GET ON UP.

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UK National release: November 21stRating:(12A)Run time: 139 mins

Director:Tate Taylor Writer(s): Jez Butterworth,
John-Henry Butterworth Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis, Keith Robinson, Tika Sumpter and Octavia Spencer.

The James Brown Story. It’s an impressive performance from Chadwick Boseman, but it’s almost two and half hours of superficially cut and pasted fluff.

The ‘Hardest Working Man in Showbusiness’, ‘Soul Brother’, ‘Number One’ – ‘The Godfather of Funk’: sidenote man with the great hair, fearless stage presence, crazy moves and incomparable style. All of this is what we already know and all of the above was apparent largely due to Boseman’s thoroughly entertaining and on the nose imitation – with an ability to empathise with Brown’s back story whilst transitioning into the ego-maniac showman that he was with consistent self-assurance. What isn’t quite as smooth is the story directed by Tate Taylor (The Help).

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MY OLD LADY.

My Old Lady.

National release: November 21st Rating:(12A)Run time: 107 mins

Director:Israel Horovitz Writer(s):Israel Horovitz Cast:Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, Dominique Pinon and Maggie Smith

A down and out New-York writer inherits an apartment in Paris from his estranged and recently deceased father. Believing he’s found the answer to pull him out of his financial rut, he arrives in the fair city with the intentions to sell up and move out. There’s only one stipulation, Mathilde Girard, and old lady who is already residing there –  and by French real estate law, there’s nothing he can do about it. Continue reading

THE DROP.

The Drop.

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National release: November 14thRating:(15)Run time: 106 mins

Director:Michaël R. Roskam Writer(s):Dennis Lehane Cast:James Gandolfini, Noomi Rapace, Tom Hardy, Matthias SchoenaertsJohn Ortiz

The Drop is this year’s Taken and Drive.  Less stylised and polished than the latter two its visually appeal comes from Roskam’s and Lehane’s purposefully back to basics approach, in script and direction,  with no other obligation that to tell a story using guns, murder and plot under the guidance of an unassuming hero.  Continue reading

SAY WHEN (LAGGIES)

Say When.

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National release: November 7th rating:15)run time: 99 mins

Director: Lynn Shelton Writer(s):Andrea Siegel Cast:Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz , Sam Rockwell, Ellie Kemper, Mark Webber

Say When (or the US title Laggies) is the mediocre title of this mediocre rom-com late bloomer coming-of-age story.  I will hasten to add that I was eager to see this film; I’m rooting for its lead, Keira Knightley, and her continued renaissance, after being forced upon audiences as the archetypal English Rose (but one no one, on this side of the pond anyway, seems to have really wanted). Like America’s answer to Knightley – Anne Hathaway, who coincidentally was supposed to lead in this film - we were constantly bombarded by the media on reasons to love her – instead there was a backlash, but it didn’t stop the industry from billing her as a darling. Then she took a little break, got married, focused on perfume ads and apparently began to quietly apply herself to the films she wanted to do.

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THE SKELETON TWINS.

Maggie and Milo are reunited under precarious circumstances, after a ten-year estrangement in Craig Johnson’s dark, funny and impressive second feature.

Out on nationwide release, November 7th (15) Run time: 93 mins

Director(s): Craig Johnson Writer(s): Craig Johnson, Mark Heyman Cast: Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell, Boyd Holbrook, Joanna Gleason.

Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig. It’s a match made, quite literally, in SNL figurative heaven. Alums of the infamous American late night comedy show, where some of the best film and television talent have been schooled (i.e. Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Andy Samberg and Amy Poehler), and with the predestined, unspoken tradition for its members to  collaborate on other projects, it was only a matter of time before Wiig and Hader shared center stage on film.  Continue reading

INTERSTELLAR.

How to convey, in 300 words or more, what Interstella is about I came to the conclusion that it was probably best not to write about it – or just to tell you to just go watch it (definitely do the latter). Well now that I’ve had a bit to mull it over, I think I’m more than capable of giving it the few lines of assessment it deserves.

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Director: Christopher Nolan Writer(s): Christopher Nolan and John Nolan Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Caine,  Mackenzie Foy and more…

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