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The Common Touch
(1941) Geoffrey Hibbert plays an 18-year-old with a social conscience who takes control of the family's business and clashes with a corrupt manager.Teen tycoon Geoffrey Hibbert comes to the aid of the homeless in this surprisingly entertaining WWII social drama from Love On The Dole director John Baxter
Concerns about the gap between Britain's haves and have-nots are nothing new. John Baxter's noble social drama, The Common Touch, proves that. Made in 1941 (the same vintage as Love On The Dole - the director's finest work), it highlights the plight of the nation's homeless, castigates the corruption and greed endemic in big business and dreams of a socialist utopia.
The Ghost and Mrs Muir
(1947) Whimsical supernatural comedy with Rex Harrison as the ghost of a gruff sea captain, who haunts and then falls in love with Gene Tierney.Whimsical supernatural comedy with Rex Harrison as the ghost of a gruff sea captain, who haunts and then falls in love with Gene Tierney
The Ghost And Mrs Muir As haunted houses go, Gull Cottage is remarkably inviting. It's perched on the cliffs overlooking the sea and it's surprisingly cheap. There's just one problem: it's haunted by the ghost of a grumpy old sea captain Gregg (Harrison) who's none too pleased when the widowed Mrs Muir (Tierney) moves in to share his bedroom with him. Fortunately, she's beautiful enough to win him over and the unlikely pair fall in love. But when caddish writer Miles (Sanders) arrives and tries to sweep Mrs Muir off her feet, the ghost does the honourable thing and disappears.
The Jungle Book
(1942) Classic version of Kipling's Mowgli stories starring Sabu as the young Indian boy brought up by wolves in the jungle.A feral child raised by wolves returns to his human family and sparks off a battle between nature and mankind. Action adventure starring Sabu, Joseph Calleia and John Qualen, and directed by Zoltan Korda
The Jungle Book Although most viewers will be aware of Walt Disney's animated version of Rudyard Kipling's classic or the politically correct live action remake released in 1994, there's a chance you might have missed the superior live action Jungle Book which was released in 1942.
The First Wives Club
(1996) When a husband decides that he would prefer someone younger to keep him entertained, his wife commits suicide.When a husband decides that he would prefer someone younger to keep him entertained, his wife commits suicide. Her three surviving friends realize that they are in the same boat and decide to seek revenge. Hawn, Midler and Keaton do a reasonable job of delivering the script's feeble gags, but they never seem at ease with each other. Ultimately First Wives Club fails as a piece of feminist film-making just as miserably as it does as Hollywood entertainment.
School of Rock
(2003) Jack Black stars as a wannabe rock 'n' roller who, masquerading as a substitute teacher, inspires his kids in the art of heavy riffing.Jack Black stars as a wannabe rock 'n' roller who, masquerading as a substitute teacher, inspires his kids in the art of heavy riffing. Richard 'Slacker' Linklater directs from a script by Mike 'Chuck and Buck' White
Jack Black - loudmouth, comic actor, rock musician. Often, the films he appears in (High Fidelity, Orange County) constrain him, his robustly over-the-top persona straining at the seams. School Of Rock was created as a vehicle for Black, but it's still not entirely right. It's a kid's movie after all, and the louder, lewder side of Black is restrained. However, his energy is far from diminished.
Dawn of the Dead
(2004) A group of survivors hole up in an abandoned shopping mall as the world is overrun by flesh-eating zombies.A new Dawn breathes fresh life into George A Romero's classic zombie apocalypse. Sarah Polley and Ving Rhames star as two survivors holed up in a shopping mall
"When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth," intoned the posters for George A Romero's 1978 Dawn Of The Dead. To which one is tempted to add "And when there are no more original ideas in Hollywood, lazy filmmakers will remake anything for a quick buck." Fortunately, that's not the case with this glossy update of Romero's landmark zombie apocalypse movie, since it's a reverential, souped-up splatterfest that will have the living (and the living dead) howling for more.
(2005) Russian war film based on the true story of a company of soldiers isolated in the mountains during the disastrous 1979-1989 Afghan war.Russian war film based on the true story of a company of soldiers isolated in the mountains during the disastrous 1979-1989 Afghan war
The Soviet campaign in Afghanistan ended in 1989 with ignominious defeat and withdrawal having cost (according to conservative Soviet estimates) 15,000 soldiers' lives with another 500,000 sick and injured. Meanwhile, two million Afghan combatants and civilians are said to have died. It was, as US sponsors of the Afghan resistance forces had hoped, "the Soviet Vietnam".