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The Talk of the Town
(1942) Cary Grant stars as Leopold Dilg, a factory worker and political activist wrongly accused of burning a factory down.Effective, if peculiar, mixture of screwball comedy and political moralising, in which union man Leopold Dilg (Grant) is jailed for an arson attack on a woollen mill, escapes and seeks refuge with the local schoolteacher, Nora Shelley (Arthur). But Nora has a lodger, a stuffy law professor named Lightcap (Colman), who's less willing to aid and abet a criminal. And so the debates begin. 'What is the law?' asks Grant. 'It's a gun pointed at somebody's head. All depends on which end of the gun you stand, whether the law is just or not.' And then they're back to screwball bickering.

(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 Black Tent
(1956) Anthony Steel stars as a British soldier fighting in Libya and falling in love with a Bedouin sheikh's daughter during World War II.A man travels to the North African desert post-WWII in an attempt to track down his missing brother. Romantic drama starring Anthony Steel, Donald Sinden and Anna-Maria Sandri, and directed by Brian Desmond Hurst
The Black Tent It's a sad reflection of the times when a tale as innocent as that of a Westerner being accepted into an Arab tribe and being allowed to marry the sheik's daughter seems like a far-fetched fantasy. Alas, the 1950s were a more innocent time and such romantic notions were allowed to flourish on film without seeming faintly ridiculous. 1956's The Black Tent is essentially a tale of forbidden romance set among the heady backdrop of World War II's North African campaign of the early 1940s. The film stars Anthony Steel as Captain David Holland, a loyal British soldier who finds himself in the thick of intense military action in the desert. Wounded in a brutal tank attack, David escapes with the help of some Bedouin tribesmen.
The injured soldier is nursed back to health and takes up with the nomadic desert dwellers, thanks in no small part to the fact that he has fallen for the sheik's daughter Mabrouka ben Yussef (played by beautiful Italian actress Anna-Maria Sandri). Given the blessing of the sheikh, the pair soon wed and sire a half-British, half-Libyan son.

Silver Streak
(1976) A book publisher becomes embroiled in a murder-mystery aboard an LA-Chicago express. Action comedy starring Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor.
A book publisher becomes embroiled in a murder-mystery aboard an LA-Chicago express. Action comedy starring Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor.
Silver Streak Silver Streak is the name of the train that publisher Gene Wilder boards to get away from it all. However, on the long journey from LA to Chicago he stumbles across a murder, and soon finds himself at the mercy of the perpetrator.When Wilder teams up with Richard Pryor, a petty thief, things start to become amusing, but this comedy thriller is never quite on the right track, and director Arthur Hiller manages to exploit neither its thriller nor its comedy elements to full effect. The journey lasts too long, and while the pairing of Wilder and Pryor works like a dream, it too is under-exploited.

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
(2003) Russell Crowe stars as the captain of a British warship, obsessively hunting down a superior French vessel.Russell Crowe stars as the captain of a British warship, obsessively hunting down a superior French vessel. A nautical 19th century adventure directed by Peter Weir
Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World By chance, two of the best blockbusters of 2003 happened to concern tall ships and cannon fire. While Pirates Of The Caribbean provided a jolly diversion from the Matrix babble, Master And Commander The Far Side Of The World offers a more mature form of blockbuster entertainment. Peter Weir's first film since 1998's The Truman Show is the year's most handsome and solidly effective big film. Russell Crowe stars as "Lucky" Jack Aubrey, captain of HMS Surprise ("28 guns; 197 souls"), a Royal Navy ship patrolling off the coast of Brazil. Her orders are to "intercept French Privateer Acheron", which has been harrying British interests in the area. However, the Acheron - a "heavy frigate" of innovative design with 44 guns - surprises the Surprise, inflicting serious damage (Aubrey inquires after casualties with the brutal "What's the butcher's bill?").
The British ship manages to limp away into a mist. Despite the poor odds, Aubrey resolves to pursue the Acheron. After fixing up the ship, the chase is on - but both the French captain and Aubrey are wily, and manage to trick and elude one another.
After rounding the storm-wracked Cape Horn, the Surprise heads for Galapagos. The island's wildlife intrigues Aubrey's friend and ship's doctor, Stephen Maturin (Bettany, who also starred with Crowe in A Beautiful Mind). His hobby is naturalism and he is portrayed as a forerunner of Darwin, questioning whether particular species "change themselves" to better their chances of survival.

Nuns on the Run
(1990) Eric Idle and Robbie Coltrane are small-time crooks on the run who are forced to hide out in a convent disguised as nuns.
Eric Idle and Robbie Coltrane star as mobsters who are forced to hide out in a convent - and get more into the habits of the institution than they would like. Harmless slapstick
Nuns On The Run Two men escape the Mob by dressing in women's clothes. OK, so Some Like It Hot this isn't, but then nobody's perfect. Actually, it's not a bad ambassador for the Great British slapstick. Deciding to quit their jobs as unlikely gangsters, Idle and Coltrane steal a case full of hot cash. Pursued by hitmen from two gangs, they find sanctuary in Suzman's convent school where they don the habits and fall for Coduri.
Idle and Coltrane are engaging (although, to be honest, Coltrane never convinces as a woman), while the countless visual gags are pulled off with aplomb.

Old Joy
(2006) Will Oldham and Daniel London play two friends who have lost touch and decide to re-kindle their relationship with a weekend trek.Two old friends take a camping trip in the Pacific Northwest backwoods to rekindle what they've lost. Low-key US indie drama, co-starring singer-songwriter Will "Bonnie 'Prince' Billy" Oldham
Old Joy It's a storyline you could fit on a Post-it note: two longtime, somewhat estranged buddies in their thirties, domesticated father-to-be Mark (London) and bearded drifter Kurt (Oldham), set off for a weekend trip into Oregon's Cascade Mountains to try and rediscover a long-forgotten hot spring, and their formerly close friendship. They eventually find one, but not the other. They go home. No hillbilly rapists waylay them; no flesh-rotting virus eats them alive; and the hot springs don't turn out to be the portal to a parallel universe. Adapted by director Kelly Reichardt and original author Jon Raymond, what makes Old Joy so unusual, and in many ways so brave, is that it's a short story blown up onto the big screen, yet still writ small. Even something as delicately expanded as Brokeback Mountain added entire scenes and characters to bolster its dramatic weight and credibility. No such attempt at beefing up the narrative has been made here. The duration is less than half that of the Pirates Of The Caribbean sequel and its budget wouldn't cover the cost of Johnny Depp's hats.