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  • 10 great lesser-known time-travel films

    Trip back through history with our list of terrific time-travelling movies that deserve to be better known.

    David Parkinson
    Thursday 4 December 2014

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  • The 10 best British TV aliens

    Our TV curators count down their top 10 aliens on British television, from the Time Lord himself to Monty Python’s tennis-playing blancmanges.

    Lisa Kerrigan, Jez Stewart, Steve Bryant, Pam Rostron, Kathleen Luckey, Steve Foxon, Gosta Johansson
    Tuesday 2 December 2014

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  • The 10 best Maggie Smith performances

    As our two-month celebration of Maggie Smith begins at BFI Southbank, we count down 10 of her very best and haughtiest turns.

    Michael Coveney
    Monday 1 December 2014

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  • Ridley Scott: five essential films

    British-born filmmaker Ridley Scott moved from a background in advertising to directing some of the finest blockbusters of the modern era. Here are five films when Scott was at his very best.

    Paul O’Callaghan
    Friday 28 November 2014

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  • 10 great British sci-fi films

    As Stanley Kubrick’s spectacular epic 2001: A Space Odyssey returns to cinemas nationwide, we fly the flag for homegrown science fiction with a list of 10 of the best British sci-fi movies.

    John Oliver
    Thursday 27 November 2014

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  • Terry Gilliam: five essential films

    From dizzying dystopias to modern-day fairytales, the films of Terry Gilliam present a universe that’s highly imaginative and beguilingly strange. These are the five best places to dive in.

    Neil Mitchell
    Friday 21 November 2014

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  • 10 great foreign-language films of the decade so far

    As we approach the decade’s halfway point and Cannes winner Winter Sleep is released in cinemas, it’s time to ask: what are some of the best foreign-language films of the 2010s?

    Samuel Wigley
    Thursday 20 November 2014

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  • 10 great films set in the next 25 years

    Will the next quarter of a century bring us hoverboards? Or sentient phone operating systems? Or even nuclear apocalypse? These 10 classic futuristic movies think so …

    Paul O’Callaghan
    Thursday 13 November 2014

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  • 10 great Jewish films

    As the 18th UK Jewish Film Festival rolls into cinemas nationwide, we take a look at some of Jewish cinema’s greatest hits.

    Raphael Smith
    Thursday 6 November 2014

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  • 10 wonderful women of sci-fi

    With the results of our poll seeking to find Greatest Sci-Fi Character of All Time not far off, we wondered: how will women fare in the voting?

    Clarissa Jacob, Angus Dunican
    Thursday 6 November 2014

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