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Walkabout

Rereleased as a regular Blu-ray from Second Sight Films following their Limited Edition release of 2020, Nicolas Roeg’s mesmerising tale of adolescence and adventure in the Outback is as magnificent today as it was in 1971.  De...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Outfit

Having won the 2015 Oscar in Best Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation Game Graham Moore now turns his hand to directing. And like his Oscar winning efforts The Outfit has a well-spoken protagonist, a finely tuned period settin...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Burning Sea

While Hollywood and specifically the Master of Disaster Roland Emmerich might feel they have cornered the market on big budget disaster films Norway has been quietly creating disaster films that are much more grounded in realit...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Karloff Universal Terror

According to his daughter, he was “the least scary human being in the world”. But to fans, William Henry Pratt—AKA Boris Karloff—was the undisputed king of horror. The veteran actor had already appeared in 80 films when Franken...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Operation Mincemeat

Operation Mincemeat, 1943’s British deception operation to disguise the Allied invasion of Sicily, is one of the most remarkable stories in the history of war. Dressing the corpse of a vagrant as a Royal Marines officer equippe...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Les Miserables

Following the success of both The Count Of Monte-Cristo and The Man In The Iron Mask, in 1978, ITC re-teamed with Norman Rosemont Productions to produce a star-studded version of Victor Hugo’s sweeping tale of injustice and red...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie – 4K

Certainly one of the most unlikely films to get the 4K treatment, Luis Buñuel’s 1972 surrealist tale of a group of rich friends attempting to dine together – despite increasingly unusual interruptions – is not exact...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Card Counter

Ever since he announced himself to Hollywood with his script for the blood-spattered nihilism that is Taxi Driver Paul Schrader has never deviated from his path. A writing and directing career spanning more than 40 years Schrad...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Great Freedom

Sebastian Meise’s incredibly powerful drama Great Freedom (or Große Freiheit) should be considered essential viewing this Pride Month. Based on the hundreds of thousands of men imprisoned under Paragraph 175 (which criminalised...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Licorice Pizza

Paul Thomas Anderson is hands down one of contemporary cinema’s masters. Throughout his career he is a filmmaker who has refused to conform. His characters are unique so much so that they are the key focus over anything the sto...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Execution In Autumn

Referred to as “the godfather of Taiwanese cinema”, director Lee Hsing (who passed away in 2021 at the age of 91) combined Western realism with the neo-Confucian ideals advocated by the nationalist government in Taiwan.  Execut...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Proposition – 4K

Back in the good old days of the Hollywood Western, black hat-wearing bandits and white hatted do-gooders would battle in light, cheery romps that romanticised the period and made it all look darn swell. Actors like John Wayne ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Petite Maman

Céline Sciamma might be having one of the most low-key runs of stunning films cinema has ever seen. Since her directorial debut with 2007’s Water Lilies Sciamma is a filmmaker who explores intimacy and relationships in powerful...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lamb

Lamb is one of those films that to review too closely is to perhaps spoil much of what is good about it. Part horror, part rural drama with a splash of folklore weaved in for good measure it is unlike anything you’re likely to ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

C’mon C’mon

Following his bombastic and transformative Oscar-winning performance as the titular maniac in Joker, Joaquin Phoenix returns to our screens with something far more heartfelt in Mike Mills’ C’mon C’mon – a beautiful and po...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Gentle Gunman

After the end of the Second World War, Ealing Studios enjoyed a period of dwarfing all competition in imagination. With its creatives imbued with documentarian precision from the war, the studio produced a remarkable string of ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

King Richard

As sure as eggs are eggs, every Oscar season has a biographical sporting drama. There’s just something universally inspiring and uplifting about tales of athletic accomplishments, especially when our hero comes from an impoveri...
 
 
 
 
 
 

House Of Gucci

2021 brought us not one but two films from cinematic world-builder Sir Ridley Scott. The Last Duel was a medieval thriller that had contemporary hottopics and felt powerfully prescient. House of Gucci meanwhile came in as more ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Soulmates: Season One

If you could find out, scientifically, who your perfect match is…Would you? That is the question that sci-fi drama series Soulmates dares to ask. Across six self-contained stories, the anthology drama explores this dilemma from...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hoffman

In 1970, comic legend Peter Sellers fell into a depressive state after the shooting of underrated drama Hoffman. Attempting to buy back the film’s prints so he could destroy them, Sellers was seemingly troubled by how much of h...