The Maltese Falcon
(1941) Starring:Peter Lorre, Gladys George, Barton MacLane Director:John Huston Certificate:
John Huston made his directorial debut with this classic film noir adaptation of Dashiel Hammett's novel, starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor. Sam Spade (Bogart) is a cynical private eye caught up in the hunt for a jewel-encrusted falcon while searching for the murderer of his partner, Miles ..read more »
Considered over the top in it's day this is a remarkably prescient portrait of TV
(1976) Starring:Ned Beatty, William Holden, Faye Dunaway Director:Sidney Lumet Certificate:
A trenchant satire of trash TV, Network seems to grow only more relevant with each passing year. Howard Beale (Peter Finch), the dean of newscasters at the United Broadcasting System, is put out to pasture because he skews old. Network executive Max Schumacher (William Holden), Howard's best friend,..read more »
Feel good movie about US politics - who'd have thought such a thing was possible. Stewart really was an incredible talent.
Mr Smith Goes To Washington
(1939) Starring:Guy Kibbee, James Stewart, Thomas Mitchell Director:Frank Capra Certificate:
Frank Capra's classic comedy-drama established James Stewart as a lead actor in one of his finest (and most archetypal) roles. The film opens as a succession of reporters shout into telephones announcing the death of Senator Samuel Foley. Senator Joseph Paine (Claude Rains), the state's senior ..read more »
Terribly Terribly Terribly English understatement, but there simply isn't a more romantic film in existence.
(1945) Starring:Marjorie Mars, Trevor Howard, Celia Johnson Director:David Lean Certificate:
A respectable, happily married doctor (Trevor Howard) comes to the aid of an equally upstanding housewife (Celia Johnson) when a passing train blows cinder into her eye. Thus begins a tentative romance, conducted in the tearooms and railway cafe of a small English town. David Lean's classic study ..read more »
Stiff upper lips all round - cracking adventure though.
The 39 Steps
(1935) Starring:Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle, Helen Haye Director:Alfred Hitchcock Certificate:
This classic British thriller was one of Alfred Hitchcock's first major international successes, and it introduced a number of the stylistic and thematic elements that became hallmarks of his later work. Richard Hannay (Robert Donat), a Canadian rancher on vacation in England, attends a music hall ..read more »
You're only supposed to blow their bloody spears off - or something.
(1964) Starring:Jack Hawkins, Stanley Baker, Michael Caine Director:Cyril Endfield Certificate: Watch now: Included in all packages with LOVEFiLM Instant
Filmed on a grand scale, Zulu is a rousing recreation of the January 22, 1879, siege of Rorke's Drift in Natal, Africa. An army of 4,000 Zulu warriors have already decimated a huge British garrison; now they are on their way to the much smaller Rorke's Drift. A Royal Engineers officer (Stanley ..read more »
All That Jazz
(1979) Starring:Roy Scheider, Ben Vereen, Cliff Gorman Director:Bob Fosse Certificate: Watch now: Included in all packages with LOVEFiLM Instant
It's showtime! In this part film à clef, part musical phantasmagoria, director/choreographer Bob Fosse takes a Felliniesque look at the life of a driven entertainer. Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider, channeling Fosse) is the ultimate work (and pleasure)-aholic, as he knocks back a daily dose of ..read more »
(1953) Starring:Kenneth More, Kenneth More, John Gregson Director:Henry Cornelius Certificate:
The plot of the thoroughly captivating British comedy Genevieve can be summed up in a sentence: Two young couples participate in the Vintage Car Rally, a yearly race from London to Brighton. The title character is the 1904 Darracq auto owned by John Gregson and Dinah Sheridan. The couple's friendly ..read more »
(1994) Starring:Natalie Portman, Peter Appel, Jean Reno Director:Luc Besson Certificate:
English language thriller from Luc Besson, the director of 'Nikita'. Gary Oldman plays Norman Stansfield, a psychotic government official whose actions provide the catalyst for murder on the New York streets. When a young girl named Mathilda (Natalie Portman) witnesses her family being gunned down ..read more »