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  • A Matter of Life and Death
  • Born Yesterday
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

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  • Sky West and Crooked

    ★★★½

  • The Way We Live

    ★★★½

  • Don't Take It to Heart

    ★★★

  • Our Man in Havana

    ★★★★

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  • Midnight in Paris

    Midnight in Paris

    ★★★★½

    Almost an alternate version of Allen's own, The Purple Rose Of Cairo, Midnight in Paris is like a love letter to Paris.
    The film opens with various stationary camera shots of different areas of Paris, with each shot lasting no longer than a bar of Sidney Bechet's, 'Si Tu Vois Ma Mère'.
    Darius Khondji's cinematography is beautiful throughout, with a yellow tint giving every scene a warm glow, allowing us to see Paris in the same light as the main…

  • The Silent Partner

    The Silent Partner

    ★★★★½

    Did Christopher Plummer get to set via the Batley Townswomen's Guild's Reenactment of the Battle of Pearl Harbour...

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  • Sky West and Crooked

    Sky West and Crooked

    ★★★½

    Beautifully shot in The West Country, Sky West and Crooked is a wonderful drama turned coming of age/romance. The film stars Hayley Mills and Ian McShane in the lead roles, with further strong performances from Annette Crosbie, Geoffrey Bayldon and Laurence Naismith.

    This would be John Mills' only directing credit, and a fine effort it is. It's a shame that he never directed again.

  • Don't Take It to Heart

    Don't Take It to Heart

    ★★★

    My initial thought was that the ghost in this would have a similar role to that of the one in The Ghost Goes West. Needless to say, I was wrong.
    Not that it mattered. Don't Take It to Heart is a relatively short but entertaining enough comedy/romance.

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  • Our Man in Havana

    Our Man in Havana

    ★★★★

    The last of three novels by Graham Greene to be put to screen and produced/directed by Carol Reed, Our Man in Havana is a joy to watch.

    With fine performances from Alec Guinness, Maureen O'Hara, Burl Ives and Ernie Kovacs in the lead roles, and great supporting performances from Noël Coward and Ralph Richardson, the film stays on the right side of farce, with a nice range of both humourous and tense scenes.

    Much like in Reed's The Third Man,…

  • Man of the West

    Man of the West

    ★★★★

    I'm surprised and slightly shocked by how dark this was!
    I can think of other westerns with dark themes, but for the time it was released, this has to be up there as one of the darkest. Truly menacing at times.

    Aside from its dark themes making it such, Man of the West is an unusual western, mainly due to one particular scene.
    I won't give away any spoilers, but the scene in question features two of the main characters,…