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  • 10 great hip-hop dramas

    With Straight Outta Compton and Dope in cinemas, we flip the script on 10 hard-knock tales about beats, rhymes and life.

    Dylan Cave
    Thursday 3 September 2015

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  • Ingrid Bergman: 10 essential films

    A century after her birth on 29 August 1915, we remember some of the best films starring one of classical Hollywood’s most luminous stars.

    Christina Newland
    Friday 28 August 2015

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  • 10 great drag films

    As our John Waters season rollicks into London, with some of Divine’s greatest moments getting the full treatment, we remember some of the best films featuring men and women in drag.

    Alex Davidson
    Friday 28 August 2015

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  • Richard Attenborough: 10 essential performances

    A year after his death, we remember some of the best films starring the irreplaceable Dickie Attenborough.

    Neil Mitchell
    Monday 24 August 2015

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  • 10 great films set in East Anglia

    Witches, Nazis and Anglo-Saxon curses – on film, East Anglia isn’t the rural idyll you might think… To celebrate the release of 45 Years, let’s look east at other great movies with starring roles for Suffolk, Norfolk or Cambridgeshire.

    Samuel Wigley, Alex Davidson, James Rocarols, Nathalie Morris, Jonathan Benaim
    Thursday 20 August 2015

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  • Mikio Naruse 110th anniversary: 10 essential films

    On the 110th anniversary of his birth, we offer the internet a canon of some of the finest films from the long career of Mikio Naruse, one of Japan’s greatest filmmakers.

    Matthew Thrift
    Thursday 20 August 2015

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  • Five iconic Italian actresses

    From the days of neorealism on via the 1960s, Italian cinema has thrived on its succession of great actresses. Combining grit, glamour and inimitable star power, here are five whose work everyone should seek out.

    Pasquale Iannone
    Wednesday 19 August 2015

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  • Robert Redford: 10 essential films

    Two handfuls of the finest films starring the magnificent Robert Redford, who shot to fame playing the Sundance Kid at the tail end of the 1960s.

    Christina Newland
    Tuesday 18 August 2015

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  • 10 great French new wave films

    As Jean-Luc Godard’s French new wave masterpiece Vivre sa vie arrives on Blu-ray, we remember 10 of the best movies to come out of a movement that changed cinema forever.

    Samuel Wigley
    Thursday 13 August 2015

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  • 10 great lovers-on-the-run films

    Lawless and loved-up, couples on the run have inspired some of the finest road movies ever made. With Terrence Malick’s spellbinding spree-killer fable Badlands getting an outdoor screening at the British Museum, let’s do a drive by some of the best.

    Christina Newland
    Thursday 6 August 2015

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