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  • The Beguiled

    The Beguiled


    A melancholic, quietly hypnotic cover version of a more confrontational, authentic but trashy original, as injured Union soldier Colin Farrell is dragged to safety within a girls’ school, where his presence and silver tongue begin to drive the inhabitants to distraction with sexual longing.

    It begins by rather overbearingly referencing The Searchers, but Coppola has become an accomplished moviemaker, and the film’s pleasures are many: decidedly lyrical imagery (Oona Lawrence up a tree), fine performances by Kirsten Dunst and Nicole…

  • Body and Soul

    Body and Soul


    What's the best boxing movie ever? No, it's this.

    Body and Soul is the archetypal Rossen rise-and-fall story, and exceptional in every way: the grubbily poetic Abraham Polonsky script that indicts capitalism, anti-Semitism and ruthless individualism, career-best performances from Palmer, Canada Lee and the great John Garfield, and a climax of shimmering, ferocious catharsis, shot by James Wong Howe on rollerskates (33 years before Scorsese won plaudits for doing the exact same thing).

    It's a superb character study and a…

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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



    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…