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Rhys Ifans and David Thewlis bring out the comedy and hippy era nostalgia in the story of Howard Marks’ dope smuggling exploits.

Long overdue a DVD release, Dennis Potter's third lip-synch musical serial is not quite the on the level of its predecessors,  yet it's still a good watch, replete with '50s nostalgia. 

Ian Dury's distinctive musical style was one the best things to come out of the late '70s, and Andy Serkis captures the man to perfection. 

Now writing and directing, Charlie Kaufman has come up with an intriguing reality-bending tale of art mirroring life mirroring art to the nth degree. 

A 25th Anniversary 3 DVD set of the celebrated mockumentary, with a host of new extras. The legend continues 'in character', with the band members now older but no less wacky!

After a stretch of patchy form, Woody Allen comes up trumps with this sparkling comedy, containing some vintage moments of Allenesque mayhem.

In a kind of Raging Bull of wrestling, Mickey Rourke gives an inspirational performance as an over-the-hill loser, desperately trying to stay afloat as everything around him founders.

Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes rub each other up the wrong way in this excellent and occasionally very gritty 18th Century costume drama.

The legendary bald-headed actor Yul Brynner plays a Cossack warlord, battling with Turks and Poles in a colourful adventure romp.

Guillermo del Toro attempts to inject the magic of his labyrinths and clockwork devices into the second instalment of the comic book franchise, but the result is rather hit and miss.

A rare triumph of gorgeous cinematic experimentalism and also a beautifully told and truly heartbreaking story of loss and incredible fortitude.

Daniel Day-Lewis' portrayal of a misanthropic oilman in this excellent drama is a tour de force and a well deserved Oscar winner.

An older, more subdued Gordon Gekko is on the prowl again in this sequel to the '80s greed saga, set in the subprime meltdown of 2008.

Christopher Nolan's Chinese box dream puzzle is the most perfect fusion of art and commerce — a film you have to see twice to 'get'.

Guy Ritchie's take on the most filmed character ever is an enjoyable Steampunkish romp, high on action, fisticuffs and thrills. 

The Dirty Dozen done Tarantino-style, with some exquisitely tense scenes, moments of knockabout comedy and a take on World War II you won't find in any history book.

A film where the visual effects almost eclipse the story, in which the eponymous Mr Button ages in reverse from dotage to babyhood, giving us an intriguing tour of Brad Pitts of the past and perhaps those of the future.

Titanic couple Kate and Leo are re-united here, and this time the story goes beyond the first flush of love into the realms of failed dreams, bitterness and recrimination.

This action-filled French World War II espionage thriller is exciting and edgy, like the best war films, but also remains satisfying on the level of drama.

Woody Allen returns to London and the crime genre for this re-tread of Match Point, which proves surprisingly weak — both on the story-telling and the technical levels.

Here Yul Brynner plays an Indian chief who gets involved in a culture clash with some human-sacrificing Mayan settlers in Yucatán, Mexico.

Non-stop action fuses with dark and twisted psychological drama. Cesar Romero and Jack Nicholson were both superlative Jokers, but Heath Ledger is something else again.

The TV series had a wit and observational sharpness that appealed to many, and its big screen equivalent preserves much of the charm in an extended but familiar story.

A commendable collection of three early ITV plays from Potter — Shaggy Dog, Moonlight on the Highway and Lay Down Your Arms.

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