Director: James Whale (Bride of Frankenstein)
Starring: Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, William Harrigan, Henry Travers, Una O'Connor, Dudley DiggesIn Brief: James Whale's masterful film version of H.G. Wells' novel made a star out of Claude Rains — and this despite the fact that his face wasn't seen until the film's final shot. It also has stood the test of time as one of the greatest of all horror films — good enough, in fact, that it completely transcends its genre to simply become a great film. Brimming with delicious black comedy and nonstop cinematic creativity, it's a film like no other — and here it's being shown in a beautifully restored version.
Genre: Musical Comedy
Director: Robert Altman
Starring: Robin Williams, Shelley Duvall, Ray Walston, Paul Dooley, Paul L. Smith, Richard LibertiniIn Brief: Robert Altman's big-budgeted, live-action take on Popeye pulls off the not inconsiderable feat of being both true to the character from the old Max Fleischer cartoons, while being slyly revisionist in the bargain. Jules Feiffer's screenplay — and Robin Williams' ad-libbing — really catches the spirit of the title character, while Altman effortlessly makes the equivalent of a cartoon with live actors. Harry Nilsson's charmingly rather shapeless songs capture the tone.
Director: Andrea Arnold
Starring: Katie Jarvis, Michael Fassbender, Kierston Wareing, Rebbecca Griffiths, Harry TreadwayIn Brief: Massively overrated film that's nothing more than an extension of the British "kitchen-sink realism" from 60 years ago with a tinge of Ken Loach — meaning, among other things, that often shouted dialogue is apt to be unintelligible to a lot of viewers. Having said that, this meandering story about a 15-year-old girl living in a council flat (the projects) with her mother and little sister is moderately compelling and leads to a strangely hopeful ending. But a great film? No.
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