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  • Why ‘cool’ doesn’t do Jim Jarmusch justice

    With hipster indie classic Down by Law back in cinemas, it’s a moment to reflect on Jim Jarmusch’s 30-year reign as the king of cinematic cool. But what does that even mean?
    Friday 12 September 2014

  • Three talking points for Debate at the LFF

    The LFF’s Debate strand presents films that rush headfirst and unafraid into some of the stormiest issues of the day. This year, three themes emerge in the programme that are sure to help stoke the post-movie discussion.
    Friday 12 September 2014

  • 10 great prison break films

    Escapist entertainment par excellence – with the return to cinemas of Jim Jarmusch’s off-kilter jailbird classic Down by Law, here are 10 of the best prison breakout movies.
    Thursday 11 September 2014

  • Three to see at the LFF if you like ... Italian cinema

    An Italian Breaking Bad is among programme advisor Adrian Wootton’s personal tips for the BFI London Film Festival, including a new film by an established director, an impressive debut, and a wild card to take a chance on.
    Wednesday 10 September 2014

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  • Darkness on the edge: Chris Sullivan on Consuming Spirits

    Fourteen years in the making, Chris Sullivan’s singular animated feature lets loose the angels and devils of a blue-collar America at twilight. He talks hope and the abyss with Chris Robinson.

    Chris Robinson
    Wednesday 18 September 2013


  • Adrift

    Dylan Cave on an ambitious meditation on exile in the Arctic circle.

    Dylan Cave
    Wednesday 18 September 2013


  • Five to see at the LFF: queer cinema

    This year’s line-up boasts some of the most eagerly anticipated LGBT films in recent memory. Here’s a handful to get you started.

    Alex Davidson
    Wednesday 18 September 2013


  • Video: Tom Hiddleston on Only Lovers Left Alive

    Actor Tom Hiddleston discusses Only Lovers Left Alive, Jim Jarmusch’s tale of two centuries-old vampires reuniting after a spell of time apart.

    Monday 16 September 2013


  • Film of the week: In a World…

    Lake Bell takes on voiceover acting’s glass ceiling in a fresh and savvy ensemble showbiz comedy, says Adam Nayman.

    Adam Nayman
    Friday 13 September 2013

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  • BFI London Film Festival 2013: 
30 recommendations

    With vampires and folkies, stories from Mexico, the Philippines and Yorkshire, the BFI LFF 2013 is as multifarious as ever. Here are our favourite films so far.

    Sight & Sound Editors
    Friday 13 September 2013


  • Fantasia 2013: Montreal’s monster convocation

    From Vietnamese martial arts / sex melodrama / musicals to Richard Stanley’s forays around Cathar country, mumblegore entryists and the exploits of horror’s knight-errant Andrzej Zulawski, fantasy cinema once again consumed Canada’s second city this summer, reports Nick Pinkerton.

    Nick Pinkerton
    Thursday 12 September 2013


  • 10 great French gangster films

    With the rerelease of Classe tous risques, we round up the usual suspects and a clutch of forgotten gems for 10 great Gallic gangster movies.

    Matthew Thrift
    Thursday 12 September 2013


  • Venice 2013: come in, come out of the sun

    More waterlogged poise from Taiwan’s Tsai Ming-Liang, castration fun from Kim Ki-Duk and winning portraits of directors Sam Fuller, James Benning and Richard Linklater stood out on a slow Lido, reports Nick James.

    Nick James
    Thursday 12 September 2013


  • Alive and spinning: Only the Young

    Robert Greene on why a gentle portrait of three skateboarding California teens marks the cutting edge of nonfiction cinema.

    Robert Greene
    Wednesday 11 September 2013


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