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  • Boyhood
  • Charulata
  • Finding Fela
  • Judex
  • Mad Love + The Face Behind The Mask
  • Pride
  • The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934 Version)
  • The Peach Blossom Land

Boyhood 3 stars

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Drama about a boy's coming of age, shot over 12 years with the same crew and cast. When we first meet Mason Jr, he's preparing to move house with his mother Olivia and precocious older sister, Samantha. Errant father Mason Sr takes the children ten-pin bowling and dispense pithy words of wisdom. As Mason Jr blossoms into a sullen and awkward teenager, Olivia ricochets from a bad marriage to a drunk professor to a bad marriage to one of her students.

  • GenreDrama, Romance
  • CastPatricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater.
  • DirectorRichard Linklater.
  • WriterRichard Linklater.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration166 mins
  • Official sitewww.boyhoodmovie.tumblr.com
  • Release11/07/2014

In 2002, filmmaker Richard Linklater had a dream. The celebrated Texan director of Dazed And Confused and Before Sunrise, whose mother and father separated when he was seven, wanted to make a drama that realistically captured the bonds between parent and child. He announced his intention to create a close-knit family of cast and crew, who would reunite every year to shoot new scenes that accurately reflected the physical and emotional changes of the young stars.

Seven-year-old Ellar Coltrane was cast in the lead role and Linklater chose his then eight-year-old daughter Lorelei to portray the central character's older sister. The result is a directorial doozy of dazzling ambition and scope that falls short in terms of pacing and compelling narrative arcs.

From a technical perspective, Boyhood is a staggering achievement - a testament to Linklater's determination that could have fallen apart at any point in the past 12 years. From the fragments of each annual get-together, the writer-director has fashioned a naturalistic slideshow of the awkward transition from childhood to adulthood that will doubtless garner an Oscar nomination and a deluge of critical plaudits.

When we first meet Mason Jr (Ellar Coltrane), he's preparing to move house with his mother Olivia (Patricia Arquette) and precocious older sister, Samantha (Lorelei Linklater), who keeps him awake with her rendition of Britney's Oops!... I Did It Again.

Errant father Mason Sr (Ethan Hawke) takes the children ten-pin bowling and the boy pleads for the introduction of safeguards to keep his ball out of the gutter. "You don't want bumpers - life doesn't give you bumpers," his old man counsels.

Major pop culture and political events including the publication of Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince and Obama's presidential campaign allow us to date each chapter as Mason Jr blossoms into a sullen and awkward teenager.

En route, Olivia ricochets from a bad marriage to a drunk professor (Marco Perella) to a bad marriage to one of her students (Brad Hawkins), with occasional appearances from Mason Sr to dispense pithy words of wisdom.

By the very nature of its creation, Boyhood unfolds in fits and spurts, some more interesting than others. Coltrane starts the film as a cheeky cherub, who is slightly wooden in front of camera, but he grows in confidence and stature.

Arquette has surprisingly scant screen time considering she is primary care giver and the final edit runs close to three hours, while Hawke could almost have walked off the set of Before Midnight, given his character's penchant for rambling introspection.

It's easy to be blinded by the glorious gimmick that initiated Boyhood but if you judge Linklater's film purely on what made it to the screen, it's a fascinating yet flawed experiment.

Charulata 3 stars

Bhupati runs The Sentinel newspapers in 1870s Calcutta. The job demands long hours, which takes him away from his wife Charu. Noticing that she is lonely, Bhupati asks his cousin Amal to keep Charu company and to also mentor her since Amal is a talented writer. Charu thrives in Amal's company and her skills as a writer flourish. Over time, though, they both realise that their feelings for one another are deepening and they must make an agonising choice about where their loyalties lie.

  • GenreAdaptation, Drama, Romance, World
  • CastSoumitra Chatterjee, Shailen Mukherjee, Madhabi Mukherjee.
  • DirectorSatyajit Ray.
  • WriterSatyajit Ray.
  • CountryIndia
  • Duration114 mins
  • Official site
  • Release22/08/2014 (selected cinemas)

A welcome re-release of Satyajit Ray's celebrated 1964 Bengali drama based on the novel Nastanirh by Rabindranath Tagore. Bhupati (Sailen Mukherjee) runs The Sentinel newspapers in 1870s Calcutta. The job demands long hours, which takes him away from his wife Charu (Madhabi Mukherjee). Noticing that she is lonely, Bhupati asks his cousin Amal (Soumitra Chatterjee) to keep Charu company and to also mentor her since Amal is a talented writer. Charu thrives in Amal's company and her skills as a writer flourish. Over time, though, they both realise that their feelings for one another are deepening and they must make an agonising choice about where their loyalties lie.

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Wednesday 3rd September 2014
Thursday 4th September 2014

Finding Fela 3 stars

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  • GenreBiography, Documentary, Historical/Period, Musical
  • DirectorAlex Gibney.
  • WriterAlex Gibney.
  • CountryUS/UK/Nig/
  • Duration120 mins
  • Official sitewww.findingfela.co.uk
  • Release05/09/2014 (selected cinemas)

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Thursday 4th September 2014

Judex 3 stars

  • GenreAction, Drama
  • CastFrancine Berge, Edith Scob, Channing Pollock.
  • DirectorGeorge Franju, Georges Franju.
  • WriterArthur Bernede, Louis Feuillade.
  • CountryFr/Ita
  • Duration95 mins
  • Official site

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Thursday 4th September 2014

Mad Love + The Face Behind The Mask 3 stars

  • GenreAdaptation, Horror, Romance, Thriller
  • CastColin Clive, Frances Drake, Don Beddoe, Evelyn Keyes.
  • DirectorKarl Freund, Robert Florey.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration136 mins
  • Official site

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Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Pride 3 stars

  • GenreComedy, Drama, Historical/Period
  • CastBill Nighy, Andrew Scott, Dominic West.
  • DirectorMatthew Warchus.
  • WriterStephen Beresford.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration120 mins
  • Official site

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Wednesday 3rd September 2014

The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari 4 stars

Francis and his good friend Alan visit a carnival, where they become transfixed by the hypnotist Dr Caligari, who exerts control over the somnambulist Cesare - a soothsayer with the power to predict the future. Alan is keen to learn his fate so he asks Cesare to foretell his destiny and the somnambulist claims that Alan will be dead by the following morning. Sure enough, Alan is slain and Francis and Jane investigate, determined to prove that Dr Caligari and his puppet are responsible.

  • GenreClassic, Drama, Horror, Romance, World
  • CastWerner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Lil Dagover.
  • DirectorRobert Wiene.
  • WriterHans Janowitz, Carl Mayer.
  • CountryGer
  • Duration66 mins
  • Official site
  • Release29/08/2014 (selected cinemas)

A re-release of Robert Wiene's 1920 German Expressionist classic, which is one of the defining moments in big screen horror. Francis (Friedrich Feher) and his good friend Alan (Hans Heinrich von Twardowski) live in the German village of Holstenwall, where they are in direct competition for the affections of Jane (Lil Dagover). The two men visit a carnival, where they become transfixed by the hypnotist Dr Caligari (Werner Krauss), who exerts control over the somnambulist Cesare (Conrad Veidt) - a soothsayer with the power to predict the future. Alan is keen to learn his fate so he asks Cesare to foretell his destiny and the somnambulist claims that Alan will be dead by the following morning. Sure enough, Alan is slain and Francis and Jane investigate, determined to prove that Dr Caligari and his puppet are responsible. Once Caligari realises that the two fairgoers are on his trail, he orders Cesare to kill Jane but her beauty has a profound effect on the somnambulist and he is unable to carry out his master's evil bidding.

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Wednesday 3rd September 2014
Thursday 4th September 2014

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934 Version) 3 stars

Re-issue of Hitchcock's 1934 thriller in which an English family accidentally uncovers an assassination plot whilst on holiday abroad.

  • GenreThriller
  • CastLeslie Banks, Peter Lorre, Edna Banks.
  • DirectorAlfred Hitchcock.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration75 mins
  • Official site

Certainly not one of Hitchcock's best efforts, this 1934 thriller is nonetheless an enthralling example of how the director's expert grasp of filmic devices could paper over even the most gaping narrative chasms. Bob (Leslie Banks) and Jill (Edna Best) are a resourceful English couple on holiday in Switzerland with their daughter (Nova Pilbeam) when a good friend is gunned down before their eyes. With his dying breath, the friend alerts the couple to a planned assassination attempt in London but before the plucky twosome can contact British intelligence with the information, the bad guys - led by Peter Lorre's menacing Abbot - have kid-napped their little one. Stiff of upper lip and patriotic to the core, Bob and Jill resolve to free their daughter from Abbot's clutches and prevent the assassination. And all before teatime. Strip away Hitchcock's directorial trickery and The Man Who Knew Too Much stumbles thanks to a malnourished script and some anaemic performances. Lorre, making his English language film debut, exhibits the oily villainy which served him so well for much of his career and he anchors the film, infusing the character of Abbot with a subtle blend of malice and well concealed tenderness. 65 years old and showing its age, the film still has some life in it yet.

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Wednesday 3rd September 2014

The Peach Blossom Land stars

  • GenreFilm
  • DirectorStan Lai.
  • CountryTaiwan
  • Official site

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Wednesday 3rd September 2014
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