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Heat (1995)
Director: Michael Mann
Mann directs one of the best shoot-outs in the history of cinema and guides an outstanding supporting cast (remember when Val Kilmer was this good?) through an intricate crime plot. But the showstopper is simply two major screen actors — Al Pacino, Robert De Niro — facing off over a coffee. Read Review

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A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Kubrick’s dystopia of bowler-hatted glam yobbos is as scarily relevant in an era of ASBOs and no-go council estates as in the time it was made. Read Review

Andrei Rublev (1969)
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
This Soviet-era Russian epic, which made Andrei Tarkovsky’s international reputation, dramatises episodes in the life and times of a medieval monk with a gift for painting icons. Uniquely among artist biopics, there are no scenes of the hero at the easel and we don’t see his work — in radiant colour after three hours of black-and-white — until the very end of the film. Indeed, Rublev (Anatoli Solonitsyn) tends to fade into the bearded, weatherbeaten crowd (for much of the running time he’s under a vow of silence) as various holy fools command attention. If Tarkovsky’s intense argument about God, talent and the human condition is as chilly as the steppes, the pre-CGI widescreen spectacle, depicting crowds of people and animals, is often breathtaking: the screen fills with Kurosawa-like action as Tartars sack a cathedral or a mad waif bosses a more experienced crew as they forge a church bell. Read Review

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Director: James Cameron
If Terminator was suspense, T2 is spectacle — Arnie’s killer cyborg becoming the best-ever combination surrogate dad and bodyguard, while CGI comes of age in his morphing metal nemesis. Read Review

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The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (2003)
Director: Peter Jackson
Yes, it has too many endings, but it fully pays off everything anyone could have wanted of a final act. Read Review

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