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  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • A Matter of Life and Death
  • Brief Encounter
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  • Days of Heaven

    ★★★½

  • Tall Story

    ★★½

  • The Cider House Rules

    ★★★

  • Irma la Douce

    ★★★★

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  • The Awful Truth

    The Awful Truth

    ★★★★

    Soon to be divorced couple Lucy (Irene Dunne) and Jerry (Cary Grant) begin to meddle in each other’s new romances, but find letting go harder than they expected, in Leo McCarey’s classic screwball comedy.

    This delightful battle of the sexes tale works so well in making the most of each star’s particular talents, the warring couple played to perfection in a way that makes it hard to imagine anyone else in those roles. The film’s huge success transformed Grant into…

  • The Time Machine

    The Time Machine

    ★★★★½

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    In the final moments of the 19th Century, scientist George (Rod Taylor) uses the time machine he’s invented to travel forward in history, discovering a far future with drastic (and potentially dangerous) differences to his own, in George Pal’s period science fiction with Alan Young and Yvette Mimieux.

    There’s a sense of idealism to this vision of the future so that, no matter…

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  • Days of Heaven

    Days of Heaven

    ★★★½

    Days of Heaven is considered one of the most beautifully shot films ever made, and for good reason; each image that Néstor Almendros and Haskell Wexler conjure up is utterly gorgeous, making the most of the the magic hour for a series of unforgettable vistas, capturing each season as they come and go among the fields of early 20th Century Texas.

    It’s a testament to their artistry that the film is able to feel so wide in scope even while…

  • Tall Story

    Tall Story

    ★★½

    This cute slice of late 50s Americana is a romantic comedy probably most notable for featuring its two leads at key moments in their careers, showcasing both Jane Fonda’s debut and Anthony Perkins’ last role before Psycho forever altered the course of his career.

    It would be the last time he’d get cast as the conventional romantic lead in a Hollywood film, and while on the surface his turn as affable college basketball player Ray couldn’t be more different from…

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  • Starship Troopers

    Starship Troopers

    ★★★½

    In the future, young recruit Johnny Rico (Caspar Van Dien) joins the Mobile Infantry to fight insect-like alien creatures that threaten Earth, in Paul Verhoeven’s military science fiction action (inspired by Robert A. Heinlein’s novel) with Denise Richards, Dina Meyer and Michael Ironside.

    Verhoeven teams up with Robocop co-writer Ed Neumeier once again for another gleefully satirical take on the sci-fi genre, using Heinlein’s borderline fascist original work as a jumping-off point that, instead of using open parody, actively leans…

  • Irma la Douce

    Irma la Douce

    ★★★★

    Assigned to a new beat in inner city Paris, life for naively honest policeman Nestor (Jack Lemmon) changes forever when he falls for sex worker Irma (Shirley MacLaine), in Billy Wilder’s romantic comedy.

    From the start Wilder spins an appealingly intricate story, letting it spiral in all sorts of unpredictable and immensely satisfying directions over the course of the runtime. Considering the film is nearly two and a half hours long it feels surprisingly tight, each seemingly throwaway line somehow…