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Life Is SweetLife Is Sweet (1990) Recommended
Dir. Mike Leigh
Feat. Alison Steadman, Timothy Spall, Jane Horrocks
Life is always bittersweet in a Mike Leigh film, but never so funny. Naturalism and caricature harmonise is this domestic black comedy thanks to his…
Prime Suspect (TV Series)Prime Suspect (TV Series) (1991-2003) Aro Favourite
Dir. Christopher Menaul
Feat. Helen Mirren, Tom Bell, Tom Wilkinson
Helen Mirren stars as DCI Tennison in seven award–winning (Emmy and BAFTA) mini–series from the pen of Lynda La Plante.
NakedNaked (1993) Recommended
Dir. Mike Leigh
Feat. David Thewlis, Katrin Cartlidge, Lesley Sharp
David Thewlis gives a bravura performance in a difficult role, somehow bringing humility to a complex yet unpleasant character – misogynist,…
Black BeautyBlack Beauty (1994)
Dir. Caroline Thompson
Feat. Sean Bean, David Thewlis
The screenwriter of THE SECRET GARDEN and EDWARD SCISSORHANDS brings this century–old tale to the modern screen with Sean Bean and David…
Dandelion Dead (TV Mini-Series)Dandelion Dead (TV Mini-Series) (1994)
Dir. Mike Hodges
Feat. Michael Kitchen, Sarah Miles, David Thewlis
A respected solicitor in a small country town poisons his wife – and expects to get away with it – in this riveting murder–mystery,…
RestorationRestoration (1995)
Dir. Michael Hoffman
Feat. Robert Downey Jnr., Sam Neill, Meg Ryan
Golden–age English past is again revisited, to when debauched King Charles II was re–throned and decadence reigned. Robert Downey Jnr,…
Total EclipseTotal Eclipse (1995)
Dir. Agnieszka Holland
Feat. Leonardo DiCaprio, David Thewlis
Voraciously dueling bohemians of late 19th century Paris, Leonardo Di Caprio and David Thewlis impersonate Rimbaud and Verlaine – French poet…
DragonheartDragonheart (1996)
Dir. Rob Cohen
Feat. Sean Connery, Dennis Quaid, David Thewlis
Medieval fantasy hokum highlighted by Sean Connery in drag! Drag–on, that is – the large lizard of legend variety. The sublime CGI…
Seven Years in TibetSeven Years in Tibet (1997)
Dir. Jean-Jacques Annaud
Feat. Brad Pitt, David Thewlis
On the eve of WWII, Austrian nationalist Heinrich Harrer (Brad Pitt) embarks on a mountain–climbing odyssey in the Himalayas, where he is…
American PerfektAmerican Perfekt (1997)
Dir. Paul Chart
Feat. Robert Forster, Amanda Plummer, David Thewlis
The most familiar of premises, an American desert road–trip entangling three motorists with a series of mysterious killings is elevated by an…
Divorcing JackDivorcing Jack (1998)
Dir. David Caffrey
Feat. David Thewlis
David Thewlis (NAKED) does what he does best as a hard–drinking, hard–bitten hack who, after a rotten series of luck, musters up the…
BesiegedBesieged (1998)
Dir. Bernardo Bertolucci
Feat. Thandie Newton, David Thewlis
Returning to a 'chamber–piece' setting reminiscent of LAST TANGO IN PARIS, dir. Bertolucci unfolds an enigmatic relationship in a Rome…
Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? (1999)
Dir. Peter Hewitt
Feat. Tom Courtenay, Stephen Fry, Laura Fraser
This whimsical coming–of–age tale set in the divide between disco and punk cultures in 1977 Britain has more to offer than just vibrant…
Gangster No. 1Gangster No. 1 (2000)
Dir. Paul McGuigan
Feat. Malcolm McDowell, David Thewlis, Paul Bettany
Ageing gangster Malcolm McDowell recalls his ascendance in the 70s to London’s underworld throne at the expense of the ‘Butcher of…
Beckett on FilmBeckett on Film (Waiting for Godot, et al.) (2001) Recommended
Dir. Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Neil Jordan, Kieron J Walsh
Feat. Julianne Moore, David Kelly, Jeremy Irons
An ambitious anthology of Samuel Beckett's nineteen stageplays, filmed here creatively by a roster of prestige actors and directors. Disc…
Dinotopia (TV Mini-series)Dinotopia (TV Mini-series) (2002)
Dir. Marco Brambilla
Feat. David Thewlis
Teledrama based on the popular, illustrative fantasy books by James Gurney, following two young brothers who survive a plane crash and wash up in a…
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) Recommended
Dir. Alfonso Cuaron
Feat. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Thompson, Robbie Coltrane
Young Harry's troublesome education continues at Hogswarts School Of Witchcraft And Wizardry, in this increasingly confident series, here given a…
Kingdom of HeavenKingdom of Heaven (2005)
Dir. Ridley Scott
Feat. Orlando Bloom, Liam Neeson, Eva Green
Arch–epic of the 12th century crusades, this follows an honourable French blacksmith (Bloom) into the maelstrom of Jerusalem,…
New World, TheNew World, The (2006) Recommended
Dir. Terrence Malick
Feat. Colin Farrell, Q'orianka Kilcher, Christopher Plummer
An epic naturalist meditation on the European settlement of America from dir. Terrence Malick (DAYS OF HEAVEN), which reveals a thoughtful and at…
Basic Instinct 2Basic Instinct 2 (2006)
Dir. Michael Caton-Jones
Feat. Sharon Stone, David Morrissey, Charlotte Rampling
A belated and troublesome sequel to the 1992 sex'n'suspense hit which made Sharon Stone famous, has the psychopathic blonde novelist return, now in…
Omen, TheOmen, The (Omen 666) (2006)
Dir. Jason Moore
Feat. Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles, David Thewlis
A conservative but effective remake of the iconic 1976 horror moving, in which an ambitious diplomat and his wife (Schreiber, Stiles) secretly adopt…
Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) Recommended
Dir. David Yates
Feat. Daniel Radcliffe, Robbie Coltrane, Helena Bonham Carter
The fifth movie of the Harry Potter franchise finds the Wiz–kid struggling with adolescent hormones, a blind bureaucracy and most memorably,…
Inner Life of Martin Frost, TheInner Life of Martin Frost, The (2007)
Dir. Paul Auster
Feat. David Thewlis, Irene Jacob, Michael Imperioli
Philosophy–lite drama gets inside the head of a retreating novelist (Thewlis) suffering from writer’s block who gets reinvigorated by a…
Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, TheBoy in the Striped Pyjamas, The (2008) Recommended
Dir. Mark Herman
Feat. Asa Butterfield, Zac Mattoon O'Brien, Vera Farmiga
Emotive wartime parable set in Nazi Germany where the young son of a concentration camp commander befriends a Jewish boy on the other side of the…
Veronika Decides to DieVeronika Decides to Die (2008)
Dir. Emily Young
Feat. Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jonathan Tucker, Erika Christensen
A failed suicide attempt gives a woman a new lease on life when she wakes to realize that she only has days to live in this adaptation of Paulo…
Mr. NiceMr. Nice (2010)
Dir. Bernard Rose
Feat. Rhys Ifans, Chloe Sevigny, David Thewlis
Droll tale of the life raconteur and international drug smuggler Howard Marks who Ifans plays as a smug hippie–capitalist. The endless…
London BoulevardLondon Boulevard (2010)
Dir. William Monahan
Feat. Colin Farrell, Keira Knightley, David Thewlis
An ex–con turned celebrity bodyguard finds himself unwittingly drawn back into London's criminal underworld in this confident directorial debut…
AnonymousAnonymous (2011)
Dir. Roland Emmerich
Feat. Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, David Thewlis
Enjoyable hokum posits that the true writer of Shakespeare's plays was in fact the Earl of Oxford. Some of Britain's finest thesps – including…
War HorseWar Horse (2011)
Dir. Steven Spielberg
Feat. Jeremy Irvine, Peter Mullan, Emily Watson
Steven Spielberg revives the magic of Old Hollywood with this rousing saga of a plucky farm stallion who goes on to inspire soldiers and citizens…
Lady, TheLady, The (2011)
Dir. Luc Besson
Feat. Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis, Benedict Wong
Luc Besson directs this stirring biopic of Burmese pro–democracy activist turned political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi.
Fifth Estate, TheFifth Estate, The (5ifth Estate, The) (2013)
Dir. Bill Condon
Feat. Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl, Peter Capaldi
Benedict Cumberbatch plays Julian Assange in this urgent dramatisation of the WikiLeaks founder's controversial rise to prominence.
Zero Theorem, TheZero Theorem, The (2013)
Dir. Terry Gilliam
Feat. Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Thierry, David Thewlis
Terry Gilliam presents this complex but colourful existential meditation. A reclusive computer genius has been given the task of finally proving that…
Stonehearst AsylumStonehearst Asylum (Eliza Graves) (2014)
Dir. Brad Anderson
Feat. Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, David Thewlis
A recent medical school grad who takes a position at a mental institution soon finds himself taken with one of his colleagues –– though…
Theory of Everything, TheTheory of Everything, The (2014)
Dir. James Marsh
Feat. Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, David Thewlis
Acclaimed look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife as he struggles with the onset of motor neuron disease.…
Queen & CountryQueen & Country (Queen and Country) (2014)
Dir. John Boorman
Feat. Callum Turner, Vanessa Kirby, David Thewlis
Long–awaited follow up to director John Boorman's comic memoir HOPE AND GLORY follows his alter–ego as he undergoes basic training in…
LegendLegend (2015)
Dir. Brian Helgeland
Feat. Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton
Tom Hardy flexes his acting muscle as the identical twin gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray in this otherwise unremarkable drama that charts the rise…
MacbethMacbeth (2015) Recommended
Dir. Justin Kurzel
Feat. Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Paddy Considine
Michael Fassbender is the fatally ambitious Scottish general in this visceral rendition of Shakespeare's tragedy from the Australian director of…
AnomalisaAnomalisa (2015) Aro Favourite
Dir. Charlie Kaufman
Feat. David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan
Charlie Kaufman directs this affecting stop–motion animation that explores a loners failure to connect with other people and his struggles to…
Regression, TheRegression, The (2015)
Dir. Alejandro Amenabar
Feat. Ethan Hawke, David Thewlis, Emma Watson
Chilly horror with a detective and a psychoanalyst uncovering evidence of a satanic cult while investigating the rape of a young woman.
Wonder WomanWonder Woman (2017)
Dir. Patty Jenkins
Feat. Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright
Israeli actress Gal Gadot dazzles as the charismatic warrior princess who must leave her mythical island paradise and sail into WWI–embattled…
Fargo - Season 3 (TV Series)Fargo - Season 3 (TV Series) (2017) Recommended
Feat. Ewan McGregor, Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Third season of the much acclaimed mid–western noir, this time set in 2010. Features more deception, intrigue and murder in a frosty Minnesota…
Mercy, TheMercy, The (2018)
Dir. James Marsh
Feat. Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis
James Marsh (MAN ON WIRE) directs this biographical drama telling the almost unbelievable story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst, who attempted to…

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