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Christmas Favorites: The Snowman (1982)

Starring: David Bowie, Raymond Briggs, Mel Smith Director: Jimmy T Murakami, Dianne Jackson It's Christmas, and a little boy builds a snowman which comes to life and takes him on a magical adventure, including a meeting with Santa Claus. What Is It? This animation is almost totally silent, except for the famous, haunting song, "I'm… Continue reading Christmas Favorites: The Snowman (1982)

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Classic Movie Of The Week: The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

Starring: Alec Guiness, Stanley Holloway, Sidney James, Alfie Bass Director: Charles Crichton A bank clerk (Guiness) who dreams of a better life enlists a souvenir maker (Holloway) to help him steal his bank's gold and smuggle it out of the country as Eiffel Towers. But things go hilariously wrong when some of the statues are… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

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Apostasy (2017)

Starring: Siobhan Finneran, Sacha Parkinson, Molly Wright, Robert Emms Director: Daniel Kokotajlo A portrait of a religious family in crisis, Ivanna (Finneran) and her teenage daughters Luisa (Parkinson) and Alex (Wright) are Jehovah's Witnesses in the UK. When Luisa, studying at university, transgresses religious law, her family is forced to shun her. While Ivanna seems… Continue reading Apostasy (2017)

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Classic Movie Of The Week: The Ladykillers (1955)

Starring: Alec Guiness, Cecil Parker, Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom Director: Alexander Mackendrick Pretending to be a musical group, a band of robbers rent out a room from a sweet old lady, who they think will be no trouble at all. But when she finds out about their crime, she urges them to come forward and… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Ladykillers (1955)

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New Town Utopia (2017)

Originally written for and posted on We Make Movies During the WW2, parts of Britain were shelled by enemy bombs and were in ruins, especially places like London’s East End, where factories were targeted. Urban planners wanted to create places that people could live that would evoke a sense of community and civic pride for… Continue reading New Town Utopia (2017)

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Preview: Sherlock Gnomes (2018)

Starring: Emily Blunt, James McAvoy, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Johnny Depp, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mary J Blige Director: John Stevenson The garden gnomes are back, in this follow up to Gnomeo and Juliet (2011). When their owners move to London, Gnomeo (McAvoy) and Juliet (Blunt) find themselves put in charge of a new garden that needs… Continue reading Preview: Sherlock Gnomes (2018)

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Preview: We Still Steal The Old Way (2017)

Starring: Ian Ogilvy, Billy Murray, Christopher Ellison, Tony Denham, Julian Glover, Lysette Anthony, Patrick Bergin, Director: Sacha Bennett British Gangster films are really becoming their own b-list genre, a kind of self indulgent offshoot of more mature films. Snatch and Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels made the London underbelly feel fresh, the local con… Continue reading Preview: We Still Steal The Old Way (2017)

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Classic Movie Of The Week: Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

Starring: Dennis Price, Alec Guiness, Valerie Hobson Director: Robert Hamer Louis Mazzini (Price) is the son of a disinherited woman and an Italian opera singer. Raised knowing that he's the 8th in line for a Dukedom, he plots to kill everyone in the way of his succession after his mother is denied the rights to… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

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105 Must See Films: The King’s Speech (2010)

Starring: Colin Firth, Helena Bonham-Carter, Geoffrey Rush Director: Tom Hooper In this true story,  the prince becomes King George (Firth) unexpectedly when his brother abdicates to marry the woman he loves. With the kingdom thrust upon him, his stutter means that he is painfully shy, and he must learn to overcome his bashfulness in order… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: The King’s Speech (2010)

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Film Review: Dead Wood (2007)

Logline: Four friends head out on a camping trip, but when a mysterious girl turns up with a strange story the terror starts. Genre: Horror Directed By: Davis Bryant, Sebastian Smith, Richard Stiles. Starring: Fergus March, Emily Juniper, John Samuel Worsey, Rebecca Craven, Nina Kwok. A few years ago when I was at films school… Continue reading Film Review: Dead Wood (2007)