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World for Ransom (PG) 1954 A mercenary adventurer gets caught up in a scheme to kidnap one of the world's most prominent nuclear scientists, and learns it's all been orchestrated by cunning foreign spies who've managed to get their hands on an atomic weapon — and are demanding a hefty ransom for it. Thriller, starring Dan Duryea, Gene Lockhart, Patric Knowles and Reginald Denny (888)

The Guinea Pig (U) 1948 A working-class pupil is sent to public school as part of an educational experiment, and horrifies the establishment with his uncouth behaviour and bad manners. Drama, considered controversial when originally released, starring Richard Attenborough, Cecil Trouncer, Bernard Miles and Sheila Sim (888)

Seance on a Wet Afternoon (PG) 1964 A publicity-hungry medium plots a bizarre kidnapping, intending to “solve” it by ESP and win acclaim for her psychic powers. Psychological drama, starring Richard Attenborough, Kim Stanley, Mark Eden, Nanette Newman and Gerald Sim

Napoleon Dynamite (PG) 2004 An alienated high-school pupil goes all out to help his new friend bag the class presidency, while simultaneously juggling the demands of his bizarre family. Comedy, starring Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez and Haylie Duff (888)

The X Files (15) 1998 FBI special agents Mulder and Scully are reassigned from their paranormal investigations to more mundane duties, and become involved in a terrorist attack on a government building. But they discover the bombing is an attempt to cover up the existence of an alien virus that threatens all life on Earth. Sci-fi thriller based on the cult TV series, starring David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Martin Landau and Armin Mueller-Stahl (888)

A Scanner Darkly (15) 2006 Premiere. An undercover detective investigating a powerful new narcotic while leading a double life as a dealer. But living a lie and use of his own drugs cause him to descend into paranoia and lose his grip on his own identity. Richard Linklater's drama, based on Philip K Dick's novel, lays animation over existing live action footage to create a distinctively surreal look. Starring Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Robert Downey Jr and Woody Harrelson

Waking Life (15) 2001 Animated drama following a man's journey as he ponders differing perceptions of life and reality. Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Wiley Wiggins appear alongside Richard Linklater, who also directed. The film was produced by resurrecting little-used rotoscoping techniques and applying them to the latest technology — digital cameras were used to capture the action, which was then drawn over by a team of animators, creating a surreal effect (888)

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