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  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Ikiru
  • Die Hard
  • Psycho

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  • Night of the Eagle

    ★★★

  • The Palm Beach Story

    ★★★½

  • Red Notice

    ★★½

  • V for Vendetta

    ★★★½

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  • Night of the Eagle

    Night of the Eagle

    ★★★

    Atmospheric little tale of witchcraft. I now realise I should have married a witch if I had wanted my academic career to be fast tracked.

  • The Palm Beach Story

    The Palm Beach Story

    ★★★½

    Another sparkling screwball comedy from Preston Sturges, with Claudette Colbert's delightful performance being the sparkliest spark in the mix. Special mention also for the inventive opening credit sequence. Note that it does contain a slightly alarming scene where rich, white club members take potshots at a black barman for fun, but different times, innit?

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  • The Apartment

    The Apartment

    A gem from the brilliant writer-director Billy Wilder, who fashions comedy gold from a fairly seedy premise with superb plotting and writing. Jack Lemmon is a lonely bachelor who rents out his apartment to married men so they can carry on affairs with their mistresses, whilst his own love life is restricted to an unrequited adoration for fellow misfit Shirley MacLaine, who works in his company. Both turn in endearing performances in a story that will tug at the heartstrings…

  • Dead Ringers

    Dead Ringers

    The deeply unsettling Dead Ringers is a spin on Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, only in this scenario the two inter-dependent halves of a single psyche inhabit two bodies instead of one, in the form of identical twins. One is aggressive, the other passive, but the strain of their psychological dependency on one another eventually causes some problems. To put it mildly. Those squeamish about gynaecological issues might be well advised to give this a miss. Incidentally, this is the…