Thursday, February 13 - Thursday, February 20, 2014

New and Classic Films from the UK, Ireland, Australia and South Africa

Mostly British Film Festival 2014 Films

Le Week-End

Le Week-End

Oscar winner Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan give warm and intelligent performances in this film about a couple taking a sentimental journey to Paris to celebrate their thirtieth wedding anniversary, hoping to reignite the emotional and physical sparks of their … Continue reading

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Love Me ‘Till Monday

Love Me ‘Till Monday

A smash hit at the BFI London Film Festival, “Love Me Till Monday” is the debut feature of Justin Hardy, a UK TV mainstay (Royal TV Society’s first ever award for Best History film in 2001 with” The Great Plague”). … Continue reading

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Love Actually

Love Actually

Only a moderate success when it first came out, this film has become a cult classic in the home entertainment market. Protean screenwriter Richard Curtis (“Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Bridget Jones Diary,” “Notting Hill”) outdid himself with this script … Continue reading

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Sliding Doors

Sliding Doors

“Sliding Doors” is a hidden gem, a romantic saga that will leave you wondering about the way fate influences the people you fall in love with. Gwyneth Paltrow, speaking with a credible British accent, stars as a London publicist who … Continue reading

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The Spirit of ’45

The Spirit of ’45

Ken Loach’s documentary “The Spirit of ‘45” looks back to 1945, to Britain’s post-war Labor government, swept into power in a spirit of optimism and resolve. “Never again” was the promise of Clement Atlee’s Socialist government, determined to improve life … Continue reading

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Good Ol’ Freda

Good Ol’ Freda

This documentary is a first – the first time in 50 years that Freda Kelly has ever talked about her association with the Beatles. As a shy Liverpool teenager, she was their secretary and loyal friend, never cashing in on … Continue reading

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Last Passenger

Last Passenger

A single father (Dougray Scott) traveling on a train with his son strikes up a flirtatious conversation with another passenger ( Kara Thornton ), but this movie is no romance. The train is mysteriously hijacked by a sociopath. Director and … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Michael York and screening of England Made Me

A Conversation with Michael York and screening of England Made Me

Michael York gives one of his favorite performances as Anthony Farrant, an ambitious Englishman who in trying to better himself. He winds up in Germany a few years before World War II, working for a ruthless industrialist (the great Peter … Continue reading

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Look of Love

Look of Love

A slice of London in the 70s, this film is colorful, hedonistic, promiscuous, and extravagant. It tells the true story of Paul Raymond, the Hugh Hefner of London, a self made impresario of the adult entertainment industry, who came to … Continue reading

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My Favorite Year

My Favorite Year

The world lost an acting giant when Peter O’Toole died in December. He is of course known for his dramatic range in such films as “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Beckett.” But O’Toole also was a fine comedic actor and he … Continue reading

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Stay

Stay

This is an intimate look at the unraveling of a May-December romance when real life intrudes on their relationship. Aidan Quinn, whose acting has grown deeper with time, co-stars with Taylor Schilling (making a name for herself on the acclaimed … Continue reading

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Nicky’s Family

Nicky’s Family

This documentary film chronicles the heroic exploits of Nicholas Winton, an Englishman who organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II. Without his intervention many, if not all of them, would … Continue reading

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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

This is a spy thriller set during the Cold War and adapted from John Le Carre’s brilliant novel. Richard Burton stars as a defector from British Intelligence with Claire Bloom is his Communist lover. Each sparkle against the gray background … Continue reading

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The Hit

The Hit

British director Stephen Frears has his own hit this season in “Philomena,” but it is hardly his first. His distinguished career (“The Grifters,” “Dangerous Liaisons,” “The Queen”) kick- started with his first major motion picture, “The Hit,” an offbeat film … Continue reading

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The Selfish Giant

The Selfish Giant

Directed by Clio Barnard—one of the UK’s rising filmmakers—”The Selfish Giant” was acclaimed at the Cannes Film Festival and by critics around the world. The story of two unlikely young friends in a working-class community in Bradford, England unfolds like … Continue reading

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Mystery Road

Mystery Road

“Mystery Road” centers on Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen), an Aboriginal police detective who returns to his small hometown in outback Queensland after a stint in the big city. He’s assigned to investigate the brutal murder of an Aboriginal girl. Both … Continue reading

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Last Dance

Last Dance

At once a tightly wound yet leisurely paced psychological thriller, “Last Dance” tells the story of two people who meet in harrowing circumstances. Sadiq (Firass Dirani) is a radical Muslim who has participated in a terrorist bombing attack in which … Continue reading

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Run & Jump

Run & Jump

A headstrong Irish housewife finds her life transforming in ways she never thought possible after her young husband suffers a personality-altering stroke, returning home a different man, and an American doctor (Will Forte of “Saturday Night Live” and “Nebraska”) arrives … Continue reading

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Life’s a Breeze

Life’s a Breeze

An eccentric Dublin family decides to help out Grandma (played by the great Irish actress Fionnula Flanagan) by giving her extremely untidy house a complete makeover. They connive to send her on an outing for a day and proceed to … Continue reading

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What Richard Did

What Richard Did

The top grossing Irish film of 2012, “What Richard Did” tells the fateful story of one gifted and gilded Dublin teenager for whom everything seems possible, until one summer night when he commits an act that will shatter the lives … Continue reading

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Having You

Having You

This bittersweet British feature is a gem, a well-crafted romantic tale following Jack, who after nine years finally asks his infertile girlfriend (Romolo Garai) to wed. Unfortunately just when he is getting himself together to find a better job and … Continue reading

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Lunchbox

Lunchbox

Mistaken identity is at the heart of several Shakespeare plays, and it is the leitmotif of this lovely epistolary romance about finding love when you least expect it. The elegant Indian actor Irrfan Khan (police inspector in “Slumdog Millionaire” and … Continue reading

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Byzantium

Byzantium

The modern-day vampire was conjured up not by “True Blood” but by director Neil Jordan in his “Interview with a Vampire’’ in 1994. You could trace the interest in the bloody and Gothic from that movie to today. Now Jordan … Continue reading

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The Sea

The Sea

Elegantly shot, this drama follows an art historian (Ciaran Hinds) as he meditates on the death of his wife. He retreats to a seaside village in Ireland. There in a boarding house run by an enchanting innkeeper (Charlotte Rampling) he … Continue reading

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Summer in February

Summer in February

For all “Downton Abbey” fans who weren’t finished looking at Dan Stevens when he wound up dead in a ditch, have we got a movie for you. Stevens is back in another costume drama, his upper lip as stiff as … Continue reading

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