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Chi-Raq 2015 15

Spike Lee’s bold and vivacious hip-hop musical restages an ancient Greek battle-of-the-sexes in 21st-century Chicago.

127 mins USA Director. Spike Lee

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Napoleon (acts 1&2)
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Napoleon (acts 1&2) 1927 PG

Abel Gance’s silent epic, one of the most magnificent – and hitherto inaccessible – spectacles in all cinema, is finally restored in this stunning new digital restoration.

177 mins France Director. Abel Gance

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I Promise You Anarchy
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I Promise You Anarchy 2015 18

A pair of teenage skateboarders find themselves drawn into a murky criminal underworld in this distinctive and erotic thriller.

88 mins Mexico Director. Julio Hernández Cordón

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Distant Voices Still Lives

Distant Voices Still Lives 1988 15

Terence Davies' debut feature is a remarkable evocation of working-class family life in the 40s and 50s and a visionary exploration of memory.

85 mins United Kingdom Director. Terence Davies

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Mark Kermode introduces Distant Voices Still Lives 2016

Mark lauds a modern masterpiece; Terence Davies' 1988 film that's now considered one of the best British movies ever made.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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For Queen and Country

For Queen and Country 1989 15

Denzel Washington stars as a British paratrooper who returns to the London council estate of his youth, only to find his wartime service counts for nothing.

105 mins United Kingdom Director. Martin Stellman

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The BFG
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The BFG 2016 PG

Steven Spielberg’s luminous Roald Dahl adaptation boasts an enchanting performance from Mark Rylance as the Big Friendly Giant who befriends a little girl (Ruby Barnhill).

117 mins USA Director. Steven Spielberg

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Napoleon (acts 3&4)
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Napoleon (acts 3&4) 1927 PG

The second part of Abel Gance’s monumental silent masterpiece, featuring its infamous ‘triptych’ widescreen finale.

155 mins France Director. Abel Gance

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Elstree 1976
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Elstree 1976 2015 12

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, ten actors landed small roles in a mysterious project called Star Wars. This is the story of how their lives changed forever.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Jon Spira

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My Scientology Movie
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My Scientology Movie 2015 15

Louis Theroux investigates the secretive world of the Church of Scientology, armed with his characteristic deadpan wit.

109 mins United Kingdom Director. John Dower

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Desierto
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Desierto 2015 15

Gael García Bernal stars in Jonás Cuarón's edge-of-the-seat thriller set on the Mexican/American border.

94 mins Mexico Director. Jonás Cuarón

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Under the Shadow
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Under the Shadow 2016 15

Babak Anvari’s Tehran-set ghost story has been acclaimed as a modern horror masterpiece.

84 mins United Kingdom Director. Babak Anvari

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Little Men
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Little Men 2016 PG

Ira Sachs’ poignant drama about how money affects relationships follows an artistic family’s attempts to attune to a new Brooklyn neighbourhood.

85 mins USA Director. Ira Sachs

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Supersonic 2016 15

Relive the stratospheric rise of Oasis in this exhilarating slice of Britpop nostalgia from the producers of Amy.

122 mins United Kingdom Director. Mat Whitecross

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Youth
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Youth 2015 15

Michael Caine scintillates as a curmudgeonly composer in Paolo Sorrentino’s deliciously bittersweet drama.

119 mins Italy Director. Paolo Sorrentino

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A Bigger Splash
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A Bigger Splash 2015 15

Ralph Fiennes delivers a sensational performance as one of four passionate souls sharing a villa in the Sicilian sunshine, with jealousy, intrigue and violence simmering beneath the surface.

125 mins Italy Director. Luca Guadagnino

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Girls Lost
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Girls Lost 2015 15

Teenage friends get the chance to be boys for a while in this supernatural, genderqueer fantasy from the director of Kiss Me.

106 mins Sweden Director. Alexandra-Therese Keining

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The Darkest Universe
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The Darkest Universe 2016 15

The new film from the makers of Black Pond is a wonderfully strange comedy about missing people, narrowboats and astrophysics.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Will Sharpe, Tom Kingsley

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Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World
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Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World 2016 12

Legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog explores the past, present and future of the Internet in this extraordinary documentary.

98 mins USA Director. Werner Herzog

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High-Rise
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High-Rise 2015 15

Ben Wheatley's savage and brilliant adaptation of JG Ballard's dystopian satire, starring Tom Hiddleston.

120 mins United Kingdom Director. Ben Wheatley

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Love & Friendship
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Love & Friendship 2016 U

Whit Stillman crosses the Atlantic for this irresistible Jane Austen adaptation, following the delicious and devious exploits of Lady Susan (Kate Beckinsale).

92 mins Ireland Director. Whit Stillman

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True Romance, Etc.
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True Romance, Etc. 1982

Hackney teenagers - black, white, gay and straight - talk sex, love and marriage in this compelling drama-documentary.

34 mins United Kingdom

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Exeter School of Striptease 1970 Not Rated

Teaching exotic dance moves has a reporter going with the flow.

5 mins United Kingdom

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Britain On Film Trailer
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Britain On Film Trailer 2015

1,000s of beautifully preserved films, capturing 120 years of Britain on Film

2 mins

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Sports on the Ice
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Sports on the Ice 1917

Nannies and nippers compete with seasoned skaters on a frozen pond near London in this charming wintery newsreel.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Braes o' Breadalbane
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Braes o' Breadalbane 1950

Join in the high jinks of the Scottish Countryside Club in the 1950s, as they explore the treacherous Perthshire hills in a snowy winter, clad in tweed jackets and headscarves.

14 mins Scotland

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Once Upon a Sunday
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Once Upon a Sunday 1968 Not Rated

The disappointment of youthful love, as the gritty realism of the early 1960s stands in stark contrast with the fantasies of the later 1960s.

9 mins England

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Xcitement!
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Xcitement! 1960 Not Rated

Glamour goddess Pamela Green reveals all in a key ‘60s striptease collaboration with George Harrison Marks.

6 mins United Kingdom Director. George Harrison Marks

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Parcels for the Front
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Parcels for the Front 1915

Tommy's Christmas parcels are despatched to the Front in a fleet of trucks.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Moment
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Moment 1969 Not Rated

An intimate, unusual encounter with the progressive narrative of orgasm.

13 mins United Kingdom Director. Stephen Dwoskin

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Holiday in St. Moritz Around Time of Winter Olympics, 1928
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Holiday in St. Moritz Around Time of Winter Olympics, 1928 1928

Wrap up tight for a wintry 1920s holiday to St Moritz, Switzerland, with the affluent Reid family from Glasgow and enjoy a selection of winter sports, from curling to ice skating.

10 mins Director. Andrew Reid

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Dream Doll
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Dream Doll 1979 Not Rated

A relationship liable to blow up at any moment is at the heart of this animated short about a man and an inflatable sex doll

13 mins United Kingdom Director. Zlatko Grgic, Bob Godfrey

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Keep Them Safe, Keep Them Happy
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Keep Them Safe, Keep Them Happy 1940

Sweet and touching wartime cinema appeal for 300,000 London children spending Christmas far from home.

2 mins United Kingdom

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Sicario 2015 15

Emily Blunt plays the FBI agent enlisted for a special operation against Mexican cartels, in this pulsatingly tense thriller from Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Prisoners).

121 mins USA Director. Denis Villeneuve

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Beautiful Something
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Beautiful Something 2015 15

In one desperate night, four disparate gay men cruise Philadelphia in pursuit of ever-elusive human connection.

92 mins USA Director. Joseph Graham

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Norfolk
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Norfolk 2015 15

A father and son dwelling in a remote wasteland wage a war against a gang of local revolutionaries, in Martin Radich’s unsettling rural drama.

87 mins United Kingdom Director. Martin Radich

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The Passing
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The Passing 2015 15

In Gareth Bryn’s subtle and haunting story of ghosts and lost souls, two young lovers are rescued by a mysterious figure in the Welsh mountains.

89 mins United Kingdom Director. Gareth Bryn

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The Greasy Strangler 2016 18

A father-son love triangle unleashes the unstoppable urges of the Greasy Strangler, in this gloriously deranged hybrid of gross-out comedy and gonzo horror.

93 mins United Kingdom Director. Jim Hosking

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Embrace of the Serpent
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Embrace of the Serpent 2015 12

The spirit of Werner Herzog and Apocalypse Now imbue this majestic Oscar-nominated odyssey through the heart of the Amazon.

125 mins Colombia Director. Ciro Guerra

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