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  • Guilty Hands

    Guilty Hands

    ★★★½

    This hilariously-titled pre-Code melodrama is daft, unbelievable fun, with celebrated DA Lionel Barrymore crafting the 'perfect murder' after his roguish client (Alan Mowbray) sets his cap for the lawyer's daughter (a young Madge Evans).

    There's some stiltedness now and then, and the film's dated equation of suicide with cowardice is unpleasant, but if you're a fan of the period you should enjoy it, especially when bad girl Kay Francis starts getting involved.

    Barrymore's mysterious masterstroke won't come as such a…

  • Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451

    ★★½

    Professional book-burner Montag (Oskar Werner) – a state-backed thug in a world that has banned the printed word – meets short-haired radical Julie Christie on the monorail, and soon he's getting up in the middle of the night to look up the definition of 'rhinosceros'.

    Truffaut's only English-language film is a broadly competent if increasingly silly adaptation of Ray Bradbury's slight but memorable dystopian nightmare, shorn of most of its more futuristic trappings, and a little compromised by the director's…

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  • Ghost World

    Ghost World

    ★★★★★

    You can take your Juno, your Scott Pilgrim, even your Heathers, and chuck them in a skip, because Ghost World just does it all so much better. Well, all of it that's worth doing. I'm beginning to think this melancholy, bitingly hilarious crystallisation of teen ennui might be the only film I'll ever really need.

  • Sideways

    Sideways

    ★★★★★

    Wine is probably the most boring subject on Earth, so how come Payne’s film about a lonely, bitter best man (Paul Giamatti) taking the soon-to-be-groom (Thomas Haden Church) on a week-long tour of vineyards is so bloody good? Perhaps because of Giamatti’s astonishing characterisation, which imbues an arrogant, self-destructive, self-hating pseud with a completely disarming humanity. Or perhaps because it’s not really about wine at all, but love and friendship and the choices that people make that end up deciding…