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  • 10 great horror films of the 21st century

    With the Cult section of the BFI London Film Festival offering a tasting menu of the some of the most striking new horror cinema, we got to thinking: what are the best horror films made since the year 2000?

    Michael Blyth
    Thursday 18 September 2014

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  • 10 great prison break films

    Escapist entertainment par excellence – with the return to cinemas of Jim Jarmusch’s off-kilter jailbird classic Down by Law, here are 10 of the best prison breakout movies.

    Matthew Thrift
    Thursday 11 September 2014

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  • Jim Jarmusch: five essential films

    As BFI Southbank mounts a major retrospective of the pioneering American indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, we choose five of his very best films from a career now into its fourth decade.

    Ashley Clark
    Monday 8 September 2014

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  • 10 great films set in Berlin

    With the return to cinemas of Fritz Lang’s groundbreaking thriller M, about a manhunt for a serial killer on the streets of the German capital, we take a tour through 10 of the best Berlin movies.

    Thirza Wakefield
    Thursday 4 September 2014

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  • The 10 best Peter Lorre performances

    From his astonishing debut as the child-killer in Fritz Lang’s M, Peter Lorre went on to become one of Hollywood’s best-recognised character actors. As a BFI Southbank season pays tribute, here’s a run down of his 10 greatest appearances.

    Matthew Thrift
    Tuesday 2 September 2014

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  • 10 great gay films from East and Southeast Asia

    As our season on great Chinese cinema continues into September, we explore some of the best East and Southeast Asian gay films.

    Alex Davidson
    Friday 29 August 2014

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  • A-list meets arthouse: when megastar actors work for auteurs

    She’s an Oscar winner and fashion icon, but Marion Cotillard’s new film finds her in the urgent, unvarnished world of master filmmakers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne. As Two Days, One Night comes out on the BFI Player, we look at 10 other times when A-list stars went arthouse.

    Michael Brooke
    Friday 22 August 2014

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  • 10 great films about aliens visiting Earth

    They come in peace… or else to bring about the annihilation of the human race. With David Bowie’s turn as The Man Who Fell to Earth lighting up our Sci-Fi weekend, we count down 10 of the best movies about extraterrestrials coming to our planet.

    Paul O’Callaghan
    Thursday 21 August 2014

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  • 10 great films about the end of the world

    …or how we learned to stop worrying and love films about impending apocalypse.

    Mike Sutton
    Thursday 14 August 2014

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  • From girlhood to adulthood: six French films about sexual awakening

    With our Teenage Kicks season celebrating movies about the joys and pains of adolescence, let’s talk about sexual awakening on screen… French-style.

    Jemma Desai
    Monday 11 August 2014

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