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Home Again (2017)

Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Michael Sheen, Candice Bergen, Pico Alexander, Nat Wolff, Jon Rudnitsky Director: Hallie Meyers-Shyer Alice (Witherspoon) is an almost divorced single mother, and the daughter of a famous film maker. When she winds up allowing three young men to move in (Alexander, Wolff and Rudnitsky) she finds her life turned upside down, and… Continue reading Home Again (2017)

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The Disaster Artist (2017)

Starring: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Allison Brie Director: James Franco Back in the early 2000's, a man called Tommy Wiseau made a film called The Room. It's one of the weirdest, worst films ever. And yet... it's so bad that it's incredibly entertaining. It's reached cult status over the years, and has regularly… Continue reading The Disaster Artist (2017)

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Review

In a small town in Missouri, Mildred (McDormand) takes out advertising on three billboards that ask the local police chief why there have been no arrests in the case of the rape and murder of her daughter. It’s a small act of defiance, and yet it has some big repercussions.

From the writer/director of In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, Martin McDonagh, it’s a fine return to form for a man whose films tend to have serious tones, violence and yet also humour and some heart felt moments. Taking on the subject of small town America, of incompetent police, dysfunctional family relationships and of course, the deep sadness of losing a child to violence, this film could have been a very different story in the hands of someone else. Because whilst it explores the grief of Mildred, it focuses on her strength and her ability to act, her toughness and…

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The Muppet Christmas Carol is 25 years old!

Excerpt from my article for ScreenMayhem.com. Charles Dickens was a writer who cared deeply about the world and his fellow man. His books were hugely popular, particularly as they were released initially as chapters in magazine serials, so that you had to wait til the next issue to discover what happened to your favourite characters,… Continue reading The Muppet Christmas Carol is 25 years old!

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Valerian And The City Of a Thousand Planets (2017)

Starring: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke Director: Luc Besson Valerian (DeHaan) and Laureline (Delevingne) are special operatives and partners in space, who may just have feelings for each other too. But before they can figure out their relationship, they have to figure out how to stop the threat to Alpha, a… Continue reading Valerian And The City Of a Thousand Planets (2017)

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Brawl In Cell Block 99 (2017)

Starring: Vince Vaughn, Don Johnson, Marc Blucas, Jennifer Carpenter, Udo Kier Director: S Craig Zahler A man loses his job and discovers that his wife has been cheating on him. He decides to try again with her, and have a baby, and return to running drugs. But when the job goes bad, he finds himself… Continue reading Brawl In Cell Block 99 (2017)

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Thor Ragnarok (2017)

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Mark Ruffalo, Karl Urban, Anthony Hopkins Director: Taika Waititi When Loki (Hiddleston) unwittingly initiates the Ragnarok prophecy, Thor (Hemsworth) and Loki find themselves on a strange garbage planet while their sister Hela (Blanchett), Goddess of Death, unleashes destruction on Asgard. But before… Continue reading Thor Ragnarok (2017)

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Preview: Daddy’s Home 2 (2017)

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, John Lithgow, Mel Gibson, Linda Cardellini, John Cena, Alessandra Ambrosio Director: Sean Anders Brad (Ferrell) is married to Dusty's (Wahlberg) ex-wife, and is stepdad to his kids. While this was the cause of great tension in the first film, they're now not only co-parenting, but are also really good friends.… Continue reading Preview: Daddy’s Home 2 (2017)

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American Made (2017)

Starring: Tom Cruise, Sarah Wright, Domhnall Gleeson, Caleb Landry Jones Director: Doug Liman Barry Seal (Cruise) was a TWA pilot in the 1980's, who flew missions for the CIA into South America, and became involved in drug smuggling for the Medellin Cartel. He played a dangerous game of playing to two sides off each other… Continue reading American Made (2017)

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Flatliners (2017)

Starring: Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, Kiefer Sutherland Director: Niels Arden Oplev Five medical students obsessed with the afterlife stop their own hearts to experience near death experiences. But when they're brought back, they do not come back alone... For the uninitiated, this is a remake of a 90's film, that also starred Kiefer… Continue reading Flatliners (2017)