to San Francisco via the Panama Canal. Michael is attracted to Elsa and he signs on for duty aboard Bannister's yacht. Bannister's partner, George Grisby (Glenn Anders), approaches the sailor with an incredible offer: to help him fake his own death in exchange for 5,000 dollars. Grisby promises Michael that he will not be convicted of murder since there will be no body. The sailor eventually agrees, unaware that Grisby intends to murder Bannister and frame Michael, or that private investigator Sydney Broome (Ted de Corsia) is on Grisby's trail.

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The Rover + Q&A 3 stars

Eric parks his car by the side of the road and enjoys a drink in a bar. Outside, robbers Henry, Archie and Caleb crash their car during a haphazard getaway and they steal Eric's motor to continue their flight to freedom. Eric gives chase and when he confronts the trio to demand the return of his property, they knock him unconscious. Waking some time later beneath the blazing sun, Eric continues his pursuit of the robbers.

  • GenreAction, Drama, Thriller
  • CastScoot McNairy, Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson.
  • DirectorDavid Michod.
  • WriterDavid Michod.
  • CountryAustralia/
  • Duration108 mins
  • Official sitewww.therover-movie.com
  • Release15/08/2014 (selected cinemas)

In 2010, Australian director David Michod dazzled audiences with his debut narrative feature Animal Kingdom, earning Jacki Weaver an Oscar nomination as Best Actress In A Supporting Role. For his follow-up, Michod heads into the outback for a gritty thriller set in a dystopian hell, where every resource can be traded for dollars in the aftermath of a global economic collapse. Eric (Guy Pearce) parks his car by the side of the road and enjoys a drink in a bar. Outside, robbers Henry (Scott McNairy), Archie (David Field) and Caleb (Tawanda Manyimo) crash their car during a haphazard getaway and they steal Eric's motor to continue their flight to freedom. Eric gives chase and when he confronts the trio to demand the return of his property, they knock him unconscious. Waking some time later beneath the blazing sun, Eric continues his pursuit of the robbers. Thankfully, he crosses paths with Henry's injured brother Rey (Robert Pattinson), a simple and naive soul who was left for dead during the bungled heist. Rey agrees to lead Eric to his sibling's hideout and en route, the two men bond.

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Wednesday 6th August 2014

The Spooky Bunch 3 stars

  • GenreComedy, Fantasy
  • CastKenny Bee, Mang-Ha Cheng, Josephine Siao.
  • DirectorAnn Hui.
  • WriterJoyce Chan.
  • CountryHong Kong
  • Duration97 mins
  • Official site

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Zero Dark Thirty 5 stars

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Ballsy CIA officer Maya accepts a posting to Islamabad under Station Chief Joseph Bradley. She imposes herself on the team, which initially creates friction with colleagues Jessica, Larry and Steve. Over the next eight years, Maya dedicates her life to every scrap of intelligence which might lead her to bin Laden. Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, who reportedly operates as bin Laden's personal courier, becomes her focus and the CIA tracks him to a heavily guarded compound in Abbottabad.

  • GenreAction, Drama, Historical/Period, Thriller, War
  • CastChris Pratt, Jennifer Ehle, Jessica Chastain, Kyle Chandler, Jason Clarke, Mark Strong, James Gandolfini, Edgar Ramirez, Joel Edgerton.
  • DirectorKathryn Bigelow.
  • WriterMark Boal.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration157 mins
  • Official sitewww.zerodarkthirty-movie.com
  • Release25/01/2013

The political brouhaha that continues to dog Kathryn Bigelow's dramatisation of the hunt for Osama bin Laden might have cost her an Oscar nomination. Her surprising omission from the Best Director race, which she won three years ago with The Hurt Locker, could be a kneejerk reaction to outspoken US senators who have lambasted Zero Dark Thirty's depiction of CIA-sanctioned torture.

The film makes clear: everything in Mark Boal's script is "based on firsthand accounts of actual events". Harrowing scenes of interrogation behind closed doors pose timely questions about the extraction of information during the war against terror. Is it possible to exist in a world that communicates in acts of senseless violence without resorting to the same crude vocabulary?

As CIA operative Dan (Jason Clarke) tells one physically exhausted prisoner (Reda Kateb), "In the end, everybody breaks. It's biology." Zero Dark Thirty opens in total darkness with a soundscape of emotionally wrought telephone calls and emergency service broadcasts from September 11, 2001.

Two years later, ballsy CIA officer Maya (Jessica Chastain) accepts a posting to Islamabad under Station Chief Joseph Bradley (Kyle Chandler). Dan worries the newcomer might not be up to the task at hand.
"You don't think she's a little young for the hard stuff?" he asks Bradley.
"Washington says she's a killer," coolly replies the Station Chief.

Maya imposes herself on the team, which initially creates friction with colleagues Jessica (Jennifer Ehle), Larry (Edgar Ramirez) and Steve (Mark Duplass). Over the next eight years, including a chilling recreation of the 2005 suicide attacks on London, Maya dedicates her life to every scrap of intelligence which might lead her to bin Laden.

Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti (Tushaar Mehra), who reportedly operates as bin Laden's personal courier, becomes her focus and the CIA tracks him to a heavily guarded compound in Abbottabad.

Maya is certain she has found bin Laden but her superiors are cautious. "A lot of my friends have died to do this. I believe I was spared so I could finish the job," she argues defiantly.

Taking its title from the time Navy SEALs stormed the compound in Pakistan, Zero Dark Thirty replays recent history through the eyes of Chastain's tenacious operative. It is a mesmerising central performance, worthy of the Oscar nomination, revealing chinks of sadness and vulnerability beneath Maya's armour as she spearheads the biggest manhunt in American history.

Bigelow orchestrates action sequences with brio, letting loose the dogs of modern warfare. During the climatic night-time raid, which is shot in part through night-vision goggles, the knot of tension in our stomachs tightens with each passing minute, until we're holding our breaths, even though we know this page in history was written in the early hours of May 2, 2011.

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Monday 4th August 2014
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