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  • 100 years of Christmas on BFI Player

    Christmas has come early! Dive into a grotto of free archive Christmas films.

    Peter Hill
    Friday 19 December 2014

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  • Top 10 rented films on BFI Player in 2014

    An alien, a nun and a nymphomaniac battled it out for the most popular film on BFI Player – but did any of them take the the top spot?


    Friday 19 December 2014

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  • 10 great American musicals of the 1950s

    When it comes to film musicals, there was perhaps never a better time and place than Hollywood in the 1950s, with each year bringing new feasts of song, colour and dance. As Guys and Dolls returns to cinemas nationwide, here’s our guide to the 10 best places to start.

    Chris Fennell
    Thursday 18 December 2014

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  • 10 great Christmas films

    From an early archive treasure to some perennial modern favourites, these are 10 of the best Christmas movies for festive viewing.

    Samuel Wigley, Patrick Russell, Mary Wild, Josephine Botting, Sarah Currant, Alex Davidson, Lou Thomas, Kevin Lyons, Patrick Fahy
    Thursday 11 December 2014

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  • The 10 best Disney films

    No two lists of the greatest Disney animated films could ever be the same: each generation grows up with a different era of movies and we all have our memories and preferences. How many of these 10 do you agree with?

    Matthew Thrift
    Friday 5 December 2014

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  • 10 great lesser-known time-travel films

    Trip back through history with our list of terrific time-travelling movies that deserve to be better known.

    David Parkinson
    Thursday 4 December 2014

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  • The 10 best British TV aliens

    Our TV curators count down their top 10 aliens on British television, from the Time Lord himself to Monty Python’s tennis-playing blancmanges.

    Lisa Kerrigan, Jez Stewart, Steve Bryant, Pam Rostron, Kathleen Luckey, Steve Foxon, Gosta Johansson
    Tuesday 2 December 2014

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  • The 10 best Maggie Smith performances

    As our two-month celebration of Maggie Smith begins at BFI Southbank, we count down 10 of her very best and haughtiest turns.

    Michael Coveney
    Monday 1 December 2014

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  • Ridley Scott: five essential films

    British-born filmmaker Ridley Scott moved from a background in advertising to directing some of the finest blockbusters of the modern era. Here are five films when Scott was at his very best.

    Paul O’Callaghan
    Friday 28 November 2014

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  • 10 great British sci-fi films

    As Stanley Kubrick’s spectacular epic 2001: A Space Odyssey returns to cinemas nationwide, we fly the flag for homegrown science fiction with a list of 10 of the best British sci-fi movies.

    John Oliver
    Thursday 27 November 2014

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