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Bullitt (1968)

He's a tough cop policing the mean streets of San Francisco. A maverick, who doesn't mind breaking the rules to get the job done. No, not Dirty Harry, the other one.

Survivor (2015)

Mmm, who's that on the poster of Survivor? It looks like Pierce Brosnan, starring in a spy film,  wearing a smart suit, holding a gun and looking a bit like you-know-who. Maybe it's Brosnan back being a cool British spy, dispatching villains and throwing off cheesy one-liners like Goldeneye was only yesterday! Or maybe not. The disappointing news is that, despite the obvious preference of the distributors, Brosnan is not the star of Survivor. The worse news is that the actual star is Milla Jovovich.

In Survivor, Jovovich plays a high flying American agent who deals with passports or visas or something. She gets seconded to the US embassy in London where she sits looking at a computer screen all day deciding who gets to go to the US and who doesn't. One day she doesn't like the look of a Romanian doctor (Roger Rees) who claims he's going to the US for a conference. At the urging of her colleague (Robert Forster), she eventually relents and lets him through. But the…

Quatermass and the Pit (1967) (AKA: Five Million Years to Earth)

Quatermass and the Pit is the last of Hammer's three Quatermass films and is usually regarded as the best. The film stars Andrew Keir as the renowned Professor Bernard Quatermass, this time investigating a mysterious object uncovered during excavations at Hobb's End station on the London Underground. Workmen there have uncovered prehistoric human skulls during building work and a team of scientists is brought in to investigate the site, led by Dr Matthew Roney (James Donald) and Barbara Judd (Barbara Shelley). They discover that the bones are of extremely early humanoids, dating back millions of years. But during their excavations they uncover something even more unexpected; a strange, huge, metallic object of unknown origin.

Fearing that it might be a German bomb or rocket from WWII , they call in the army bomb disposal squad, and with them comes Colonel Breen (Julian Glover) who has expertise in WWII explosives. Breen was in the middle of a meeting with Quatermass, who is hi…

Lifeboat (1944)

Other than his two propaganda shorts for the British Ministry of Information, Aventure malgache and Bon Voyage (both 1944), Alfred Hitchcock never showed much interest in making war films. The closest he came to the genre was 1944's Lifeboat. Lifeboat was also one of Hitchcock's occasional experiments in making a film set in only one location.

The film opens with a passenger ship being sunk in the Atlantic by a German U boat, after which an assortment of survivors gather together in the same lifeboat. From then on the film is set entirely in this one location, with only a limited cast of characters. The survivors include an unsympathetic high society journalist (Tallulah Bankhead), a millionaire industrialist (Henry Hull), a nurse (Mary Anderson), and an evacuee mother (Heather Angel) who is still carrying her dead baby. There are also four crewmen from the sunken ship – William Bendix, John Hodiak, Canada Lee and Hume Cronyn (oddly cast as an English sailor).

As the U-boat w…