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(1941) Adaptation of HG Wells' novel about a poor orphan who makes good after receiving a legacy from his dead parents. Michael Redgrave is Kipps, the draper who discovers that money isn't an immediate passport to the upper classes
At the turn of the 20th Century, HG Wells turned from writing futuristic sci-fi to more down to earth accounts of British society. In Kipps, he draws on his own experiences of Britain's class-ridden social structure to provide an entertaining autobiographical tale. Director Carol Reed, who also made such classics as The Third Man and The Fallen Idol, sticks faithfully to the core of Wells' novel and produces a diverting comedy of Victorian manners.
Very Important Person
(1961) An eminent navy officer is caught behind enemy lines and does everything in his power to escape. Wartime farce starring James Robertson Justice and a clutch of British comedy legends
Very Important Person Few could play blustering pomposity as well as James Robertson Justice. Guaranteed a place in the British cinema Hall Of Fame courtesy of his recurring role as Sir Lancelot Spratt in the Doctor series, the burly character player also lent his bushy beard and booming voice to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, John Huston's Moby Dick and The Guns Of Navarone.
Castle of Cagliostro
(1979) A wonderful piece of animation that combines high adventure, vigorous slapstick and artistry to wonderful effect. The feature debut of Japanese anime master Hayao Miyazaki
Castle Of Cagliostro Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke) made the leap from working in TV to writing and directing feature-length anime with this adventure yarn.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
(2002) A Greek-American girl finds happiness with a non-Greek man, overcoming the objections of her traditional - but highly amusing - family in this romantic-comedy. A surprise hit in the US
My Big Fat Greek Wedding Where have all the decent romantic comedies gone? Even the biggest UK hit of 2002 was about Hugh Grant's friendship with a schoolboy. Evidently audiences in the States were wondering the same thing, so when a low-budget film about an inter-ethnic relationship with no major stars (Corbett is better known from his roles in 'Northern Exposure' and 'Sex And The City') came along, word of mouth made it into the surprise hit of the summer.
(2004)Futuristic thriller starring Will Smith as a troubled cop whose issues with the ever-increasing robot population are seemingly vindicated when one of them becomes a murder suspect. Slick sci-fi from Alex Proyas, director of Dark City
I, Robot I, Robot is essentially Blade Runner by way of Minority Report with a dash of Attack Of The Clones (but not too much thankfully). However, it transcends the restraints of the formula by virtue of being a good quality blockbuster, which is well-made and relatively smart.
(1992)Batman squares off against the Penguin and Catwoman in this second outing for Tim Burton's version of the Dark Knight
Batman Returns Fleshing out the world of the Caped Crusader with a decent story and more fully-realised villains (things the first film sorely lacked), Batman Returns allowed Tim Burton to better explore the psychological and sexual subtexts of the rubber-clad vigilante. That the result subsequently scared off McDonald's (who dropped a lucrative Happy Meal tie-in after American parents complained) is all the more reason to celebrate it.
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The uneasy truce between the forces of Light and Dark reaches crisis point in this Russian fantasy blockbuster
Night Watch Night Watch is based on a trilogy of bestsellers by Sergei Lukyaneko about supernatural beings in contemporary Russia. The books were read by Konstanin Ernst, a producer and director general of a TV channel. He instigated the film's production and brought in director Timur Bekmanbetov, an experienced commercials director with two features to his credit, including one co-produced by Roger Corman, 2000's Gladiatrix (aka The Arena).