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The Criminal

Gangland London, 1960: Expatriate director Joseph Losey gives the Brit crime film a boost with a brutal gangster tale starring the ultra-tough Stanley Baker — and seemingly every up & coming male actor on the casting books. A committed thief returns to his craft the moment he’s freed from prison, but the emphasis is on the nasty betrayals and squeeze-plays of the criminal underworld, that conspire to foil Baker’s plans.

The Criminal

Blu-ray

Kl Studio Classics

1960 / B&w / 1:66 widescreen / 98 min. / Street Date February 18, 2020 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Stanley Baker, Sam Wanamaker, Grégoire Aslan, Margit Saad, Jill Bennett, Rupert Davies, Laurence Naismith, John Van Eyssen, Noel Willman, Kenneth Warren, Patrick Magee, Kenneth Cope, Patrick Wymark, Paul Stassino, Tom Bell, Neil McCarthy, Nigel Green, Tom Gerard, Edward Judd.

Cinematography: Robert Krasker

Film Editor: Reginald Mills

Original Music: John Dankworth

Written by Alun Owen and Jimmy Sangster

Produced by Jack Greenwood
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Holocaust

This four part, eight hour miniseries turns the fate of a family of German Jews into a sprawling drama that covers all the bases of the holocaust horror. It was strong stuff and a big Emmy winner, boosting the careers of James Woods and Michael Moriarty. His warped charisma as a psychotic Nazi is so good that he’s consistently more interesting than the courageous victims. As for Meryl Streep, she became an instant star — everybody remembered her from this. Although it’s been called ‘The Holocaust for Dummies,’ it’s a quality show. Looking from today’s perspective, after forty years of Political Correctness adjustments, I’m not sure any two viewers will react in quite the same way.

Holocaust

Blu-ray

CBS Television Studio / Paramount

1978 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 7 hours, 36 min. / Street Date September 24, 2019 / 43.19

Starring: James Woods, Meryl Streep, Michael Moriarty, Joseph Bottoms, Rosemary Harris, Fritz Weaver, Tovah Feldshuh, Deborah Norton,
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Movie Review – The Aftermath (2019)

The Aftermath, 2019.

Directed by James Kent.

Starring Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgård, Jason Clarke, Flora Thiemann, Alexander Scheer, Fionn O’Shea, Frederick Preston, Anna Katharina Schimrigk, Jack Laskey, Joseph Arkley, Kate Phillips, Tom Bell, and Martin Compston.

Synopsis:

Post World War II, a British colonel and his wife are assigned to live in Hamburg during the post-war reconstruction, but tensions arise with the German who previously owned the house.

It’s easy to imagine what probably inclined director James Kent (Testament of Youth) to adapt Rhidian Brook’s book The Aftermath into a movie (the novelist also serves as one of three writers on the script in addition to Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse), as mining immediate post-World War II Germany for dramatic romance on paper seems to yield untapped potential. And while I can’t speak for the quality of the book itself, the film is as dry and dull as they come.
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Bent

Too edgy for the mainstream, Martin Sherman’s influential play is nevertheless transformed into an admirable, well-crafted show. In Hitler’s Berlin of 1934, being gay means death, or a living death in a ‘protective custody’ camp. Clive Owen, Lothaire Bluteau and Brian Webber find themselves on the way to Dachau, a new Circle of Hell. Yet even in a forced labor camp, the human spirit prevails. The British-made picture features Ian McKellen, Mick Jagger, and several other notable stars in their salad days.

Bent

Blu-ray

Film Movement Classics

1997 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 105 min. / Street Date January 8, 2019 / 39.95

Starring: Lothaire Bluteau, Clive Owen, Mick Jagger, Brian Webber, Jude Law, Ian McKellen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Rupert Graves, Rachel Weisz, Paul Bettany.

Cinematography: Giorgos Arvanitis

Film Editor: Isabelle Lorente

Original Music: Philip Glass

Written by Martin Sherman from his play.

Produced by Dixie Linder, Michael Solinger

Directed by Sean Mathias

We learned early on that the
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The L-Shaped Room

The L-Shaped Room

Blu ray

Twilight Time

1962 / 1:85 / 126 Min. / Street Date December 19, 2017

Starring Leslie Caron, Tom Bell, Brock Peters

Cinematography by Douglas Slocombe

Written by Bryan Forbes

Music by Brahms, John Barry

Edited by Anthony Harvey

Produced by Richard Attenborough

Directed by Bryan Forbes

The winter of 1962 found British films at their most grandiose and self-effacing. Opening at the Odeon was Lawrence of Arabia, using every inch of that cavernous theater’s wide screen. Five minutes up the road Dr. No had just premiered in the smaller but no less lofty London Pavilion.

On the other side of the tracks art houses were bringing starry-eyed Brits back to earth with austere fare like John Schlesinger’s A Kind of Loving and Tony Richardson’s The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner.

Those sober-minded dramas, shot in low key black and white with ramshackle flats and grey skies as their backdrops,
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Ill Behaviour: Season One Ratings

With Shameless growing long in the tooth, Showtime has added some new comedies for the 2017-18 television season. In addition to White Famous and Smilf, the premium cabler has introduced the Ill Behaviour TV show -- a new program from BBC Two. Is the American television audience ready for a cancer comedy? Will Ill Behaviour be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned. A Showtime thriller, Ill Behaviour stars Chris Geere, Tom Riley, Jessica Regan, Lizzy Caplan, Christina Chong, John Gordon Sinclair, Helena Day, Hemera Day, Tom Bell, and Anjana Vasan. The dark, British wish-fulfillment comedy from creator Sam Bain centers on Joel (Geere), a recently divorced underachiever. After receiving a £2 million divorce settlement, he reunites with his old schoolmates, Charlie (Riley) and Tess (Regan). When Joel and Tess learn Charlie has Hodgkins Lymphoma, but is refusing
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‘The L-Shaped Room’ Blu-ray Review

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Stars: Leslie Caron, Anthony Booth, Avis Bunnage, Patricia Phoenix, Verity Edmett, Tom Bell, Cicely Courtneidge, Emlyn Williams, Jennifer White, Brock Peters, Gerry Duggan, Mark Eden | Written and Directed by Bryan Forbes

When watching a British film from the sixties, the realistic discussion of such things as growing up as a single parent, or considering abortion wasn’t something you’d expect to see in a film set in London. The L-Shaped Room though is one of the few that took a look at society, family, and love and didn’t hide from the awkward truths.

Jane Fosset (Leslie Caron) is an unmarried and pregnant French woman who finds a small seedy London boarding house with a room available. Struggling with the idea of having an abortion, at first the last thing she needs is to make friends with the misfits who live there. Slowly getting to know them though she soon becomes one of them,
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Kristen Bell Was an Adorable Little Kid, and We Have the Photo to Prove It

Kristen Bell Was an Adorable Little Kid, and We Have the Photo to Prove It
A post shared by kristen bell (@kristenanniebell) on Jul 18, 2017 at 1:35pm Pdt Kristen Bell took a break from fangirling over Game of Thrones to ring in her 37th birthday on Tuesday. Along with an adorable throwback photo of her and her dad, Kristen gave her parents, Lorelei and Tom Bell, a sweet shout-out on Instagram. "I am incredibly happy to be alive. I'm grateful for my mom, my dad, and my whole family for supporting me, challenging me, and keeping me grounded. 37 feels quite good
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'Fargo': A Guide to the Show's Coen Brothers' References

'Fargo': A Guide to the Show's Coen Brothers' References
There's a moment early in the new season premiere of the FX crime drama Fargo when a parole officer recalls how he met his fiancée, a slick hustler named Nikki Swango (played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead). As the episode flashes back to Nikki at a police station, getting booked and photographed, fans of filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen might experience some deja vu. The situation, the way it's shot, and even the way the crook gets yanked around by the authorities – it's all right out of the Coens' 1987 comedy Raising Arizona.
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Convenience review – bungling robbers enliven a Clerks-y comedy

A hold-up turned hostage situation in an all-night store is played for laughs

Director Keri Collins won a Bafta Cymru breakthrough award for this Clerks-y comedy about a petrol station convenience store that becomes the scene of a bungled robbery. Simon Fantauzzo’s script propels two haplessly indebted mates – driving force Ray Panthaki and Four Lions graduate Adeel Akhtar – into the all-night store where Vicky McClure’s seen-it-all shop assistant proves more than a match for her would-be captors (“Er, when does the Stockholm syndrome kick in?”). As the night wears on, a succession of clueless customers, including Verne Troyer, Tom Bell and Tony Way, all fail to grasp the gravity of the situation. Panthaki and Akhtar have droll double-act chemistry, McClure is indomitably entertaining (as ever) and the low-budget vibe produces a few good giggles.

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Tom Hollander, Ian McShane and Alison Brie will star in ITV drama Doctor Thorne

Tom Hollander, Ian McShane and Alison Brie have been announced for Julian Fellowes's newest ITV drama.

Rebecca Front, Cressida Bonas, Richard McCabe and Phoebe Nicholls also form part of the cast of Doctor Thorne.

The three-part series centres on the titular Dr Thomas Thorne (Hollander), who lives with his penniless niece Mary (Stefanie Martini).

When Lady Arabella Gresham (Front) finds out that her son Frank (Harry Richardson) is in love with Mary, she is horrified and believes it is his duty to make a rich marriage to save their family estate - after her husband Francis Gresham Senior (McCabe) has frittered away their fortune.

Scheming with her sister-in-law (Nicholls) and niece (Kate O'Flynn), Arabella targets wealthy American heiress Martha Dunstable (Brie).

McShane is playing alcoholic railway millionaire Sir Roger Scatcherd, while Bonas will portray Mary's friend and confidante Patience Oriel.

Gwyneth Keyworth, Danny Kirane, Janine Duvitski and Tom Bell will also feature,
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Ben Miller is bringing a Horrible Science series to Citv

Horrible Science is coming to Citv.

The comedy entertainment series will be based on the popular children's books of the same name, written by Nick Arnold and illustrated by Tony De Saulles.

Each episode will have a central scientific theme (such as Gruesome Guts and Bulging Brains), as a lovable family tries to put on a spectacular science show.

Guest actors will also play celebrated scientists from history and be 'interviewed'.

The ten-part series is primarily aimed at children between the ages of 6 and 12, and stars Ben Miller, stand-up comedian Chris Martin, Letty Butler, Tom Bell, Eleanor Lawrence, Jason Forbes and Susan Wokoma.

Miller, who also serves as an executive producer, said: "I've loved science since I was a kid, and making Horrible Science has been a dream come true.

"The utterly brilliant Horrible Science books have given us a wealth of characters, jokes, and - as they would put
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Arresting Development: Top Ten Sheriffs in the Movies

Throughout the vast history of cinema the profession of law enforcement has been portrayed heavily and made its mark on the big screen in both dramatic and comical fodder. Whether it be straight up cops and robbers or crooked officers on the take in gangster flicks or ant-hero gun-slinging loners trying to buck the system the presence of crime-busting cads never fail to add compelling, if not at times over-exaggerated, insight into the world of law-enforcing personalities.

The one element of the law-enforcing community that seems somewhat limited but still registers mightily in some cinematic arenas is the concept of the sheriff. Sheriffs do cast a prominent shadow in all sorts of fields in the movies: westerns, medieval times, contemporary country car-chasing farces and even some urban melodramas.

In Arresting Developments: Top Ten Sheriffs in the Movies we will take a look at some of the notable on-screen sheriffs in
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Wizards Vs Aliens series 3 episodes 3 & 4 review: The Quantum Effect

This week's Wizards Vs Aliens is more than a little heart-breaking, thanks to a couple of stellar performances from its young cast...

This review contains spoilers.

3.3 & 3.4 The Quantum Effect

So farewell then, Benny Sherwood.

At the series launch event in October, executive producer Phil Ford promised that there would be some shocks this series, and they don’t come much bigger than the departure of one of the series’ two lead actors.

Benny has always been Wizards Vs Aliens’ genius-in-residence, and so it makes sense that sooner or later MIT would decide to snatch him away from King’s Park High to join their ‘Gifted Young People’ programme. Of course, before he’s able to head off to America he and Tom have to deal with an old enemy and a fiendish plot to take over the world…

In some ways, The Quantum Effect feels like quite a low-key story
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Gupta readies Nothing Like This

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Gupta readies Nothing Like This
Exclusive: Sex tape romance, from the director of Resistance and Jadoo, stars the daughter of Joely Richardson and Tim Bevan.

Post-production is underway on Nothing Like This, the new British feature from director Amit Gupta (Resistance, Jadoo).

The film is produced by Dean Fisher (City Rats, Squat) and is the first feature from production company Canary Wharf Films – a joint venture between Fisher’s Scanner-Rhodes Productions and Urban Way Productions.

The cast is led by Ray Panthaki (28 Days Later) and Daisy Bevan (Elizabeth), the daughter of actress Joely Richardson and Working Title boss Tim Bevan.

Panthaki plays actor Jay, whose sex tape made him an internet sensation and ruined his career. His parents refuse to speak to him, his acting career is reduced to offers for condom commercials and no girl wants to date the man on that tape but things start to change when Jay meets Hannah, played by Bevan. This relationship
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Wizards Vs Aliens returns this autumn

Cbbc’s Wizards Vs Aliens returns for a second action-packed series this autumn in an extended 14-episode run.

The magical sci-fi series, which was created by Russell T Davies and Phil Ford (The Sarah Jane Adventures, Doctor Who), stars Scott Haran (represented by Robert Kelly Associates) as 16-year-old wizard Tom Clarke and Percelle Ascott (represented by Sainou) as his scientific friend Benny who attempt to stop the Nekross from creating big trouble for all of wizardkind.

A fast-paced adventure full of danger, fun and friendship, the second series of Wizards Vs Aliens follows Tom and Benny’s journey as they meet new Aliens, new Wizards, and face their greatest challenges so far. With the Nekross threatening their most powerful attacks yet, it’s more important than ever that Tom and Benny work together to ensure the survival of both wizardkind and the Earth.

Russell T Davies, creator and executive producer of the show,
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Knightmare Live review

Review Andrew Blair 6 Aug 2013 - 07:50

Andrew checks out Knightmare Live at Edinburgh Fringe, a triumph of comedy, geekery and nostalgia...

Short version: Knightmare Live is great fun. Go see it.

Long version:

Welcome, watchers of illusion, to this review.

Suffice to say that Knightmare Live is a slightly different prospect to the esteemed televisual feast that Citv broadcast from 1987 to 1994, but nonetheless a massively entertaining one. Almost as if Mystery Science Theatre 3000 decided that commenting on films wasn't enough, and that they had to go and make Troll 4.

What we have is a stage version of the TV show, which comes with its own limitations. However, despite this it's a faithful replication of the gameplay, with one player donning the Helmet of Justice and a knapsack before entering the dungeons. Two comedians (in this case, Matthew Highton and Jessica Fostekew) act as his guides. It is at this
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Jim Goddard obituary

Prolific television and film director whose output included the internationally successful 1983 drama Kennedy

Jim Goddard, who has died aged 77, was among the most prolific and distinguished television drama directors of his generation. Bleak and violent atmosphere and vivid characterisation were the hallmarks of his more than 200 distinctive works over the course of four decades. His Kennedy (1983) was shown simultaneously on Us network television, in the UK and Germany, and achieved the highest recorded viewing figures to that date for a televised drama.

Goddard's work included the 13-part drama Fox (1980), Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983) and The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1982), the early Channel 4 version of the RSC production. The power and visual immediacy of his directorial style owed as much to arthouse film as it did to his abilities as a painter. Indeed, he never forsook painting, which he studied at the Slade in London, or his love of set design,
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Reading Costume Design in No Country for Old Men

The Coen brothers’ story of a drug deal gone wrong and the chaotic game of cat and mouse that follows is an exploration of masculinity in all its guises. Through divergence of clothing, costume designer Mary Zophres shows many variations of character and motivation and pinpoints the story within a time and place – rural West Texas, 1980.

The first shots of No Country for Old Men (2007) welcome us into the Texan landscape, the sky awash with muted blues and oranges before the scorching sun rises to reveal a landscape of pale brown sand. Not only does this evoke the wilderness and subsequent loneliness of the setting, but it introduces the key colours, notably tones of beige, brown and blue. Throughout the film, these colours are to be revisited repeatedly.

We are introduced to the psychopathic killer Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) from behind as he is lead in handcuffs to a police car.
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This is a Mean Old World: Westerns in Contemporary Settings

In the traditional western, the hero saves the town, kills the villain, and all is right. But more often than not the genre depicts America’s ugliness – it’s injustices and cruelty. America, despite it’s great qualities and liberties, was built on violence and injustice. Many filmmakers have opted to show this historical accuracy instead of the fabled heroics: thus we should not repeat the past. Other filmmakers have used the genre staples as tools to show the injustices and struggles in contemporary settings.

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, 2005

Written by Guillermo Arriaga

Directed by Tommy Lee Jones

Through intricate weaving of non-linear story telling, this tale of retribution delves into the loyalty and forgiveness. Horse rancher Pete Perkins (Jones) honors his promise to his recently murdered friend Melquiades Estrada to bury him in his home town in Mexico. Estrada’s murder at the hands of border patrol
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