Doctor Zhivago

Four out of five stars. A 4k restoration at the BFI and  - wow! - does it deliver. David Lean's 1965 epic  literally jumps off the screen with stunning cinematography by the great Freddie Young. Sure the narrative is clunky at times and you can feel the compression of events from the source material in …

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A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

3.5 out of 5 stars Watching this classic more than half a decade later (for the first time on screen), it’s obvious that its visual and conceptual creativity are way ahead of its time. The same cannot be said, however, about the stereotypical acting, ranging from David Niven’s stiff upper lip English toff to Marius …

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Xanadu – Southwark Playhouse

"A place where nobody dared to go" Actually it's the Southwark Playhouse continuing to deliver with another in its run of forgotten musical gems. Perfect campy fun; great production values and excellent central performances all round. As productions go, the Subtitled Friends really had a wonderful evening. As Patron Wong said, Suddenly, it's Magic. And …

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Brooklyn

3.5 out of 5 stars A charming film about an Irish girl’s journey from County Wexford to the titular New York borough, mirroring her own maturing into womanhood, it is competently made and beautifully acted, in particular, Julie Waters’ Mrs. Kehoe who brings the laughs, filtered through with a huge dose of Irish witticism and …

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