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Now showing at BFI Southbank Belvedere Road,South Bank,London,London SE1 8XT 020 7928 3232

  • 10 Things I Hate About You
  • 12:08 East Of Bucharest
  • Candyman
  • Day of The Outlaw
  • Duel
  • Fire At Sea (Fuocoammare)
  • Hamlet Goes Business
  • I Shot Jesse James
  • James And The Giant Peach
  • King Kong (1933 Version)
  • Les Demoiselles De Rochefort (The Young Girls Of Rochefort)
  • Play On! Shakespeare In Silent Film
  • Prospero's Books
  • Race
  • Some Like It Hot
  • The Band Wagon
  • The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari
  • The Tall T + Ride Lonesome
  • Titus
  • Track Of The Cat
  • Warlock
  • Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory

10 Things I Hate About You 3 stars

Modern day reworking of Taming Of The Shrew set in a hip and happening American high school.

  • GenreComedy
  • CastJulia Stiles, Heath Ledger, Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
  • DirectorGil Junger.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration98 mins
  • Official site
  • Release02/07/1999

Inspired no doubt by the success of Shakespeare In Love and the inexplicable resurgence of the teen drama, every film studio in town has been trying to kill two birds with one stone by fusing the two genres. Hence, there's a glut of Shakespeare-inspired teen comedies on the way, including modern takes on Othello, Hamlet et al. First out of the proverbial gates is Gil Junger's appealingly spiky take on Taming Of The Shrew set in the fictional Padua High School where lovely Bianca (Larisa Oleynik) is the darling of the hallways, swooned over by every red-blooded male within a five mile radius. So far, so Beverly Hills 90210, except Bianca isn't allowed to date anyone until her sister Kat (Stiles) gets a boyfriend too. Which isn't going to happen in a hurry because Kat has no time for such distractions as the opposite sex, so when the new guy at school falls head over heels for Bianca, there's only one thing he can do: hire some unsuspecting sap to tame the Kat. Someone, in fact, like Patrick Verona (Ledger). Snappily directed and awash with a soundtrack of current indie chart faves, 10 Things... is a fast-paced and instantly likeable cinematic trifle, bouyed by some excellent performances (especially by newcomer Stiles who is clearly a face to watch in the future). Newcomer Ledger is a very watchable leading man although his Australian accent (100% natural) is somewhat distracting at first.

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Sunday 29th May 2016

12:08 East Of Bucharest 3 stars

On December 22, 1989, Nicolae Ceausescu finally bowed down to the will of the Romanian people, relinquishing power amid scenes of mass protests. Sixteen years later, television talk show host Mr Jderescu organises a special panel discussion featuring teacher Mr Manescu and elderly resident Mr Piscoci to examine the effect of the revolution in the tiny village of Vaslui. As Jderescu remember the past, callers to the television show paint a very different picture of events in the village that momentous day.

  • GenreComedy, Drama
  • CastIon Sapdaru, Mircea Andreescu, Teo Corban.
  • DirectorCorneliu Porumboiu.
  • WriterCorneliu Porumboiu.
  • CountryRom
  • Duration89 mins
  • Official site
  • Release17/08/2007 (selected cinemas)

On December 22, 1989, Nicolae Ceausescu finally bowed down to the will of the Romanian people, relinquishing power amid scenes of mass protests. Sixteen years later, television talk show host Mr Jderescu (Teo Corban) organises a special panel discussion featuring teacher Mr Manescu (Ion Sapdaru) and elderly resident Mr Piscoci (Mircea Andreescu) to examine the effect of the revolution in the tiny village of Vaslui. As Jderescu remember the past, callers to the television show paint a very different picture of events in the village that momentous day.

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Thursday 2nd June 2016

Candyman 3 stars

Fantasy horror.

  • GenreDrama, Fantasy, Film, Horror
  • CastVirginia Madsen, Tony Todd.
  • DirectorBernard Rose.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration99 mins
  • Official site

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Thursday 2nd June 2016

Day of The Outlaw 3 stars

Western film.

  • GenreWestern
  • CastBurl Ives, Tina Louise, Robert Ryan.
  • DirectorAndre De Toth.
  • WriterPhilip Yordan, Lee E Wells.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration92 mins
  • Official site

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Monday 30th May 2016

Duel 4 stars

Thriller.

  • GenreAction, Drama, Thriller
  • CastDennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Eddie Firestone.
  • DirectorSteven Spielberg.
  • WriterRichard Matheson.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration90 mins
  • Official site

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Wednesday 1st June 2016

Fire At Sea (Fuocoammare) 3 stars

Documentary.

  • GenreDocumentary
  • DirectorGianfranco Rosi.
  • CountryIta/Fra
  • Duration108 mins
  • Official site

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Thursday 2nd June 2016

Hamlet Goes Business 3 stars

Comedy drama.

  • GenreComedy, Drama, Film, Romance
  • DirectorAki Kaurismaki.
  • CountryFin
  • Duration86 mins
  • Official site

Latest from Finnish director Kaurismaki, yet another out-to-lunch slice of film-making.

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Sunday 29th May 2016
Monday 30th May 2016

I Shot Jesse James 3 stars

Drama.

  • GenreDrama, Historical/Period, Romance
  • CastPreston Foster, Barbara Britton, John Ireland.
  • DirectorSamuel Fuller.
  • WriterHomer Croy, Samuel Fuller.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration81 mins
  • Official site

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Sunday 29th May 2016

James And The Giant Peach 3 stars

Fruity fantasy adapted from the Roald Dahl children's favourite.

  • GenreAdventure, Animation/Cartoon, Children, Children's, Family, Family
  • CastJoanna Lumley, Miriam Margolyes.
  • DirectorHenry Selick.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration113 mins
  • Official site

Roald Dahl's surreal, fruity fantasy, blending live-action and seamless stop-go animation.

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Sunday 29th May 2016
Thursday 2nd June 2016

King Kong (1933 Version) 5 stars

Classic version of the ape-on-the-loose adventure.

  • GenreAction, Classic, Drama, Romance
  • CastFay Wray, Bruce Cabot, Robert Armstrong, Frank Reicher.
  • DirectorMerian C Cooper, Ernest B Schoedsack.
  • WriterJames Creelman, Ruth Rose.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration100 mins
  • Official site

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Wednesday 1st June 2016

Les Demoiselles De Rochefort (The Young Girls Of Rochefort) 3 stars

Twin sisters Delphine and Solange teach dance and music in the port town of Rochefort. When Etienne and Bill lose their girlfriends to sailors from the local naval base, they make a beeline for the sisters. Meanwhile, visiting American composer Andy falls head over heels for Solange, and navy artist Maxence drifts into the cafe run by the sisters' mother Yvonne with a painting of his perfect woman.

  • GenreAdult, Drama, Musical, Romance
  • CastCatherine Deneuve, Jacques Perrin, Francoise Dorleac, Gene Kelly, Grover Dale, Danielle Darrieux, George Chakiris.
  • DirectorJacques Demy.
  • WriterJacques Demy.
  • CountryFr
  • Duration126 mins
  • Official site
  • Release14/08/2009 (selected cinemas)

Re-release of Jacques Demy's 1967 follow-up musical to The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg, reuniting with leading lady Catherine Deneuve for another exuberant tale of romance lost and found set to Michel Legrand's score. Twin sisters Delphine and Solange (real-life siblings Deneuve and Francoise Dorleac) teach dance and music in the picture postcard town of Rochefort. When Etienne (George Chakiris) and Bill (Grover Dale) lose their girlfriends to sailors from the local naval base, they make a beeline for the sisters.

Meanwhile, visiting American composer Andy (Gene Kelly) falls head over heels for Solange, and navy artist Maxence (Jacques Perrin) drifts into the cafe run by the sisters' mother Yvonne (Danielle Darrieux) with a painting of his perfect woman.

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Sunday 29th May 2016

Play On! Shakespeare In Silent Film 3 stars

A celebration from the BFI National Archive which draws together a selection of scenes from 24 titles.

  • GenreShorts, Special
  • CastVarious.
  • DirectorVarious.
  • WriterVarious.
  • Duration63 mins
  • Official site

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Sunday 29th May 2016

Prospero's Books 3 stars

Fantasy.

  • GenreDrama, Fantasy
  • CastJohn Gielgud, Michael Clark, Isabelle Pasco.
  • DirectorPeter Greenaway.
  • CountryNeth/Fr/UK
  • Duration120 mins
  • Official site

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Saturday 28th May 2016
Monday 30th May 2016

Race 3 stars

Biography.

  • GenreBiography, Drama
  • CastEli Goree, Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis.
  • DirectorStephen Hopkins.
  • WriterAnna Waterhouse, Joe Shrapnel.
  • CountryFr/Ger/Can
  • Duration134 mins
  • Official site

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Wednesday 1st June 2016

Some Like It Hot 5 stars

Struggling musicians Joe and Jerry witness the 1929 St Valentine's Day Massacre and flee for their lives, with the mob in hot pursuit. Their only escape is to dress up as saxophonist Josephine and double bass player Daphne with an all-girl band, travelling towards Miami. They find it tricky to maintain their cover, surrounded by a bevy of beautiful girls, but a man's got to do what a man's got to do.

  • GenreClassic, Comedy, Romance
  • CastJack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe, George Raft.
  • DirectorBilly Wilder.
  • WriterBilly Wilder, IAL Diamond.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration121 mins
  • Official site
  • Release20/10/2000 (selected cinemas); 18/07/2014 (selected cinemas)

Another re-release of Billy Wilder's classic 1959 comedy, which features Marilyn Monroe in one of her most famous roles as sex-pot Sugar Kane. Struggling musicians Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) witness the 1929 St Valentine's Day Massacre and flee for their lives, with the mob in hot pursuit. Their only escape is to dress up as saxophonist Josephine and double bass player Daphne with an all-girl band, travelling towards Miami. They find it tricky to maintain their cover, surrounded by a bevy of beautiful girls, but a man's got to do what a man's got to do.

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Sunday 29th May 2016
Tuesday 31st May 2016

The Band Wagon 4 stars

Classic.

  • GenreClassic, Musical
  • CastFred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Jack Buchanan.
  • DirectorVincente Minnelli.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration112 mins
  • Official site

Low key rock 'n' roll saga based on writer-director John Schultz's experiences on the gig circuit. Kevin Corrigan and Lee Holmes are among the members of the Circus Monkeys who find success bittersweet.

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Monday 30th May 2016

The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari 4 stars

Francis and his good friend Alan visit a carnival, where they become transfixed by the hypnotist Dr Caligari, who exerts control over the somnambulist Cesare - a soothsayer with the power to predict the future. Alan is keen to learn his fate so he asks Cesare to foretell his destiny and the somnambulist claims that Alan will be dead by the following morning. Sure enough, Alan is slain and Francis and Jane investigate, determined to prove that Dr Caligari and his puppet are responsible.

  • GenreClassic, Drama, Horror, Romance, World
  • CastWerner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Lil Dagover.
  • DirectorRobert Wiene.
  • WriterHans Janowitz, Carl Mayer.
  • CountryGer
  • Duration66 mins
  • Official site
  • Release29/08/2014 (selected cinemas)

A re-release of Robert Wiene's 1920 German Expressionist classic, which is one of the defining moments in big screen horror. Francis (Friedrich Feher) and his good friend Alan (Hans Heinrich von Twardowski) live in the German village of Holstenwall, where they are in direct competition for the affections of Jane (Lil Dagover). The two men visit a carnival, where they become transfixed by the hypnotist Dr Caligari (Werner Krauss), who exerts control over the somnambulist Cesare (Conrad Veidt) - a soothsayer with the power to predict the future. Alan is keen to learn his fate so he asks Cesare to foretell his destiny and the somnambulist claims that Alan will be dead by the following morning. Sure enough, Alan is slain and Francis and Jane investigate, determined to prove that Dr Caligari and his puppet are responsible. Once Caligari realises that the two fairgoers are on his trail, he orders Cesare to kill Jane but her beauty has a profound effect on the somnambulist and he is unable to carry out his master's evil bidding.

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Thursday 2nd June 2016

The Tall T + Ride Lonesome 3 stars

Drama.

  • GenreDrama, Thriller
  • CastRichard Boone, Randolph Scott, Maureen O'Sullivan.
  • DirectorBudd Boetticher.
  • WriterBurt Kennedy Burt Kennedy.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration151 mins
  • Official site

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Sunday 29th May 2016

Titus 3 stars

General Titus Andronicus returns from war to Rome, bringing with him - as prisoners - Tamora, Queen of the Goths, and her sons Chiron and Demetrius. When tragedy strikes and Tamora becomes the bride of the new Roman emperor Saturninus, Titus finds himself and his family the victims of the Goth queen's cruelty. Rape, murder and villainous acts gradually nudge Titus towards the pits of despair, but in his greatest moments of darkness, he finds the strength to concoct a most ingenious plan to exact a terrible revenge all of his own.

  • GenreAdaptation, Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • CastAnthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange, Alan Cumming, Laura Fraser.
  • DirectorJulie Taymor.
  • WriterBuena Vista Home Entertainment.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration162 mins
  • Official site
  • Release01/09/2000 (selected cinemas)

Titus Andronicus is one of Shakespeare's least well known and performed tragedies, but also one of his bleakest and most brutal, threaded with rape, murder, betrayal, racism, suicide, infanticide, ritual sacrifice, dismemberment and cannibalism. Not to mention strong undertones of incest. In the very capable hands of Award-winning theatre director Julie Taymor, who transformed The Lion King stage musical into a box office sensation, the play becomes a visually stunning examination of the roots of violence, juxtaposing heightened drama with absurdist black humour. It's certainly not an easy film to watch, nor one which allows the audience to rest comfortably in the belief that goodness always triumphs over evil. The innocent suffer alongside the guilty, and once the vicious circle of recriminations and revenge is begun, few survive to tell the tale. General Titus Andronicus (Anthony Hopkins) returns from war to Rome, bringing with him - as prisoners - Tamora (Jessica Lange), Queen of the Goths, and her three sons. His first act of cleansing is to sacrifice the queen's eldest boy, despite her pleas for clemency, sparing the lives of her two youngest: the libidinous Chiron (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and Demetrius (Matthew Rhys). Tamora swears revenge against the general for the death of her son, but Titus refuses to take her threats seriously, since she is - after all - a prisoner of Rome. Titus's merriment is short-lived, however, when Tamora is unexpectedly chosen as the bride of the corrupt new Roman emperor Saturninus (Alan Cumming). The wisened war general finds himself and his family, in particular his daughter Lavinia (Lura Fraser), the victims of the Goth queen's cruelty. Rape, murder and villainous acts gradually nudge Titus towards the pits of despair, exacerbated by his dislocation from his eldest son Lucius (Angus Macfadyen), banished from the city by Saturninus. But in his greatest moments of darkness, Titus finds the strength to concoct a most ingenious plan to exact a terrible revenge all of his own, affecting eccentric behaviour to make the vixen-like Tamora believe he has gone mad, and lull her into a fatal false sense of security. Grand in design and scale, Titus is a feast for the senses with its ravishing costumes, gorgeous set design, rich cinematography and poetic imagery. Taymor uses costume designs particular to each character to reflect their personalities, from Tamora's shimmering, figure-hugging dresses to accentuate the sensuality she wields like a dagger, to Titus's ancient battle dress to emphasise his fearsomeness on the battlefields. There are countless neat touches and original flourishes which leave jaws permanently dropped, beginning with a stunningly choreographed and heavily stylised sequence of the Roman army marching into the city. The rape of Lavinia is incredibly striking too, her tongue cut out and hands removed, replaced with gnarled twigs. As is the finale, during which Titus serves Tamora a delicious pie comprising the ground up flesh and bones of her two beloved sons. Yum. Hopkins plays the title role with his customary bombast and infuses every line with fierce energy. He takes his character full circle, from proud and wily combatant to distraught father, to much abused old man to merciless tactician, concealing his rather clever intentions from us as well as Tamora. Lange relishes her role as the villainess who hides her rage behind a mask of beauty, Cumming is delicious as the envious and weak-willed new emperor played for a fool by his new wife, and Fraser, Rhys and Rhys Meyers are all solid as the children who are brutalised and murdered to assuage their parents all-consuming hatred. The subject matter and the off-putting running time (162 minutes) makes Titus an extremely hard sell, but for the brave souls who go into battle with the general, the rewards are plenty.

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Monday 30th May 2016
Tuesday 31st May 2016

Track Of The Cat 3 stars

Western.

  • GenreDrama, Film, Western
  • CastRobert Mitchum, Tab Hunter, Beulah Bondi.
  • DirectorWilliam Wellman.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration102 mins
  • Official site

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Saturday 28th May 2016

Warlock 3 stars

Drama.

  • GenreDrama, Film, Western
  • CastRichard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Anthony Quinn.
  • DirectorEdward Dmytryk.
  • WriterRobert Alan Arthur.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration122 mins
  • Official site

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Monday 30th May 2016

Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory 4 stars

A poor boy wins the opportunity to tour an eccentric candy factory.

  • GenreAdaptation, Children, Children's, Classic, Comedy, Drama, Family, Family, Fantasy, Musical
  • CastGene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear, Julie Dawn Cole.
  • DirectorMel Stuart.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration100 mins
  • Official site

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Tuesday 31st May 2016
Wednesday 1st June 2016