I am very sad to be disappointed by this film – 2/5
I was so excited to watch Carol and I’m more disappointed by the fact that I didn’t like it than with the film itself, if that makes sense. I should like this film, it’s about women, it stars my beautiful vegan herione Rooney Mara and the equally beautiful though sadly not vegan Cate Blanchett. It has gorgeous costumes and amazing music, but after about half an hour in I felt like something was lacking and that was humour.
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From someone who doesn’t like romcoms, Man Up is pretty good – 3.5/5
Why did they have to call this film Man Up? They could have least made it a pun if they were going to use such an annoyingly sexist phrase. Because despite the title and the fact that I generally dislike romcoms, this is a highly enjoyable film.
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A film about female friendship with very little romance, I should love it! But I don’t – 2/5
Director: Noah Baumbach
Screenplay: Greta Gerwig, Noah Baumbach
Starring: Lola Kirke, Greta Gerwig, Matthew Shear, Michael Chernus
Length: 1 hour 26 minutes
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Come for Tom Hiddleston’s beautiful face and voice, stay for the incredible scenery and the tense thriller plot – 4/5
Director: Susanne Bier
Screenplay: David Farr (Spooks, Hanna)
Adapted from the novel The Night Manager by John Le Carre
Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Coleman, Elizabeth Debicki, Tom Hollander
Length: 6 x 1 hour episodes
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Fun and colourful musical with a skillful cast of actors, singers and dancers while also dealing with the important message of equality.
Director: Adam Shankman
Screenplay: Leslie Dixon (Mrs Doubtfire, Freaky Friday)
Starring: Nikki Blonsky, Amanda Bynes, John Travolta, Zac Efron, Michelle Pfieffer, Christopher Walken, James Marsden, Queen Latiffah, Brittany Snow
Tracey Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) is a plus size high school student living in Baltimore who dreams of starring the local teen dance TV show, The Corny Collins Show. When once of the dancers on the show has to leave, auditions are held to replace her. Tracey thinks this is her chance to fulfill her dream, but she is rejected by the the show manager Velma von Tussle (Michelle Pfieffer) for being overweight and being support of integration, as African American kids are only allowed to sing and dance on the show once a month. But Tracey’s unbeatable postitivity and her steadfast belief in equality for all leads her through several upbeat musical numbers to a happy ending for everyone.
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Despite some questionable plotting, The Kids Are Alright is a heartfelt and funny story of the intricacies of a modern family.
Director: Lisa Cholodenko
Screenplay: Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg
Starring: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson
Length: 1 hour 46 minutes
Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore) have been happily together for 20 years with two children, with Nic conceiving Joni (Mia Wasikowska) and Jules conceiving Laser (Josh Hutcherson) from the same anonymous sperm donation. Joni has just turned 18, meaning she can now contact her and Laser’s father, which Laser persuades her to do unknown to their mums. Their dad turns out to be Paul (Mark Ruffalo) who is a chill, happy go lucky guy running a restaurant with locally grown produce and enjoying the female attention in his life. Hearing from his children, previously unknown to him, is unexpected but exciting for him, and he becomes involved in the family’s lives more than Joni and Laser ever could have realised.
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Director: Ben Stiller (his first directorial role)
Screenplay: Helen Childress
Starring: Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Ben Stiller
Length: 1 hour 39 minutes
Lelaina (Winona Ryder) and her friends Troy (Ethan Hawke), Vickie (Janeane Garfalo) and Sammy (Steve Zahn) have just graduated from college (or in Troy’s case almost graduated). All are trying to work out their lives post college struggling with jobs, relationships and feeling disillusioned with the adult world, especially as they view their own parents as more dysfunctional than they are. Lelaina films all this on her VHS camera, making a documentary of her and her friends lives to encapsulate this feeling of disillusion in her generation, while caught between dating young TV producer Michael, who has the steady job and nice car, and her best friend Troy.
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