The fondly remembered 1980s comedy (in fact the seventh adaptation of its source novel) employs an ingenious conceit to inspired effect. A minor-league baseball (Richard Pryor) player discovers he’s the beneficiary of an enormous estate, but there’s a catch: he has to spend $30million in 30 days if he wants to receive the full bequeathal of $300million.
While unmistakably a star vehicle for Pryor’s rich comic talents (with supporting hilarity provided by John Candy), Walter Hill’s film is also interesting today as an almost archetypal 1980s document, steeped in the decade’s iconography and ideologies. In (arguably dubiously) mining laughs from the idea of a black character’s unexpected richness it shares a theme with another successful social-engineering comedy, Trading Places, from a few year’s prior, while the film’s prurient obsession with money and excess is unadulterated 1980s gluttony at its finest.
Comedy 2017 102 mins Director: Adrian Shergold
Maxine Peake plays a woman who rises above abusive relationships and crass sexist audiences of the 1970s to become a female stand-up comedian.
I Got Life!
Comedy 2017 86 mins Director: Blandine Lenoir
This heart-warming story of a grandmother who finds a new love and decides to start over is a hilarious and joyous ode to the female experience.
Comedy 1963 121 mins Director: Tony Richardson
Tony Richardson's raucous and innovative adaptation of Henry Fielding’s classic novel was the winner of four Academy Awards.
Comedy 2017 91 mins Director: Trudie Styler
Alex Lawther is outstanding as a teenage rebel in this tale of an unrepentant high-school outsider, directed by Trudie Styler.
Seat in Shadow
Drama 2016 81 mins Director: Henry Coombes
An ageing Glaswegian psychoanalyst finds his lust for life renewed following an encounter with the charismatic partner of a young patient.
The Death of Stalin
Comedy 2017 107 mins Director: Armando Iannucci
Chaos and comedy ignite in Armando Iannucci’s acerbic satire, as Soviet officials frantically react to the passing of their glorious leader.
Drama 2014 95 mins Director: Andrew Haigh
One of the most acclaimed British features of recent years, starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay as a couple rocked by news from the past.
Drama 1996 91 mins Director: Vondie Curtis Hall
Tupac Shakur’s penultimate film is his most impressive; a darkly humorous drama in which he takes a daring role as a heroin addict.
Drama 2015 85 mins Director: Scott Graham
Scott Graham’s follow-up to Shell follows a woman whose return to a Scottish island arouses dormant passions.
Comedy 2003 100 mins Director: Joel Coen
The Coen brothers update the acerbic, fast-talking style of the screwball comedy, with George Clooney and Catherine Zeta Jones as scheming, warring lovers.
The Incredible Shrinking Man
Science Fiction 1957 81 mins Director: Jack Arnold
One of the classics of 50s sci-fi sees the title character in the unfortunate position of continually shrinking following exposure to radiation.
Drama 2015 94 mins Director: Jane Linfoot
Jane Linfoot's clinically constructed study of guilt, betrayal, responsibility concerns a comfortable family whose seemingly perfect lives are suddenly thrown into turmoil.
Featuring Richard Pryor
Industry sponsored film 1978 114 mins Director: Paul Schrader
Richard Pryor and Harvey Keitel star in Paul Schrader’s great, gritty 1970s drama, one of the rare Hollywood films to tackle American labour.
Fantasy 1978 134 mins Director: Sidney Lumet
NYC becomes Oz in the cult, urban reimagining of the family favourite, featuring an all-African American cast including Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.
Comedy 1976 96 mins Director: Michael Schultz
Richard Pryor, Bill Duke, Antonio Fargas are among the ensemble cast for the cult comedy set in a California car wash.
Comedy 1981 93 mins Director: Oz Scott
Richard Pryor sets out on the road to redemption, as an ex-con ferrying a busload of troubled kids on a wild cross-country adventure.
Directed by Walter Hill
Crime 1992 101 mins Director: Walter Hill
Rap legends Ice Cube and Ice-T share a screen for the first time as gang members facing off against firemen hunting for a stash of gold.
A Moment in the Reeds
Romance 2017 107 mins Director: Mikko Makela
The world’s troubles recede, at least for a moment, in this intimate drama about an affair between a Finnish man and a Syrian immigrant.
The Happy Prince
Biopic 2018 105 mins Director: Rupert Everett
Rupert Everett astounds as Oscar Wilde, depicting the fallen star in the final years of his life, in this heartfelt and captivating passion project.
I Am Not a Serial Killer
Thriller 2016 103 mins Director: Billy O'Brien
A teenage sociopath comes face to face with an evil force in this chilling and darkly humorous adaptation of Dan Wells’ acclaimed cult novel.
Drama 2017 135 mins Director: Arnaud Desplechin
Marion Cotillard, Mathieu Almaric and Charlotte Gainsbourg form a bizarre love triangle at the heart of Arnaud Desplechin's elaborate, playful comic-thriller.
Malila: The Farewell Flower
2017 95 mins Director: Anucha Boonyawatana
A dream-like encounter between two ex-lovers becomes a meditation on love, life and loss in this hauntingly beautiful film.
Drama 2017 118 mins Director: Jonas Carpignano
A boy's life on the mean streets of a cloistered Calabrian community is captured in eye-opening realism, in this stunning work from the director of Mediterranea.