Carol

I am very sad to be disappointed by this film – 2/5carol

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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Only Yesterday

This movie is 50 per cent adorable Studio Ghibli film, 50 per cent passionate avocation for organic farming  – 3/5only-yesterday-us-poster

I watched this film as part of a one weekend only, sold out, special screening at my local independent cinema and it most definitely added to the experience to be among fans who were audibly having a great time with this film. (So much so that I feel like some people were laughing at things that weren’t meant to be funny.) Based on a manga by Hotaru Okamoto and Yuko Tone, Only Yesterday is about Taeko (Daisy Ridley), who works in the city but is getting ready to take her annual summer away volunteering on a farm in the country. The trip is bringing back memories for Taeko of her childhood, specifically 5th grade and her friends and family and the events of that year.

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Man Up

From someone who doesn’t like romcoms, Man Up is pretty good – 3.5/5download

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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Pride

You will want to go out and join a Pride march after seeing this – 4/5images

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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Hail Ceasar

Despite the big stars and spectacular visuals, Hails Ceasar falls a bit flat

2.5/5

Year: 2016download
Director: Ethan and Joel Coen
Screenplay: Ethan and Joel Coen
Starring: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenriech, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton
Length: 1 hour 46 minutes

Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin), director of Capitol Pictures in the 1950s, is busy solving the problems of the actors and filmmakers of the studio when star Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) is kidnapped. As Mannix tries to get Baird back he has to deal with a score of other people’s problems including pregnant dancer DeeAnna Moran (Scarlett Johansson), media rivals and twins Thora and Thessaly Thacker (Tilda Swinton) and cowboy actor turned romantic lead Hobie Doyle (Alden Ehrenriech) while under pressure to decide about a job offer that could alleviate his guilt about how the long hours of his current job prevent him from seeing his family.

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