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FILM REVIEW: The Children Act (2017)

Ian McEwan’s penchant for fine storytelling is on display once more in The Children Act. Based on his novel of the same name, McEwan has adapted his own work yet again for the screen with terrific results following on from the recent On Chesil Beach. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Children Act (2017)

FILM REVIEW: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Beauty and the Beast (Bill Condon, 2017)

It’s finally here. The live Disney musical we’ve all been waiting for. Twenty-six years after the animated original (one of the few animated films with an Oscar nomination for Best Picture), the live adaptation of Beauty and the Beast graces our screens. While it’s not the first live action adaptation of a much loved Disney animated classic – following Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book – it is the first to retain its most crucial element: the music. Does that then mean it’s simply an unnecessary rehash? It’s depends on your level of pessimism, your fondness for nostalgia, and possibly how much you value animation. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Beauty and the Beast (2017)


Burnt (John Wells, 2015)

Bradley Cooper + food. Who could ask for anything more? While our television screens remain saturated with cooking competitions, cinema is slowly getting in on the act, with last year’s Chef and The Hundred-Foot Journey appealing to audiences’ taste buds, with Burnt the latest addition. With a screenplay by The Hundred-Foot Journey’s Steven McKnight, Burnt sees its characters similarly aim for the most coveted prize in fine dining: three Michelin stars. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Burnt

FILM REVIEW: Men, Women & Children

Men, Women & Children (Jason Reitman, 2014)

Oooooh what do people get up to behind closed doors with their mobiles and Facebook and video games and porn? This is the premise for apparently risqué and daring new drama, Men, Women & Children but it doesn’t end up breaking any new ground. It’s relatively tame for the most part, and we’ve seen most of this before, except this time social media is involved.

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FILM REVIEW: Saving Mr. Banks

Saving Mr. Banks (John Lee Hancock, 2013)

Saving Mr. Banks is based on the true story of how Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) finally convinced author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to hand over the film rights to her book, Mary Poppins. Most people will be familiar with the 1964 film, even if they have not watched it in its entirety. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Saving Mr. Banks