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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You will want to go out and join a Pride march after seeing this – 4/5
I love a good heartwarming film marketed towards the older generation. And I especially love a heartwarming film with subversive topics that might surprise some of the older generation that goes to see it (see the “Harold, they’re lesbians” meme from last year’s Carol).
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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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Director: Nicholas Hytner (The History Boys, The Madness of King George)
Screenplay: Alan Bennett
Starring: Alex Jennings, Maggie Smith, Jim Broadbent
Length: 1 hour 44 minutes
It’s London in the 1970s and playwright Alan Bennett (Alex Jennings) has moved into a
nice, upper middle class street in Camden. Striking an odd appearance amongst the neat terrace houses is a homeless lady who goes by the name of Miss Mary Shepherd (Maggie Smith) and lives in a van parked in the street. Alan befriends Miss Shepherd and due to his mild manner and her forceful character, he ends up inviting her to park her van in his driveway and she stays there for 15 years. As Alan learns more about Miss Shepherds life and writes about her and their interactions, he muses with himself on the nature of the writer, whether they write about their experiences or have experiences so as to write about them.
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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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Year: 2011 –
Creator: Charlie Brooker
Starring:Various including Domhnall Gleeson, Hayley Atwell, Rory Kinnear, Jessica Brown Findlay, Rafe Spall, Jon Hamm
Length: 2 series, 3 fifty minute episodes per series plus 90 minute Christmas special
Summary: Incredible series of mini thrillers that make you think twice about the technology we use everyday.
Each stand alone episode of this dark, satirical series is set in the near-future and features technology that doesn’t yet exist but very easily could. The stories examine the way technology has infiltrated our everyday life and how this affects us as supposedly moral and feeling human beings.
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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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