Movies – A to K

*Batteries Not Included (1987)

The presence of the distinguished Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy makes this saccharine-sodden retread of Cocoon (1985) worth watching. They play residents of a doomed New York block of flats (an unscrupulous developer has sent thugs to clear the last five tenants) who find the unlikeliest of allies in the shape of a friendly group of alien space(...)

A Bridge Too Far (1977)

A Bridge Too Far (1977)

It seems as if an entire regiment of movie notables appears in this $26 million epic based on Cornelius Ryan's bestseller about a disastrous Allied offensive during World War II. Operation Market Garden was the codename of this allied operation towards the end of the war that all went horribly wrong, with bad weather conditions(...)

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Being the adventures of a young man whose principal interests are rape, ultra-violence and Ludwig Van (Beethoven). Horrorshow fun for all the family, oh my brothers! The one unmissable (but unseeable in the UK - the director withdrew the film in 1974 and refused permission to screen the film in Britain until his death) and(...)

A Few Good Men (1992)

Tom Cruise is a brilliant but lazy Navy lawyer assigned to defend two young Marines accused of murdering a member of their own platoon on a military base in Cuba. Only a year out of law school, Cruise is cocky, arrogant, and so afraid of being compared with his father - who was himself a(...)

A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

From the Monty Python stable, an English caper-comedy with a complex plot involving a gang of hopeless misfits who pull off a successful diamond robbery in London. The female member of the gang is an American gun moll named Wanda (Curtis). Her jewel-thief boyfriend Otto (Kline) is ex-CIA and a psychopath. The duo are assisted(...)

A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

The Beatles first feature film was a surprisingly sensational comedy, which revolved around a fictional 36 hours in their hectic schedule during a trip to London. The mop tops demonstrated that they could excel at clowning (like reincarnated Marx Brothers) as well as singing, and the madcap affair came off with enormous energy and good humour.(...)

A Kind Of Loving (1962)

Set in an industrial Lancashire town, A Kind Of Loving tells the bittersweet tale of Vic Brown, a young draughtsman who falls for the typist working in the same factory, gets her pregnant and is trapped into marriage and forced to live with her mother. The film is sharply observed in documentary style and with plenty of(...)

A Man For All Seasons (1966)

King Henry VIII was used to getting his own way and, on those rare occasions that he didn't, he merely used a little persuasive pressure to bring those opposing him into line. The issue of marriage was no exception and, on discovering that his wife couldn't conceive, he wanted to remarry in order to produce(...)

A Patch of Blue (1965)

Selina D'Arcy (Elizabeth Hartman in her film debut) is accidentally blinded by her prostitute mother, Rose-Ann D'Arcy (Shelley Winters), at the age of five. She then lives a life of servitude with her mother and alcoholic grandfather (Wallace Ford) - until the day she goes to the park to string beads for extra cash. There(...)

A Place In The Sun (1951)

In adapting Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy for the screen, director George Stevens was faced with the difficulty of making the novelist's grimly naturalist tale of class warfare interesting to a 1950s audience more eager for entertainment than political instruction. His solution was brilliantly effective: to emphasise the erotic longings of George Eastman (Clift) for the beautiful(...)

A Safe Place (1971)

A Safe Place (1971)

Tuesday Weld plays a vulnerable woman who escapes the pressures of New York life into a dream world, courtesy of a magician (Orson Welles). There's a low-budget feel to this, director Henry Jaglom's first release, and indeed it was filmed at his parent's flat, with the cast largely made up of his pals. However, it(...)

A Shot In The Dark (1964)

The success of The Pink Panther  (1963) created a new comic favourite in the accident-prone form of Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau, so a sequel was inevitable. But this is where the Clouseau character was properly invented, along with his driven-to-distraction boss, Dreyfus. Clouseau lurches towards the solution of a murder mystery adapted from plays by Harry Kurnitz and(...)

A Star is Born (1954)

Judy Garland starred in this musical remake of the 1937 drama of the same name, starring Janet Gaynor and Frederic March. The tried and trusted tale is of Esther Blodgett, an aspiring young singer who reaches the upper echelons of success as Vicky Lester, only to have her heart broken by her film star husband,(...)

A Star Is Born (1976)

Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson starred in this second remake of the 1937 Hollywood classic, a bittersweet story of the conjunction of rising and falling stars. Updated to deal with the true stardom of the 1970s - that of the rock music world - this version is Barbra all the way. She has turned the(...)

A Stitch In Time (1963)

Laughs and sentiments mix as Norman Wisdom plays butcher's assistant Norman Pitkin. Norman and Mr Grimsdale (Edward Chapman) are partners in a butcher's shop, which is held up by a thief. Mr Grimsdale hides his gold watch in his mouth but swallows it and is taken to hospital. While waiting at the hospital, Norman cheers up Lindy(...)

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