August 2008

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#Dream Tickets

With their inventive double bills, repertory cinemas once entertained and challenged their audiences. Sight & Sound asks 52 critics and programmers to do the same by choosing their own fantasy pairings. Introduction by Jane Giles

Family ties

The resurgence of French family dramas such as Olivier Assayas' Summer Hours reflects an anxiety about the modern family rather than optimism about its future, says Ginette Vincendeau. PLUS Nick James talks to Assayas about fine art, and the fracturing of French culture

The perils of strip mining

Comic books such as Batman, Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk are a rich source for Hollywood blockbusters but what has Hollywood done for comics and what will the creators of comics do when the adaptation booms ends, asks Roger Sabin

David Lean

In the second part of our David Lean celebration, Nick James examines how Lean's attempt to reconcile his origins with his time resulted in the epic cinema of Lawrence and why he minded the critics so badly

Selected reviews

#Film of the Month: El baño del Papa

The Pope's visit to a small town in Uruguay inspires unlikely get-rich-quick schemes among the locals in Fernández and Charlone's understated comedy about crime and catering. By Michael Brooke

#DVD Review: Houdini The Movie Star

Dismissed as folly and very nearly destroyed, Houdini's films escaped oblivion - but only just, writes Tim Lucas

Reviews in this issue:

  • Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging
  • Baby Mama
  • Before the Rains
  • Berlin
  • Bosta
  • Buddha Collapsed out of Shame
  • Cass
  • Crazy Love
  • Death Defying Acts
  • Death Note The Last Name
  • Donkey Punch
  • Film of the Month: El baño del Papa
  • The Fox and the Child
  • Hancock
  • The Happening
  • Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
  • DVD Review: Houdini The Movie Star
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  • Kamikaze Girls
  • The King of Kong A Fistful of Quarters
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • A Letter to True
  • Mad Detective
  • Man on Wire
  • Memories of Matsuko
  • Mes amis Mes amours
  • Origin Spirits of the Past
  • Paris
  • Puffball
  • Sex and the City
  • Standard Operating Procedure
  • Substitute
  • Summer Hours
  • The Unwinking Gaze
  • WAll•E
  • Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
Last Updated: 20 Dec 2011