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Today's Movie of the Week is the brilliant "Sid & Nancy" 1986 cult biopic following the fatally dysfunctional relationship of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. One of Gary Oldman's first hits, his performance as Sid is a must-see for any Pistols fans.

Following their breakout success in England, flagship punk rock band the Sex Pistols venture out on their first U.S. tour. Temperamental bassist Sid Vicious (Gary Oldman) takes his troubled girlfriend, Nancy Spungen (Chloe Webb), along for the ride. Along the way, the couple's turbulent relationship strains the patience of bandmate Johnny Rotten (Andrew Schofield) and manager Malcolm McLaren (David Hayman), while plunging Sid and Nancy into the depths of drug addiction and co-dependency.

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The latest Movie of the Week is Federico Fellini's 'La Dolce Vita' from 1960. This film details the seven deadly sins, takes place on the seven hills of Rome, and spans seven days. It was also a mass box-office hit, and was condemned by the Pope of the time. Definitely worth looking into.

In Federico Fellini's lauded Italian film, restless reporter Marcello Rubini (Marcello Mastroianni) drifts through life in Rome. While Marcello contends with the overdose taken by his girlfriend, Emma (Yvonne Furneaux), he also pursues heiress Maddalena (Anouk Aimée) and movie star Sylvia (Anita Ekberg), embracing a carefree approach to living. Despite his hedonistic attitude, Marcello does have moments of quiet reflection, resulting in an intriguing cinematic character study.
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The Movie of the Week this time around is the chic teen drama "Clueless", starring Alicia Silverstone. Adapted from a Jane Austen classic "Emma", this sharply satirical representation of late-nineteenth-century teenage romance was, and continues to be, a staple in any teenager's coming of age. Yes, the movie is aimed at teenagers, but like all good comedies, it will appeal to anyone who has a sense of humor and an ear for the ironic.

Shallow, rich and socially successful Cher (Alicia Silverstone) is at the top of her Beverly Hills high school's pecking scale. Seeing herself as a matchmaker, Cher first coaxes two teachers into dating each other. Emboldened by her success, she decides to give hopelessly klutzy new student Tai (Brittany Murphy) a makeover. When Tai becomes more popular than she is, Cher realizes that her disapproving ex-stepbrother (Paul Rudd) was right about how misguided she was -- and falls for him.

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This time around, the Movie of the Week is Tommy Wiseau's "The Room". This bizarre, genre-confused film is regarded by many as 'the worst movie ever made', yet people love it. This film has developed a huge cult following over the past 15 years, so much so that a documentary has recently been made ("The Disaster Artist") by James Franco about the movie and the artist behind it. It has no redeeming value whatsoever - and that's exactly what is so charming and hypnotic about it.

Johnny (Tommy Wiseau) is a San Franciscan man who seems to have it all: a high-paying job as a banker, a bunch of friends--one of them being Mark (Greg Sestero), to whom he's the closest--and a beautiful fiancee named Lisa (Juliette Danielle), whom he's been engaged to for seven years. From the outset, Johnny's got everything going for him...that is, until he faces the worst form of betrayal ever, and from then on everything begins to crumble.

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This week's 'Movie Of The Week' is Spike Lee's 'Do The Right Thing'. This pizza-parlour brawler is a clear metaphor for American class struggles and race relations in the 80's that are still very relevant today. Definitely worth a watch.

Salvatore "Sal" Fragione (Danny Aiello) is the Italian owner of a pizzeria in Brooklyn. A neighborhood local, Buggin' Out (Giancarlo Esposito), becomes upset when he sees that the pizzeria's Wall of Fame exhibits only Italian actors. Buggin' Out believes a pizzeria in a black neighborhood should showcase black actors, but Sal disagrees. The wall becomes a symbol of racism and hate to Buggin' Out and to other people in the neighborhood, and tensions rise.
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The Movie of the Week this time around is "Blackfish", a low-budget documentary that forced SeaWorld to clean up its act. Highlighting the injustice of these mammals in captivity, this film rocked the world's perception of dolphin and orca shows and sparked huge controversy.

The story of Tilikum, a captive killer whale that has taken the lives of several people, underscores problems within the sea-park industry, man's relationship to nature, and how little has been learned about these highly intelligent mammals.
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Today's Movie of the Week is Diablo Cody's 2007 masterpiece, "Juno". Ellen Page's portrayal as Juno was voted on Empire's list of The 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time, and for good reason. It's a beautifully humanising view of teenage mothers, and seeing this as a young person was incredibly valuable.

When precocious teen Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page) becomes pregnant, she chooses a failed rock star and his wife (Jennifer Garner) to adopt her unborn child. Complications occur when Mark, the prospective father, begins viewing Juno as more than just the mother of his future child, putting both his marriage and the adoption in jeopardy.
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Taking a break from the more serious movies previously featured, The Movie Of The Week this time around is "Hot Fuzz", directed by Edgar Wright in 2007. Wright is one of my personal favourite directors, with his detailed cinematography and humorous spin on just about everything he creates. Out of his best known 'Cornetto Trilogy' with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, the buddy-cop Hot Fuzz is certainly my top pick.

As a former London constable, Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) finds it difficult to adapt to his new assignment in the sleepy British village of Sandford. Not only does he miss the excitement of the big city, but he also has a well-meaning oaf (Nick Frost) for a partner. However, when a series of grisly accidents rocks Sandford, Nick smells something rotten in the idyllic village.

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The Movie Of The Week this time is 1982's "Tootsie", showing off Dustin Hoffman's diversity in his roles. This film will make you laugh, that's for sure, but it'll also make you rethink about the things that really make you happy in your life, something too few of us think about...almost never.

New York actor Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman) is a talented perfectionist who is so hard on himself and others that his agent (Sydney Pollack) can no longer find work for him. After a soap opera audition goes poorly, Michael reinvents himself as actress Dorothy Michaels and wins the part. What was supposed to be a short-lived role turns into a long-term contract, but when Michael falls for his castmate Julie (Jessica Lange), complications develop that could wreck everything.

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Today's Movie Of the Week is an old favourite. Only after re-watching this after a few years do I appreciate how hard-hitting Mickey and Mallory are.

Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis are two young, attractive serial killers who become tabloid-TV darlings, thanks to a sensationalistic press led by Robert Downey Jr. The press reports the pair as they go on a 52 people killing spree. This movie provides a controversial look at the way the media portrays criminals.

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