★★★☆☆ UK. 1h16m. Comedy. Directed by Victor Hanbury, John Stafford. Written by Victor Hanbury, Frank Vosper (screenplay) and Dorothy Hope (story). Cinematography by Walter Blakeley. Edited by Edward B. Jarvis, Elmer J. McGovern. Music by Noel Gay. Starring Gertrude Lawrence, Laurence Olivier, Jill Esmond, Edmund Breon, Gibb McLaughlin, Muriel Aked.
A comedy of errors set in a divorce case. Olivier had returned to Britain after his career had faltered, following an initial move to Hollywood.
★★★☆☆ UK / USA. 1h43m. Comedy / Crime. Directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg. Written by Michael Lindsay-Hogg. Cinematography by David Watkin. Music by Tom Bähler. Starring John Malkovich, Andie MacDowell, Lolita Davidovich, Rudi Davies, Joss Ackland, Bill Paterson, Ricci Harnett, Peter Riegert, Jack Shepherd, Rosemary Martin, Roger Lloyd-Pack.
Jake and Tina have taken up residence in a London hotel, living way beyond their means. He is a commodities broker whose shipment of cocoa beans is tied up by a Third World country’s revolution. She is a woman with extravagant tastes who is still technically married to Larry, her first husband.
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h51m. Romance / Comedy. Directed by Nicholas Hytner. Written by Wendy Wasserstein (screenplay) and Stephen McCauley (“The Object Of My Affection”). Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton. Edited by Tariq Anwar. Music by George Fenton. Starring Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, John Pankow, Allison Janney, Alan Alda, Tim Daly, Joan Copeland, Steve Zahn.
The story concerns a pregnant New York social worker who develops romantic feelings for her gay best friend and decides to raise her child with him, and the complications that ensue.
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h23m. Romance / Comedy. Directed by Gillian Robespierre. Written by Gillian Robespierre (screenplay) and Gillian Robespierre, Karen Maine, Elisabeth Holm (story) and Anna Bean, Karen Maine, Gillian Robespierre (“Obvious Child”). Cinematography by Chris Teague. Edited by Casey Brooks, Jacob Craycroft. Music by Chris Bordeaux. Starring Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann, David Cross, Gabe Liedman, Richard Kind, Polly Draper, Paul Briganti.
Follows Donna, a stand-up comedian, who has a drunken one-night stand with a man named Max after breaking up with her boyfriend. She subsequently finds out she is pregnant and decides to have an abortion.
★★★★☆ UK. 2h24m. War / Comedy / Musical. Directed by Richard Attenborough. Written by Len Deighton (screenplay) and Gerry Raffles, Joan Littlewood (“The Long Long Trail”) and Charles Chilton (“The Long Long Trail”). Cinematography by Gerry Turpin. Edited by Kevin Connor. Starring Maggie Smith, Dirk Bogarde, John Gielgud, Wendy Allnutt, Colin Farrell, Malcolm McFee, John Rae, Corin Redgrave, Maurice Roëves, Paul Shelley, Kim Smith, Angela Thorne, Mary Wimbush, Vincent Ball, Pia Colombo, Paul Daneman, Isabel Dean, Christian Doermer.
Oh! What a Lovely War summarises and comments on the events of World War I using popular songs of the time, many of which were parodies of older popular songs, and using allegorical settings such as Brighton’s West Pier to criticise the manner in which the eventual victory was won.
★★★★☆ USA / UK / China. 2h41m. Thriller / Comedy. Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Written by Quentin Tarantino. Cinematography by Robert Richardson. Edited by Fred Raskin. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch, Margaret Qualley, Timothy Olyphant, Austin Butler.
Follows a fading character actor and his stunt double as they navigate the rapidly changing film industry, with the looming threat of the Tate-LaBianca Murders hanging overhead. Chosen by the American Film Institute and the National Board of Review as one of the top ten films of the year. It received 10 nominations at the 92nd Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and won Best Supporting Actor (Pitt) and Best Production Design. It also won Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at the 77th Golden Globe Awards.
★★★☆☆ UK. 1h20m. Comedy / Romance. Directed by Cyril Gardner. Written by Miles Malleson, Michael Powell. Cinematography by Curt Courant. Edited by Thorold Dickinson. Music by Henry Sullivan. Starring Gloria Swanson, Laurence Olivier, John Halliday, Nigel Playfair, Michael Farmer, Genevieve Tobin, Charles Cullum, Nora Swinburne, Peter Gawthorne.
Judy (Swanson) and Nicholas Randall (Olivier) are a newly married couple who agree to a marriage based on “perfect understanding.” This agreement is meant to rule out any form of jealousy. An independent production made at Ealing Studios, conceived as an attempt to revive Swanson’s career, which had suffered following the conversion to sound films.
★★★★☆ USA. 1h52m. Comedy / Romance. Directed by George Cukor. Written by Donald Ogden Stewart, Waldo Salt (screenplay) and Philip Barry (“The Philadelphia Story”). Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg. Edited by Frank Sullivan. Music by Franz Waxman. Starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey, John Howard, Roland Young, John Halliday, Mary Nash, Virginia Weidler.
About a socialite whose wedding plans are complicated by the simultaneous arrival of her ex-husband and a tabloid magazine journalist. Hepburn’s first big hit following several flops, which had placed her on a 1938 list of actors considered to be “box office poison”.
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h35m. Horror / Comedy. Directed by Joe Dante. Written by John Sayles (Screenplay) and Richard Robinson, John Sayles (story). Cinematography by Jamie Anderson. Edited by Joe Dante, Mark Goldblatt. Music by Pino Danaggio. Starring Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies, Kevin McCarthy, Keenan Wynn, Barbara Steele, Dick Miller, Belinda Balaski.
The story of a river being infested by lethal, genetically altered piranha, threatening the lives of the local inhabitants and the visitors to a nearby summer resort.
★★☆☆☆ USA / Netherlands / Italy. 1h34m. Horror / Comedy. Directed by James Cameron, Ovidio G. Assonitis. Written by James Cameron, Ovidio G. Assonitis. Cinematography by Roberto D’Ettorre Piazzoli. Edited by Roberto Silvi. Music by Steve Powder. Starring Tricia O’Neil, Steve Marachuk, Lance Henriksen, Ted Richert, Ricky G. Pauli, Leslie Graves.
A Caribbean coastal resort, Hotel Elysium, is menaced by a series of vicious marine animal attacks originating from a nearby sunken shipwreck. Diving instructor Anne Kimbrough’s student is one of the victims, but her estranged police officer husband Steve refuses to let her see the corpse. The death is abnormal for the area and wildlife, which she knows as a former marine biologist. For her not to know what killed a diver is a dangerous sign. Soon after, two women and a man are killed by piranha which have developed the ability to fly.
★★★☆☆ UK / USA. 1h55m. Comedy / Romance. Directed by Laurence Olivier. Written by Terence Rattigan (screenplay) and Terence Rattigan (“The Sleeping Prince”). Cinematography by Jack Cardiff. Edited by Jack Harris. Music by Richard Addinsell. Starring Marilyn Monroe, Laurence Olivier, Sybil Thorndike, Richard Wattis, Jeremy Spenser, Paul Hardwick, Esmond Knight, Rosamund Greenwood, Aubrey Dexter, Maxine Audley.
The film is set in London in June 1911. George V will be crowned king on 22 June and in the preceding days many important dignitaries arrive. Among those arriving are the 16-year-old King Nicholas VIII of the (fictional) Balkan country of Carpathia, with his father the widower Prince Regent, Charles (Laurence Olivier) and his maternal grandmother the widowed Queen dowager of Carpathia, considered to be inspired by King Michael of Romania, Carol II of Romania, and Queen Marie of Romania.
The British government decide that keeping Carpathia in the Triple Entente is critical during the rising tensions in Europe. They find it necessary to pamper the royals during their stay in London, and thus civil servant Northbrook (Richard Wattis) is detached to their service.
★★★☆☆ UK. 1h22m. Comedy / Mystery. Directed by Tim Whelan, Arthur B. Woods. Written by Brock Williams, Jack Whittingham, Ian Dalrymple. Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr. Edited by Hugh Stewart. Music by Muir Mathieson. Starring Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, Valerie Hobson, George Curzon, George Merritt, Gus McNaughton, David Tree.
In September 1938, advanced British aircraft prototypes carrying experimental and secret equipment are vanishing with their crews on test flights. No one can fathom why, not even spymaster Major Hammond or his sister Kay, a newspaper reporter, who is working undercover in the works canteen at the Barrett & Ward Aircraft Company.
★★★☆☆ Spain. 2h8m. Comedy / Drama. Directed by Fernando Trueba. Written by Fernando Trueba. Cinematography by José Luis Alcaine. Edited by Marta Velasco. Music by Zbigniew Preisner. Starring Penélope Cruz, Antonio Resines, Neus Asensi, Ana Belén, Javier Cámara, Chino Darín, Cary Elwes.
Nearly twenty years after the events of The Girl of Your Dreams, in the 1950s, Macarena Granada, who has become a Hollywood star, returns to Spain to film a blockbuster about Queen Isabella I of Castile.
★★★★☆ USA. 1h25m. Comedy / Drama. Directed by Woody Allen. Written by Woody Allen. Cinematography by Carlo Di Palma. Edited by Susan E. Morse. Music by Dick Hyman. Starring Danny Aiello, Jeff Daniels, Mia Farrow, Seth Green, Robert Joy, Julie Kavner, Diane Keaton, Julie Kurnitz, Renée Lippin, Kenneth Mars, Josh Mostel, Tony Roberts, Wallace Shawn, Michael Tucker, David Warrilow, Dianne Wiest.
Looks back on an American family’s life during the Golden Age of Radio using both music and memories to tell the story. Stars an ensemble cast. Considered one of Allen’s greatest films. A favorite of Stanley Kubrick.
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h39m. Comedy / Drama / Romance. Directed by Ben Stiller. Written by Helen Childress. Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki. Edited by Lisa Churgin. Music by Karl Wallinger. Starring Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Ben Stiller, Janeane Garofalo, Steve Zahn, Swoosie Kurtz, Harry O’Reilly, Barry Sherman, Anne Meara, Andy Dick, Joe Don Baker, John Mahoney, Keith David, David Pirner, Evan Dando, Karen Duffy.
Follows Lelaina (Ryder), an aspiring videographer working on a documentary called Reality Bites about the disenfranchised lives of her friends and roommates. Their challenges exemplify some of the career and lifestyle choices faced by Generation X.
★★★☆☆ UK. 1h23m. Comedy / Romance. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Alfred Hitchcock, Alma Reville, Val Valentine (screenplay) and Dale Collins (“Rich And Strange”). Cinematography by John “Jack” Cox, Charles Martin. Edited by Winifred Cooper, Rene Marrison. Music by Adolph Hallis. Starring Henry Kendall, Joan Barry, Percy Marmont, Betty Amann, Elsie Randolph.
A couple, Fred and Emily Hill, living a mundane middle-class life in London, receive a letter informing them that an uncle will give them, as an advance against their future inheritance, as much money as they need to enjoy themselves in the present. Immediately Fred quits his job as a clerk and they leave on a cruise for “the Orient”.
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h8m. Comedy. Directed by John Ford. Written by Fred Stanley, James Gruen. Cinematography by Charles G. Clarke. Edited by Alex Troffey. Music by Ernö Rapée, S.L. Rothafel. Starring J. Farrell MacDonald, Nancy Drexel, David Rollins, Louise Fazenda, Billy Bevan, Mildred Boyd, Mike Donlin, Otto Fries, Dell Henderson, Isabelle Keith, Russ Powell.
An elderly beat cop pursues a wanted embezzler to Europe, meanwhile falling in love.
★★★★☆ USA. 1h45m. Romance / Comedy. Directed by Billy Wilder. Written by George Axelrod, Billy Wilder (screenplay) and George Axelrod (“The Seven Year Itch”). Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner. Edited by Hugh S. Fowler. Music by Alfred Newman. Starring Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell, Evelyn Keyes, Sonny Tufts, Robert Strauss, Oscar Homolka, Marguerite Chapman, Victor Moore.
A middle-aged husband contemplates an affair with his glamorous neighbor. A film that Wilder hated, as he had been forced to make concessions to the censorship board. Contains one of the most notable images of the 20th century – Monroe standing on a subway grate as her white dress is blown upwards by a passing train.
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h6m. Crime / Comedy. Directed by Lowell Sherman. Written by Harvey F. Thew, John Bright (screenplay) and Mae West (“Diamond Lil”). Cinematography by Charles Lang. Edited by Alexander Hall. Music by John Leipold. Starring Mae West, Cary Grant, Owen Moore, Gilbert Roland, Noah Beery Sr., David Landau, Rafaela Ottiano, Dewey Robinson.
A tale of a barroom singer entangled in criminal connections. Famous for West’s many double entendres and quips, including her best-known, “Why don’t you come up sometime and see me?” In her next film, later that year, she had altered it to, “Why don’t you come up and see me sometime?”
★★★★☆ USA. 2h2m. Sports / Comedy. Directed by George Roy Hill. Written by Nancy Dowd. Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper. Edited by Dede Allen. Music by Elmer Bernstein. Starring Paul Newman, Strother Martin, Michael Ontkean, Jennifer Warren, Lindsay Crouse, Jerry Houser, Andrew Duncan, Jeff Carlson, Steve Carlson, David Hanson, Yvon Barrette, Allan Nicholls, Brad Sullivan, Stephen Mendillo, Yvan Ponton, Matthew Cowles, Kathryn Walker, Melinda Dillon, M. Emmet Walsh, Swoosie Kurtz.
Depicts a minor league ice hockey team that resorts to violent play to gain popularity in a declining factory town.