Tag Archives: Drama

Review – Arrival

2016’s Arrival is a science fiction thriller directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario) and is based on the short story The Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang adapted by Eric Heisserer who wrote the screenplay. Amy Adams stars as Louise Banks, an expert in language and translation who is called upon when a number of alien vessels appear on Earth

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Review – Manchester By The Sea

The latest film by writer and director Kenneth Lonergan is the 2016 drama Manchester by the Sea starring Casey Affleck in the lead role.  It was actually produced by, in part, actors Matt Damon and John Krasinski. Affleck plays Lee Chandler, a Boston based maintenance man who is informed that his elder brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) has passed away from a

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Review – Hell and High Water

Hell or High Water is the latest film from Scottish director David MacKenzie, whose previous work includes Young Adam, Starred Up, and Spread. The writer is Taylor Sheridan who previously wrote Sicario (which is a good sign in itself). The film focusses on the tale of two brothers in Texas, Toby Howard (Chris Pine – Star Trek franchise) and Tanner

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Review – Sully

What is the story that takes place after the most famous plane water landing of all time – the Miracle on the Hudson? That is the tale that director Clint Eastwood brings us with the film Sully. Based on the true story of Captain Chelsea Sullenberger the pilot on flight UA1549 which, on the January 15th 2009 landed on the

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Review – The Lost Boys

In what appears to be a now season of ‘Corey Feldman’ movies, the day after watching The Goonies, I turned to The Lost Boys. From 1987, directed by Joel Schumaker (who would of course go on to nearly kill the Batman franchise), and written by Jan Fischer, James Jeremias and Jeffrey Boam, the film is now a treasured classic for

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Review – Bridge of Spies

The lastest film by Tom Hanks is the 2015 cold war thriller Bridge of Spies, directed by Steven Spielberg. Based on the true story of incidents around 1960 involving a convicted russian soy in the US and a US pilot shot down whilst flying spy missions in a U2 surveillance plane. Tom Hanks plays insurance lawyer James Donovan, who is

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Review – Legend

To the 60’s we head to review Legend – a biopic about the later years of London based gangsters the Krays. The film is both written and directed by Brian Helgeland, who has previously had significant success as a screenwriters with previous work that includes the script for both LA Confidential and Mystic River.  In 2013 he wrote and directed

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Review- Room

Fast on the heels of lead actress Bree Larson’s win as best actress in the recent Oscars we now turn our focus to the 2015 film Room which earned her that award. The film is directed by Lenny Abrahamson, whose most notable previous work was the 2014 Frank starring Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson. Based on the 2010 novel of the

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Review – Trumbo

Trumbo is the new film from director Jay Roach, (whose previous work includes ‘Meet the Parents’, ‘Borat’ and ‘The Campaign’) and writer John McNamara. The film recounts the true story of Dalton Trumbo, played in the film by Bryan Cranston (TV’s Breaking Bad, and films including ‘Godzilla’ and ‘Argo’), who was a member of the ‘Hollywood Ten’ – a group

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