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Hail, Caesar!

Loosely plotted along a cell of Communist writers kidnapping a movie star for ransom money and a studio fixers attempts to get him returned, this film is a series of vignettes playing with classic Hollywood figures and movie tropes, a homage to a bygone era of cinema as well as a lampooning of that time.… Continue reading Hail, Caesar!

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105 Must See Films: Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

Starring: Cary Grant, Raymond Massey, Peter Lorre, Priscilla Lane Director: Frank Capra When Mortimer Brewster (Grant) marries, he takes his bride home to Brooklyn where his two maiden aunts live, but he finds more than he bargained for when he discovers his aunts have been poisoning lonely old men. It only gets more complicated as… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

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105 Must See Films: Dances With Wolves (1990)

Starring: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonell, Graham Greene Director: Kevin Costner Lt John Dunbar is a man of fine sensibilities and a civil war hero, who requests a post on the frontier, which he finds is deserted. Whilst he stays, waiting for more relief to be sent, he starts to commune with nature, befriending a local… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: Dances With Wolves (1990)

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105 Must See Films: All About Eve (1950)

Starring: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders Director: Joseph L Mankiewicz Margo Channing (Davis) is a famous stage star, who one night is introduced to one of her fans, a shy, innocent girl called Eve (Baxter). She takes the girl under her wing, but soon finds that Eve has bigger plans than her shy demeanor… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: All About Eve (1950)

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105 Must See Films: Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Starring: Bette Davis, Joan Crawford Director: Robert Aldrich Baby Jane (Davis) had been a huge child star, but when her sister Blanche's (Crawford) rising career eclipses hers as they grow up she is wracked with jealousy and anger. One night Jane drunkenly hits her sister with a car, crippling her and ending her career. Caring… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

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The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)

Starring: Virginia Madsen, Martin Donovan, Elias Koteas Director: Peter Cornwell What would you do if you moved into a rental home because your kid has cancer and you need to be closer to a hospital, but you found out that the place used to be a morgue? Well, you'd encourage your son to sleep in… Continue reading The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)

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105 Must See Movies: Ordinary People (1980)

Starring: Timothy Hutton, Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch Director:Robert Redford Directorial debut for Robert Redford, this film cleaned up at the Oscars that year, and with good reason. A subtle drama involving a family struggling to cope with the loss of their eldest boy through an accident. The mother is trying to maintain… Continue reading 105 Must See Movies: Ordinary People (1980)

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105 Must See Movies: The Untouchables (1987)

Starring: Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert Di Niro, Andy Garcia Director: Brian De Palma During the Prohibition Era in Chicago, Al Capone (Di Niro) was king, running the town through organised crime and bribery, supplying liquor from across the Canadian border. In order to clean up this corruption, a man called Eliot Ness (Costner) was… Continue reading 105 Must See Movies: The Untouchables (1987)

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105 Must See Films: In The Loop (2009)

Starring: Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander, James Gandolfini Director: Armando Iannucci A British political drama that ranges from ministers faffing their lines to the press, to US war committees in the UN. Largely following the incompetence of Simon Foster (Hollander), minister for International Development, with his new aide, the film is at it's best when the… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: In The Loop (2009)

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105 Must Watch Films: Tootsie (1982)

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Bill Murray, Teri Garr, Geena Davis Director: Sydney Pollack Dustin Hoffman plays Michael, an out of work actor and coach whose reputation for being difficult means no director will work with him. In desperation, he decides to disguise himself as a woman and get a job on a soap opera in… Continue reading 105 Must Watch Films: Tootsie (1982)