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Ghostbusters (1984)
Director: Ivan Reitman
Imagine National Lampoon doing H. P. Lovecraft, with a hit theme song. This sees Bill Murray at his driest, Sigourney Weaver in a slit, red evening dress, and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man invading New York. Read Review

The Big Country (1958)
Director: William Wyler
A cowboy epic, memorable for Gregory Peckís lengthy fist-fight with Charlton Heston (in a rare, interesting bad- guy role) and expansive visions of wide, open spaces accompanied by a memorable hit theme tune. Read Review

School Of Rock (2003)
Director: Richard Linklater
Linklaterís most commercial outing to date is, appropriately, his most popular ó mainly thanks to his surprisingly unannoying school-kid cast and the fact that he allows Jack Black loose in the actor/comedian/ musicianís comfort zone. Read Review

United 93 (2006)
Director: Paul Greengrass
The simplest and most affecting 9/11 film. Paul Greengrass recreates the events, focusing on the Ďfourth planeí which didnít strike its target, in an austere manner as a thrum of tension builds. Read Review

Paths Of Glory (1957)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
With recent events in Iraq, the relevance of Paths Of Glory grows year on year. Kirk Douglas excels as Colonel Dax, defending three soldiers up for court martial, to cover up a military mistake on World War Iís Western Front. The film was banned in France until 1975, yet is far more anti-establishment than it is anti-war or anti-France. If unsung Kubrick, itís the first movie to reveal the directorís true colours, blessed with a cool, intellectual thrill, spare economical characterisation and precise tracking shots. Cementing Kubrickís relationship with Douglas, it led to him taking over Spartacus, but more importantly, in the small role of ĎGerman Singerí, Kubrick found Christiane Harlan, who became his wife up until his death. Sometimes, war is swell. Read Review

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