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(1946) Vincent Price in his first leading part as Nicholas van Ryn, the sinister master of the 19th-century mansion on the Hudson river.A young girl is invited to stay at a stately home only to discover that the owners are far from perfect hosts. Gothic thriller starring Gene Tierney, Walter Huston and Vincent Price, and written and directed by Joseph L Mankiewicz
Dragonwyck For all the young filmmakers hoping to be the next Hitchcock or Scorsese, it's surprising there aren't more people in the world hoping to emulate the success of writer-producer-director Joseph L Mankiewicz. A man who won four Oscars in just two short years (and was nominated for a further six), Mankiewicz's list of important films features such genuine classics as All About Eve, The Ghost And Mrs Muir and Julius Caesar.

(1944) Otto Preminger's sharp film stars Dana Andrews as Mark McPherson, a cynical detective who investigates the brutal murder of a beautiful woman.A detective investigating a murder falls in love with a portrait of Laura - but she's only a dream. His obsession is one bizarre aspect of this hypnotic film noir, which Preminger took over from Mamoulian on the luckiest day of his life. Nothing is as it appears, no one is normal. So sit back and enjoy the acerbic wit of Webb and Price, wonder at the necrophilic mooning of Andrews and revel in Tierney's beauty, all swooningly accompanied by Raksin's great score. It is the sleekest of murder mysteries, and ahead of its time - not least in having a gay suitor for Laura, and possibly two.

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 Fighting Temptations
(2003) Cuba Gooding Jr and Beyonce Knowles star in this rousing comedy about creating a gospel choir from scratch in a conservative African-American community.Cuba Gooding Jr and Beyoncé Knowles star in this rousing comedy about creating a gospel choir from scratch in a conservative African-American community
The Fighting Temptations Not content with musical stardom both in and out of Destiny's Child, Beyoncé Knowles moved into celluloid with her turn in 2002's Austin Powers In Goldmember. Here she co-stars with Cuba Gooding Jr. But while this musical comedy directed by Briton Jonathan Lynn (My Cousin Vinny) has a lot going for it in Gooding Jr's boundlessly energetic lead performance and a soundtrack to die for, Beyoncé's bootylicious sex appeal fails to gel.

How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days
(2002) Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey team up for this sparky and observant modern romantic comedy set.Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey team up for a modern romantic comedy set in the cynical world of the New York media
How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days The search for young stars fit to fill the shoes of Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks seems to be both an earnest and endless one, with a legion of pretty young things being tested out on a regular basis. In How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, Hudson and McConaughey fare better than most. Their characters banter and bluff their way through the dating game with the quirky charm and comic timing the script demands.

(2000) Samuel L Jackson plays the eponymous hero in John Singleton's tough thriller.Update of the original 70s blaxploitation flick. An Armani-clad Samuel L Jackson stars, while Richard Roundtree appears as the uncle - the first John Shaft
Shaft 2000 The fact that blaxploitation movies were very much a product of a certain time and place hasn't stopped people revisiting them endlessly. Quentin Tarantino has based a large part of his career on doing just that.

The Householder
(1963) Adapted by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala from her fourth novel, this film follows the fortunes of a young teacher Prem.The first collaboration between Ismail Merchant and James Ivory is a satirical coming-of-age comedy-drama set in Delhi
This low-key but rewarding character piece marks the birth of Anglo-Indian cinema's most enduring and successful partnership. Skilfully setting the lives of its characters against the backdrop of a country in flux, it's an artful social satire and also a quietly affecting love story.