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  • 10 great epic documentaries

    In the world of non-fiction cinema, some subjects are too rich and complex to be done justice in a standard two-hour feature. With the simultaneous UK release of new films by two masters of the in-depth documentary, we feel the width of 10 more long-form greats.

    Michael Pattison
    Thursday 8 January 2015

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  • Elvis on film: 10 great moments

    To mark Elvis Presley’s 80th anniversary, we select 10 of the very best moments from his movies.

    Andrew Rollason
    Thursday 8 January 2015

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  • 10 great films about making a fresh start

    With the start of a new year, and the rerelease of Eric Rohmer’s masterpiece The Green Ray in cinemas, here are 10 more classic films that offer possible inspiration for turning over a new leaf and starting over.

    Samuel Wigley, Pamela Hutchinson, David Parkinson, Jemma Desai, Kendra Bean, Thirza Wakefield, Jonny Davies, Ashley Clark, Matthew Taylor, Simran Hans
    Thursday 1 January 2015

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  • 10 great family films of the 21st century

    Charm, invention, a great story and a little magic are the perfect ingredients of the very best family films. If you’re searching for inspiration for seasonal viewing for kids of all ages, look no further than these 10 modern marvels.

    Justin Johnson
    Thursday 25 December 2014

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  • 10 popular free films on BFI Player in 2014

    A nail-biting football match and a trip to Saturn in 1911 were popular free films on BFI Player in 2014 – but what was the most watched of all?


    Monday 22 December 2014

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  • 100 years of Christmas on BFI Player

    Christmas has come early! Dive into a grotto of free archive Christmas films.

    Peter Hill
    Friday 19 December 2014

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  • Top 10 rented films on BFI Player in 2014

    An alien, a nun and a nymphomaniac battled it out for the most popular film on BFI Player – but did any of them take the the top spot?


    Friday 19 December 2014

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  • 10 great American musicals of the 1950s

    When it comes to film musicals, there was perhaps never a better time and place than Hollywood in the 1950s, with each year bringing new feasts of song, colour and dance. As Guys and Dolls returns to cinemas nationwide, here’s our guide to the 10 best places to start.

    Chris Fennell
    Thursday 18 December 2014

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  • 10 great Christmas films

    From an early archive treasure to some perennial modern favourites, these are 10 of the best Christmas movies for festive viewing.

    Samuel Wigley, Patrick Russell, Mary Wild, Josephine Botting, Sarah Currant, Alex Davidson, Lou Thomas, Kevin Lyons, Patrick Fahy
    Thursday 11 December 2014

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  • The 10 best Disney films

    No two lists of the greatest Disney animated films could ever be the same: each generation grows up with a different era of movies and we all have our memories and preferences. How many of these 10 do you agree with?

    Matthew Thrift
    Friday 5 December 2014

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