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Serpico [based on the book] by dir. by

serpico

Based on the true story of Frank Serpico, this is the story of a police officer who turns whistleblower and ends up exposing a lot of police corruption in the NYPD in the 1960s and 70s. The films tells his story from when he joined the police force through the sixties, up to his shooting while on a drugs bust

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Adam’s Rib dir. by

adams rib

Warren Attinger has been a bad husband, but his wife, Doris, has caught him out. She follows him one day and when she uncovers him with Beryl Caighn she has had enough. She shots him. And the wall, several times. He lives, but she is now on trial for attempted murder. This is a story that makes a splash in

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The Marrying Kind dir. by

The Marrying Kind dir George Cukor

In the domestic courts it is time for Keefer vs Keefer. But the various arguments carry on until it is six o’clock and the presiding judge calls a halt. She wants to reconvene at nine the next morning, but before everyone leaves she decides to have a sit down with the two parties; Florence and Chet. She asks them how

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To kill a mockingbird [based on the book] by dir. by

To kill a Mockingbird

In a small town in Alabama in the 1930’s Atticus Finch is working hard to raise his two children; his son Jem and his daughter Scout. He works as a lawyer and has recently been asked to defend Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman. At first this case doesn’t have much impact on the lives

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Made for each other dir. by

Made for each other

Up and coming lawyer John Mason has just returned from taking a deposition in Boston. But work wasn’t all that was keeping him busy. While there he met Jane, and when he returned to New York she was Mrs. Mason. That’s a whirlwind romance and no mistake. This film tells the story of the Mason’s starting out life together, and

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The Artist dir. by

The Artist dir. Michel Hazanavicius

It is the era of silent films and George Valentin is a star. Crowds greet his films with delight and applause. While playing nice with the press he bumps into a fan, literally. She drops her autograph book and when she bends over to collect it they bump into each other. Valentin plays it up, and she joins in, to

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Moneyball dir. by

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Billy Beane is general manager of the Oakland As, and they have just lost the final game of the season. Again. And they are losing their best players. Teams with more money can always buy in talent, but for those operating under a tight budget baseball is an unfair game. His team of scouts bring names to his attention, potential

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Warrior dir. by

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The opening scenes of Warrior feature The National’s Start a war and a character listening to Moby Dick. Not what you may expect when going to see a film about mixed martial arts fighters beating the crap out of one another. Nick Nolte plays Paddy Conlon, an old man now, sober for almost 1,000 days when the film begins, but

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Black Swan dir. by

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Nina Sayers is a ballerina in the New York Ballet. She lives with her mother, and her whole live revolves around dancing. There is a new production starting and Nina is determined to get a starring role in Swan Lake. So she sets out to impress the producer/director, Thomas, who believes that she is technically perfect. And if he were

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The King’s Speech dir. by

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The wireless changed a great many things. Before, all that was required of a monarch was that he look the part, and not fall off his horse. After the king would invade his people’s homes and have to court them with his speech. So King George V of Britain believes, and tells his son. “Bertie” may not be expected to

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Monsters dir. by

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Six years ago NASA launched a probe to investigate the possibility of life in outer space, but upon re-entry the probe broke up. The samples ended up landing on earth. Now every year sees the creatures migratory paths taking them into conflict with their human neighbours. And every year the US’s attempts to maintain the border of the infected zone

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The Village dir. by

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For this year’s RIP challenge Carl has suggested that as well as reading horror-ific books we might also watch some suitable films and to get the ball rolling on my RIP films I decided to rewatch M. Night Shymalan’s The Village.

I quite enjoyed it the first time around. I don’t seem to recall having been all that surprised by any of the so-called twists or reveals, but it was an enjoyable film.

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