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Review: The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3

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Mark Kermode | 11:00 AM, Friday, 31 July 2009

The original movie, The Taking of Pelham One, Two, Three, was a classic of early '70s neo-noir sensibilities: tight-lipped grown ups exchanging terse dialogue punctuated by compelling moments of controlled violence. What can director Tony Scott, the man who helmed Domino, Man on Fire, The Last Boy Scout, Beverly Hills Cop and not to mention Days of Thunder and Top Gun, possibly add to the mix, do you imagine?

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The Culture Show: Screening Room

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Mark Kermode | 15:00 PM, Thursday, 30 July 2009

Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo are in front of an audience once again to debate the merits of specific movie genres in their Screening Room. This time it is the turn of rock docs. Movies such as Gimme Shelter, Rattle And Hum and Anvil are given the Mayo and Kermode once-over.

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Obscene Publications Act

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Mark Kermode | 13:00 PM, Tuesday, 28 July 2009

As Lars Von Trier's new work Antichrist continues to raise the blood pressure of the sort of tabloid type whose career is predicated on finding reasons to raise their blood pressure, it seems appropriate to note that this is the week of the 50th anniversary of the Obscene Publications Act which defines in law something as obscene: "if taken as a whole, such as to tend to deprave and corrupt persons who are likely, having regard to all relevant circumstances, to read, see or hear the matter contained or embodied in it."

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5 Live Review: Antichrist

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Mark Kermode | 16:00 PM, Monday, 27 July 2009

Mark reviews Lars von Trier's Antichrist.

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Loving Sandra Bullock

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Mark Kermode | 10:02 AM, Friday, 24 July 2009

She's funny, she's gorgeous, it's impossible to not love her and yet she makes rotten film after rotten film after rotten film. What is her secret? I think I know.

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The Culture Show: Screening Room

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Mark Kermode | 23:59 PM, Thursday, 23 July 2009

Film Club with Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo. This week the pair discuss the relative merits of musical biopics and whether such movies can ever live up to the majesty of the music.

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A Dodge Brothers Movie Tribute

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Mark Kermode | 14:00 PM, Tuesday, 21 July 2009

After last year's homage de skiffle to George Lucas's animated Star Wars outing, The Clone Wars, my fellow Dodge Brothers and I have found the courage to try another summer spectacular: the Alexander Courage, in fact.

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Moon Movies

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Mark Kermode | 17:00 PM, Friday, 17 July 2009

By some uncanny coincidence, in the very week of the 40th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's moonwalk, a new British movie simply called "Moon" hits our screens, and a widely admired work of intelligence and cinematic brio it most certainly is. In view of these auspicious events here is my take on how man's history of celluloid trips to the moon from Fritz Lang to Duncan Jones has always been about telling a much older, much deeper story.

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5 Live Interview: Willem Dafoe

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Mark Kermode | 17:00 PM, Thursday, 16 July 2009

Mayo and Kermode talk to Willem Dafoe about his role in Lars von Trier's Antichrist.

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The Culture Show: Guillermo del Toro Interview

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Mark Kermode | 14:00 PM, Wednesday, 15 July 2009

In this exclusive web-only interview, the visionary director behind Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy, Guillermo del Toro, talks to Mark Kermode about the first of his trilogy of vampire novels, The Strain.

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This from... you

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Mark Kermode | 17:00 PM, Tuesday, 14 July 2009

So now you've had a chance to check out Sacha's Brüno and Johnny's Dillinger, it seems a few of you have opinions of your own, and some of them are really rather good.

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Ich got some issues mit Brüno's ichssues

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Mark Kermode | 13:00 PM, Friday, 10 July 2009

After the success of Ali Gi and Borat, Sacha Baron Cohen had a good run as a sideshow in Talladega Nights, Sweeney Todd, and those Madagascar cartoons. Now he is back doing what he does best with Brüno - but has staying true to his original principles also become a little bit 2006?

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5 Live Review: Brüno

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Mark Kermode | 12:00 PM, Friday, 10 July 2009

It's crude, it's rude, it must be Sacha Baron Cohen's latest offering, Bruno.

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Blog reply replies: A matter of opinions

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Mark Kermode | 11:00 AM, Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Never let it be said that there is no freedom of speech on Kermode Uncut: you can be as totally wrong as you like. And in other news, how does a person pronounce the surname "Bowie." Is it possible to be apsolutist about it?

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Review: PUBLIC ENEMIES

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Mark Kermode | 12:00 PM, Friday, 3 July 2009

So after a summer of horrible giant robots it's fantastic news that Michael Mann, the genius auteur behind Manhunter, The Insider, and Heat is back with a new movie, the story of John Dillinger, the most famous bank robber in American history. Brilliant news, isn't it? Isn't it?

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