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8 1/2 (1963)

Certification15 Our Rating

The story of a director, devoid of inspiration and on the verge of a nervous breakdown, trying to satisfy the anticipation surrounding his next project. Surreal, serio-comic mildly autobiographical and widely acclaimed as one of the great films about movie-making. Fellini's masterpiece. find out more...

CertificationPG Our Rating

Godard's hugely influential debut went on to inspire a new wave of French cinema and this is the film which epitomised the iconoclasm of the early Nouvelle Vague. Belmondo is the hip gangster, modelled on Bogart, whose escapades, including shooting a cop, leave him and his girlfriend on the run from both the cops and his enemies. The insolent casual style and cool moods make this the ultimate film noir.

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Certification18 Our Rating

A truly effective horror movie made with imagination and style. A dead child murderer starts getting into a group of teenagers' dreams and the line between sleep and reality becomes very blurred. Not one to watch late at night all alone! find out more...

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Every TV mini series and disaster movie cliche taken apart put back together, turned upside down and then kicked to bits. Starring all the actors who normally do this kind of thing seriously. A laugh every five seconds - this film can be watched over and over and over again! Voted second funniest film by Observer readers in a 2007 poll. find out more...
AKIRA (1987)

Certification15 Our Rating

2019. The Earth is on the brink of destruction, Tokyo shimmers with post-punk fetishism, gangs of cyberpunk bikers and rioting crowds are on the streets of the post-atomic city. The scene is set for comic-book ultra-violence in this remarkable animated nightmare of hyper-reality. find out more...
ALIEN (1979)

Certification18 Our Rating

Much imitated but never equalled, this is the definitive space nightmare. The crew of a commercial spacecraft are stalked by a stowaway, mutating monster of veracious appetite. Weaver puts in a splendidly believable performance as the resourceful Ripley. Taut script and awesome special FX. find out more...

Certification15 Our Rating

Former perv-master Almodovar goes all new man with this latest offering, widely considered to be his most accomplished film yet. After the accidental death of her beloved son, Manuela leaves Madrid for Barcelona, where she plans to look up old friends, exorcise her ghosts, and, just maybe, tell her long-estranged ex about the son he never knew he had. But this involves bring up some painful and unpleasant secrets from the past, and present. Almodovar's characteristically camp humour is still pre find out more...

Certification15 Our Rating

Harvey Pekar lives the life most of us dream of avoiding, a filing clerk by day, a man at odds with, and lost in, the world he inhabits the other sixteen hours. Harvey begins to write down his disgruntled observations and with the help of equally cantankerous illustrator, Harry Crumb, ĎAmerican Splendor' is born. This movie of the man's life is an inspired mixture of animation, documentary and dramatisation, with Paul Giamatti finally getting a role worth his talent. Funny, sad, sharp and hip to find out more...

Certification18 Our Rating

One of the best horror movie ever made, an innocent American tourist runs in to a spot of trouble when he goes hiking on the Yorkshire moors and finds that he's going all hairy. A new terror stalks the streets of London town; includes the now classic and much imitated metamorphosis scene. find out more...

Certification15 Our Rating

Ancient Inuit legend has it that two brothers set out on a quest to save their community from an evil shaman, Amaqjiuaq and Atanarjuat. When the former is killed only Atanarjuat (the fast runner) is left to continue the journey and defy the darkness that has descended upon his people. Using local cast and crew and filmed entirely on the sea ice this is a beautifully epic tale; both stunning to look at and utterly enthralling. Highly recommended and intelligent escapism. find out more...