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Film Four

(last updated Thu 08 Jan 2009, 05:25 GMT)

The Thief 1952 An American scientist with communist sympathies embarks on a dangerous enterprise when he decides to spy on his co-workers, reporting his findings to his Russian friends. Offbeat espionage thriller, with Ray Milland, Martin Gabel and Rita Gam

Flame of the Barbary Coast (U) 1945 A cattle rancher falls for a San Francisco saloon-bar singer, but his new love seems to bring him nothing but bad luck when a ruthless card sharp she's in cahoots with wins all his money. Not to be outdone, the hapless would-be gambler sets out to hone his card-playing skills for a rematch, unaware that the whole city is poised on the brink of disaster. Heartwarming romantic drama, starring John Wayne, Ann Dvorak and Joseph Schildkraut (888)

The Battle of the River Plate (U) 1956 The British Navy pursue German battleship the Graf Spee, finally cornering the vessel in Montevideo harbour, where its commanding officer is faced with an impossible dilemma. World War Two adventure from Powell and Pressburger, starring John Gregson, Anthony Quayle, Peter Finch, Bernard Lee and Jack Gwillim (888)

Explorers (U) 1985 A young Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix head the cast of this underrated sci-fi adventure, in which three boys intercept a message from outer space. Discovering it contains instructions for creating their own spaceship, they set out to trace the signal to its source. But the aliens aren't quite what the young astronauts expected them to be. Co-starring Jason Presson, Dick Miller, James Cromwell and Robert Picardo in three different roles (888)

Equilibrium (15) 2002 In a future world, emotions are outlawed, and the population kept under control with a daily dose of sedatives but a renegade lawman puts his life at risk when he resolves to embrace his feelings. Sci-fi adventure, starring Christian Bale, Emily Watson, Taye Diggs, Angus MacFadyen and Sean Bean (888)

Thank You for Smoking (15) 2005 Premiere. Satirical comedy starring Aaron Eckhart as a lobbyist trying to promote the tobacco industry and maintain a relationship with his son. As he sets out to persuade a movie producer to include smoking in his latest film, he must contend with a senator leading an anti-cigarette campaign, a vigilante group and his own lust for a beautiful reporter. Also starring William H Macy, Maria Bello, Rob Lowe and Katie Holmes

The Puffy Chair (15) 2004 A would-be rock star who abandoned his small town roots to seek fame and fortune in New York with little success returns home for his father's birthday. Having found the perfect present, he sets out on an eventful journey across America to deliver it, with his demanding girlfriend and laidback brother along for the ride. Comic road movie, starring Mark Duplass and Kathryn Aselton

Dance Party, USA (15) 2006 An alienated teenager drifting through life meets an equally disaffected girl at a party, and confides a dark secret he has never told anybody else. Drama, starring Cole Pennsinger and Anna Kavan