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Good Will Hunting (1997)
Director: Gus Van Sant
A rare mainstream outing for Van Sant, it was Oscars all round for surprise screenwriters Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, and supporting actor Robin Williams in his best performance since Dead Poets Society. Read Review

Electra Glide In Blue (1973)
Director: James William Guercio
The other great bike movie alongside Easy Rider, this mini-epic of counterculture Arizona cops on a murder investigation is gradually accumulating the reputation it deserves.

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X-Men 2 (2003)
Director: Bryan Singer
Easily the cleverest of the current wave of comic-book blockbusters until a certain Caped Crusader was re-invented, Singer's visionary follow-up to his less-than-stellar original defied all expectations. Read Review

Big Trouble In Little China (1986)
Director: John Carpenter
Dismal box office sent a disillusioned Carpenter back to indie filmmaking, but this colourful action-fantasy remains a fan favourite. Kurt Russell is hilarious as one of cinema's least heroic heroes. Read Review

Danger: Diabolik (1968)
Director: Mario Bava
Meet Diabolik (John Phillip Law), masked super-criminal, high-living sensualist and unmatchable pop-art icon. An archly eyebrowed, unrepentant thief, Diabolik is equally opposed to a bureaucratic government (on a whim, he destroys a country's tax records) and the Mafia, and addicted to risk when it comes to stealing fabulously valuable items (eg a 20-ton gold ingot) which are also useless. Director Bava, a cult hero on the strength of Gothic horror films (The Mask Of Satan, Black Sabbath), was persuaded by Dino de Laurentiis to step away from the crypt for this one psychedelic masterpiece. It's as thin as a poster, but still amazing cinema - a succession of striking, kinetic, sexy, absurd images accompanied by a one-of-a-kind Ennio Morricone score that revels in its casual anarchy. Imagine if The Dark Knight were The Joker.

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