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    Critics’ 50 Greatest Documentaries of All Time

    The greatest documentaries as nominated by 237 critics, curators and academics.

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    Polls and surveys

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    Pre-Code: Hollywood before the censors

    In a brief window between 1930 and 1934, Hollywood studios were able to portray America with previously unseen realism. Mike Mashon explores the campaign for moral oversight, while James Bell examines filmmakers’ depiction of taboo subjects from adultery and poverty to crime.

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

    Deep Focus

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    The best films of 2013

    Our new issue looks back at the year in cinema with the help of over one hundred international critics, curators and academics. As a preview, here’s our voters’ top ten, plus in-house selections and highlights.

    Monday, November 25, 2013

    Annual round-ups

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    DVD review: Wilder at heart

    James Bell raises a toast to Ray Milland and Barbara Stanwyck in a pair of Billy Wilder classics from the 1940s.

    Friday, June 8, 2012

    Reviews and recommendations

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    In a lonely place: North Korea’s Pyongyang International Film Festival

    What films are you allowed to see in North Korea, the world’s most secretive country? James Bell hands in his mobile phone and reports from the Pyongyang International Film Festival.

    Friday, February 10, 2012


  • The DVDs of 2011

    23 critics and curators choose their releases – and rediscoveries – of the year.

    Tuesday, January 10, 2012

    Annual round-ups

  • Takamine Hideko, 1924-2010

    James Bell on the former child star who became one of Japan’s most beloved leading ladies.

    Friday, February 11, 2011


  • The DVDs of 2010

    24 critics and curators choose their releases – and rediscoveries – of the year. Introduced by James Bell.

    Tuesday, December 21, 2010

    Annual round-ups

  • Eastern promises

    James Bell reports from both this year’s Transilvania Film Festival and the Romanian Film Festival in London, and finds the Romanian new wave still rolling on.

    Friday, July 2, 2010


  • LFF 2009: ‘Underground’, overground

    This year’s London Film Festival brought archive films up onto the streets, and the Tube back onto the screen. We caught two of the festival’s archive showcases.

    Friday, November 6, 2009


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