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It’s a Wonderful Life (1946): a very modern malady

Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life is a film of extremes, and a lesson in wish fulfilment

Published: 7 November 2022
7 November 2022

Dybbuk (2021): hoax, horror and hokum

From true-life tale to the big screen, but backstory is key to Indian horror Dybbuk

Published: 31 October 2022
31 October 2022

The Birds (1963): story as sexual landscape

Mitch Brenner’s got gull trouble. First an attractive woman follows him home, then birds attack his family …

Published: 23 October 2022 | Last updated: 23 November 2022
23 October 2022

I Came By (2022) explained: a question of class

Basement thriller I Came By sheds light on social invisibility, and unmasks the problem with class

Published: 17 October 2022 | Last updated: 18 November 2022
17 October 2022

Life (2017) explained: monsters, Martians, them and us

Unpacking survival, sacrifice and genre rules in space horror Life

Published: 4 October 2022 | Last updated: 17 November 2022
4 October 2022

Napoleon Dynamite (2004): is Napoleon a good dancer?

Exploring the dance dynamics in Napoleon Dynamite, a comedy about being yourself – because who else can you be?

Published: 27 September 2022 | Last updated: 17 November 2022
27 September 2022