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Film – Miss Sloane

Film – Miss Sloane

Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain) is a lobbyist in Washington DC who is hired to fight a pro-gun organisation. She is the type of character that lives for her work – you know the one; impeccably groomed, high earner, eats late and alone every night and outsources all the mundane tasks in her life. All I […]

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Film – Mindhorn

Film – Mindhorn

What do you get when there is a washed out 1980s TV star and a potential killer on the loose? This consistently silly and sometimes funny caper, that’s what. Detective Mindhorn is so-called because he has a fake eye detector, or at least I hope so. He is played by Richard Thorncroft (Julian Barratt) in the […]

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Film – The Promise

Film – The Promise

Another historical film, this time set in Armenia during the Armenian Genocide. If only I was this interested in history when I was at school. The film tells us the story through the eyes of Mikael (Oscar Issac) who practices in natural medicine but longs to learn to be a doctor. The only way he […]

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Film – Their Finest

Film – Their Finest

During WW2, the impossibly named British actor Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy) is reduced to playing parts in the government’s propaganda films. Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) is moved from her secretarial role to help with the scripts. The Ministry of Information is keen to give the films more authenticity and hope the female angle will make […]

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Film – Kong: Skull Island

Film – Kong: Skull Island

After all that start of year Oscar activity, there has been barely a watchable film in April. This wasn’t a terrible idea of a film, but it turned out that way. Going on an expedition to a lost island that you last managed to escape during WW2 kind of makes sense. Not telling anyone you […]

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Film – Viceroy’s House

Film – Viceroy’s House

On seeing the trailer, I thought this may be a romanticised version of the events. I may have given it a miss if it hadn’t been directed by Gurinder Chadha who tends to direct films with a little bit of her story in them. And so is the case with Viceroy’s House, which very much […]

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Film: Fences

Film: Fences

The award-winning play about a black Pittsburgh couple in the 1950s has been turned successfully into a pretty long film. Troy is a sanitation worker (refuse collector to you and I) who believes he had what it took to be a professional baseball player if only they took blacks in the league then. He adores his […]

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Film: I, Daniel Blake

Film: I, Daniel Blake

This is a film about community, about kindness and what it is to be human. It’s about people helping each other even when they themselves have nothing but hope. Widower Daniel Blake is living alone and has just had a heart attack and so, obvious to most of us, he needs some time off to […]

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Film – John Wick: Chapter 2

Film – John Wick: Chapter 2

Rather than action, this ought to be filed under fantasy. Like the first film, this goes beyond the usual action film to an underground world where bad guys can kill a swathe of even worse guys in the street and no one will bat an eyelid. The game-like feel continues into the luxury Continental Hotel […]

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Film: 20th Century Women

Film: 20th Century Women

Based in 1979, this is the story of a mother, her teenage son and some home truths. Worried that she since the divorce when Jamie was still young he’s not getting all the parenting he needs, Dorothea (Annette Bening) decides to bring in some reinforcement. It doesn’t quite go to plan; the first 20th century woman is Julie, […]

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