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RETRO

A nostalgic (but not blindly nostalgic) look back at some cult and classic movies. Are they worth checking out once you take off the rose-tinted glasses? Find out in this retrospective section.

Beverly Hills Cop (1984) starring Eddie Murphy

This comedic cop thriller, directed by Martin Brest and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, is formula stuff but blends action and humour very well.

Eddie Murphy, John Ashton and Judge Reinhold in Beverly Hills Cop

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Bullitt (1968) directed by Peter Yates and starring Steve McQueen

This police thriller, also starring Jacqueline Bisset and famous for its iconic car chase, has been diminished by being endlessly copied and superseded since.

Bullitt Steve McQueen and Robert Vaughn

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The Burbs (1989) directed by Joe Dante and starring Tom Hanks

A slight but enjoyable suburban comedy which wrings as much humour as it is possible to do so out of sinister neighbours and pop-culture horror references.

Tom Hanks and Rick Ducommun in Joe Dante's The 'Burbs

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Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) directed by John Schlesinger

This drama - starring Peter Finch, Glenda Jackson and Murray Head - displays real depth in its characters and was deservedly nominated for several awards.

Peter Finch and Murray Head in Sunday Bloody Sunday

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Escape from New York (1981) directed by John Carpenter

This cult classic, starring Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Isaac Hayes and Harry Dean Stanton, works largely because of its atmosphere and amusing performances.

Kurt Russell is Snake Plissken in Escape from New York

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The Ice Pirates (1984) starring Robert Urich and Mary Crosby

An uneven swashbuckler-influenced 1980s space opera comedy directed by Stewart Raffill, also starring Anjelica Huston, Ron Perlman and John Carradine.

Robert Urich, Anjelica Huston and company in The Ice Pirates

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The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)

Welsh director Peter Greenaway's most controversial yet accessible film: a scathing and gruesome satire of Thatcher-era consumerism.

Alan Howard, Helen Mirren and Michael Gambon in The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover

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Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) directed by John Carpenter

This low-budget modern-day remake of Rio Bravo served as a blueprint for both the director's later films and some more recent entries in the wider action genre.

Assault on Precinct 13

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Network (1976) directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Peter Finch

This mad-as-hell look at the manufactured reality of television, also starring Faye Dunaway, is a savage chronicle of modern times. It's well worthy of its Oscar wins.

Peter Finch is mad as hell in Network

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The Wicked Lady (1983) remake directed by Michael Winner

This remake of an adaptation of Magdalen King-Hall's novel is shallow, trashy period fun starring and overacting Faye Dunaway and a wooden Oliver Tobias.

Glynis Barber in Michael Winner's The Wicked Lady

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