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  • Dark Star
  • Fantasia
  • Friendship's Death
  • Guys And Dolls
  • Hot Millions
  • Incendies
  • Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978 Version)
  • It's A Wonderful Life
  • Manakamana
  • Serenity
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  • The Devil's Eggshell

Dark Star stars

Science fiction.

  • GenreScience Fiction
  • CastDan O'Bannon, Dre Pahich, Brian Narelle.
  • DirectorJohn Carpenter.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration83 mins
  • Official site

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Monday 22nd December 2014

Fantasia 4 stars

Disney's ambitious 1940 animated symphony comprising eight segments set to classical music conducted by Leopold Stokowski including, most famously, The Sorcerer's Apprentice by Paul Dukas which features Mickey Mouse as an aspiring magician, who foolishly attempts his master's tricks and unleashes a water-sloshing army of brooms and buckets.

  • GenreAnimation/Cartoon, Children's, Classic, Family, Family, Musical
  • CastWalt Disney.
  • DirectorHamilton Luske, Wilfred Jackson, James Algar, Norman Ferguson, Paul Satterfield, Bill Roberts, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe Jr, Jim Handley.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration126 mins
  • Official site

Disney's ambitious 1940 animated symphony comprising eight segments set to classical music conducted by Leopold Stokowski including, most famously, The Sorcerer's Apprentice by Paul Dukas which features Mickey Mouse as an aspiring magician, who foolishly attempts his master's tricks and unleashes a water-sloshing army of brooms and buckets.

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Monday 22nd December 2014

Friendship's Death stars

Science fiction.

  • GenreScience Fiction
  • CastTilda Swinton.
  • DirectorPeter Wollen.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration78 mins
  • Official site

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Tuesday 23rd December 2014

Guys And Dolls 4 stars

Nathan Detroit needs to organise a high-stakes crap game. He searches for a venue while trying to appease his fiancee of 14 years, Miss Adelaide, who is keen to tie the knot... if her beau gives up gambling for good. Fellow risk-taker Sky Masterson bets Nathan 1000 dollars that he can't woo righteous Sergeant Sarah Brown from the Save a Soul mission and get her to have dinner with him. Nathan accepts the bet and begins his seduction of Sarah but the law is closing in fast.

  • GenreAdaptation, Drama, Musical, Romance
  • CastMarlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, Vivian Blaine.
  • DirectorJoseph L Mankiewicz.
  • WriterJoseph L Mankiewicz, Ben Hecht.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration143 mins
  • Official site
  • Release19/12/2014 (selected cinemas)

Luck be a lady for Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando in this welcome re-release of Joseph L Mankiewicz's classic 1955 musical based on two short stories by Damon Runyon and the Broadway stage show of the same name. Nathan Detroit (Sinatra) needs to organise a high-stakes crap game but the police led by wily Lieutenant Brannigan (Robert Keith) are exerting pressure to put an end to unlicensed gambling. Nathan searches for a venue while trying to appease his fiancee of 14 years, Miss Adelaide (Vivian Blaine), who is keen to tie the knot... if her beau gives up gambling for good. Fellow risk-taker Sky Masterson (Brando), who enjoys wagering on seemingly random events, bets Nathan 1000 dollars that he can't woo righteous Sergeant Sarah Brown (Jean Simmons) from the Save a Soul mission and get her to have dinner with him. Nathan accepts the bet and begins his seduction of Sarah but with the law closing in fast, he'll need Lady Luck more than ever to come up trumps. The film includes three songs, written specifically for the big screen: "Adelaide", "Pet Me Poppa" and "(Your Eyes Are The Eyes Of) A Woman In Love".

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Monday 22nd December 2014
Tuesday 23rd December 2014

Hot Millions 3 stars

Comedy.

  • GenreComedy
  • CastPeter Ustinov, Karl Malden, Maggie Smith.
  • DirectorEric Till.
  • WriterPeter Ustinov, Ira Wallach.
  • CountryUK/US
  • Duration106 mins
  • Official site

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Tuesday 23rd December 2014

Incendies 4 stars

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Following the death of their mother Nawal, twins Jeanne and Simon are summoned to the office of a Montreal notary. He reads the content of the matriarch's will and drops a bombshell: Jeanne and Simon have a brother they never knew about. Moreover, it was Nawal's dying wish that the twins should deliver letters to this long lost sibling and their estranged father, thereby laying the ghosts of the past to rest once and for all.

  • GenreAdaptation, Drama, Thriller, World
  • CastMaxim Gaudette, Lubna Azabal, Remy Girard, Allen Altman, Nabil Sawalha, Abdelghafour Elaaziz, Melissa Desormeaux-Poulin.
  • DirectorDenis Villeneuve.
  • WriterDenis Villeneuve.
  • CountryCan
  • Duration131 mins
  • Official sitewww.sonyclassics.com/incendies
  • Release24/06/2011 (selected cinemas)

Nominated as Canada's entry for Best Foreign Language Film Of The Year at the 2011 Academy Awards, Incendies is a harrowing and slow-burning drama adapted from Wajdi Mouawad's play, which has been written for the screen and directed by Denis Villeneuve. Following the death of their mother Nawal (Lubna Azabal), twins Jeanne (Melissa Desormeaux-Poulin) and Simon (Maxim Gaudette) are summoned to the office of a Montreal notary (Remy Girard). He reads the content of the matriarch's will and drops a bombshell: Jeanne and Simon have a brother they never knew about. Moreover, it was Nawal's dying wish that the twins should deliver letters to this long lost sibling and their estranged father, thereby laying the ghosts of the past to rest once and for all. Reluctantly agreeing to their mother's strange request, Jeanne and Simon seek out the men who shaped their lives, unaware of the shocking secrets that will be exposed in the process.

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Tuesday 23rd December 2014

Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978 Version) 3 stars

Sci-fi thriller.

  • GenreHorror, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastDonald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy.
  • DirectorPhilip Kaufman.
  • CountryUS
  • Official site

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Monday 22nd December 2014

It's A Wonderful Life 5 stars

Reissue of Frank Capra's masterful Yuletide drama, revolving around suicidal family man George Bailey, who ponders a life without his beloved wife Mary and children. Thankfully he is saved in the nick of time by a guardian angel called Clarence. "You see George, you've really had a wonderful life," says the spirit, "Don't you see what a mistake it would be to just throw it away?"

  • GenreChildren's, Classic, Drama, Family, Romance
  • CastJames Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore.
  • DirectorFrank Capra.
  • WriterFrances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration129 mins
  • Official site
  • Release14/12/2007 (selected cinemas)

Frank Capra's life affirming 1946 fable stars James Stewart as suicidal family man George Bailey, who ponders a life without his beloved wife Mary (Donna Reed) and children, but is thankfully saved by guardian angel Clarence (Henry Travers). "You see George, you've really had a wonderful life," says the spirit, "Don't you see what a mistake it would be to just throw it away?" It's A Wonderful Life is one of the best films ever made and the perfect festive treat. Stewart, as the suicidal father who is dragged back from the brink by an all-knowing, all-seeing angel, has never been better, and the direction and pacing throughout is virtually flawless.

Manakamana 3 stars

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Filmed predominantly in single, unbroken shots each lasting 10 to 11 minutes, this minimalist documentary focuses on the different people, who travel by cable car high above the jungle to the titular temple of the Hindu goddess Durga. Located close to the Chinese border in the Gorkha district of Nepal, the temple is a sacred site, rumoured to grant wishes to devoted worshippers.

  • GenreDocumentary, Indie, World
  • DirectorPacho Velez, Stephanie Spray.
  • WriterStephanie Spray, Pacho Velez.
  • CountryNepal/US
  • Duration119 mins
  • Official sitewww.manakamanafilm.com
  • Release12/12/2014 (selected cinemas)

Filmed predominantly in single, unbroken shots each lasting 10 to 11 minutes, Manakamana is a minimalist documentary portrait of the different people, who travel by cable car high above the jungle to the titular temple of the Hindu goddess Durga. Located close to the Chinese border in the Gorkha district of Nepal, the temple is a sacred site, rumoured to grant wishes to devoted worshippers. Through the dreamlike footage of these pilgrims gliding through the air to their destination, directors Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez reveals the site's history and the importance of Manakamana to men, women and children alike.

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Tuesday 23rd December 2014

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Serenity 3 stars

Captain Malcolm Reynolds ekes out a meagre living carrying out transport-for-hire aboard his ship Serenity. Aided by his undyingly loyal crew, he pulls off small crimes as a galactic civil war continues to rage, with no end in sight. When Reynolds takes on two new passengers - a young doctor and his telepathic sister River - he suddenly finds himself caught between the Universal Alliance and cannibalistic savages known as the Reavers.

  • GenreAction, Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastNathan Fillion, Summer Glau, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alan Tudyk.
  • DirectorJoss Whedon.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration119 mins
  • Official sitewww.cantstopthesignal.co.uk
  • Release07/10/2005

In Hollywood, there is such a thing as life after death. In 2002, Joss Whedon, the creator of the hit award-winning series Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel, debuted his futuristic sci-fi drama Firefly. Set in the 26th century, the show revolved around the ragtag crew of a spaceship called Serenity, struggling to survive in a bleak future ruled with an iron fist by the Alliance.

Despite a loyal and, some might say, obsessive fanbase, Whedon's newest creation was cancelled after only 11 episodes had aired on American television. A campaign to reinstate the show failed to reap rewards. However, Firefly took flight again on DVD, allowing Whedon to resurrect the characters in this stand-alone feature film.

Captain Malcolm Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) ekes out a meagre living carrying out transport-for-hire aboard his ship Serenity. Rejecting the rule of order established by the all-powerful Universal Alliance, Mal survives in the outlands by bending the law, and occasionally smashing it to smithereens.

He is aided and abetted by a loyal crew: feisty and opinionated second-in-command Zoe (Gina Torres), her pilot husband Wash (Alan Tudyk), muscle-bound brute Jayne (Adam Baldwin) and spunky mechanic Kaylee (Jewel Staite). When Mal takes on two passengers - young doctor Simon (Sean Maher) and his emotionally unstable, telepathic sister River (Summer Glau) - he suddenly finds himself in even deeper trouble.

River possesses dark and dangerous secrets about the Alliance, buried deep in her fractured subconscious. If those secrets were ever to be revealed, the fate of entire worlds could be at stake. The Alliance dispatches The Operative (Chiwetel Ejiofor) to retrieve River by any means necessary - even if that means killing Mal and his loved ones.

As the crew of Serenity attempts to elude the Alliance, they stray into territory controlled by the Reavers, cannibalistic savages with a passion for wanton destruction... and human blood.

Serenity is a slickly written and entertaining romp that bears all of the hallmarks of an old-fashioned Star Trek episode (albeit with more snappy dialogue). The plot is simplistic, hung on a series of energetic set pieces, which are let down by a lack of imagination and crude computer generated special effects.

In the quieter moments, writer-director Whedon shines, seamlessly moving from a joke about the Rime Of The Ancient Mariner to Kaylee's saucy one-liner about her lack of bedroom action ("It's been more than a year since I had anything 'twixt my nethers that didn't run on batteries!")

Characterization in the feature film is scant to say the least, relying on an appreciation of the television series to understand the relationships between the crew members. However, even newcomers to the Firefly universe will find something to keep them engaged for the two hours.

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Tuesday 23rd December 2014

Star Trek: The Motion Picture 3 stars

The crew of the Starship Enterprise boldly go where no man had gone before on its first big screen mission.

  • GenreScience Fiction
  • CastWilliam Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley.
  • DirectorRobert Wise.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration132 mins
  • Official site

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Monday 22nd December 2014

The Devil's Eggshell 3 stars

Drama.

  • GenreDrama
  • CastKeith Barron, David Langton, Leonard Rossiter.
  • DirectorGareth Davies.
  • WriterDavid Weir.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration90 mins
  • Official site

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Monday 22nd December 2014
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