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Absolution (1981)

Father Goddard (Richard Burton), an austere schoolmaster-priest at a Roman Catholic boarding school, considers Benjie Stanfield (Dominic Guard) to be an ideal candidate for the priesthood. But Stanfield’s friendship with a local hippy (Billy Connolly) leads to murder. His confessions to Burton drive the priest insane, and he goes into the woods to dig up(…)

Abyss, The (1989)

This underwater epic features spectacular deep-sea special effects and elaborate high-tech hardware. But the story is bewildering and shallow. The plot, which mainly involves a plucky oil-rig crew, lurches from one crisis to another – A doomed submarine, a nuclear warhead, a deranged naval officer, submersible craft chases and an alien creature all become part(…)

Accident (1967)

“Like a punch in the chest. Put together breath by breath, look by look, lust by lust, lie by lie. A compelling film”. The complex relationships of an Oxford professor, one of his students, and the young woman who captivates both of them is the subject of this difficult but rewarding drama. Director Joseph Losey(…)

Accidental Tourist, The (1988)

The Accidental Tourist is a quirky movie which manages to be intelligent, funny and deeply moving. Lawrence Kasdan’s faithful rendering of the Anne Tyler novel is for viewers who demand a bit more from a movie than special effects and noise. The offbeat hero is a glum travel writer who wanders the globe without feeling any(…)

Accused, The (1988)

Jodie Foster won her first Oscar, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for her performance as rape victim Sarah Tobias in The Accused. It’s easy to see why. Considered brutal and shocking in its day, it was a triumph for ex-Fox president turned independent producer Sherry Lansing, who had been told repeatedly that no-one would(…)

Ace Ventura, Pet Detective (1994)

The main purpose of this movie is to showcase the antics of its star, Jim Carrey. He plays a modern day Doctor Dolittle-style gumshoe who searches for Snowflake – the kidnapped mascot of the Miami Dolphins football team. There are lots of clever sight gags which would be easier to take if Carrey didn’t work(…)

Aces High (1976)

Aces High (1976)

A team of well-trained British fliers soars into action in the skies over Europe during World War I in this spirited remake of Journey’s End (1930) transposed to the air war (which makes it almost identical to The Dawn Patrol). Set in France, 1917, eager young recruit Lt. Stephen Croft (Peter Firth) is thrilled to join the elite(…)

Acid Eaters, The (1968)

A group of office workers go every Friday afternoon to the White Pyramid, a 50-foot tower of LSD. The Acid Eaters isn’t great cinema by any definition, but its one of the most fascinatingly surreal cash-ins on the peace and love generation made by people with obviously zero connections to the scene. It makes Skidoo (1968)(…)

Across 110th Street (1972)

Across 110th Street (1972)

Although it is often lumped in with the Blaxploitation boom of the early 70s, Across 110th Street is actually a gritty cop flick with a strong element of social commentary. Undeniably stylish, with superb location photography and well-staged action sequences, the film has deservedly attained a cult status. Captain Frank Mattelli (Anthony Quinn), a corrupt old white cop, and(…)

Across The Bridge (1957)

Rod Steiger is Carl Schaffner, a crooked German-born businessman on the run from Scotland Yard and the FBI after embezzling £3 million in company funds. On a train in the USA, he encounters and murders a man called Paul Scarff and acquires his Mexican passport and assumes the man’s identity in order to to evade(…)

Action Jackson (1988)

Carl Weathers, a former football player who sparred with Sylvester Stallone in three Rocky movies, lives up to the title role. The venerable Detroit cop engages in plenty of shootings, explosions and car chases in the pursuit of a power-hungry auto executive who orders the murders of union leaders. Spectacular stunts dominate the picture while plotting, dialogue(…)

Addams Family Values (1993)

This delightful follow-up to The Addams Family (1991) is blessed with an even blacker vein of humour than the original. Gomez and Morticia (Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston) have a new baby (Pubert), much to the displeasure of their other jealous children Wednesday and Pugsley (Christina Ricci and Jimmy Workman), while Fester has fallen under the spell(…)

Addams Family, The (1991)

Hollywood’s plundering of classic TV series has produced its fair share of turkeys, but this is a glorious exception. This is partly owing to director Barry Sonnenfeld’s wise decision to stick with the black humour of Charles Addams’s original and very popular New Yorker cartoons and, perhaps more importantly, some inspired casting – Anjelica Huston(…)

Admirable Crichton, The (1957)

Lord Loam (Cecil Parker) is a peer of one of England’ stately homes who takes his three daughters on a yachting cruise with a few friends and some domestic staff. The group are shipwrecked and marooned on an uncharted desert island and dig themselves in awaiting rescue. The impeccable butler, Crichton (Kenneth More), is obliged(…)

Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall (1973)

Spike Milligan plays his own father in this autobiographical and highly comedic account of a British army recruit during World War II, whilst Jim Dale is patently too old to portray the youthful conscript Spike. Young jazz trumpeter Spike (Dale) is enjoying a carefree existence when news arrives that Germany has invaded Poland and war(…)

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