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Trouble In The Heartland

Legendary director's bleak early classic continues to gain respect

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There are no headless bats in Black Sabbath—Never Say Die SANCTUARY and Ozzy doesn't even...

Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead

Tom Stoppard directs this 1990 screen version of his ingenious 1967 play about two supporting...

Lawless Heart

The much-praised Hunter-Hunsinger debut was one of last year's best Britflicks, boasting deft...

American Gun

James Coburn's last film is a well-meaning but hardly unforgettable drama about a father's search...

A Private Function

Brilliant comedy about snobbery and class, set in 1947: with food rationing (and the black market)...

Platform

A monumental 150-minute attempt at tracking China's cultural transition from Mao-ish uniformity to...

Saturday Night And Sunday Morning - The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner

Arguably the two most powerful kitchen-sink dramas of the early '60s were both adapted from the...

The Stunt Man

"If God could do the tricks that we can do, he'd be a happy man," declares megalomaniacal film...

Goin' South

Jack Nicholson's second film as director, an anarchic western, with Jack's filthy outlaw saved from...

Clown Jewels

Tragi-comic genius' big-screen outings are period treats

C'était Un Rendezvous

This cult item came about in 1976 when Claude LeLouch fastened a camera to the bumper of a Ferrari...

Time Of Favor

Intense Israeli thriller merging politics, religion and thwarted romance in which Rabbi Meltzer (...

Jack The Ripper Special Edition

TV mini series from 1988 directed by David (The Sweeney) Wickes and starring Michael Caine as the...

My Little Eye

Not as astute or ambitious a satire of "reality TV" as Series 7: The Contenders, but Marc Evans'...

Hidden Agenda

Set during the Ulster 'Troubles', Hidden Agenda begins admirably enough with director Ken Loach's...

Rishtey

A pretty convoluted and derivative 2002 Bollywood outing, ranging over several years and telling...

The Pink Floyd And Syd Barrett Story

He hasn't made a record since 1970, but the Syd Barrett legend continues to grow. Narrated by...

The Osbournes—Series One

Sharon Osbourne, reviewing Series One, sighs wistfully to her son: "I wish it was back then, Jack...

Brian Wilson—On Tour - The Beach Boys—Live At Knebworth 1980

Knebworth 1980 is the last time all six Beach Boys appeared together in the UK. Brian is now a...

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Editor's Letter

Reviewed: Respect Yourself: Stax Records And The Soul Explosion by Robert Gordon


As Robert Gordon reminds us in Respect Yourself: Stax Records And The Soul Explosion, his terrific account of the rise and fall of the great Memphis soul imprint, the Stax story is more than a record-label history. “It is an American story,” Gordon writes,”...