The Mudlark (Film)
Despite the urging of Disraeli, Queen Victoria hasn't left Windsor in years... until a street urchin persuades her. On the bank of the Thames, the little scavenger uncovers a medallion bearing the queen's head and gains Her Majesty's favour.
Director: Jean Negulesco
Starring: Irene Dunne, Alec Guinness, Andrea Aureli, Beatrice Campbell, Finlay Currie, Anthony Steel
(Black and White, Subtitles, 1950, U, 4 Star)
Raquel Welch stars in this frothy spy comedy as Fathom Harvill, a talented skydiver touring her show through Europe. Recruited by Douglas Campbell, who works for American Intelligence, she must use her skills to locate a missing nuclear weapon component missing in the Med. She accepts the mission but is Campbell all he seems and who can she really trust? Full of fabulous aerial effects with Fathom in her tight jumpsuit, Leslie Martinson's film never takes itself seriously and, to her credit, neither does Welch.
Director: Leslie H. Martinson
Starring: Anthony Franciosa, Raquel Welch, Ronald Fraser, Richard Briers, Greta Chi, Tom Adams
(Widescreen, Subtitles, 1967, 12, 3 Star)
The Tall Men (Film)
Rousing action Western starring Clark Gable as a Civil War veteran who, with his brother Cameron Mitchell, agrees to crooked cattleman Robert Ryan's offer to be trail boss on a massive cattle drive from Texas to Montana.
Director: Raoul Walsh
Starring: Clark Gable, Jane Russell, Robert Ryan, Cameron Mitchell, Juan García, Harry Shannon
(1955, U, 3 Star)
The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain (Film)
English cartographers Reginald Anson and George Garrad arrive in a Welsh village to determine the status of the local vantage point, but declare it 16 feet too short to be a mountain. Holding an emergency meeting, two traditionally warring villagers - the minister Rev Robert Jones and publican Morgan the Goat - unite and devise a plan: the locals must add 20 feet to the hill/mountain, bucketload by bucketload, while the two Englishmen are otherwise detained, sending for Betty of Cardiff to act as the alluring distraction in Christopher Monger's charming comedy. Edited for language.
Director: Christopher Monger
Starring: Hugh Grant, Tara Fitzgerald, Colm Meaney, Ian McNeice, Ian Hart, Kenneth Griffith
(Subtitles, 1995, PG, 3 Star)
Fantastic Four (Film)
Tim Story's action fantasy stars Ioan Gruffudd, Michael Chiklis, Jessica Alba and Chris Evans as Reed Richards, Ben Grimm, Sue Storm and Johnny Storm, four astronauts sent out to investigate a cosmic radiation storm. Caught by the storm's effects before they can erect safety shields, each of them finds their bodies changed to superhuman effect - Richards becomes the super-elastic Mr Fantastic, Grimm - the super strong Thing, Sue - Invisible Woman, and Johnny - Human Torch. At first revelling in their powers to prevent death and disasters, they find themselves drawn into battle with Victor von Doom. Once the sponsor for their experiments and space exploration, thanks to exposure to the same storm, he is now transformed into Dr Doom, a metallic creature who can manipulate electricity and wants to use his power to destroy the Fantastic Four and rule the world.
Director: Tim Story
Starring: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, Julian McMahon, Hamish Linklater
(Widescreen, Subtitles, 2005, PG, 3 Star)
Nurse Betty (Film)
Comic thriller about a Kansas City waitress who becomes delusional when she sees her abusive husband murdered. Suffering from shock, she sets off for LA in search of the fictional hospital from her favourite TV soap and the handsome doctor who stars in it, unaware that her husband's very real killers are on her trail, and that the boot of her car is packed with the drugs her husband hoped to sell to his killers.
Director: Neil LaBute
Starring: Morgan Freeman, Renée Zellweger, Chris Rock, Greg Kinnear, Aaron Eckhart
(2000, 18, 3 Star)
The Seventh Seal (Film)
In the Films to See Before You Die strand, Peter Kaye introduces one of cinema's seminal films. It is so revered it has been lovingly parodied time and again yet Ingmar Bergman's masterpiece passes the test of time. A knight and his squire, returning home from the Crusades through a plague-ridden land, meet Death who engages the knight in a chess game as the pair debate the mysteries of life, faith and death itself.
Director: Ingmar Bergman
Starring: Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe, Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Inga Gill
(In Swedish With Subtitles, Black and White, 1957, PG, 4 Star)