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3.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive but cynical and lacking, 23 Oct 2007
This review is from: "Time Out" Film Guide 2008 2008 (Paperback)
I was looking for an interim film guide before indulging in the Radio Times guide to films and picked this one up as it looked pretty comprehensive. It is very comprehensive and includes (as claimed I think about 17,500 reviews. Each with a comprehensive list of actors, directors and producers etc.

One thing I will bring to your attention is the actors index is awful.

They seem to have chosen only key actors, (Robert de Niro, Harrison Ford et al) but seem to have missed virtually all supporting roles and other actors that I consider to be very important in films, no Takeshi Kitano, no Nick Frost.

They also seem to miss a few films (I don't know what criteria they use to decide what films to include) despite featuring Battle Royale, they do not include Battle Royale 2.

I know these are only a few examples but I think its worth making a big point of it. One of the things I use my Radio Times guide for is when my wife and I are watching a film and we see an actor we recognise, using the actor directory you can see all the films this person has been in.

This is virtually impossible with the Timeout guide. I do have to say that the directors index is excellent though.

I will be buying the latest Radio Times version as well as I feel the combination of the two will provide a very powerful resource about films. The Timeout edition on its own just doesn't quite hit the spot.
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