January 2009

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#Films of 2008

Sight & Sound asked 50 critics to choose their films of the year. The lists that they came up with reveal a surprising panoply of titles. And the top ten films are…PLUS Nick James on how 2008 has been better than expected and Ali Jaafar on the year ahead

In a lonely place

What films are you allowed to see in North Korea, the world's most secretive country? James Bell hands in his mobile phone and reports from the Pyongyang International Film Festival

The impossible dream

Benicio del Toro talks to Kieron Corless about playing Che Guevara and how Steven Soderbergh's biopic came together in a unique two-part fashion PLUS Michael Chanan on the realities of the Cuban revolution

The dualist

Robert Louis Stevenson's writing anticipated cinematic techniques but most film adaptations of his work have been disappointing. By Graham Fuller. PLUS Philip Kemp on the career of Rouben Mamoulian, director of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Round and round the garden

The anarchic Georgian/French director Otar Iosseliani makes absurdist films for our times. Here Jonathan Romney takes us on a tour of the director's extensive but little-known filmography with its dedication to drink and talk

Selected reviews

#The Man from London

Béla Tarr's latest film may initially appear to be his most conventional work to date, but the Hungarian director hasn't softened his uncompromising worldview in 'The Man from London'. By Michael Brooke

#DVD Review: The Quare Fellow

Tim Lucas on an unlikely screen adaptation of Brendan Behan's behind-bars drama 'The Quare Fellow'

Reviews in this issue:

  • Blessed
  • Changeling
  • Che Part One
  • The Class
  • Dean Spanley
  • Defiance
  • The Express
  • Far North
  • Fine, Totally Fine
  • Gardens in Autumn
  • The Girl in the Park
  • Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
  • How Ohio Pulled It Off
  • I.O.U.S.A.
  • In Prison My Whole Life
  • Julia
  • Kidnap
  • Lemon Tree
  • Love and Honour
  • The Man from London
  • Max Payne
  • The Midnight Meat Train
  • Mum & Dad
  • The North Face/Nordwand
  • Pride and Glory/Das Gesetz der Ehre
  • Quarantine
  • DVD Review: The Quare Fellow
  • Religulous
  • Saw V
  • The Secret Life of Bees
  • Summer
  • Surveillance
  • Trouble the Water
  • W.
  • The Warlords/Tau ming chong
  • Trade
  • Zack and Miri Make a Porno
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