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When Eight Bells Toll (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 15 certificate
Etienne Perier's thriller stars Anthony Hopkins as Philip Calvert, a tough navy secret service agent called in to track down gold bullion smugglers. With Hunslett, he follows the trail to Greek tycoon Sir Anthony Skouras' yacht off the Scottish coast, but are his suspicions right? All-action, with double-crosses galore and Uncle Arthur providing light relief as Hopkins' controller, this is as much fun as any Bond film and slightly tougher.
Director: Étienne Périer
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Robert Morley, Nathalie Delon, Jack Hawkins, Corin Redgrave, Derek Bond
(Subtitles, 1971, 15, 3 Star)
The Spoilers (Film) Film icon 3 star rating PG certificate
Jesse Hibbs takes directorial duties for this fifth retelling of fortune-seeking and treachery on the Alaskan frontier. First made in 1914, and with previous versions featuring Marlene Dietrich, Randolph Scott and John Wayne, this remake of the western was the first to be shot in colour and stars Anne Baxter, Jeff Chandler and Rory Calhoun. Roy Glennister owns the area's largest gold mine, Cherry Malotte makes a killing from charging extortionate prices at her saloon, while Alexander McNamara has plans to swindle both out of their lucrative enterprises. But Glennister catches wind of what's up and events are set in train that lead inexorably to the tale's climactic fist fight.
Director: Jesse Hibbs
Starring: Anne Baxter, Jeff Chandler, Rory Calhoun, Ray Danton
(Black and White, Subtitles, 1955, PG, 3 Star)
Bataan (Film) Film icon 3 star rating PG certificate
Tay Garnett's Second World War film is based on a true story about 13 men left to fight against the advancing troops of the Japanese army. Robert Taylor stars as the sergeant in charge, Bill Dane, who, along with Lt Steve Bentley and Cpl Jake Feingold, is on a mission to stop the Japanese from building a vital bridge into the Philippines' Bataan peninsula. But it becomes increasingly apparent that none of them is likely to survive.
Director: Tay Garnett
Starring: Robert Taylor, George A. Murphy, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Nolan, Lee Bowman, Robert Walker Jr.
(Black and White, Subtitles, 1943, PG, 3 Star)
Mogambo (Film) Film icon 3 star rating PG certificate
John Ford's adventure film stars Clark Gable as Victor Marswell, a big game hunter in Kenya. His troubles begin when former showgirl Eloise Kelly shows up, expecting to meet her rich future husband, only to find he's ditched her. While waiting for the next boat back, she and Victor become close, until English anthropologist Donald Nordley and his prim wife Linda arrive. With the two women vying for his attentions, the macho Victor leads them all on an expedition to both help Nordley's studies and Kelly's escape from Kenya by air - but there is still a steamy love triangle to be played out.
Director: John Ford
Starring: Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, Donald Sinden, Philip Stainton, Eric Pohlmann
(Widescreen, Subtitles, Signed, 1953, PG, 3 Star)
The Truman Show (Film) Film icon 4 star rating PG certificate
Satire on the intrusive nature of television in which a man's apparently idyllic lifestyle is turned on its head when he discovers the shocking truth about his perfect home town and the people who live there. Unaware that he is the subject of a reality TV show in which his whole life has been an orchestrated drama, the young man - and his addicted viewers - are unprepared for the repercussions when he discovers the truth.
Director: Peter Weir
Starring: Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone, Holland Taylor, Brian Delate
(Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 1998, PG, 4 Star)
The Reef (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 15 certificate
Australian horror. A group of friends on a sailing holiday are dumped in the water when their boat capsizes after it crashes into a reef. Unfortunately they're in shark-populated waters and there's a very hungry Great White in the vicinity. The friends are faced with a terrifying choice: stay on board with little hope of rescue or swim 12 miles to the nearest island. Director Andrew Traucki, who was also behind the camera for acclaimed monster hit Black Water, manages the horror well as the pulse-pounding, visually stunning thriller maintains its bite right to the very end.
Director: Andrew Traucki
Starring: Damian Walshe-Howling, Gyton Grantley, Adrienne Pickering, Zoe Naylor, Kieran Darcy-Smith, Mark Simpson
(Widescreen, Subtitles, 2010, 15, 3 Star)
Dazed and Confused (Film) Film icon 4 star rating 18 certificate
Described as the American Graffiti for the 90s, Richard Linklater's comedy drama follows groups and individuals as a Texas high school celebrates the beginning of summer with the traditional beer drinking, dope smoking, skirt chasing that all teenagers must go through.
Director: Richard Linklater
Starring: Jason London, Rory Cochrane, Wiley Wiggins, Sasha Jenson, Michelle Burke, Adam Goldberg
(Subtitles, 1993, 18, 4 Star)
Kaboom (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 15 certificate
Written and directed by Gregg Araki, this sci-fi comedy-drama follows Smith and his best friend Stella through their brightly coloured ***ual adventures at a Southern California university. Stella's lover Lorelei's supernatural powers eventually turn scary, and Smith begins to see characters from his dreams at parties. As well as spending time with adventuress London, his frequent bedfellow, Smith lusts after his hunky, clothing-optional roommate Thor. The drama intensifies as animal-masked people begin to pursue several of the characters, and Smith learns that a nuclear explosion is imminent. Jumping between *** comedy, murder mystery and apocalyptic sci-fi drama, Kaboom won Cannes' first-ever Queer Palm for its contribution to lesbian, gay, bi***ual or transgender issues.
Director: Gregg Araki
Starring: Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett, Chris Zylka, Roxane Mesquida, Juno Temple, Andy Fischer-Price
(Widescreen, Subtitles, 2010, 15, 3 Star)
The Exiles (Film) Film icon 4 star rating 12 certificate
Director Kent MacKenzie's slice of very low-budget, US independent filmmaking looks at life in the margins of the American dream. His quasi-documentary, beautifully shot in black and white, focuses on a group of young Native Americans who've abandoned their Indian reservation for the Los Angeles slum of Bunker Hill. Yvonne Williams and Homer Nish take the lead roles as a husband and wife, while Tommy Reynolds plays one of Homer's friends. The movie opens with the camera following Yvonne traversing an open-air market, it trails her to her cramped home, where Homer's friends are introduced, then follows them all through an evening's carousing in town, finishing with a till-dawn traditional drumming ceremony/jam session up in the hills.
Director: Kent MacKenzie
Starring: Yvonne Williams, Homer Nish, Tom Reynolds, Ann Amiador, Ned Casey, Mary Donahue
(Black and White, Subtitles, 1961, 12, 4 Star)