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  • Paperback: 1618 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; 12th Revised edition edition (25 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141013540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141013541
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 5.3 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,206,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Time Out Film Guide is a collection of capsule reviews written originally for the Time Out magazine. Its commentary is more lengthy and detailed than that of most other guides and while some of its critics summarise too much of their movies' plots, their critical remarks are engaging and provocative. The Time Out Film Guide features contributions from scores of movie critics who sometimes spar with one another: compare the book's two assessments of Blade Runner. The reviewers cover many European and Asian movies you won't find in other movie guides. This is the only film book where you can find remarks on Casablanca, Gone with the Wind and Forrest Gump alongside reviews of non-Hollywood films such as Samuel Beckett and Buster Keaton's Film, Akira Kurosawa's Madadayo, and Michelangelo Antonioni's Identification of a Woman. The Time Out Film Guide also contains a great number of terrific appendices and indices. In fact, it is this book's listing of films by genre, major film-producing country, actor, director, and general subject that make it a necessary reference tool for movie lovers. --Jake Bond --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Not long before this thirteenth edition of the Time Out Film Guide went to press, the Cannes Film Festival's top prize, the Palme d'Or, went to a documentary for the first time in nearly 50 years: Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11. Read the first page
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By M. D Shuster on 6 Dec. 2003
Format: Paperback
The 12th edition of the "Time Out Film Guide" (2004) has a totally new look. Gone is the drab unbleached paper of earlier editions, replaced now by glossy white paper printed in black with blue highlights. Many pages are in full colour. The "Time Out Film Guide" has always had classy contents, now it also has classy packaging. Another big change is the inclusion of 101 cinefile pages, each devoted to a long and fascinating review of a single film. Other changes are discussed below.
Of all the film guides, that by Time Out has certainly the best capsule reviews. They are longer and tell you much more about the artistic aspects of the film than either the Maltin or Halliwell guides, which are the main competition. Occasionally, because it gives you more detail on the plot, it sometimes makes small errors or tells too much. This is a small price to pay for analyses that are generally very incisive and right on the money. This is a great guide.
But it is not a perfect guide. No guide is.
THE DIRT:
Number of Reviews: The 2004 Time Out guide reviews slightly fewer films (about 15,700) than Maltin (about 19,000) or Halliwell (about 18,000). If you must have a guide that is likely to have a capsule review of every movie that comes up on cable, even if the reviews aren't nearly as detailed, then you had better get Maltin. (Note than Maltin has cross-references for UK titles, and sometimes even prefers them.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By lorraine@belphom.screaming.net on 6 Feb. 2002
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A long awaited new 2001 edition of Time Out Film guide, by far the best film guide around. Films are listed alphabetically,there are a few different critics writing the reviews, which makes the reviews varied, interesting and extensive. It has unique features that no other film guide has which make it a great research tool for finding information on any aspect of a film. It's uniqueness lies in the different indexes at the back of the book, lists of directors works, of actors and all the films they have appeared in, of countries and which films they have produced. This makes it a great reference work,say goodbye to those evenings of arguing with friends about which actor was in which film and having the name of a film on 'the tip of your tongue', you can access most information you need easily and quickly. It is a must for anyone who loves film and should be on your bookshelf
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Edward Barry on 23 Nov. 2002
Format: Paperback
The best film guide because;
* layout
* organisation of text
* (largely) non-judgemental text - which relate to the film not the reviewer
* price
and most importantly
* the admirable refusal to give each film a crude rating (yep some will even give Battleship Ptolemkin an 'out of five stars'!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jan. 2001
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The Time Out Film Guide is the best film guide around, offering the best coverage of world cinema as well as homegrown and Hollywood fare. What's especially good is that it's not standing still. As well as keeping up to date with all the new movies, its contributors head back into the darkness year after year to add reviews of old films that for whatever reason were missed first time around. It's put together by people with a passion for film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Nov. 2007
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I've just picked this book up 2nd hand very cheaply and whilst it five years out of date its still a fascinating read.

Apart from the film reviews themselves you also get two top film lists at the start of the book. The first is the Centenary Top One Hundred as voted for by directors, producers, actors in 1995 for Time Out to celebrate 100 years of cinema. The 2nd is the readers top 100 as voted for by readers of Time Out in 1997. Put these two lists together and you have the basis for a classy film collection.

The Time Out guide has no star-rating system for its reviews (well it didn't in this 2002 edition) but the reviews are well written, and mainly pretty concise, enabling the book to contain a lot of reviews. For instance the review of Buster Keatons The General (which appears in both top 100 lists mentioned above) is only 63 words long, the average is probably more like a 100 words.

At the back of the book there are lists of films by director and actor so that if you can't remember the name of a film you can find it through these lists if its a reasonably well known actor or director.

A great book that you can dip in and out of on a regular basis, and being 1500 pages in length one that will last you for years and years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By b.regan@napier.ac.uk on 9 Dec. 1999
Format: Paperback
Film criticism is not an exact science. Whilst markers can be taken from film theory, one critics view of film can differ markedly from any others, in much the same way that as viewers we disagree about how a film affects us. The Time Out Film guide is the best film guide I've come across, beating Halliwell's comfortably into its pompous top hat, and the Virgin guide on the way. Its use of a wide breadth of reviewers (all of whom are listed at the front, and then noted beneath each review) can result in a certain frustration if the wrong reviewer gets hold of the wrong film. Mark Cousins, lacking ideas on TV, continues to lose the reader in his written reviews. But on the whole the Time Out Film Guide will benefit and enlighten on far more occasions than it does not. And if you don't like what someone has written about 'Here we go round the Mulberry Bush' - or your all time favourite Chevy Chase movie - then you can always drop the editor a note and proffer your alternative take on it.
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