In Praise Of

Why Dirty Dancing is a subversive feminist masterpiece

By Lara C Cory

There’s so much more to this lusty ’80s hit than meets the eye.

Why 12 Angry Men remains the ultimate ensemble drama

By Josh Howey

Sidney Lumet’s 1957 film is a perfect example of how to combine character and setting.

How Unforgiven laid the classic movie western to rest

By David Pountain

Clint Eastwood’s gritty 1992 film dispelled many of the myths which he helped to popularise.

Why The Darjeeling Limited is Wes Anderson’s best film

By Nathanael Smith

Ten years ago, the director dropped his most profound meditation on life’s journey.

Remembering Robert Mitchum – The enduring soul of film noir

By Pamela Hutchinson

We tip our trilby to the legendary performer who epitomised Hollywood’s most iconic era.

Revisiting forgotten queer classic Prick Up Your Ears

By Catherine Pearson

This tragicomic Joe Orton biopic offers a fascinating glimpse into London’s hidden homosexual community.

The symbolic power of Mathilda’s choker in Léon

By Sarah Gosling

Natalie Portman’s preteen protagonist is transformed when wearing this striking accessory.

In praise of John Heard’s performance in Cutter’s Way

By Danilo Castro

Alongside Jeff Bridges the late American actors gives a career-defining central turn.

How Death Line used cannibal horror to expose social inequality

By Thomas Hobbs

This 1972 British B-movie is essential viewing in the wake of the recent Grenfell tragedy.

Why I love Kingpin – A crude comedy about horrible people

By James Oddy

The Farrelly brothers’ reached their vulgar, freewheeling peak with this 1996 bowling comedy.

How George A Romero helped me to overcome an eating disorder

By Oliver Zarandi

Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead are films of hunger and the frustration of bodies.

Why Atonement remains a great modern film about love and war

By Lena Hanafy

Joe Wright’s World War Two-era romance is a beautiful story of a young couple torn apart by fate.

Why Christopher Nolan’s Following is a masterful modern neo-noir

By Tom Williams

This moody monochrome thriller from 1998 is an immaculately crafted tale of crime and obsession.

In praise of Lena Headey’s performance in Dredd

By David Jenkins

She offers a fresh and frightening take on the comic book villain in this underrated genre classic.

The bitter romanticism of Wong Kar-wai’s Happy Together

By David Pountain

The Hong Kong master’s 1997 film is a deeply affecting portrait of a failing relationship.

How Christopher Nolan’s Insomnia took the thriller genre away from the mainland

By William Carroll

The director’s atmospheric 2002 film makes the most of its remote setting.

In praise of Daniel Day-Lewis’ performance in The Last of the Mohicans

By Sam Bowles

He’s never been better than in Michael Mann’s historical epic.

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