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Jason Bourne (2016)

Last seen in 2007, Jason Bourne is now living under the radar and off the grid, surviving as a bare knuckle fighter on the Greece-Albania border and scratching a living from winning these fights.  Meanwhile former associate Nicky Parsons is hacking the CIA’s systems from Iceland and downloading highly classified documents on black ops, including Treadstone and its latest incarnation .  Continue reading

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Eddie The Eagle (2016)

Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards was a British ski jumper in the late 1980s who became famous for representing Britain in the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.  He came a resounding last and as a result became a media celebrity, the traditional underdog, complete with thick spectacles and a jutting chin.  This is a film inspired by that story, sold as a light-hearted story of a determined young man, a feel-good movie. Continue reading

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

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10 Cloverfield Lane is an intense drama that covers a multitude of genres, including drama, thriller, comedy, horror and science fiction.  The film opens with a young woman, Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) contemplating ending a relationship.  She then leaves her engagement ring and keys in the apartment and drives in solitude down long and winding country roads.  The music is loud and almost overbearing with little natural background noise and with no words spoken.  Her ringing cell phone and fiance’s voice are the first real sounds heard.  Michelle has run away after a minor argument (a sure indication of an abused childhood).  Shortly after, the sudden loud noise of a car crash shocks the audience out of their reverie of a broken relationship and Michelle wakes up, handcuffed and in a basement – a drip attached to her arm and a splint on her knee. Continue reading

The Witch (2016)

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The Witch takes place in 17th Century New England and follows the story of a Pilgrim family who have left their home in Northern England to set up life in the New World.  But they are asked to leave their new religious community, and they travel with their belongings loaded on to one cart, to a remote farmland on the edge of the woods.  Soon after their arrival, their crop fails and the family’s new born baby vanishes from the care of the oldest daughter, Thomasin.  From here on in, the family begins to deteriorate as accusations of witchcraft, religious obsession and grief overtake their lives.  Continue reading

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

 

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** Minor spoilers below **

It’s been ten years since the last new Star Wars film.  Episode III – Revenge of the Sith was the last in the trilogy of prequels which introduced Annakin Skywalker and followed his journey to the dark side.  Many slated these films, with characters such as Jar Jar Binks geared towards a much younger audience.  But now in December 2015, The Force Awakens is the first of yet another planned trilogy and takes place three decades after the events of the 1983 film, Return of The Jedi. Continue reading

Bridge of Spies

Bridge of Spies is a Cold War drama set in the early 1960s and is based on a true story.  Insurance lawyer Jim Donovan is asked to defend Rudolf Abel, a foreigner who has been arrested as a spy and is about to go on trial.  The Americans want to be seen giving Rudolf a fair trial, although a less than guilty verdict from the jury is not acceptable.  Jim’s initial reluctance is overcome as he meets Rudolf and works as any good defence lawyer should; examining the evidence, challenging the search warrant, and eventually reasoning with the Judge to negotiate life imprisonment, rather than the death penalty.  In a parallel story, US Airman Francis Gary Powers, is shot down and captured whilst flying spy missions for the CIA.  He is interrogated by the Russians and the two narratives intertwine as Jim is sent to Berlin to negotiate a prisoner exchange; swapping the Russian spy Rudolf Abel, for American Powers.  But just to throw a spanner in the works, American Economics student Frederic Pryor, is arrested by the East Germans as a suspected spy, just as the Berlin wall is erected.  The Germans want in on the action and Jim has another American citizen’s life on his conscience. Continue reading

The Visit (2015)

The Visit is a horror film written and directed by M.Night Shyamalan, the man who brought us exquisitely clever films such as The Sixth Sense, Signs and Unbreakable.  The premise of the film is that two children go to stay at their grandparents house and find out they are a touch peculiar, something which immediately has parents (and probably children) smirking. Continue reading