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Steve Thompson reviews Martin Scorsese’s blackly comic Kafkaesque masterpiece, the 1985 film After Hours, a twisted, tormented, existential trip through the dark streets of downtown Manhattan.

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L’Amour Fou (Crazy Love), not to be confused with the 1969 movie of the same name directed by Jacques Rivette, is a portrait of Yves Saint Laurent’s life with Pierre Bergé. Kate Lawson reviews.

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Steve Martin? In a serious role? It works, says Steve Thompson, revisiting David Mamet’s 1997 film The Spanish Prisoner. Expect twists, turns, twisty-turns and smarty-pants dialogue, and be sure to pay rapt attention.

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Sitting in a darkened room with 15 people, my toes were so curled I could almost kick my kneecaps. Across the room I saw winces, hands across eyes and heads fully turned from the screen. “Oh my…” breathed the woman behind me.

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Where do zombies come from? They owe a debt, or at least an offering of brains, to Herk Harvey and his only feature length film, Carnival of Souls. Steve Thompson reviews the seminal horror classic.

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Reviled by many critics and ignored by audiences, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me has unjustly slipped under the radar. Dig below the surface, scrape away years of dirt, and you’ll reveal a rich and multifaceted cinematic gem.

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Beautiful, sartorially elegant, thought-provoking, decades ahead of its time, fun and exciting; The Prisoner deserves its position as one of the most influential television dramas ever.

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Did you see that film Whisky? The one that was based in a sock factory, the sock factory in Uruguay? Minimal dialogue, subtitled? The one with the loose storyline, you know it? The main character hardly says anything. Did you see it?

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Steve Thompson, whose film recommendations are frankly starting to worry us here at The Arb, confesses his rather dirty love for Andrzej Zulawski’s 1981 twisted horror-drama, Possession.

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As a schoolkid, a curious Steve Thompson was always on the look-out for mysteries to solve. Little wonder he is enchanted by the 2005 high-school detective neo-noir flick, Brick.

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