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5 Star Review CITIZEN KANE  5 Star Review
Orson Welles utterly unmissable 1941 acting and directing film debut, aged just 25, is recognised by most critics as "the greatest film of all time" and has been digitally hoovered to pristine effect. Inspired by the real-life newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, its tale of will to power, excess and hubris has deep resonances today. (Black & White). [cinema club review]
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5 Star Review M  5 Star Review
Fritz Lang's "talkie" debut from 1931 is a masterpiece in the truest sense, and voted the best German film of all time. Based on a true story, it follows the hunt for a notorious child-killer in Berlin by organised criminals, whose activities are being disrupted by police investigations into the case. The Nazis - whilst not in power until 2 years later - tried to have the film banned, thinking Lang was targetting them (Black & White + Subtitles). [cinema club review]
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M (1951)  2.5 Star Review TimesDVD
Sticking closely to the plot, Joseph Losey relocated the story to L.A. in 1951 (Black & White). [review]
 
   
5 Star Review SINGIN' IN THE RAIN  5 Star Review
Dazzling in its perfection, this sublime 1952 brilliantly restored Technicolor musical puts the artistry of Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds & Donald O’Connor on full, joyful display in the most enjoyable 102 minutes you’ll ever encounter in a cinema. Never, in the whole history of American cinema, has such a collection of talents come together at the peak of their abilities to generate such an enjoyable and clever movie. [cinema club review]
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5 Star Review BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN  5 Star Review
Portraying the true story of a sailors' revolt on board a battleship, and the subsequent massacre of the Odessa citizens who had come to greet it in port, Sergei Eisenstein's 1925 silent Soviet propaganda masterpiece remains one of the most influential films ever made. If you only ever see one silent film, this is the one it should be. (Silent + Black & White). [cinema club review]
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5 Star Review5 Star Review THE THIEF OF BAGDAD  5 Star Review
A ground-breaking early Technicolor movie from 1940, which is one of the most delightful fantasies ever put on film. A wonderfully atmospheric 'Arabian Nights' adventure for children of all ages - the last major movie started in England before the outbreak of the Second World War, and the last fantasy film released before America's entry into World War II. [cinema club review]
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THE THIEF OF BAGDAD (1924)  4.5 Star Review TimesAMAZON (£2.49)
Douglas Fairbanks is magnetic in this fun early adventure (Silent + Black & White). [review]
THE THIEF OF BAGHDAD (1961)  2.5 Star Review TimesBUY DISC
Steve Reeves stars in the English-language Italian remake "Il Ladro di Bagdad". [review]
THE THIEF OF BAGHDAD (1978)  1 Star Review TimesAMAZON (£2.49)
Peter Ustinov and Roddy McDowall camp it up in the fourth screen version. [review]
 
   
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5 Star Review SUNSET BLVD.  5 Star Review
Legendary director Billy Wilder's witty, brilliantly constructed perfect 1950 Tinseltown satire in which silent-movie siren Gloria Swanson delivers one of the greatest of all film performances as a wild-eyed recluse driven mad by her fall from Hollywood stardom. (Black & White). [cinema club review]
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5 Star Review REAR WINDOW  5 Star Review
Disguised as a riveting comedy thriller, Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 flawless, essential classic study of voyeurism starring James Stewart & Grace Kelly has often been imitated, but never equalled - all those windows, shaped like movie screens, each containing a mini-drama of its own. [review]
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BODY DOUBLE  3.5 Star Review TimesAMAZON (£2.49)
Brian De Palma combines the plots of "Rear Window" and "Vertigo" in this 1984 update. [review]
REAR WINDOW (1998)  2.5 Star Review Times BUY DISC
Christopher Reeve and Daryl Hannah star in this TV movie remake. [cinema club review]
DISTURBIA  3 Star Review Times NETFLIX / AMAZON (£2.49)
"Rear Window" remixed for the 2007 YouTube generation with Shia LaBeouf. [review]
 
   
5 Star Review THE GODFATHER  5 Star Review
Francis Ford Coppola's flawless 1972 Oscar-winning masterpiece (no.2 in IMDB's Top 250 Best Films list) traces the handover of power within the Corleone mafia family, from the old world values of Don Vito (Marlon Brando) to his son, the white sheep (Al Pacino). [cinema club review]
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THE GODFATHER PART II  5 Star Review Times SKY CINEMA / AMAZON (£5.99)
The only sequel to match the original in winning an Oscar for best picture (no.3 in IMDB's Top 250), many believe the 1974 movie to be even better than the first. Alternately prequel and sequel, it interweaves the stories of a young Don Vito (Robert De Niro) in 1921 with his son (Al Pacino) in 1958. [cinema club review]
THE GODFATHER PART III  3.5 Star Review Times SKY CINEMA / AMAZON (£5.99)
Set in 1979, the belated, ill-advised 1990 return to the story is a crime worse than any committed by the Corleone family, despite strong performances from Al Pacino and Andy Garcia. [cinema club review]
 
   
5 Star Review A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH  5 Star Review
David Niven out-dashes the dashiest as an RAF squadron leader who appears to be doomed when his bomber crashes, only to be given a last-minute reprieve, his fate to be decided by a celestial tribunal. Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger's 1940 enduringly rich and strange romantic fantasia Technicolor masterpiece is one of the most audacious, and frankly bonkers, courtroom dramas ever committed to film. [cinema club review]
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5 Star Review THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS  5 Star Review
One of the most celebrated and politically influential films of all time. Gillo Pontecorvo's important epic 1966 reconstruction of the 1954-57 Algerian revolution was banned in France until 2003. Employing only one professional actor alongside some of the real life revolutionaries, this is without doubt the most authentic historic film ever made. (Black & White + Subtitles). [cinema club review]
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A FILM WITHIN HISTORY Times AMAZON PRIME
2019 documentary which explores the making of the film. (Subtitles). [review]
 
   
5 Star Review Dr. STRANGELOVE  5 Star Review
Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 nuclear holocaust satire "Dr Strangelove - or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb," starring Peter Sellers at the peak of his powers in a multi-personality performance. It is a puzzling, unsettling surreal comedy of errors played out with a deadly straight face. (Black & White). [cinema club review]
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5 Star Review PSYCHO  5 Star Review
One of the most celebrated films in history, this 1960 thriller inspired by the real life gruesome career of the Wisconsin serial killer, Ed Gein, is easily the most shocking film produced by the "Master of Suspense" Alfred Hitchcock, and widely regarded as his best film, certainly his most imitated and perhaps his most influential. (Black & White). [cinema club review]
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PSYCHO II  3  Star Review Times NETFLIX / AMAZON (£2.49)
A two-decades-on sequel might sound like a terrible idea, but this 1983 film is a smart, blackly-comic thriller with Anthony Perkins and Vera Miles returning to their old roles. [cinema club review]
PSYCHO III  3  Star Review TimesAMAZON (£2.49)
Anthony Perkins stars in and directs a rather mean-spirited 1986 second sequel. [cinema club review]
PSYCHO (1998)  2  Star Review Times NETFLIX / AMAZON (£2.49)
Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Julianne Moore, Viggo Mortensen and William H Macy star in Gus Van Sant's 1998 film whose sole merit is being the strangest remake in cinema history. Same script, same score, same angles, same six week shooting schedule and hilarious modern references. [cinema club review]
 
   
5 Star Review APOCALYPSE NOW  5 Star Review
Francis Ford Coppola's jaw-dropping  1979 horrifying but visually incredible Vietnam masterpiece, in which Martin Sheen travels up the Mekong river to terminate Marlon Brando's appalling rebel command "'with extreme prejudice". Notable faces in support include Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, and Laurence Fishburne. Coppola restored and extended the movie in 2001 with "Apocalypse Now Redux" and in 2019 with "Apocalypse Now Final Cut,"[cinema club review]
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5 Star Review VERTIGO  5 Star Review
Recently voted the best movie of all time in the highly prestigious BFI international critics poll, James Stewart & Kim Novak star in Alfred Hitchcock's most disturbing masterpiece; the intense 1958 romantic thriller about a former police detective who becomes obsessed with a hauntingly beautiful woman. [cinema club review]
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OBSESSION  3 Star Review TimesBFI PLAYER / YOUTUBE (£1.99)
Brian De Palma 1976 sexy thriller openly pays more than a nod to "Vertigo". [review]
HIGH ANXIETY  3 Star Review Times AMAZON (£3.49)
Mel Brooks 1977 parody of Hitchcock's greatest hits with an emphasis on "Vertigo". [review]
 
   
5 Star Review CHINATOWN  5 Star Review
A movie of near perfection, Roman Polanski's never-bettered searing noir masterpiece from 1974 sees Jack Nicholson give one of his best performances, playing a 1930's private eye who pokes his nose rather too deeply into the lives of Faye Dunaway and her corrupt father, John Huston. The best private eye movie ever made, it was recently named the greatest film ever made by a panel of Guardian and Observer critics. [cinema club review]
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THE TWO JAKES  3.5 Star Review Times AMAZON (£2.49)
'Chinatown' was intended by scriptwriter Robert Towne to be the first of a trilogy about corruption in Los Angeles, but production of the second film was much delayed and only emerged in 1990, with Jack Nicholson himself as director. The third film was never made. [cinema club review]

   
5 Star Review ALIEN  5 Star Review
Ridley Scott's 1979 intergalactic horror masterpiece remains one of the most influential films in history and made Sigourney Weaver’s name. A beautiful revolutionary haunted house in space thrill-ride that stuns you with shock after shock. Celebrated equally for its H.R. Giger designed set, the organic innards of a derelict spaceship and its ghostly egg chamber. [cinema club review]
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ALIENS  4.5 Star Review Times SKY CINEMA / AMAZON (£3.49)
James Cameron's perfect 1986 sequel connects irrefutably with the events of the original (even to the point of starting exactly where the drama left off, albeit 57 years later), and surpasses its predecessor in terms of sheer spectacle. [cinema club review]

   
5 Star Review DUMBO  5 Star Review
Arguably the most underrated of Walt Disney's cartoon features, this classic 1941 animation tells the story about a circus elephant born with freakishly large ears, who rises from miserable ugly ducklinghood to superstardom, when it is discovered that he can fly. [cinema club review]
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DUMBO (2019) 3 Star Review TimesSKY CINEMA / DISNEY+
Tim Burton’s overcomplicated live-action and CGI remake of the beloved classic. [review]

   
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5 Star Review TOP HAT  5 Star Review
If you want only one Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers movie, then this classy, Oscar-nominated Depression-era escapism musical from 1935, with great tunes, witty choreography, and a screwball confused identities plot is obligatory viewing. (Black & White). [cinema club review]
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5 Star Review SCHINDLER'S LIST  5 Star Review
Steven Spielberg's outstanding Holocaust drama, which won seven Oscars in 1993, including best picture, tells the real life story of Second World War entrepreneur Oskar Schindler (played by Liam Neeson), whose operation to supply the German war effort led him to be the unexpected saviour of more than 1,000 Jewish factory workers in Krakow. Also starring Ralph Fiennes & Ben Kingsley. (Black & White) [cinema club review]
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5 Star Review THE 39 STEPS  5 Star Review
Perhaps the finest of Alfred Hitchcock's British films, his marvellously inventive 1935 thriller sees Robert Donat get dragged into an espionage conspiracy after an outing to a London music hall and ends up in Scotland handcuffed to an icy blonde Madeleine Carroll. (Black & White) [review]
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THE 39 STEPS (1959)  2 Star Review TimesDVD
Kenneth More stars in this remake which is given a contemporary twist. [cinema club review]
THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS (1978)  3 Star Review TimesAMAZON (£3.49)
Robert Powell & John Mills star in this re-remake has exciting stunts on Big Ben. [review]
THE 39 STEPS (2008) TimesDVD
A BBC TV movie which goes back to the original plot of the 1915 novel. [review]
 
   
5 Star Review JAWS  5 Star Review
A young Stephen Spielberg created maximum suspense - and perhaps his finest film - in 1975 with this adaptation of Peter Benchley's bestseller about a great white shark terrorising a New England beach resort; the scariest sea saga ever filmed. [cinema club review]
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JAWS 2  2.5 Star Review TimesAMAZON (£2.49)
Whilst Spielberg may have departed for the 1978 follow-up, Roy Scheider is amongst the original cast who reappear for this sequel which still has sufficient bite. [cinema club review]
JAWS 3D  1.5 Star Review TimesAMAZON (£2.49)
Renamed 'Jaws III' for TV and stripped of the one gimmick (3D) that made it - arguably - acceptable in cinemas, the 1983 sequel is a right royal turkey. [cinema club review]
JAWS - THE REVENGE  1 Star Review TimesAMAZON (£2.49)
Starring Michael Caine, this 1987 flop is often named the worst sequel in the history of Hollywood. [cinema club review]
 
   
5 Star Review5 Star Review THE WIZARD OF OZ  5 Star Review
A peerless Judy Garland stars in one of Hollywood's quintessential productions; this extraordinary musical adaptation of L Frank Baum's classic 1900 fable (it was actually the 8th version) is probably the most beloved fantasy film of all time and the ultimate family picture. [cinema club review]
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THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ  (1910) TimesYOUTUBE
The earliest surviving film version of the novel from 1910 (Silent. Black & White). [review]
THE WIZARD OF OZ  (1925) 2.5 Star Review TimesYOUTUBE
A young Oliver Hardy stars in the 1925 silent slapstick (Black & White). [review]
THE WIZ  2.5 Star Review TimesAMAZON (£2.49)
Diana Ross stars as Dorothy and Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow in this fun adaptation of the musical, which in 1978 was the most expensive movie musical ever made. [cinema club review]
RETURN TO OZ  3  Star Review Times SKY / DISNEY+
Panned on its release in 1985, the creepiest Disney film ever to grace the screen. [review]
OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL 3  Star Review TimesDISNEY+
Disney's 2013 reimagining of the classic - directed by Sam Raimi and starring James Franco and Mila Kunis - is a surprisingly magical treat. [cinema club review]
LEGENDS OF OZ  1.5 Star Review TimesAMAZON PRIME
"Dorothy's Return" is a 2014 kid-friendly chirpy animation with the voices of Lea Michele, Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer, Patrick Stewart, Jim Belushi & Martin Short. [cinema club review]
 
   
5 Star Review LAWRENCE OF ARABIA  5 Star Review
Movie-making on the grandest scale and winner of 7 Oscars, David Lean's 1962 historical epic masterpeice still astonishes and has never looked more beautiful. A magisterial portrayal of one of Britain's most enigmatic yet charismatic heroes, TE Lawrence, whose precise role in the Arab revolt against the Turks during the First World War still perplexes military historians. [review]
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A DANGEROUS MAN   3.5 Star Review Times DVD
"Lawrence After Arabia", starring Ralph Fiennes, was a 1992 TV movie sequel. [review]
LAWRENCE AFTER ARABIA  
Brian Cox stars in this new story of the last years of T. E. Lawrence’s life, due for release in March 2021

   
5 Star Review VIRUNGA  5 Star Review
Oscar-nominated documentary from Manchester University graduate Orlando von Einsiedel (produced by Leonardo diCaprio), which follows activists who work together to keep th,e Congolese park, which is home to many of the world’s remaining 800 mountain gorillas, from being exploited by a British petroleum company and poachers. Investigative journalism that moves like an action thriller. [cinema club review]
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5 Star Review UNFORGIVEN  5 Star Review
Winner of four Oscars, including best picture and director in 1998, Clint Eastwood's captivating instant classic is quite simply, one of the finest Westerns ever made. It is a magisterial film, a lean fable of great moral complexity, immaculately acted by a large cast including Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris and Oscar-winning Gene Hackman alongside Clint himself. [cinema club review]
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UNFORGIVEN (YURUSAREZARU MONO)  3.5 Star Review Times AMAZON (£3.49)
Faithfully transposing the story to 1880's Japan, Lee Sang-il extremely closely re-imagined Clint Eastwood's western as a samurai film, in a 2013 remake so good that it almost equals the original. [cinema club review]

   
5 Star Review THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP  5 Star Review
Arguably the finest British film made during the second world war, Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger's 1942 wonderful salute to British decency was initially banned in the UK by Winston Churchill. A touching portrait of a friendship that bridges national boundaries, this is one of British cinema's undisputed masterpieces. [cinema club review]
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5 Star Review CASABLANCA  5 Star Review
One of the most romantic films that Hollywood has ever produced, Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, produce one of the most magnetic screen pairings in history in this timeless 1942 love story wrapped inside a gripping wartime thriller, written with such wit and meaning that it's still quoted (and misquoted) decades later. (Black & White). [cinema club review]
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CABO BLANCO   2 Star Review Times DVD
Charles Bronson stars in this strange, unsatisfying 1980 remake of "Casablanca". [review]

   
5 Star Review NORTH BY NORTHWEST  5 Star Review
A justifiable masterpiece, Alfred Hitchcock's thrilling and comical 1959 adrenalin-fuelled Cold War action blockbuster sees Cary Grant as the personification of suaveness playing a debonair ad executive mistaken for a US agent by sinister foreign forces led by James Mason. [cinema club review]
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5 Star Review STAR WARS  5 Star Review
From a galaxy far, far away, the endlessly imitated but never rivalled opening instalment of George Lucas's original space opera trilogy, which tells the timeless tale of good versus evil with ground-breaking special effects for 1977, and a dazzling array of intergalactic characters. Essential viewing and, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the greatest films ever made. [cinema club review]
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THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK  5 Star Review Times SKY CINEMA/ DISNEY+ / AMAZON (£6.99)
For many people, the 1980's follow up to George Lucas's "Star Wars", is the best film of the initial trilogy. Not a sequel as such, but the next part of a continuing story, it marks enormous progression both in terms of the mythos of the series and in the filmmaking quality itself". [cinema club review]
THE RETURN OF THE JEDI  4 Star Review TimesDISNEY+ / AMAZON (£6.99)
Although the weakest of the three, the 1983 conclusion to George Lucas's original "Star Wars" trilogy is still essential viewing and a a superb movie. The introduction of the cutesy Ewoks, making it a particular favourite with younger viewers. [cinema club review]

   
5 Star Review RIO BRAVO  5 Star Review
Faultless, freewheeling and funny, John Wayne, Dean Martin & Ricky Nelson star in arguably Howard Hawks' greatest film; a majestically paced Technicolor western, from 1959, in which a small town sheriff enlists the assistance of a lush, a cripple and a young gunslinger to keep the brother of a ruthless land baron locked up until the marshal arrives. [cinema club review]
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EL DORADO  4.5 Star Review TimesAMAZON (£1.99)
Howard Hawks used the same plot with John Wayne & Robert Mitchum in 1966. [review]
RIO LOBO  3 Star Review TimesAMAZON (£3.49)
Howard Hawks and John Wayne made yet another variation on "Rio Bravo" in 1970. [review]

   
5 Star Review THE LAST PICTURE SHOW  5 Star Review
A heartbreakingly young-looking Jeff Bridges & Cybill Shepherd star alongside Oscar-winners Ben Johnson & Cloris Leachman in Peter Bogdanovich's 1971 coming-of-age masterpiece, based on Larry McMurtry's novel, set in a small, dusty, windblown dying town in Texas during 1951, at the time of the Korean war. The soundtrack from Hank Williams and others is also a joy. (Black & White). [review]
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TEXASVILLE  3 Star Review TimesBUY DISC / NOVEL
Peter Bogdanovich reunited the cast in 1990 for Larry McMurtry's sequel. [review]

   
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5 Star Review BRINGING UP BABY  5 Star Review
Reknown as the definitive screwball comedy, there are few pleasures cinema has on offer that are more enjoyable than this damn, damn funny romantic comedy of Hollywood’s golden age, starring Katharine Hepburn & Cary Grant, two of the most popular 'serious' actors around in 1938, making fools of themselves. (Black & White). [cinema club review]
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WHAT'S UP DOC?  4.5 Star Review TimesAMAZON (£3.49)
Peter Bogdanovich essentially remade "Bringing Up Baby" with Barbra Streisand in 1972. [review]
WHO'S THAT GIRL  2 Star Review TimesAMAZON (£3.49)
Madonna stars in this woeful 1987 attempt at "Bringing Up Baby". [review]

   
5 Star Review L.A. CONFIDENTIAL  5 Star Review
Acted to perfection with more twists than you can shake a stick at, Kevin Spacey, Kim Basenger, Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe & Danny DeVito star in this complex multi-layered 1950s detective story which requires some concentration to keep up with the subtle plot twists and coded dialogues. The excellent script won an Oscar in 1997, as did its leading lady. [cinema club review]
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5 Star Review NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD  5 Star Review
George A. Romero's hugely influential 1968 horror movie in which a ragtag group of Pennsylvanians barricade themselves in an old farmhouse to remain safe from a bloodthirsty, flesh-eating breed of monsters who are ravaging the East Coast of the United States. (Black & White). [cinema club review]
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DAWN OF THE DEAD  4.5 Star Review TimesDVD & BLU-RAY
George A Romero's 1978 astoundingly violent sequel - the first of five - is seen by many as the greatest zombie fantasy of all time. [cinema club review]
THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD  3  Star Review TimesAMAZON (£2.49)
"Night Of The Living Dead" co-writer John Russo offered an alternate continuity to the original film in 1985 with this enjoyable horror comedy, which also spawned its own series. [cinema club review]
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1990) 3 Star Review TimesAMAZON (£2.49)
George A Romero updated his own script for Tom Savini's highly acceptable 1990 remake. [review]
 
   
5 Star Review PARASITE  5 Star Review
Bong Joon Ho's multi-Oscar winning gasp-inducing masterpiece⁽ᴹᵃʳᵏ ᴷᵉʳᵐᵒᵈᵉ⁾ that manages to scratch every cinematic itch you have and offers more up you didn’t know you had. The ideal way to experience the South Korean auteur’s awards-garlanded, international box-office smash is with as little prior knowledge as possible. [cinema club review]
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5 Star Review THE CONVERSATION  5 Star Review
With one of his greatest performances, Gene Hackman stars in Francis Ford Coppola's 1974 immaculate thriller - a small masterpiece he made in the same year as "The Godfather II" - as a lonely and paranoid surveillance expert who is paid to eavesdrop on an affair. [cinema club review]
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BLOW OUT  4 Star Review TimesAMAZON (£3.49)
John Travolta stars in Brian De Palma's 1981 homage to "Blow-Up" and "The Conversation". [review]
ENEMY OF THE STATE  3.5 Star Review TimesAMAZON (£3.49)
Not officially related, Gene Hackman also stars in what is effectively a 1998 continuation. [review]

   
5 Star Review THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY  5 Star Review
Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef & Eli Wallach star in Sergio Leone's 1966 classic Spaghetti Western; a grisly-brilliant story of three amoral gunslingers in the parched American west on the trail of hidden Confederate gold, described by Quentin Tarantino as "The Greatest Film of All Time". [cinema club review]
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5 Star Review3 Star Review4.5 Star Review KING KONG (1933)  5 Star Review
The 1933 masterpiece that more or less invented the monster film and the disaster movie in one go, this abiding take on 'Beauty and the Beast' has a mythic power that belies its years and has beome long established as part of modern folklore. (Black & White). [cinema club review]
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SON OF KONG  2.5 Star Review Times AMAZON (£2.49)
Also released in 1933, the official sequel took a more light-hearted approach. [review]
MIGHTY JOE YOUNG (1949) 3.5 Star Review Times AMAZON (£7.99)
The original team reunited 17 years later for this kiddie matinee reprise. [review]
KING KONG vs GODZILLA  2.5 Star Review Times BUY DISC
Japanese studio Toho's 1963 spin off was aimed at children. [review]
KING KONG ESCAPES  2.5 Star Review Times BUY DISC
A second spin off from Japanese studio Toho's in 1967. [review]
KING KONG (1976)  3 Star Review Times AMAZON (£3.49)
Dino De Laurentiis remade the original film with Jessica Lange & Jeff Bridges. [review]
KING KONG LIVES  1 Star Review Times BUY DISC
Dino De Laurentiis returned in 1986 with an awful sequel [review]
MIGHTY JOE YOUNG (1998) 3 Star Review Times DISNEY+ / AMAZON (£2.49)
Charlize Theron  stars in this family friendly remake of the 1949 film. [review]
KING KONG (2005) 4.5 Star Review Times NETFLIX / SKY / AMAZON (£2.49)
Epic escapism. Naomi Watts, Jack Black & Adrien Brody star in Peter Jackson's 2005 passionate remake of the RKO classic which has everything of the original movie to the power of a hundred. It’s a stunning technical achievement although arguably less haunting and affecting than the stop-motion effects of the 1933 film. [cinema club review]
KONG: SKULL ISLAND  3 Star Review TimesAMAZON (£3.49)
Tom Hiddleston stars in this 2017 quasi-update of the 'King Kong' story. [review]

   
5 Star Review ON THE WATERFRONT  5 Star Review
Seminal classic which won eight Oscars in 1954, including "Best Picture", "Best Actor" (Marlon Brando), and "Best Director" (Elia Kazan). Set amongst the union crime, corruption and underworld infiltration of New York's docks, the film was seen by many as a defiant attempt by Kazan and screenwriter Budd Schulberg to justify their actions in ratting out former colleagues to the McCarthy witch-hunt, for their involvement with the Communist Party. (Black & White). [cinema club review]
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5 Star Review RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK  5 Star Review
The orginal 1981 product of the near-Holy trinity of Steven Spielberg, George Lucas & Lawrence Kasdan, in which Harrison Ford stars as an unorthodox archaeologist searching Egypt for the fabled Ark of the Covenant and finds himself up to his neck in booby-trapped caves, snake chambers, Nazi spies, religious demons, damsels in distress and even a spot of romance. [cinema club review]
Times AMAZON PRIME / SKY CINEMA / BOX SET

INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM  4 Star Review TimesPRIME / SKY
The 1984 follow-up, set in 1930's India, is a trifle overblown and unsubtle, but it still has great sets, fun performances and terrific action including a wild rollercoaster ride through a mine. [cinema club review]
INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE  4 Star Review TimesPRIME / SKY
The masterstroke in the 1989 instalment was the introduction of Sean Connery as Indy's crotchety dad and the return of the Nazis as the baddies. [cinema club review]
THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL  3.5 Star Review TimesPRIME / SKY
Released 19 years later, in 2007, Indy finds himself entangled in a 1950's Soviet plot in this minor triumph minor triumph plucked from the jaws of disappointment. [cinema club review]

   
5 Star Review CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON  5 Star Review
You may never see a more beautiful movie - and certainly no more majestic film has yet been made than Ang Lee's multi-Oscar winning arthouse kung-fu movie from 2000 which defies pigeon-holing by succeeding as a love story, an action movie, a fantasy and a period drama with influences as diverse as John Ford , Akira Kurosawa , and 'The Matrix'. [cinema club review]
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SWORD OF DESTINY  2.5 Star Review Times NETFLIX
With a script seemingly written by algorithm, Wo-Ping Yuen's dour but easily digestible 2016 follow-up comes across like a poor episode of Game of Thrones. [cinema club review]

   
5 Star Review 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY  5 Star Review
Awesome, influential, mind-blowing, cool, obsessional, pretentious Stanley Kubrick’s must-see 1968 science-fiction film, which was unlike any seen before, still towers, monolith-like, out on the high planes of the oh-so-verdant film landscape, and remains the greatest film that no one understands. [cinema club review]
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5 Star Review GOODFELLAS  5 Star Review
A masterwork on every artistic level, Martin Scorsese's most visceral movie from 1990 is a genuine challenger for the title of greatest Mafia flick ever made. Robert DeNiro, Ray Liotta and an Oscar-winning Joe Pesci star in this unflinching depiction of the real-life wiseguy turned snitch, Henry Hill. [cinema club review]
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5 Star Review SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON  5 Star Review
Released in 1949, the most flamboyantly colourful of John Ford's John Wayne Cavalry & Indians Westerns, winning an Oscar for cinematography that expertly captures the breathtaking epic grandeur of Monument Valley. [cinema club review]
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5 Star Review THE TERMINATOR  5 Star Review
Damn close to perfect, James Cameron's 1984 nerve-bludgeoning, slickly executed sci-fi thriller, set in a post-apocalypse  Los Angeles, propelled Arnold Schwarzenegger to stardom as a time-travelling cyborg sent back in time to assassinate the mother of an unborn enemy. [cinema club review]
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TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY  4.5 Star Review Times AMAZON (£2.49)
Arnie is back, in James Cameron's 1991 sequel which set a new cinematic standard for stunning, computer graphic special effects, and later spawning a disappointing franchise. [cinema club review]

   
5 Star Review LAURA  5 Star Review
Otto Preminger's masterful and fascinating whodunnit film noir romance from 1944. in which a New York detective investigates the brutal murder of a much-adored beautiful society girl. If you've never seen it, don't miss it. (Black & White) [cinema club review]
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5 Star Review THE SEARCHERS  5 Star Review
Described by New York magazine as the most influential movie in American history, John Wayne gives his finest performance as a racist in John Ford's powerful and thought-provoking Wild West Odyssey, a masterpiece western of revenge and reconciliation which touches the heart of racist darkness and cleanses itself in the process. [cinema club review]
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SEARCHERS 2.0  3 Star Review Times DVD
2007 road trip comedy from Alex Cox which pays tribute to the John Ford movies. [review]
MALIGLUTIT / SEARCHERS  4 Star Review Times APPLE TV (£5.49)
"The Searchers" was adapted in 2016 for this Canadian Inuit version. [review]

   
5 Star Review WITHNAIL AND I  5 Star Review
Endlessly quotable, touching, and funny, Richard E Grant, Paul McGann and Richard Griffiths deliver perfect performances in this 1987 British cult classic about two young jobless actors living on the edge of reality in 60's London, who decide to go for a small retreat to The Lake District. [cinema club review]
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5 Star Review CALL ME BY YOUR NAME  5 Star Review
A full-hearted Oscar-winning romantic masterpiece from 2017. Set in 1980s Italy, it's a film that’s at once light, joyful and emotionally devastating, with deeply affecting central performances as a romance blossoms between a 17-year-old student (Timothée Chalamet) and the older man (Armie Hammer) hired as his father's research assistant. [cinema club review]
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5 Star Review5 Star Review THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS  5 Star Review
Thrilling and scary in equal measure, Anthony Hopkins and Jody Foster are outstanding in Jonathan Demme's 1991 masterpiece adaptation of Thomas Harris's novel about a serial killer, an FBI student and the hunt for a murderer. One of only three movies to win the Big 5 Oscars: Best Actor, Actress, Screenplay, Director, and Picture. [cinema club review]
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MANHUNTER  4 Star Review TimesSKY CINEMA
Brian Cox was the original Hannibal Lecter in Michael Mann's 1986 adaptation of Thomas Harris's source material "Red Dragon". [review]
HANNIBAL  3 Star Review TimesAMAZON (£2.49)
Ridley Scott's 2001 deeply disappointing sequel continues the story. [cinema club review]
RED DRAGON  3 Star Review TimesAMAZON (£2.49)
Hopkins, Edward Norton & Ralph Fiennes star in this 2002 remake of prequel "Manhunter" [review]
HANNIBAL RISING  2 Star Review TimesAMAZON PRIME
The 2007 prequel attempts to explain Hannibal Lecter's upbringing. [ review]

   
5 Star Review MARRIAGE STORY  5 Star Review
Noah Baumbach's 2019 Oscar-nominated incisive and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together. Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson were also shortlisted for the Oscar, whilst support from Alan Alda and Laura Dern saw the latter win Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. [cinema club review]
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5 Star Review HAMILTON  5 Star Review
The cultural event of Lockdown – it might even break the internet - the small screen version of the biggest theatre phenomenon of the last decade is a beautifully photographed original cast stage performance of Lin-Manuel Miranda's smart, witty, funky hip hop musical about 18th-century American revolution, immigration, ambition and love. [cinema club review]
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5 Star Review THE BAND WAGON  5 Star Review
Vincente Minnelli's perfect backstage Technicolor musical from 1953, about an ageing star trying to make a comeback in a Broadway show written by his friends, features Fred Astaire & Cyd Charisse. Nominated for three Oscars, and regarded as one of the best MGM musicals, it heavily influenced Michael Jackson (who pay tribute to the film on no less than four albums). [cinema club review]
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5 Star Review HOMECOMING  5 Star Review
"A Film by Beyoncé" is one of the all-time great concert docs that goes behind the scenes of her landmark 2018 Coachella headline set - when she became the first African-American woman to headline the festival - with an extraordinary 200-person show that paid tribute to America’s Historically Black University Colleges and their homecoming parades. [cinema club review]
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5 Star Review TOY STORY  5 Star Review
Pixar's 1995 perfect animated extravaganza was the first ever full-length computer animated feature. Tom Hanks & Tim Allen provide the voices to a great adventure story that will not only entertain children but can also be enjoyed as a jokey parable by adults. [cinema club review]
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TOY STORY 2  4.5 Star Review TimesDISNEY+ / AMAZON (£2.49)
There's no need to have seen the first movie to enjoy the 1999 follow-up, which is less of a sequel but more an upgrade in software refinement. [cinema club review]
TOY STORY 3  4.5 Star Review Times DISNEY+ / AMAZON (£2.49)
Pixar's third rummage in the toy box in 2010, delivers more appealing fringe benefits. [cinema club review]
TOY STORY 4  4.5 Star Review Times DISNEY+ / SKY CINEMA / AMAZON (£9.99)
The 2019 instalment caters both for children too young to have seen its predecessors and for adults who’ve grown up (or grown older) watching the previous films. [cinema club review]

   
5 Star Review PANDORA'S BOX  5 Star Review
Bold for its time, the 1929 classic, "Die Büchse der Pandora" is a masterly mix of expressionism and street realism, that ranks among the undisputed masterpieces of German silent cinema, catapulting American actress Louise Brooks to cinematic icon status with her performance as an insatiable femme fatale who murders her husband and tangos with a lesbian countess. (Silent. Black & White). [cinema club review]
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5 Star Review THE LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING  5 Star Review
One of the finest pieces of Hollywood filmmaking this century, Peter Jackson deservedly won the best director Oscar for this 2003 powerful and enchanting concluding episode to his massively ambitious 9 hours 18 minutes adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy, with Mancunians amongst the strong cast including Dominic Monaghan, Ian McKellen, Bernard Hill, & Andy Serkis. It's important to watch the two previous instalments first... [cinema club review]
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THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING  4.5 Star Review TimesSKY CINEMA
Funny, scary and, totally involving, 2001's first instalment of the Tolkein trilogy, genuinely looked like nothing ever seen before and remains one of the finest pieces of Hollywood filmmaking this century. [cinema club review]
THE TWO TOWERS  4.5 Star Review TimesSKY CINEMA
2002's second essential chapter is both funnier and darker than the first film, and certainly more action-packed. [cinema club review]

   
5 Star Review BRIEF ENCOUNTER  5 Star Review
Voted the best romantic film of all time, David Lean & Noël Coward's 1945 masterpiece (filmed just up the road in Carnforth) about a passionate yet unconsummated relationship between a married woman and a married doctor that struck a deep chord with wartime Britain. (Black & White). [cinema club review]
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BRIEF ENCOUNTER (1974) 2.5 Star Review Times BUY DISC
Richard Burton and Sophia Loren star in this pointless TV movie remake. [review]

   
5 Star Review THE TRUMAN SHOW  5 Star Review
One movie you can pronounce a modern classic with absolute confidence, this ingenious satirical comedy drama from 1999, starring a suitably restrained and criminally Oscar-overlooked Jim Carrey, living in the idyllic island community of Seahaven - although the less we tell you about the plot the better, as this is an extraordinary experience from start to finish. [cinema club review]
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4.5 Star Review MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO  5 Star Review
One of the most beloved family films of all time and arguably the best Japanese animated film ever, this otherworldly tale is a definitive work of imagination and a charming tale that draws on the childhood experiences of genius director Hayao Miyazaki, and is the film that first brought him to international attention. An animated achievement almost without parallel. [cinema club review]
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5 Star Review A TASTE OF HONEY  5 Star Review
Beautifully shot in black-and-white on Salford locations, and set in dank bedsits amid the grimy smokestacks, and polluted canals, this ground-breaking 1961 social realist comedy drama, based on Shelagh Delaney's play, sees a mousey Rita Tushingham in her screen debut as a hilariously vulgar Salford lass encountering pre-marital promiscuity, cross-racial romance and homosexuality. [cinema club review]
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5 Star Review RIO FERDINAND: BEING MUM AND DAD  5 Star Review
Extraordinarily brave and moving BAFTA-winning documentary which follows Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand following the death of his wife from breast cancer, aged 34. It is totally and tragically compelling, and certainly helpful to others going through grief, whilst to everyone else, it’s simply a very moving, very human film. [cinema club review]
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5 Star Review 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE  5 Star Review
Steve Coogan stars as Tony Wilson in Michael Winterbottom's 2002 hilarious true story of Factory Records, The Hacienda and the Madchester music scene. Also starring Andy Serkis, Peter Kay, Paddy Considine, Christopher Eccleston, John Simm, Shirley Henderson, Lennie James, John Thomson, Rob Brydon, Ralph Little and Dave Gorman amongst many other famous Mancunian faces. [cinema club review]
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5 Star Review RAINING STONES  5 Star Review
Bruce Jones and Ricky Tomlinson star in one of Ken Loach's most effective films, from 1993, which shows the increasingly desperate measures an unemployed Manchester man is willing to take in order to raise the cash for his daughter's communion dress. [cinema club review]
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5 Star Review BILLY LIAR  5 Star Review
Filmed in Manchester, Ashton-under-Lyne and Bradford, this must-see faultless blend of social realism and satirical fantasy is a kitchen-sink classic - an adaptation of Keith Waterhouse’s novel -starring Tom Courtenay as an undertaker's assistant who escapes from his mundane ‘grim oop North’ existence into an imaginary Swinging Sixties land, where he is supreme dictator. [cinema club review]
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5 Star Review THE CLASS OF 92  5 Star Review
Absorbing documentary that is remarkable not just for being an excellent film about Manchester United fans turned footballers David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, and Gary & Phil Neville, but for being about so much more, including Manchester and Britain itself in the 1990s. Engrossing for any admirer of the beautiful game, but for United fans, it's unmissable. [cinema club review]
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