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  • Straw Dogs
  • Dog Day Afternoon
  • My Life as a Dog
  • Man Bites Dog

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  • The Titfield Thunderbolt

    ★★★

  • Britt-Marie Was Here

    ★★½

  • Grosse Pointe Blank

    ★★★

  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    ★★★½

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  • The Titfield Thunderbolt

    The Titfield Thunderbolt

    ★★★

    Gentle Ealing comedy from 1953 directed by Charles Crichton, the first and one of only two to be made in colour (the other was 'The Ladykillers').
    A group of enthusiastic amateurs try to keep the 'oldest surviving branch line in the world' running against opposition from both the authorities and the rival bus company. Depicts a long-gone rural England where it was always summer and it was always sunny and everyone had crumpets for tea. All the faces were white…

  • Britt-Marie Was Here

    Britt-Marie Was Here

    ★★½

    Britt-Marie is 63 and for the last 40 years she's waited hand and foot on her husband - he looked after business, she looked after the house. Then he has a heart attack and she finds out he's had a mistress for many years. She decides to leave and try to get a job and, rather implausibly, is offered a job as a youth worker which includes being a football coach to a team of kids.
    Adapted from a book…

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  • Elle

    Elle

    ★★★★

    Is this another example (like 'Our Ladies' that I watched recently) of a film written and directed by old white men, displaying their sexual fantasies under the guise of portraying strong, independent leading women?
    Well it may or may not be, but I just don't think an actress as intelligent and good as Isabelle Huppert would agree to play the role if she thought it was.
    Huppert is astoundingly good in this playing Michèle, a powerful, successful businesswoman who confidently…

  • High Fidelity

    High Fidelity

    ★★★½

    My Top Five Elvis Costello songs that are also titles of films:
    5. Less Than Zero
    4. Party Party
    3. Red Shoes (Okay pedants, the actual title of the song is (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes and the Powell/Pressburger classic is The Red Shoes, but it's my list so my rules)
    2. The Invisible Man
    1. High Fidelity