The Prestige

Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson and Hugh Jackman in The Prestige

    After Insomnia and Batman Begins, big Hollywood numbers taken on to show studio willing – or so it seemed – Christopher Nolan is back to being master of his own destiny, writing with his brother Jonathan and also producing this lavish smoke and mirrors cat-and-mouser. Clearly an attempt to “do another Memento”, it’s about …

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The Night Listener

Robin Williams and Toni Collette

  When he switches off the mouth, Robin Williams can be an incredibly effective actor. This is one of those turns, yet it’s ironically about a man who is a professional mouth, a DJ with a late-night show who uses his graveyard phone-in to tell and listen to stories. It’s another of Williams’s characteristics as …

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Adam meets Anthony in Enemy

  If there is such a thing as “what the hellness” then Denis Villeneuve’s latest film absolutely has it. But then the French-Canadian does have form. With Incendies Villeneuve managed to turn the conflict in the Middle East into a thriller with a reveal that disconcerted and amazed. In Prisoners he made us feel bad …

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The Tunnel

Bel Deliá and a dead person in The Tunnel

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     2 August   Tower Subway opens, 1870 On this day in 1870, the Tower Subway opened in London, UK. Running under the River Thames between Tower Hill on the north bank and Tooley Street on the south, it is a …

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The Killing Room

Chlea Duvall in The Killing Room

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     26 July   CIA created, 1947 On this day in 1947, the National Security Act was enacted by the US Congress. Among other things, it created the Central Intelligence Agency, the successor agency to the Office of Strategic Services, which …

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The infamous "drunken-vodka-breasts" sequence from 4

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     17 July   Czar Nicholas II and family executed, 1918 On this day in 1918, the former ruler of Russia, Nicholas Romanov, Emperor and Autocrat of All the Russias, having had a disastrous reign during which he had presided over …

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Josh Brolin in Oldboy

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     29 June   iPhone launched, 2007 On this day in 2007, Apple launched the first version of the iPhone. Until then, mobile or cell phones had been phones first, with a range of other capabilities – camera, email, mp3 player, …

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Jack Nicholson bears the scars of combat in Chinatown

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     24 June   The Aqua Traiana inaugurated, 109 On this day in 109, the aqueduct the Aqua Traiana was put into service. Built on the orders of the emperor Trajan, it supplied Rome with fresh water. Rome’s appetite for water …

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The Million Dollar Hotel

Milla Jovovich in The Million Dollar Hotel

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     7 June   Groundbreaking of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 1993 On this day in 1993, the groundbreaking ceremony of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame took place, in Cleveland, Ohio. It was attended by Pete Townshend, …

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Chemical Wedding

Simon Callow as a professor possessed by the spirit of Aleister Crowley

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     8 April   Aleister Crowley transcribes Chapter 1 of The Book of the Law, 1904 On this day in 1904, the British-born occultist Aleister Crowley was contacted by Aiwass, the messenger of the Egyptian god Horus, or so he claimed. …

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