Movie Review

May 262018
 

Mona Lisa Smile


2003

    


Plot Summary

Katherine Ann Watson has accepted a position teaching art history at the prestigious Wellesley College. Watson is a very modern woman, particularly for the 1950s, and has a passion not only for art but for her students. For the most part, the students all seem to be biding their time, waiting to find the right man to marry. The students are all very bright and Watson feels they are not reaching their potential. Altough a strong bond is formed between teacher and student, Watson’s views are incompatible with the dominant culture of the college.

Review

There was a time when I as well into Kirsten Dunst and bought most films she was in but it took me a long time to get around to watching this. She plays a bit of a bitch in this but it’s made up for by starring some other favourite actresses of mine in Ginnifer Goodwin, Julia Stiles and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Good performances all round but probably not a film that woudl draw me back for a second watch.

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Rating : 6.5 / 10


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May 212018
 

Scottish Mussel


2015

    


Plot Summary

Ritchie is a Glaswegian chancer with low hopes and no prospects. Disillusioned with city life, he goes undercover at a Highland conservation centre to make his fortune as an illegal pearl fisher with the help of his two hapless and accident prone mates, Danny and Fraser. Here he meets Beth, a pretty English conservationist passionate about saving endangered mussels from the clutches of pearl thieves in the Scottish Highlands. Falling for her instantly, Ritchie must beat off competition in the form of Highland Ranger Ethan, a smooth talking American Adonis convinced that Beth can’t resist his charms forever. After the success of pearl fishing attracts the unwanted attentions of old school Glaswegian mobster Gavin and his work at the centre leads him to question his true motivations, Ritchie must risk life and limb to save the Highlands from ecological disaster and win Beth’s heart.

Review

I had high hopes for this being a quaint British comedy we usually do so well and it has a great cast but it all falls rather flat. Still worth seeing for Talulah Riley in a bikini.

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Rating : 5.5 / 10


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May 202018
 

Sleeping With Other People


2015

    


Plot Summary

Can two serial cheaters get a second chance at love? After a one-night stand in college, New Yorkers Lainey (Alison Brie) and Jake (Jason Sudeikis) meet by chance twelve years later and discover they each have the same problem: because of their monogamy-challenged ways, neither can maintain a relationship. Determined to stay friends despite their mutual attraction, they make a pact to keep it platonic, a deal that proves easier said than done.

Review

I normally love these low key rom-coms but for some reason this one just didn’t connect for me, usually in these films you have one or even two likeable lead characters but in this case both are mostly unlikeable. It does though have the benefit of Alison Brie spending much of the time in her underwear.

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Rating : 6.5 / 10


IMDb   .   Alison Brie

May 082018
 

The Equalizer


2014

    


Plot Summary

In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.

Review

Well it’s certainly not Edward Woodward, this Equalizer is far more action hero. Not a bad updating of the story and certainly worth watching if only for Chloe Moretz being dressed to please.

IMDb

Rating : 7.2 / 10


IMDb   .   Chloe Moretz

May 072018
 

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl


2015

    


Plot Summary

Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.

Review

Heartbreaking film that lies to you very early on to make the ending even more traumatic. Not quite the sentimental romance you may expect at the beginning but more about friendship. Olivia Cooke is wonderful.

IMDb

Rating : 7.8 / 10


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Apr 022018
 

What If


2013

    


Plot Summary

WHAT IF is the story of medical school dropout Wallace, who’s been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So while everyone around him, including his roommate Allan seems to be finding the perfect partner, Wallace decides to put his love life on hold. It is then that he meets Chantry an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben. Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, what if the love of your life is actually your best friend?

Review

Now this is my type of rom-com. The wondeful Zoe Kazan is perfectly cast as the object of Daniel Radcliffes affection. Why they made Rafe Spall sport an American accent I don’t know.

IMDb

Rating : 6.8 / 10


IMDb   .   Zoe Kazan

Apr 012018
 

Beauty And The Briefcase


2010

    


Plot Summary

Lane is looking for her “magic man”. A man who has all of the attributes that are on her checklist. In the meantime she finally hears her calling when a job opportunity presents itself in the form of Cosmo magazine. After failing to impress the editor they head out of the office when they begin talking men. There Lane (Hillary Duff) has the idea to combine dating and work place. After causing a blackout at her job interview she lands the job in an office to begin her undercover work. After dating several co-workers she happens to spill her drink on a “magic man candidate” Liam. However her boss isn’t impress by the direction she tries to take her story and tries to get her to stop dating Liam.

Review

The story has been told many times before, mostly in cheesy TV movies like this and many times better than this. On a positive side Hilary Duff has rarely looked better.

IMDb

Rating : 5.5 / 10


IMDb   .   Hilary Duff

Mar 312018
 

Nancy Drew


2007

    


Plot Summary

Nancy Drew accompanies her father on a business trip to Los Angeles California. Nancy booked an abandoned house for them to stay in hiding the mystery of a movie star’s murder from her father as a promise that she would stay out of trouble and be normal. Fitting into high school as a normal teen turns out to be harder than it sounds, for Nancy Drew. She soon befriends a younger boy and determines that the sleuthing world is where she belongs. While snooping through the attic, she finds a letter from the Hollywood star, Dehlia Draycott, written to someone named ‘Z’. This leads Nancy on a wild goose chase as she comes to find out that Dehlia has a secret daughter, her daughter is to inherit everything and someone killed Dehlia because they were written out of the will.

Review

I got this film purely as two of my favourite actresses (Rachael Leigh Cook and Emma Roberts) are in it. It’s a kids film and okay for its target audience but not for me

IMDb

Rating : 5.9 / 10


IMDb   .   Emma Roberts   .   Rachael Leigh Cook

Mar 192018
 

Puppylove


2013

    


Plot Summary

At 14, Diane is an enigmatic teenager and a loner. She is busy bringing up her little brother, Marc, and has an intense relationship with her father, Christian. The appearance of Julia, a young charismatic and emancipated English girl, in her neighbourhood turns Diane’s everyday life upside down. Diane, who wants to break the bounds of childhood at any price, goes through the most dramatic experiences of her life in the space of six months. The closer she is to Julia, the more she turns her back on morality, paying no attention to the consequences or the limits of her desires

Review

A typical arty French film that makes you wonder why it was made. It’s an okay watch with a bonus of two very pretty leads and a fair amount of nudity.

IMDb

Rating : 5.7 / 10


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Mar 192018
 

Paper Towns


2015

    


Plot Summary

Adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green, PAPER TOWNS is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbor Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears – leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship – and true love.

Review

This is adapted from one of my favourite books and a very faithful adaptation at that, including the slightly disappointing ending.

IMDb

Rating : 6.3 / 10


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Feb 142018
 

Up Pompeii


1971

    


Plot Summary

Roman slave Lurkio inadvertently becomes the possessor of a scroll naming the proposed assassins of the Emperor Nero. Administering to the participants of his master’s orgy guests seems small compared to the trouble the scroll brings – but all are in for a nasty shock when Mount Vesuvius decides to erupt.

Review

A good throwback to the comedies of the 70s when you could have scantily clad ladies, gay jokes and even a blacked up man without a load of liberals getting their knickers in a twist. Featuring a supremely hot Madeline Smith and the wonderful Frankie Howerd

IMDb

Rating : 6.0 / 10


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Jan 292018
 

Caffeine


2006

    


Plot Summary

A fanciful battle of the sexes ensues when the relationships of the staff and patrons of a quirky London café are unexpectedly turned upside down by sudden revelations of terribly embarrassing secrets having to do with their sexual misadventures

Review

An unusual film with some fairly well known Americans playing at being English. Quirky and funny and certainly my type of film, not a classic but worth a watch. Ruined by the Non-Anamorphic DVD which produces large black borders around the image.

IMDb

Rating : 5.6 / 10


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