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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This movie is 50 per cent adorable Studio Ghibli film, 50 per cent passionate avocation for organic farming – 3/5
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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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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Nothing spectacular happens in this movie – 2/5
I think I need to stop focusing so much on Rotten Tomato scores when choosing films to watch because I’ve been disappointed in films a few times now that have scores of 90+ percent and never more so by The Spectacular Now.
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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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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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