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1.
The Red Balloon (1956 Short Film)
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A red balloon with a life of its own follows a little boy around the streets of Paris. (34 mins.)
“ Imaginative and funny, with an unforgettable ending. ” - will2384
 
2.
Hard Eight (1996)
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Professional gambler Sydney teaches John the tricks of the trade. John does well until he falls for cocktail waitress Clementine. (102 mins.)
“ Paul Thomas Anderson gets off to a flyer. Shows the habits, procedures of not making a glamorous lifestyle by playing Casino's but just getting by, surviving. Excellent cast. ” - will2384
 
3.
I've Loved You So Long (2008)
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A woman struggles to interact with her family and find her place in society after spending fifteen years in prison. (117 mins.)
“ Great performances and a mystery with a moving revelation. ” - will2384
 
4.
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)
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A chronicle of events that led to the British involvement in the Crimean War against Russia and which... (139 mins.)
Director: Tony Richardson
“ I think this is really underrated. The plot is loose and episodic but the cinematography is outstanding. There's the original use of period propoganda drawings (surely an influence on Terry Gilliam's Monty Python work), hit or miss but never dull performances and sparkling individual scenes full of the madness of power. ” - will2384
 
5.
The Innocents (1961)
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A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted. (100 mins.)
Director: Jack Clayton
“ Builds atmosphere through stunning B&W cinematography and sound design. Gets better the more you think over it after. ” - will2384
 
6.
Man on Wire (2008 Documentary)
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A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century". (94 mins.)
Director: James Marsh
“ An amazing story...with a charismatic figure at the centre of it all. ” - will2384
 
7.
Our Friends in the North (1996 Mini-Series)
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A nine part series depicting the varying fortunes of four friends - Nicky, Geordie, Mary and Tosker... (623 mins.)
“ Four friends and the changes to their hometown, country and themselves through the decades. Top notch music and the cast is incredible. The BBC at it's best. ” - will2384
 
8.
Lantana (2001)
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The relationships of four couples unravel after the discovery of a young woman's body in Lantana bush in suburban Sydney. (121 mins.)
Director: Ray Lawrence
“ Multi-character drama, if you like Robert Altman films you'll love this. ” - will2384
 
9.
If.... (1968)
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In this allegorical story, a revolution led by pupil Mick Travis takes place at an old established private school in England. (111 mins.)
“ Public Schoolboys rebel against their peers and masters. Beautiful African music, sudden switches from colour to b&w, the final shot - a strange one off. ” - will2384
 
10.
Dead Man's Shoes (2004)
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A disaffected soldier returns to his hometown to get even with the thugs who brutalized his mentally-challenged brother years ago. (90 mins.)
Director: Shane Meadows
“ Revenge thriller in small town England. The performances, direction and dialogue take it to unexpected and more original places than you might think from the synopsis. ” - will2384
 
11.
Thrilla in Manila (2008 Documentary)
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On October 1, 1975, World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali was in the ring with his arch rival Joe Frazier for the third time... (100 mins.)
Director: John Dower
“ The story of the Ali-Frazier fight with contributions from virtually all involved bar Ali himself. Well-shot, great interviews especially with Frazier which portrays the two central fighters as flawed, talented human beings. ” - will2384
 
12.
Brighton Rock (1947)
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Pinkie Brown is a small-town hoodlum whose gang runs a protection racket based at Brighton race course... (92 mins.)
Director: John Boulting
“ Gangsters argue and fight in the aftermath of a murder. A ruthless teenage killer. A shy Girl who wants his attention. A film noir that takes place in a tourist attraction town in post-war Britain. Check it out. ” - will2384
 
13.
Le Samouraï (1967)
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After Professional hitman Jef Costello is seen by witnesses his efforts to provide himself an alibi drive him further in a corner. (105 mins.)
“ Hypnotic. Copied but not bettered. ” - will2384
 
14.
After Hours (1985)
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An ordinary word processor has the worst night of his life after he agrees to visit a girl in Soho whom he met that evening at a coffee shop. (97 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ A yuppie suffers. Enjoy. Scorsese having fun. ” - will2384
 
15.
The Candidate (1972)
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Bill McKay is a candidate for the U.S. Senate from California. He has no hope of winning, so he is willing to tweak the establishment. (110 mins.)
Director: Michael Ritchie
“ An idealist is packaged for a political campaign. Seems so timely, and dead-on. Funny as well, and Peter Boyle as the campaign manager. ” - will2384
 
16.
Out of the Past (1947)
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A private eye escapes his past to run a gas station in a small town, but his past catches up with him. Now he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses and duplicitous dames. (97 mins.)
“ Cool film noir, laconic and memorable. ” - will2384
 
17.
Paradise Now (2005)
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Two childhood friends are recruited for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. (90 mins.)
Director: Hany Abu-Assad
“ Sounds worthy - it isn't. Powerful and tightly plotted, it creates real talking points. Barely any music, it creates a unique, uncomfortable experience. ” - will2384
 
18.
To Be and to Have (2002 Documentary)
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A documentary portrait of a one-room school in rural France, where the students (ranging in age from 4 to 11) are educated by a single dedicated teacher. (104 mins.)
“ Funny and moving. ” - will2384
 
19.
Pulling (2006 TV Series)
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Donna has a drunken revelation on her hen night and decides that she has been missing out on the single life... (30 mins.)
“ Very, very funny. If Bridesmaids is The Hangover with Women, this is Bridesmaids the tv show. Hopefully that makes some sort of sense! ” - will2384
 
20.
The Hit (1984)
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Ten years later, after ratting on his old mobster friends in exchange for personal immunity, two hit men drive a hardened criminal to Paris for his execution, however, while on the way, whatever can go wrong, will undoubtedly go wrong. (98 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
“ Unbelievable cast all on top form. ” - will2384
 
21.
Three Days of the Condor (1975)
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A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust. (117 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
“ A great conspiracy thriller all the way through, but especially great for an amazing final scene. Another brave, moody 70's Hollywood film. ” - will2384
 
22.
Ratcatcher (1999)
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Glasgow, summer, 1973. Dustmen are striking; bags of garbage add to the blight of council flats and a fetid canal... (94 mins.)
Director: Lynne Ramsay
“ 70's Glasgow and the contrast between a young boy's reality and his imagination. Incredible. ” - will2384
 
23.
Quadrophenia (1979)
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London, 1965: Like many other youths, Jimmy hates the philistine life, especially his parents and his job in a company's mailing division... (120 mins.)
Director: Franc Roddam
“ The Who's album is used as the springboard for a film full of gutsy performances. Been young? Like The Who? You'll love this. ” - will2384
 
24.
The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005)
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Will Thomas still lead a life of crime and cruelty, just like his thuggish father, or will he pursue his dream of becoming a pianist? (108 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
“ Pacy, great performances, it's ready to explode into violence at any point. ” - will2384
 
25.
Local Hero (1983)
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An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery. But things don't go as expected. (111 mins.)
Director: Bill Forsyth
“ Charming and funny, the last shot stays with you. Try getting that theme tune out of your head! ” - will2384
 
26.
Together (2000)
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Elisabeth leaves her abusive and drunken husband Rolf, she packs her bags, takes the kids and goes to her brother Göran... (106 mins.)
Director: Lukas Moodysson
“ Funny and original. ” - will2384
 
27.
The Damned United (2009)
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The story of the controversial Brian Clough's 44-day reign as the coach of the English football club Leeds United. (98 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
“ The best Football movie ever? ” - will2384
 
28.
The Edge of Heaven (2007)
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A Turkish man travels to Istanbul to find the daughter of his father's former girlfriend. (122 mins.)
Director: Fatih Akin
“ Powerful drama. Fans of Robert Altman check it out. ” - will2384
 
29.
24 Hour Party People (2002)
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In 1976, Tony Wilson sets up Factory Records and brings Manchester's music to the world. (117 mins.)
“ Captures the spirit, fun and darker times of the incredible Manchester music. Energetic. ” - will2384
 
30.
The Proposition (2005)
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A lawman apprehends a notorious outlaw and gives him nine days to kill his older brother, or else they'll execute his younger brother. (104 mins.)
Director: John Hillcoat
“ Powerful Australian Western. Stark. ” - will2384