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Classic American films: The Wizard of Oz – the 10 best quotes from 1939 musical fantasy

The Wizard of Oz, with Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Wicked Witch and, of course, Toto the dog, is a classic from another era. Some of its quotes have made it into common use and here is a selection.

3 Aug 2019 - 4:00AM

The Wizard of Oz, with Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Wicked Witch and, of course, Toto the dog, is a classic from another era. Some of its quotes have made it into common use and here is a selection.

Classic American films: The Wizard of Oz – the 10 best quotes from 1939 musical fantasy
Classic American films: Inside Out – Pixar’s take on the human mind remains one of the studio’s best efforts

Released to great acclaim in 2015, Inside Out is a beautifully put together film that, like Toy Story and Up, is about praising the power of imagination.

20 Jul 2019 - 4:40AM

Released to great acclaim in 2015, Inside Out is a beautifully put together film that, like Toy Story and Up, is about praising the power of imagination.

Classic American films: Inside Out – Pixar’s take on the human mind remains one of the studio’s best efforts
Classic American films: Scarface – the 10 best quotes from Brian De Palma’s 1983 gangster thriller

The extreme action of the Pacino-driven gangster film may have offended Hollywood in 1983, but the violent story about a Cuban refugee who becomes a drug lord is now a cinematic classic.

13 Jul 2019 - 9:12PM

The extreme action of the Pacino-driven gangster film may have offended Hollywood in 1983, but the violent story about a Cuban refugee who becomes a drug lord is now a cinematic classic.

Classic American films: Scarface – the 10 best quotes from Brian De Palma’s 1983 gangster thriller
Classic American films: why Hitchcock’s Vertigo ranks as one of the greatest films ever made

Starring James Stewart and Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock’s 46th film’s a curdled romance of doppelgängers and ghosts, and a dreamy, daylit noir of swollen colours and sinister desires.

6 Jul 2019 - 9:17PM

Starring James Stewart and Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock’s 46th film’s a curdled romance of doppelgängers and ghosts, and a dreamy, daylit noir of swollen colours and sinister desires.

Classic American films: why Hitchcock’s Vertigo ranks as one of the greatest films ever made
Classic American films – Avengers: Infinity War reassessed; terrific actors, great leads, feels like TV

The interplay between the lead actors remains the film’s strongest suit, and it introduces a new concept to the Marvel Cinematic Universe – jeopardy – as Thanos wipes out half the universe. But it still feels like a TV show episode.

22 Jun 2019 - 9:00PM

The interplay between the lead actors remains the film’s strongest suit, and it introduces a new concept to the Marvel Cinematic Universe – jeopardy – as Thanos wipes out half the universe. But it still feels like a TV show episode.

Classic American films – Avengers: Infinity War reassessed; terrific actors, great leads, feels like TV
Classic British films: Trainspotting – the 10 best quotes from Danny Boyle’s cult 1996 drama

A modern classic based on the Irvine Welsh bestseller, it follows the lives of five heroin addicts living on their wits in a working class area of Edinburgh. The screenplay by John Hodge won an Academy Award nomination.

15 Jun 2019 - 9:00PM

A modern classic based on the Irvine Welsh bestseller, it follows the lives of five heroin addicts living on their wits in a working class area of Edinburgh. The screenplay by John Hodge won an Academy Award nomination.

Classic British films: Trainspotting – the 10 best quotes from Danny Boyle’s cult 1996 drama
Classic American films: Fargo – how Coen brothers’ 1996 noir awed with its brutal, dark but funny tale

Starring William H Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare and Frances McDormand, Fargo combined noir with character drama and received seven Oscar nominations, winning two.

8 Jun 2019 - 9:13PM

Starring William H Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare and Frances McDormand, Fargo combined noir with character drama and received seven Oscar nominations, winning two.

Classic American films: Fargo – how Coen brothers’ 1996 noir awed with its brutal, dark but funny tale
Classic American films: Spotlight – important and good journalism drama, and Oscar-winning too

Film is inspired by The Boston Globe investigation of systemic child abuse covered up by the Catholic Church, which won a Pulitzer Prize. Frank and unflashy, it works like good journalism, letting the awful facts speak for themselves.

25 May 2019 - 9:00PM

Film is inspired by The Boston Globe investigation of systemic child abuse covered up by the Catholic Church, which won a Pulitzer Prize. Frank and unflashy, it works like good journalism, letting the awful facts speak for themselves.

Classic American films: Spotlight – important and good  journalism drama, and Oscar-winning too
Classic American films: Good Will Hunting – the 10 best quotes from 1997 education drama

Directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Matt Damon and Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting grossed US$225 million during its run in theatres and was nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning two.

18 May 2019 - 8:45PM

Directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Matt Damon and Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting grossed US$225 million during its run in theatres and was nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning two.

Classic American films: Good Will Hunting – the 10 best quotes from 1997 education drama
Classic American films: The Lion King – Disney’s unlikely triumph is as strange and lovely as ever

The 1994 Disney classic animation, with songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, is the bestselling home video ever. Cultural insensitivities aside, it is a magical film worth seeing on the big screen.

11 May 2019 - 9:00PM

The 1994 Disney classic animation, with songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, is the bestselling home video ever. Cultural insensitivities aside, it is a magical film worth seeing on the big screen.

Classic American films: The Lion King – Disney’s unlikely triumph is as strange and lovely as ever
Classic British/American films: Locke – Tom Hardy stars as a man in crisis in gripping, experimental one-man show

Over 85 tense, moving minutes, the film focuses on just one man, alone in his car, driving away from his life during a long, dark night of the soul. Hardy is the only character on screen, and is fantastic, speaking in a pedantic Welsh accent that fits Locke perfectly.

27 Apr 2019 - 9:00PM

Over 85 tense, moving minutes, the film focuses on just one man, alone in his car, driving away from his life during a long, dark night of the soul. Hardy is the only character on screen, and is fantastic, speaking in a pedantic Welsh accent that fits Locke perfectly.

Classic British/American films: Locke – Tom Hardy stars as a man in crisis in gripping, experimental one-man show
Classic American films: Back to the Future – the 10 best quotes from 1985 sci-fi adventure

One of the most popular films of the ’80s, Back to the Future made stars out of Michael J. Fox and one time-travelling DeLorean car. In the film Fox stars as teenager Marty McFly, who accidentally travels back in time to 1955.

20 Apr 2019 - 9:00PM

One of the most popular films of the ’80s, Back to the Future made stars out of Michael J. Fox and one time-travelling DeLorean car. In the film Fox stars as teenager Marty McFly, who accidentally travels back in time to 1955.

Classic American films: Back to the Future – the 10 best quotes from 1985 sci-fi adventure
Classic American films: Monster – Charlize Theron’s superb portrait of a serial killer

Theron pulled out all the stops to play Aileen Wuornos, shaving her eyebrows and gaining 14kg in weight. Most critics call her Academy Award-winning performance the best in her career.

13 Apr 2019 - 9:00PM

Theron pulled out all the stops to play Aileen Wuornos, shaving her eyebrows and gaining 14kg in weight. Most critics call her Academy Award-winning performance the best in her career.

Classic American films: Monster – Charlize Theron’s superb portrait of a serial killer
Classic American films: The Wolf of Wall Street – Martin Scorsese finds twisted fun in despicable subject

This riotous 2013 account of the (true) rise and fall of crooked stockbroker Jordan Belfort is a hell of a ride, with Leonardo DiCaprio suspiciously brilliant throughout.

31 Mar 2019 - 2:03PM

This riotous 2013 account of the (true) rise and fall of crooked stockbroker Jordan Belfort is a hell of a ride, with Leonardo DiCaprio suspiciously brilliant throughout.

Classic American films: The Wolf of Wall Street – Martin Scorsese finds twisted fun in despicable subject
Classic American films: Forrest Gump – the 10 best quotes from 1994 Tom Hanks epic

The film, starring Hanks, Sally Fields, Gary Sinise and Robyn Wright, became a cult classic. The plot follows Gump, a good-hearted simple man through some defining moments in world history.

23 Mar 2019 - 9:58PM

The film, starring Hanks, Sally Fields, Gary Sinise and Robyn Wright, became a cult classic. The plot follows Gump, a good-hearted simple man through some defining moments in world history.

Classic American films: Forrest Gump – the 10 best quotes from 1994 Tom Hanks epic
Classic American films: The Warriors – Walter Hill’s cult 1979 New York gang flick remains a single-minded achievement

Dated but full of attitude, The Warriors (1979) – the story of a Coney Island street gang fighting to get home through other gangs and the police – reflects New York City in the 1970s at its most lawless, and became a cult classic.

17 Mar 2019 - 8:26AM

Dated but full of attitude, The Warriors (1979) – the story of a Coney Island street gang fighting to get home through other gangs and the police – reflects New York City in the 1970s at its most lawless, and became a cult classic.

Classic American films: The Warriors – Walter Hill’s cult 1979 New York gang flick remains a single-minded achievement
Classic American films: Logan – Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine swansong may be best superhero film since The Dark Knight

Far removed from other superhero movies – lit like a neo-noir, sweary and often startlingly violent – Logan is not afraid of embracing the darkness, thanks mainly to director James Mangold’s gritty, Oscar-nominated screenplay.

2 Mar 2019 - 9:32PM

Far removed from other superhero movies – lit like a neo-noir, sweary and often startlingly violent – Logan is not afraid of embracing the darkness, thanks mainly to director James Mangold’s gritty, Oscar-nominated screenplay.

Classic American films: Logan – Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine swansong may be best superhero film since The Dark Knight
Classic American films: The Princess Bride – the 10 best quotes from Rob Reiner’s 1987 fairy tale

Starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright and Mandy Patinkin, The Princess Bride has become a cult classic in the years since its 1987 release and was even inducted into the US National Film Registry in 2016.

23 Feb 2019 - 9:24PM

Starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright and Mandy Patinkin, The Princess Bride has become a cult classic in the years since its 1987 release and was even inducted into the US National Film Registry in 2016.

Classic American films: The Princess Bride – the 10 best quotes from Rob Reiner’s 1987 fairy tale
Classic European films: Amelie, starring Audrey Tautou, is adorable and alluring, if an acquired taste

Starring Audrey Tautou and written and directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Amelie is so breathless and beautiful you have no choice but to be swept along – but is simply too saccharine for some.

17 Feb 2019 - 8:40AM

Starring Audrey Tautou and written and directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Amelie is so breathless and beautiful you have no choice but to be swept along – but is simply too saccharine for some.

Classic European films: Amelie, starring Audrey Tautou, is adorable and alluring, if an acquired taste
Classic American films: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Martin McDonagh’s Oscar-winner isn’t quite the sum of its parts

Martin McDonagh’s film is very, very good but a second viewing reveals issues that might not have been evident at first.

3 Feb 2019 - 9:28AM

Martin McDonagh’s film is very, very good but a second viewing reveals issues that might not have been evident at first.

Classic American films: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Martin McDonagh’s Oscar-winner isn’t quite the sum of its parts
Classic American films: Pulp Fiction – the 10 best lines from Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 crime drama

From cold-blooded hitmen Jules and Vincent to crime boss Marcellus Wallace and of course The Wolf, Pulp Fiction is full of classic lines

26 Jan 2019 - 9:05PM

From cold-blooded hitmen Jules and Vincent to crime boss Marcellus Wallace and of course The Wolf, Pulp Fiction is full of classic lines

Classic American films: Pulp Fiction – the 10 best lines from Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 crime drama
Classic American films: Rocky – John G Avildsen’s boxing drama is not the film people remember

The original Rocky is unrelentingly downbeat for most of its runtime, with very little boxing, a seduction scene that looks more like coercion, and an undercurrent of racial anxiety that today feels a bit like racism.

20 Jan 2019 - 8:20AM

The original Rocky is unrelentingly downbeat for most of its runtime, with very little boxing, a seduction scene that looks more like coercion, and an undercurrent of racial anxiety that today feels a bit like racism.

Classic American films: Rocky – John G Avildsen’s boxing drama is not the film people remember
Classic American films: Blade Runner 2049 – immaculate but uninvolving Denis Villeneuve sequel

Like Ridley Scott, who made the original Blade Runner, Villeneuve is great at world-building, and every frame of the 2017 film is pinch-yourself beautiful, but for a treatise on humanity it doesn’t have much of its own.

6 Jan 2019 - 8:31AM

Like Ridley Scott, who made the original Blade Runner, Villeneuve is great at world-building, and every frame of the 2017 film is pinch-yourself beautiful, but for a treatise on humanity it doesn’t have much of its own.

Classic American films: Blade Runner 2049 – immaculate but uninvolving Denis Villeneuve sequel
Classic American films: The Shawshank Redemption – the 10 best lines from 1994 prison drama

In this regular series we take a look at some of the most talked-about films and the legacy they have left behind. Here we revisit the most memorable lines from the famous prison drama.

29 Dec 2018 - 8:09AM

In this regular series we take a look at some of the most talked-about films and the legacy they have left behind. Here we revisit the most memorable lines from the famous prison drama.

Classic American films: The Shawshank Redemption – the 10 best lines from 1994 prison drama
Classic American films: Cool Hand Luke – Paul Newman shines in compelling prison drama

The 1967 Oscar-winning film sees Newman in a role made just for him and appears to have been a major inspiration for The Shawshank Redemption.

22 Dec 2018 - 10:04PM

The 1967 Oscar-winning film sees Newman in a role made just for him and appears to have been a major inspiration for The Shawshank Redemption.

Classic American films: Cool Hand Luke – Paul Newman shines in compelling prison drama
Classic American films: Whiplash – Damien Chazelle’s hard-hitting 2014 drama never drags

Chazelle’s film about jazz drumming starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons might be niche subject matter but the treatment is transfixing, with a razor-sharp script complementing excellent central performances.

10 Dec 2018 - 12:15PM

Chazelle’s film about jazz drumming starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons might be niche subject matter but the treatment is transfixing, with a razor-sharp script complementing excellent central performances.

Classic American films: Whiplash – Damien Chazelle’s hard-hitting 2014 drama never drags
Classic American films: The Godfather - the best lines from 1972 mafia saga real gangsters have quoted ever since

The quintessential gangster film was full of great acting and classic one liners. Here’s a selection from Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall and James Caan.

2 Dec 2018 - 4:13PM

The quintessential gangster film was full of great acting and classic one liners. Here’s a selection from Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall and James Caan.

Classic American films: The Godfather - the best lines from 1972 mafia saga real gangsters have quoted ever since
Classic American films: Network – Sidney Lumet’s news satire as relevant today as in 1976

A news anchor announces he will kill himself on air in his final show after being pushed out because of low ratings. The story of the power of ratings resonates in this age of click bait, fake news and a reality-TV US president.

26 Nov 2018 - 11:24AM

A news anchor announces he will kill himself on air in his final show after being pushed out because of low ratings. The story of the power of ratings resonates in this age of click bait, fake news and a reality-TV US president.

Classic American films: Network – Sidney Lumet’s news satire as relevant today as in 1976
Review | Film review: Jason Bourne – clichéd, generic sequel reunites Matt Damon, Paul Greengrass

Great action and chase scenes marred by flimsy back story and pedestrian plot in fifth outing for Robert Ludlum’s government-service killer with memory loss

26 Jul 2016 - 3:30PM

Great action and chase scenes marred by flimsy back story and pedestrian plot in fifth outing for Robert Ludlum’s government-service killer with memory loss

Film review: Jason Bourne – clichéd, generic sequel reunites Matt Damon, Paul Greengrass
Review | Film review: Man Up – Simon Pegg and Lake Bell hit it off in heartless, tasteless rom-com

Sharp dialogue and cynicism rule as unlikely couple go on a blind date in a comedy that is all whirlwind and no romance

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

Sharp dialogue and cynicism rule as unlikely couple go on a blind date in a comedy that is all whirlwind and no romance

Film review: Man Up – Simon Pegg and Lake Bell hit it off in heartless, tasteless rom-com