In Praise Of

How When We Were Kings enshrined Muhammad Ali’s legacy

By Justine Smith

Leon Gast’s award-winning 1996 film portrays the heavyweight champ as an artist, philosopher and poet.

What the Empire Records soundtrack taught me about life

By Emily Bray

To the kids with the “coolest jobs on earth”, being yourself is all that really matters.

Why King Creole is Elvis Presley’s best movie

By Justine Smith

This hit musical, released 60 years ago, remains the pinnacle of the American singer’s film career.

Why I love Nicolas Cage’s performance in Bringing Out the Dead

By Josh Slater-Williams

The actor is at his intense and emotional best in Martin Scorsese’s underrated late ’90s thriller.

Why The Apartment is my favourite Christmas movie

By Darren Richman

Billy Wilder’s classic 1960 comedy is the perfect film to get you in the festive spirit.

In praise of Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence: David Bowie’s festive oddity

By Tom Graham

Nagisa Ôshima’s World War Two-era drama is strange seasonal tale.

Why Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is still loved 80 years on

By Nathanael Smith

Walt Disney’s first feature-length animation has lost none of its romance and magic.

The rule of war in Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory

By Jeremy Carr

Released 60 years ago, the director’s masterfully coordinated World War One drama remains one of his finest achievements.

In praise of Night of the Demon: Jacques Tourneur’s proto-folk horror

By Adam Scovell

The director’s 1957 occult classic continues to cast a long, sinister shadow over horror cinema.

RIP Bruce Brown: The pioneering filmmaker who created surfing’s enduring image

By Mike Fordham

The director of The Endless Summer and On Any Sunday has died aged 80.

Why The Palm Beach Story is my favourite screwball comedy

By Stephen Puddicombe

Contemporary Hollywood could learn a thing or two from Preston Sturges’ progressive and daring film.

In praise of Holy Motors

By Ben Nicholson

One of the great screen visions of modern Paris come to the ICA on 35mm in association with MUBI

In praise of Daisies

By Christina Newland

Don’t miss this explosion of feminist merry-making in Věra Chytilová’s 1966 classic, screening with ICA and MUBI.

In praise of The Beaches of Agnès

By Mallory Andrews

Journey into the mind of the great Agnès Varda as part of our 35mm season with MUBI and ICA.

Why I love Jude Law’s performance in Cold Mountain

By Daniel Seddon

Anthony Minghella’s elegant direction perfectly compliments the actor’s sensitive lead turn.

In praise of Orson Welles’ F For Fake

By Phil Concannon

Come and see the maestro's final big trick on a 35mm print at the ICA cinema with MUBI and Little White Lies.

In praise of Jacques Tati’s Playtime

By David Jenkins

We have teamed with MUBI and the ICA to host a 35mm screening of this true original.

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