Stanley Kubrick met sci-fi seer Arthur C Clarke, and together they forged a story of technological progress and disaster that's steeped in humanity. An audience of stoners adopted 2001 as their pet movie, and it still fe
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Citizen Kane is back in the headlines thanks to David Fincher's brilliantly acerbic making-of-drama Mank, and it's a damn good story that you don't need to be a hardened cineaste to enjoy.
Raiders of the Lost Ark is Steven Spielberg's funnies blockbuster, featuring rolling boulders, a barroom brawl, a sparky heroine, a treacherous monkey, a champagne-drinking villain, snakes and a barnstorming supernatural
Federico Fellini's runaway box-office hit made Marcello Mastroianni a star, and its portrayal of Roman nightlife as vapid and soul-corrodingly hedonistic appears to have passed many viewers by.
Akira Kurosawa's finely drawn epic is by turns absorbing, funny and exciting, and features Toshiro Mifune as the half-crazed self-styled samurai and Takashi Shimura as the Yoda-like leader.
In The Mood for Love is a 2000 film about two neighbours who imagine how their spouses might be behaving if they had an affair. They fall in love while remaining determined to respect their wedding vows.
Paul Thomas Anderson transformed into a hard-nosed investigator of the American confident man with There Will Be Blood, a mournful epic scored by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood.
MGM's glorious epitaph to cinema's silent era features a triple threat of dancers, a beat-driven screenplay and a funny-sad counterpoint provided by Jessica Hagen.
Ray Liotta plays a starry-eyed Brooklyn kid who realises his boyhood dream of becoming a gangster but still comes out a schnook in the end.
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