Cinderella

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CINDERELLA
Starring Lily James, Richard Madden, Helana Bonham Carter, Stellan Skarsgård and Cate Blanchett.
Directed by Kenneth Branagh.
Written by Chris Weitz.

Synopsis: A girl named Ella has the purest heart living in a cruel world filled with evil stepsisters and an evil stepmother out to ruin Ella’s life. Ella comes one with her pure heart when she meets the prince and dances her way to a better life with glass shoes and a little help from her fairy godmother of course.

To call this a modern re-imagining of an old favourite is perhaps too fair on Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella but it’s a perfectly adequate live action retelling of the classic tale.

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Insurgent

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INSURGENT
Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Octavia Spencer, Miles Teller, Naomi Watts, Jai Courtney and Kate Winslet.
Directed by Robert Schwentke.
Written by Brian Duffield, Akiva Goldsman, Mark Bomback and Veronica Roth (novel).

Synopsis: Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart.

Relatively speaking, Insurgent is a step up from Divergent but that’s not exactly saying very much. While I wouldn’t exactly call it dull like the first instalment of the franchise was, it still lacked any real heart that helps make it’s rivals film series’ so popular!

Please note, this review does contain spoilers.

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Season 1)

XXX KIMMY SCHMIDT TV A ENT UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT (SEASON 1) Starring Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Carol Kane and Jane Krakowski. Created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. Aired on Netflix. Synopsis: After being rescued from an underground bunker in which she lived the past 15 years, Kimmy Schmidt decides to move to New York to have a normal life. She makes friends with her new roommate Titus, and works as a babysitter for Jacqueline Voorhees, the wife of a millionaire with many issues. Even though many obstacles are thrown her way, Kimmy makes the best of her new life while having to adapt to the new world around her.

Who knew Tina Fey could create something that betters her last show, NBC’s 30 Rock!? Are we getting ahead of ourselves? Perhaps. But Netflix’s new original series is one of the freshest sitcoms in years and after a stellar first season, it’s on track to surpass the creators first hit series! Continue reading Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Season 1)

Black Hole Cinema #22

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BLACK HOLE CINEMA #22

After a week away, I return to the hosting chair for this week’s instalment of Black Hole Cinema alongside showrunner Tony Black and regular panellist Matt Latham as we discuss Liam Neeson’s new action thriller Run All Night, period drama Suite Française, Jason Statham’s latest outing in Wild Card, Marjane Satrapi’s black comedy The Voices, Sean Penn’s action crime drama The Gunman and Divergent sequel Insurgent.

I personally cast my eye over Insurgent and Suite Française while suffering with short term memory loss! To listen to the podcast, search Black Hole Cinema on iTunes or click the link.

 

The Voices

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Starring Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton and Anna Kendrick.
Directed by Marjane Satrapi.
Written by Michael R. Perry.

Synopsis: Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) is that chipper guy clocking the nine-to-five at a bathtub factory, with the offbeat charm of anyone who could use a few friends. With the help of his court-appointed psychiatrist, he pursues his office crush (Gemma Arterton). However, the relationship takes a sudden, murderous turn after she stands him up for a date. Guided by his evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog, Jerry must decide whether to keep striving for normalcy, or indulge in a much more sinister path.

Going into this film, I didn’t expect much. While the basic premise interested me, I’ve rarely been impressed by Ryan Reynolds but it’s fair to say that he completely won me round in The Voices. Easily his best performance, Reynolds seamlessly slips from drama to comedy to down right bonkers!

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Suite Française

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SUITE FRANҪAISE
Starring Michelle Williams, Matthias Schoenaerts, Margot Robbie and Kristin Scott Thomas.
Directed by Saul Dibb.
Written by Matt Charman, Saul Dibb and Irène Némirovsky (novel).

Synopsis: France, 1940. In the first days of occupation, beautiful Lucile Angellier is trapped in a stifled existence with her controlling mother-in-law as they both await news of her husband: a prisoner of war. Parisian refugees start to pour into their small town, soon followed by a regiment of German soldiers who take up residence in the villagers’ own homes. Lucile initially tries to ignore Bruno von Falk, the handsome and refined German officer staying with them. But soon, a powerful love draws them together and leads them into the tragedy of war.

So I’m going to come straight out it. This really isn’t my cup of tea and this type of genre doesn’t appeal to me at all. I’m not a lover of period dramas at the best of times but even when watching a genre of film you don’t particularly enjoy, you’d hope something would stand out to you, something would grip you or strike a chord but in the case of  Suite Française I’m afraid to say nothing challenged my preconceptions.

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Divergent

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DIVERGENT
Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet.
Directed by Neil Burger.
Written by Evan Daugherty, Vanessa Taylor and Veronica Roth (novel).

Divergent is a thrilling action-adventure film set in a world where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues. Tris Prior is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy by a faction leader to destroy all Divergents, Tris must learn to trust in the mysterious Four and together they must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late. Based on the best-selling book series by Veronica Roth.

It’s not often that I am lost for words. But in the case of Divergent I most definitely am. Except ironically, for a film named Divergent this is one of the most generic young adult flicks I’ve watched in years!

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