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The Raid (2011) July 11, 2014

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2014 #58

In which I explain why this Asian actioner is less like Dredd, more like Mamma Mia.

The UK TV premiere is tonight at 10:55pm on Film4.

Wallander: The Troubled Man (2013) June 21, 2014

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2014 #41

Sergio Leone’s intimate epic, reviewed in what is now its middle-length version.

May 2014 + The 5 Faces of Kurt Wallander June 1, 2014

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Looking back at the month that was.

Plus, the many actors who’ve played the popular Swedish detective.

Bicycle Thieves (1948) May 4, 2014

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2013 #63

For my 800th review, it’s the film Sight & Sound swiftly decided was the greatest of all time, and almost as swiftly changed their mind about.

The Seventh Seal (1957) December 19, 2013

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2013 #54

aka Det sjunde inseglet

A black-and-white art house meditation on Death in which men of war encounter the supernatural in a grim period of European history?

No, it’s not A Field in England again — but surely a film that inspired it…

Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan (2012) October 23, 2013

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2013 #53

If you don’t know that name then you must be a young whippersnapper, because otherwise Ray Harryhausen needs no introduction.

A Trip to the Moon (1902) / The Extraordinary Voyage (2011) October 14, 2013

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2013 #3

Beginning with the week with a review double-bill.

Firstly, Georges Méliès’ silent sci-fi short…

Secondly, a documentary about Méliès and his silent sci-fi short…

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