Make It a ‘Blue Wednesday’ With Our 2 For 1 Offer

Just to clarify, I’m not talking about ‘blue’ movies but, rather, the colour of our boxes…

Check out our Recent Additions shelf, newly relocated in the New Releases section in the middle of the shop lest it should otherwise allude your beady eyes.

New to the shelf this week:

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Peyton Place (1957)

A year before her teenaged daughter stabbed Lana’s lover to death (the notorious mobster Johnny Stompanato) and two years before she made Imitation of Life (the biggest box office success of her career and a story hinged around the troubled relationship between a single mother and her teenaged daughter), Turner made Peyton Place in which she plays… a single mother struggling with a troubled relationship with her teenaged daughter.

In actual fact, Peyton Place, is a smart, critical (albeit cynical) look at small town America made at a time where small town American life was being held up – and sold – as the ideal.

Scandal abound amongst the residents of this otherwise quiet and seemingly tranquil New England haven. Suicide, murder, incest and unmarried mothers are all discussed and EXPOSED in this film, nominated for 9 Oscars (including one for Lana, acting close to the bone).

For more scandal AND more Lana, watch the original movie version of James M. Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946).

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Made me Happy

by DIXIE TURNER

New To Us; New To You…? Recent Addition, Samuel Fuller’s PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET

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When petty thief Skip McCoy (Widmark) unwittingly steals a role of micro-film containing top-secret information, he finds he has not only the Communist agents whom he stole it from, but also the police and government agents on his back.

Beautifully shot, fantastic dialogue (Fuller wrote the screenplay himself, as he did for almost all his films) and truly great performances – especially from Thelma Ritter, who received an Academy Award nomination for her role as Moe, the tough but kind-hearted tie-seller/information-peddlar/underworld know-all and Skip’s best friend.

Sam Fuller’s outstanding noir is essential viewing, oozing style and pushing boundaries (note the naturalistic fight sequences, especially the one with Jean Peters, and the dialogue which, whilst snappy, is less pat than dialogue written by other noir masters, most notably Raymond Chandler).

Get in the spirit: watch with a chapeau/ view with a kill.

By Dixie Turner

New Releases: 2nd September

MUD:

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One of this years most highly anticipated releases, starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon. Two young boys discover and befriend a stranger living in a disused boat. Together they plan on helping him repair the boat and go in search of his lost love. But when the law turns up, claiming their new best friend is a killer, the two boys question their loyalties… Starring an outstanding cast including Sam Shepard and the currently unstoppable Michael Shannon (best known for his role as former FBI agent Nelson Van Alden in Boardwalk Empire). Directed by Jeff Nichols who made the apocalyptic pyscho-drama, Take Shelter (2011), also starring Michael Shannon. Cert. 15

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STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS:

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Special-effects sci-fi joy/disaster; sequel to the successful 2… Star Trek film which followed the characters from the original TV series when they were back in their academy days. This time the tear-away Captain Kirk comes up against Benedict Cumberbatch and his dangerous annunciation… Will he be able to save the Enterprise/the world/his reputation?? Will the Star Trek team deliver a film equal to the last?? I’ll let you be the judge of that. (But the correct answer is NO.) Cert. 12

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LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED:

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Syrupy rom-com by Danish director, Susanne Bier (After the Wedding). Described by critics as Mamma Mia! without all the Abba. Well, what’s the point then? Oh yes – the rom-com. Well, critics have been luke-warm on this front claiming the script has neither spark nor cynicism. Sadly, a lack of chemistry between the two leads does nothing to rectify this… Perhaps one to watch with a cuppa and your gran? Having said that, it is rated ’15’, so if this is your plan: be careful.

GIMME THE LOOT:

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Festival favourite from debut director, Adam Leon, who was once Woody Allen’s production assistant. A couple of graffiti artists determine to outdo their rivals by planning to graffiti the ultimate NY location. A sweet and easy ode to the Big Apple. Cert. 15

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HANNIBAL SEASON 1:
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American serial killer series, trading in on the Hannibal Lector books and films. Judging by the trailer only, the most impressive thing about it appears to be the cast: international favourite Mads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne and local lad, Hugh Dancy. A troubled profiler is forced into joining teams with the eminent Dr. Lector, who enjoys – as we all know – some dark, dark games (along with a bottle of Chianti). Cert. 18

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Also Out This Week:

 

GOOD WIFE SEASON 4:

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COMMUNITY SEASON 3:

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50 Foot Woman

By Dixie Turner

Remember To Join The Wednesday RENTALUTION!!

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JUST BECAUSE WE CAN!!!

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Bank Holiday New Releases (or Films For Carnival Refuge)

OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN:

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High-octane action thriller with a Jack Bauer-style story line. The White House is under attack by a bunch of highly trained, highly armed extremists and the President (Morgan Freeman) is taken hostage in an underground bunker. Only the former Secret Service agent, Gerard ‘300’ Butler, can save him…. On the potential plus side, the film is directed by Antoine Fuqua who directed the great corrupt-cop crime drama, Training Day. Cert. 15

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I’M SO EXCITED:

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Pedro Almodovar’s latest is a return to his classic sex-comedy roots after his previous film, the dark Skin I Live In. The crew of a stricken aircraft attempt to make the potentially fatal flight as enjoyable as possible for passengers, setting aside their personal issues and facing possible disaster with a smile. Spanish with English subs. Cert.15

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A HIJACKING:

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Timely and tense Danish thriller based on real events. When a cargo ship is hijacked by Somali pirates and the crew taken hostage, the CEO of the shipping company insists on negotiating for the lives of his men himself.  But keeping his emotions out of the situation proves impossible as events begin to escalate. Starring an assortment of Killing and Borgen actors that you will all no doubt recognise. Danish with English subs. Cert.15

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SOMETHING IN THE AIR:

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Olivier Assayas, director of Summer Hours, Irma Vep and Carlos, brings us a tale of youthful revolutionary fervour set in the weeks, months and years following the events of May ’68 where political idealism comes face to face with some of the harsher realities of life… French, Italian and English with English subs. Cert. 15

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REBELLION:

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Director of the explosive contemporary classic drama about urban racial-tension, La Haine, Mathieu Kassovitz, returns to hard-hitting form with this action-thriller about a counter-terrorism police unit fighting to sustain negotiations with increasingly hostile rebel fighters who have kidnapped 30 police personnel. French with English subs. Cert. 15

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK:

SIMON KILLER:

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IN THE FOG:

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EYE OF THE STORM:

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BEYOND THE WALLS:

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BURTON AND TAYLOR:

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CALENDAR:

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BARBIE MARIPOSA AND THE THE FAIRY PRINCESS:

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by Dixie Turner

BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND (AKA CARNIVAL MASH-UP)

***CARNIVAL WEEKEND OPENING HOURS:***

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: 9:00 -22:00

SUNDAY & MONDAY: CLOSED (AND LETTERBOX SEALED SHUT!!)

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As we’re expecting a few thousand friends to drop into the area over the bank holiday weekend, we’re closing shop as usual on the Sunday and Monday. Please note that our letter box will also be sealed shut so you won’t be able to drop DVDs off – and so others won’t be able to drop off other things either…

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IF YOU’RE HEADING INTO THE THRONG – HAVE A FUN-FUELLED FEST – AND BE SAFE. IF YOU’RE LAYING LOW, THEN HEAD IN TO THE SHOP TO GRAB YOUR VIEWING SUPPLIES. DON’T BE CAUGHT OUT WITH NOWT TO WATCH BUT ‘HOMES UNDER THE HAMMER’ AND ‘BRITS ABROAD’….

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Belmondo (the French Ringo Starr)

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Reviewed by Rob Munday.
Classe Tous Risques (Consider All Risks) was one of many films caught in the riptide of the French New Wave. It was released in Paris in March 1960. A week later Breathless (also starring Jean-Paul Belmondo) opened in cinemas and swept all before it.
The BFI’s latest discovery, Classe Tous Risques is a startlingly direct portrait of Parisian gangsters. Our hero is Abel Davos (played by Lino Ventura an Italian born character actor with the heft and brooding presence of Stanley Baker).We follow Abel from Italy to France as he tries to break out of a life on the lam. And what does that mean but one last job, to score big and settle down, retreat to normality with his wife and kids. What’s unusual here is the ‘one last job’ story is flipped on its head. The crime comes early and the aftermath becomes a deconstruction of gangster life. The unhurried pacing gives away the literary origin of the script with the occasional narrator adding a pulp flavour. However the source novel was by death-row-inmate-turned-writer Jose Giovanni and his inside knowledge brings a blunt realism to the crimes. There is real incisiveness and clarity in Claude Sautet’s direction. He never resorts to gangster clichés and when the flashes of violence come they ring true with sharp staging and zero theatrics.
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Abel is a downbeat character, driven to carry on while always seeming resigned to his fate. In sharp contrast to him is the late appearance of the young Eric Stark (Jean-Paul Belmondo), a name that evokes Jim Stark (James Dean’s Rebel Without a Cause). Like James Dean this Stark seems out on his own, a wounded man who’s taken to isolation. But there is also a relaxed charm to Belmondo’s performance. His love story with the well cast Sandra Milo is a minor part of the film but beautifully played. There’s real chemistry here and the sparks between these young lovers provide hope, showing what life can be and what Abel seems so far from. It is both unusual and touching the way this young hoodlum becomes Abel’s protector and Sautet implies that Eric may be the only honourable thief left in Paris.

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Fifty years on this tale of loyalty and regret still seems fresh. While the New Wave was crashing the world never realised that Sautet (along with Jacques Becker and Jean-Pierre Melville) was reinventing the gangster film. Not that Abel seems that bothered. He’s considered all risks and done it anyway. Time to light up a Gauloise and take a walk.

Classe Tous Risques opens on 13 September at the BFI Southbank and selected cinemas nationwide.

For more classic Belmondo check out these titles (available to rent or buy):

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Breathless (Godard – 1960)

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Le Doulos (Jean-Pierre Melville – 1962)

JOIN THE RENTALUTION!

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***FOR A LIMITED TIME, VIDEO CITY IS JOINING THE SO-CALLED ‘RENTAL SPRING’ (YES, EVEN IN MID-AUGUST) AND OFFERING YOU, OUR DEVOTED CUSTOMERS, A SPECIAL 2 FOR 1 ON ALL RENTALS EVERY WEDNESDAY.***

DON’T MISS OUT AND REMEMBER: BRING YOUR MARCHING BOOTS. FLAGS AND BANDANAS ALSO A GOOD IDEA…

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LOOKING AHEAD – Hi-Lights of September Releases

2/9:

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STAR TREK – INTO DARKNESS

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MUD

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LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED

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I’M SO EXCITED

9/9:

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IRON MAN 3

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CROODS

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DEAD MAN DOWN

16/9:

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RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST

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HOMELAND SEASON 2

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30/9:

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SPECIAL SCREENING@THE GATE: I AM NASRINE

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Tale of two siblings from Tehran trying to come to grips with their new life in the UK. Come down and check it out!

Showing on Sunday 18th August at 1:30. Followed by a Q&A with actor Shiraz Haq.

Gate Cinema,

103 Notting Hill Gate,

London W11 3LB

New Releases: 19th August

OBLIVION:

Oblivion-Movie-Poster-1Visually pleasing post-apocalyptic sci-fi (nothing quite like seeing the earth in ruins to put a smile on your face of a Sunday morn) starring Tom Cruise as ‘Jack’ the hero who, whilst on a journey back to Earth to secure its last remaining resources, ends up battling to save mankind. I suppose it wouldn’t be much of a film if he came back to Earth and ended up just collecting tomatoes, or trying to catch clean air in a jar. Or fracking. Although maybe Oblivion 2 will be about fracking… Yep. Cert. 12

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LOOK OF LOVE:

movies-look-of-love-posterBiopic of self-made impressario Paul Raymond the pornographer and nightclub owner who also owned much of Soho and who was, at one point, the richest man in Britain. Reuniting Michael Winterbottom with his 24 Hour Party People star, Steve Coogan. Co-starring Imogen Poots (Late Quartet) and Anna Friel (Limitless). Cert. 18

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COMPLIANCE:

compliance-posterBased on one of those bizarre true-stories which makes you wonder at the average I.Q. of an entire country of people… A menacing prank caller manages to convince the workers at a fast food restaurant that one of their colleagues is a thief and that she should be interrogated. By the end of the call, no-one involved survives unscathed. Cert. 15

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BERNIE:

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Crime dramedy, based on the true story of a small-town mortician who becomes the companion of an extremely demanding and difficult, wealthy, much-older woman. Finally, when he can’t stand her anymore, he shoots her and then goes to great lengths to disguise the fact of her death by acting as though she were still alive… Starring JAck Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey. Directed by Richard Linklater (Before Sunset etc). Cert.12

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Also out this week:

INSEPARABLE:

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WHITE QUEEN:

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FORBIDDEN GROUND:

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SCARY MOVIE 5:

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by Dixie Turner

If You’re Heading to the Cinema…

Frances-Ha-Quad… to see Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha!, starring and written by Greta Gerwig, then it’s worth checking out…

Film of the Day: GREENBERG (2010)

greenberg_xlgalso directed by Baumbach and also starring Greta Gerwig.

Greenbergand co-starring Ben stiller as Roger Greenberg, a 40 year-old recovering from a breakdown and currently practicing ‘doing nothing’..

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… apart from writing letters of complaint to the various companies he comes across who seem to be making a bad job of things:

“Dear Starbucks, in your attempt to manufacture culture out of fast food coffee you’ve been surprisingly successful for the most part. The part that isn’t covered by ‘the most part’ sucks.”

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**<HURT PEOPLE HURT PEOPLE>**

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An awkward comedy about not knowing where exactly you are in life and accepting that maybe you’re not quite where – or who – you planned to be…

Beth: Hey Greenberg, what are you doing these days?

Greenberg: You know, I’ve been in New York but, right now i”m really trying to nothing for a while.

Beth: That’s brave – at our age…

Also worth watching is Baumbach’s  Squid and the Whale based on his and his brother’s true life childhood experiences of dealing with their divorcing parents.

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by Dixie Turner

FILM OF THE DAY: A Late Quartet (2012)

a-late-quartet-poster02Yaron Zilberman’s taut drama focuses on the interplay between four talented musicians who have been playing in a quartet together for many years. The threat of a sudden change to their successful routine brings all kinds of tensions, desires, jealousies and thwarted ambitions bursting to the surface. Impeccably acted by Philip Seymour Hoffman as the long-suffering and over-looked second, Christopher Walken as the (ailing) head and heart, Catherine Keener as the frustrated and guilt-ridden wife and mother, Mark Ivanir as the arrogant genius and Imogen Poots as Kate Winslet (and talented daughter).

FOUR MUSICIANS. FOUR LIVES INTERTWINED. FOUR AMBITIONS. FOUR SEPARATE DESIRES. A LOT OF STRINGS.

(Some seem more comfortable with their instruments than others…)

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Christopher Walken in A Late Quartet

MOV_LateQuartet_2348Heart-felt faces. Mismatched notes. So hard to mime well when there are just so many darn strings…

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**WHEN THE GATES ARE SECURED, EMOTIONS ARE WELCOMED. WE CAN ALL SIT DOWN READY TO BE SWEPT AWAY.**

a-late-quartet08“Did you love me, or was I just convenient?”

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by Dixie Turner

Elvis and Mizoguchi – Bedfellows at Last…. (On the Recent Additions Shelf)

MIZOGUCHI BOXSET:

181468-playerThe Japanese master, director of the masterpiece Ugetsu Monogatari. Four of his films are collected here by Artificial Eye, including Sisters of the Gion.

In stock to rent and buy.

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ELVIS:

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For fans of the King, this is probably the best biopic available – John Carpenter directs Kurt Russell and Shelley Winters.

by Dixie Turner

New Releases: 12th August

PLACE BEYOND THE PINES:

THE-PLACE-BEYOND-THE-PINES-PosterCritically acclaimed crime-drama by Derek Cianfrance, director of the wonderful Blue Valentine. Set in three parts, the film spans 15 years or so, telling the story of a carnival stuntman-turned bank robber, his would-be family, and the life of the police officer who pursues him. Strong performances from Ryan Gosling, who seemingly plays the twin of his character in Drive, Australian Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom) who is fantastic as Robin and Eva Mendes as the troubled baby-mama. Keep an eye out for a great performance from Emory Cohen as the combustible AJ – definitely one to watch… Cert. 15

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SPRING BREAKERS:

exclusive-spring-breakers-poster-128375-a-1360846198-1200-100Spring break goes bikini-baby-bad in art-house guru Harmony Korine’s most mainstream movie to date. After robbing a restaurant, four bikini-clad college girls fall in with a drugs and arms dealer to do some dirty business. Watch and wonder – this is a slightly different take on trash (from the writer of Kids and the director of Gummo, Mister Lonely and – o yes – Trash Humpers). Watch and wonder. Cert. 18

Harmony Korine interview on Spring Breakers

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GATEKEEPERS:

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Also out this week:

GIRLS SEASON 2:

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JUSTIFIED SEASON 4:

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EVIL DEAD:

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PASSION:

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American re-make of the supremely underwhelming Love Crimes….

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PERFECT HOST:

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BERLIN 36:

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FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS SEASON 5:

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by Dixie Turner

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