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  • 10 great films about journalists

    Stop the press! With Spotlight now on BFI Player, it’s time to revisit some of the juiciest journalism movies.

    Lou Thomas
    Wednesday 1 June 2016

    Lists

  • Why we’re watching... Mum

    The BBC’s new comedy series starring Lesley Manville and Peter Mullan is like a good Mike Leigh TV film from the 70s.

    Steve Bryant
    Wednesday 1 June 2016

    Features

  • In quest of the Romantic tradition in British film: Penda’s Fen

    The ancient mysteries of English landscape and nationhood are explored in Penda’s Fen, a visionary TV drama that’s among the few true attempts to grapple with Romanticism on screen. 

    Graham Fuller
    Tuesday 31 May 2016

    Features

  • Howard Hawks: 10 essential films + three underrated ones

    Across film noir, action-adventure, westerns and screwball comedies, Howard Hawks made some of the most flat-out entertaining movies you could ever see. Sometimes championing 10 just isn’t enough…

    Matthew Thrift
    Friday 27 May 2016

    Lists

  • Outside in: creative cinematic documentary comes to the UK

    Taking inspiration from founts of nonfiction heterodoxy like CPH:DOX and True/False, the ICA’s Frames of Representation festival found a ready audience for its inaugural eight-film showcase of documentary ‘new visions’ from less beaten corners of the world, reports Ben Nicholson.

    Ben Nicholson
    Friday 27 May 2016

    Festivals

  • 12 masterful Spielberg set-pieces

    Like Hitchcock before him, Steven Spielberg is a master of the cinematic set-piece. These dozen sequences are the essence of his craft.

    Matthew Thrift
    Friday 27 May 2016

    Lists

  • Come show off with us: Flatpack’s ten years of public spaces and spirits

    Birmingham’s peerlessly eclectic Flatpack Film Festival marked its first decade with more of the regional and communal celebration that makes it special. Thirza Wakefield rounds up three rum portraits of 1970s community-art action, 80s Nottingham breakdancing and 1990 video stars in Blyth.

    Thirza Wakefield
    Friday 27 May 2016

    Festivals

  • Behind the scenes of Love & Friendship

    A six-minute look at the cast and characters of Whit Stillman’s wonderfully catty Jane Austen adaptation, by Whit Stillman.

    Friday 27 May 2016

    Video

  • Film of the week: Love & Friendship

    Schemes and schemata: Kate Beckinsale makes an indelible drawing-room puppet mistress in Whit Stillman’s excellently acerbic adaptation of Jane Austen’s Lady Susan, says Thirza Wakefield.

    Thirza Wakefield
    Thursday 26 May 2016

    Reviews and recommendations

  • Donald Trump, reality chimera

    In the land of Reagan, right-thinking types are shocked – shocked – at the rise of a prime-time blowhard and professional bully. Yet isn’t it our media naivety that’s on show here, asks Robert Greene?

    Robert Greene
    Thursday 26 May 2016

    Unfiction

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