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Lords Of Dogtown (2005)
Director: Catherine Hardwicke
The fictionalised companion-piece to the documentary Dogtown And Z-Boys makes a surprise appearance here. Clearly the sk8er boi community got its act together. Read Review

Bad Taste (1987)
Director: Peter Jackson
Filmed during four years' worth of weekends by Jackson and his mates, this cheerfully psychotic tale of human-eating aliens had its micro-budget funded in part by a New Zealand government grant. Read Review

Dawn Of The Dead (1978)
Director: George A. Romero
Inventive splatter and a savage political message make Romero's zombies-in-a-shopping-mall epic the most extraordinary of his initial trilogy. Watch out for FX genius Tom Savini as one of the bikers. Read Review

The Double Life Of Véronique (1991)
Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Post-Dekalog and pre-Three Colours, Kieslowski turned in this fantastical stand-alone doppelgänger tale. Irène Jacob is stunning in the dual role of Weronika/Véronique, and Zbigniew Preisner's haunting score is simply breathtaking. Read Review

Finding Nemo (2003)
Director: Andrew Stanton
Pixar's fifth feature is remarkable for being both cute and, at times, surprisingly harsh. Also, it's time to reconsider Ellen DeGeneres' memory-loss-plagued Dory as one of the studio's finest creations. Read Review

Heathers (1989)
Director: Michael Lehmann
Dark-as-you-like high school comedy with Christian Slater and Winona Ryder, pre their respective meltdowns, giving the performances of their careers. Bullying and murder were never so much fun. Read Review

Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Director: Sam Raimi
Bigger and better than its predecessor, with a superior villain in Alfred Molina's Doc Ock, and a more confident Raimi sneaking in some of his own trademarks. Read Review

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A Hard Day's Night (1964)
Director: Richard Lester
A life in the day of the Fab Four. Mixing documentary stylings, Fellini-esque fantasy, Dalí-esque surrealism and Nouvelle Vague. Read Review

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Men In Black (1997)
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
A comedy hit that slyly spoofs that X-Files mix of government conspiracy, secret agents and E. T.s on Earth. Read Review

Zelig (1983)
Director: Woody Allen
Woody's human chameleon meets the great, the good and Hitler. As much as it is a technical triumph (pre-Forrest Gump), it is also a celebration of wit, satire, great conceits and human nature. Read Review

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