December 2002

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#Modern Times

In response to criticism that our top ten poll neglected recent work, Sight & Sound asked leading UK critics for their best films from the past 25 years. Assessing the results, Nick James is optimistic about the state of contemporary cinema

#Raising Hell

Shorn of a crucial scene for its 1971 release, Ken Russell's The Devils has never been seen as its director intended. That is, until Mark Kermode tracked down the missing footage

Easy on the Megaphone

John Malkovich has just directed his debut film, the political thriller The Dancer Upstairs. He tells James Mottram why he waited so long before getting behind the camera and explains why red wine keeps him in Europe

A Tale of Two Memories

The Man without a Past is the new film from off-beat Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki. It's like The Bourne Identity rewritten by Samuel Beckett, says Simon Louvish

Heartsnatch Hotel

Following a group of immigrant workers as they struggle to get by in an indifferent London, Stephen Frears' Dirty Pretty Things is a blend of social realism and fast -paced thriller. lain Sinclair reflects on how the mix works

Selected reviews

#Film of the Month: Abouna

Abouna is a delicate and poignant study of loss set in the Chadian bush. Philip Kemp is impressed

Reviews in this issue:

  • 28 Days Later...
  • 8 Women
  • A la folie Pas du tout
  • Film of the Month: Abouna
  • AKA
  • Anita & Me
  • Announcement, The
  • Avalon
  • Boat Trip
  • Bundy
  • Dancer Upstairs, The
  • Dirty Pretty Things
  • Enough
  • He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not...
  • Juwanna Mann
  • L.I.E.
  • Like Mike
  • Manic
  • Monday Morning
  • Mr. Deeds
  • Mrs. Caldicot's Cabbage War
  • Mughal-E-Azam
  • Quiet American, The
  • Red Dragon
  • War Bride, The
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