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The House on 92nd Street (Film) Film icon 4 star rating U certificate
Henry Hathaway's thriller, based on real-life FBI files and made with the blessing of J Edgar Hoover, stars William Eythe as Bill Dietrich, a German-American student approached by the Nazis to be a spy. Instead, he becomes an FBI double agent and infiltrates a New York spy ring, based on the 92nd Street of the title, who are stealing information on the A-bomb project. As the group's radio operator, he passes on useless information but can he keep his cover long enough to expose the group's shadowy leader?
Director: Henry Hathaway
Starring: William Eythe, Lloyd Nolan, Signe Hasso, Gene Lockhart, Leo G. Carroll, Lydia St. Clair
(Black and White, Subtitles, 1945, U, 4 Star)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (Film) Film icon 4 star rating PG certificate
Alfred Hitchcock's remake of his own 1934 version of the thriller, this time featuring James Stewart and Doris Day in the lead roles. Doctor Ben McKenna is on holiday in Morocco with his wife, Jo, and son, Hank, when a man is fatally wounded in front of them. Before he dies, the victim manages to whisper something to the shocked doctor. It's incendiary information, and McKenna soon regrets being party to it, as Hank is kidnapped by people keen to ensure that the dead man's words are passed to no one. And so the scene is set for a headlong rush by the McKennas to track down their son and effect his safe release, leading to a memorable climax at London's Royal Albert Hall. The film won an Oscar for Best Song: Whatever Will Be, Will Be, performed by Day.
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: James Stewart, Doris Day, Brenda de Banzie, Bernard Miles, Ralph Truman, Daniel Gélin
(Widescreen, Subtitles, 1956, PG, 4 Star)
The Fighting Kentuckian (Film) Film icon 3 star rating U certificate
In George Waggner's all-action western, John Wayne and Oliver Hardy star as John Breen and Willie Paine, discharged soldiers from a Kentuckian army regiment who join forces with French settlers who were exiled from their homeland after Napoleon's defeat and granted land in Alabama. On the other side is ruthless land-grabber Grant Withers. The love interest for Wayne comes from Vera Ralston, as the daughter of one of the French ex-generals.
Director: George Waggner
Starring: John Wayne, Vera Ralston, Philip Dorn, Oliver Hardy, Marie Windsor, John Alexis Howard
(Black and White, Subtitles, 1949, U, 3 Star)
When Eight Bells Toll (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 15 certificate
Etienne Perier's thriller stars Anthony Hopkins as Philip Calvert, a tough navy secret service agent called in to track down gold bullion smugglers. With Hunslett, he follows the trail to Greek tycoon Sir Anthony Skouras' yacht off the Scottish coast, but are his suspicions right? All-action, with double-crosses galore and Uncle Arthur providing light relief as Hopkins' controller, this is as much fun as any Bond film and slightly tougher. Edited for content.
Director: Étienne Périer
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Robert Morley, Nathalie Delon, Jack Hawkins, Corin Redgrave, Derek Bond
(Subtitles, 1971, 15, 3 Star)
The Women (Film) Film icon 12 certificate
Meg Ryan, Eva Mendes and Annette Bening head an all-female cast in this comedy drama, a remake of George Cukor's 1939 satire, from writer-director Diane English. Mary Haines thinks she has it all - a happy marriage, a lovely daughter, a top clothes designer job at her father's firm and a solid circle of very good friends. But then she hears through the grapevine that her husband is having an affair with a perfume saleswoman and, with that one thread unpicked, her entire world begins to unravel... Also starring Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith, Candice Bergen, Cloris Leachman, Bette Midler and Carrie Fisher. Edited for content.
Director: Diane English
Starring: Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith, Bette Midler
(Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 2008, 12, 2 Star)
Clear and Present Danger (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 12 certificate
Harrison Ford returns as CIA agent Jack Ryan in Phillip Noyce's all-action thriller, the third film based on Thomas Clancy's novels. Investigating the assassination of a friend of the President, Ryan discovers the murdered man was in league with Colombian drugs cartels. In revenge, a paramilitary force is sent to wipe out the drug lords, but when the operation goes wrong they're abandoned by their country. Now their only hope is Ryan and fellow renegade operative Clark.
Director: Phillip Noyce
Starring: Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, Anne Archer, Joaquim de Almeida, Henry Czerny, Harris Yulin
(Subtitles, Audio Described, 1994, 12, 3 Star)
Submarine (Film) Film icon 15 certificate
Richard Ayoade's directorial debut is an idiosyncratic coming-of-age drama about a teenage pupil navigating the often peculiar trials of his school and home life while also discovering love. At home, 15-year-old Oliver Tate has to deal with parents Jill and Lloyd's troubled marriage which comes under further threat with the arrival of her ex, Graham, a narcissistic guru. Meanwhile at school, Oliver falls for classmate Jordana Bevan. Their chemistry, and the ups and downs of their blossoming adolescent romance, is imaginatively realised, as the hormonally-driven Oliver makes ambitious plans to lose his virginity.
Director: Richard Ayoade
Starring: Noah Taylor, Paddy Considine, Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige, Sally Hawkins, Darren Evans
(Subtitles, 2010, 15)
Mary and Max (Film) Film icon 4 star rating 12 certificate
Academy Award-winning writer/director Adam Elliot's 'clayography' is an animated film featuring the vocal talents of Toni Collette, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Humphries and Eric Bana. Spanning 20 years and two continents, Mary and Max recounts the pen-pal relationship between two very different people: Mary Dinkle, a chubby, lonely eight-year-old living in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia; and Max Horovitz, a severely obese, 44-year-old Jewish man with Asperger's Syndrome living in the chaos of New York City. As Mary and Max chronicles Mary's life from adolescence to adulthood, and Max's passage from middle to old age, it probes a bond that survives much more than the average friendship's ups-and-downs. Hilarious and poignant, the film explores friendship, autism, taxidermy, psychiatry, alcoholism, where babies come from, obesity, kleptomania, sexual differences, trust, copulating dogs, religious differences, agoraphobia and many more of life's surprises.
Director: Adam Elliot
Starring: Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eric Bana, Barry Humphries, Bethany Whit, Renée Geyer
(Widescreen, Subtitles, Black and White, 2009, 12, 4 Star)