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  • Napoleon
  • The Innocents
  • Gone with the Wind
  • The Devils

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  • Dilwale

    ★★★

  • Rock Dog 2: Rock Around the Park

    ★★

  • Shook

    ★★★★

  • Annabelle Serpentine Dance

    ★★★

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  • Napoleon

    Napoleon

    ★★★★★

    One of my 1000 recommended films.

    I haven't seen this for quite a few years but today (all day) I watched this unique film on the big screen, in the 5 and a half hour Photoplay restoration with score conducted live by Carl Davis with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

    The story of how Kevin Brownlow has spent nearly half a century working on restoring this film to as close to Abel Gance's original vision as possible is well known - and…

  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★★★

    One of my 1000 recommended films.

    Recently I saw the beautiful new print of this film directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and can report that after fifty years it still looks amazing, with vibrant colours, a remarkably rich score, and performances that linger long in the memory.

    The doomed romance of the modern Romeo and Juliet, Polish American Tony (Richard Beymer, all teeth and eyelashes and so pretty…

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  • Dilwale

    Dilwale

    ★★★

    I L<3ve Musicals!

    An action comedy from Bollywood with songs, Dilwale plays like a fast-paced music video, but doesn't make a lot of sense. There's a buddy relationship, a bit of romance, a feud, and a clever ending.

    Starring the popular team of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, and directed by Rohit Shetty, with songs by Pritam, this film was a hit on release and has all the usual elements you would associate with the modern output of Bollywood.

    Keep…

  • Otway: The Movie

    Otway: The Movie

    ★★★½

    John Otway is delightful. An unusual half-success in the music business, he might never have hit the big time, but his affability and sense of his own lack of importance is so sweet.

    Love him. Better than any mockumentary. A bizarre story, funded by a thousand of his fans.

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  • Midnight Cowboy

    Midnight Cowboy

    ★★★★

    This was one of the films on my list of shame, I had been long aware of it but had never got around to seeing it, until now.

    I knew the theme was Nilsson's 'Everybody's Talkin'' and that Jon Voight's character was a would-be hustler, and Dustin Hoffman's character was a low-down dirty rat. But that's about it.

    The film is nothing like I expected. It has some fantastic moments - the way Voight and Hoffman eyeball each other as…

  • A Single Man

    A Single Man

    ★★★★

    This bittersweet film gets another star on a rewatch. It's Colin Firth's best performance in years as stuffy professor George Falconer ('it takes a long time to become George'), who suddenly finds himself bereaved by the sudden death of his partner Jim in a car accident, and finds it difficult to cope until he decides he needs to make a momentous decision.

    This being the 1960s he cannot talk openly about it, or even grieve, nor can he seek a…