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  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • A Matter of Life and Death
  • Brief Encounter
  • North by Northwest

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  • Gunpoint

    ★★½

  • Dragonwyck

    ★★

  • Kansas Raiders

    ★★

  • Tommy

    ★★★★

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  • Gunpoint

    Gunpoint

    ★★½

    Going after a gang of outlaws who have been terrorising his town, Sheriff Chad Lucas (Audie Murphy) forms a posse to track them down, but there are many obstacles in his way, in this western co-starring Joan Staley, Warren Stephens, Denver Pyle and Morgan Woodward.

    Similarly to The Naked Spur, the film focuses on a group of people travelling together through the desert, albeit for different reasons, which makes it more character driven than it at first appears to be.…

  • Dragonwyck

    Dragonwyck

    ★★

    Farm girl Miranda (Gene Tierney) is invited to stay at the mansion of wealthy distant cousin Nicholas Van Ryn (Vincent Price) and his wife, where events slowly take a darker turn, in this period drama written and directed by Joseph L Mankiewicz from Anya Seton’s novel, with Walter Huston, Glenn Langan and Jessica Tandy in supporting roles.

    This was Mankiewicz’s directorial debut, and he gives the story a lot of atmosphere, blending gothic tropes with burgeoning class satire as a way…

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  • The Quick and the Dead

    The Quick and the Dead

    ★★★

    The Lady (Sharon Stone) rides into the town of Redemption, controlled by the ruthless John Herod (Gene Hackman), and enlists in a duelling competition seeking vengeance, in Sam Raimi’s revisionist western co-starring Russell Crowe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Pat Hingle, Keith David and Lance Henriksen.

    Raimi gives the story a highly stylised, expressionistic sheen, full of extreme close-ups, canted angles and inventive transitions that make it stand out. This is especially true of the shootouts, which are shot with a kinetic, madcap…

  • Tommy

    Tommy

    ★★★★

    After witnessing a traumatic incident as a child, Tommy (Roger Daltrey), becomes deaf, dumb and blind, later discovering an ability for pinball that makes him gather a large following, in Ken Russell’s rock opera adaptation of the Who’s concept album, with Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Keith Moon, Elton John, Tina Turner, Eric Clapton and Jack Nicholson in supporting roles.

    The fusion of Russell’s visuals and the Who’s epic songs is electric, producing a powerful, beguiling and truly original work that I…