Starring: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Bruhl Director: Niki Caro Based on a true story, adapted from the book by Diane Ackerman, The Zookeeper's Wife is the story of Jan and Antonina Zabinski, who were the zookeepers of the Warsaw Zoo in 1939 when war broke out. As the Germans invade, they can do… Continue reading The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017)
Starring: Matt Damon, Tian Jing, Willem Dafoe Director: Yimou Zhang If you've ever wondered why the Chinese built their Great Wall, and then Googled it, thought the real history was boring, and wanted more dragons, then this film is for you. Which is crazy, because the real history of the Great Wall is a fascinating… Continue reading The Great Wall (2016)
Have you heard that expression about the best way to approach life being this: take your work seriously, but never yourself? I think that sums up Shia Labeouf. He does weird things, says weird things, I’ve heard rumours that he’s a cannibal (ha ha). He’s a funny guy who seems to think the whole fame thing is a bit silly and should be poked fun at, and then he turns in a natural, confident and heart felt performance.
And that’s what’s really important in this film.
He plays US Marine Drummer, a man who has grown up with his best friend Devin (Jai Courteney), who also followed him into the army. And who has a beloved wife (Kate Mara) and son. That core set of relationships is the beating, bleeding heart of this film.
The story is split into three strands, the past, where we learn how close his family…
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Starring: Colin Firth, Helena Bonham-Carter, Geoffrey Rush Director: Tom Hooper In this true story, the prince becomes King George (Firth) unexpectedly when his brother abdicates to marry the woman he loves. With the kingdom thrust upon him, his stutter means that he is painfully shy, and he must learn to overcome his bashfulness in order… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: The King’s Speech (2010)
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaugn, Sam Worthington, Hugo Weaving, Teresa Palmer Director: Mel Gibson Mel Gibson directs this true story of a man, Desmond Doss (Garfield), who signed up to fight in WWII, but who could not carry a gun under religious principles. It's a remarkable story, as the first half we see how hard… Continue reading Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
Starring: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman Director: Ben Affleck In 1980, the American embassy in Tehran was invaded by Iranian revolutionaries, with six people escaping to a safe house. In order to get them out and back to the US, the CIA came up with the crazy plan of sending in a Hollywood producer… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: Argo (2012)
Starring: George C Scott, Karl Malden, Stephen Young Director: Franklin J Schaffner In this film, co-written by Francis Ford Coppola, and spread over almost three hours, tells the story of the famous general Patton, from his time in Tunisia to the Battle of the Bulge in WW2, to his dismissal. Sometimes called the definitive biopic… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: Patton (1970)
Starring: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, Joel Kinnaman Director: Daniel Espinosa Based on a popular novel by Tom Rob Smith, the drama in this films comes from the concept prevalent in Soviet Russia under Stalin that since the political revolution created a perfect society, there could not possibly be any such thing as crime.… Continue reading Child 44 (2015)
Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Riz Ahmed, Mads Mikkelsen, Donnie Yen. Director: Gareth Edwards I suppose that I might as well open by telling you that I found this film less than impressive. Jyn (Jones) is the daughter of the man who designed the Death Star. Her father (Mikkelsen)… Continue reading Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
Starring: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard Director: Robert Zemeckis Part thriller, part romance, this film is the story of Max Vatan (Pitt), a Canadian Intelligence officer, and Marianne Beausejour (Cotillard), a beautiful French Resistance fighter, who meet during an assassination mission in Casablanca in 1942. Strangers playing the role of a married couple, they find themselves… Continue reading Preview: Allied (2016)