Silver Linings Playbook “Scores On Doors”

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Wow! What an honest, refreshing dark take on the rom-com, fabulously directed
by David O. Russell (The Fighter), with great cinematography & great acting, the
young Lawrence facing off against veteran De Niro in one scene had me purring.

With on screen chemistry between Cooper & Lawrence rivaling that of
Bogart & Bacall and old timers De Niro & Weaver both producing the goods
Silver Linings Playbook is a wonderful movie that is emotionally funny,
sometimes stressful but by the time the end credits role I guarantee you will
be grinning from ear to ear – 8.5/10

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Jennifer Lawrence picking up Best Actress at
The Golden Globes for her Silver Linings Playbook role

Les Misérables “Scores On Doors”

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Having seen the stage show on broadway a few times I was going into the movie
already a tune to the musical numbers and familiar with the stories characters, this
helped but in fairness would not stop one enjoying this big screen adaption of
Les Misérables. The performances from Jackman, Hathaway & Crowe were all
top notch each showing sides of their acting prowess that are rarely displayed,
Jackman & Hathaway have been recently rewarded by the Academy with Oscar
nominations for their respective roles. Tom Hooper manages to capture the time
beautifully with sprawling set pieces & unusual camera angles.

This is a thoroughly enjoyable movie experience, that will have you singing
along, weeping in anguish & cheering for victory – I would highly recommend 8/10

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The Impossible “Scores On Doors”

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This is an incredible yet terrifying true story of a families fight against nature,
The Impossible is an intense watch, it pulls at the heart strings and delivers.
The 10-15mins Tsunami sequence is incredible and the marvelous cast play their
characters so well that it makes you want to continue watching, you care for
what happens to them, it’s engrossing, it’s nail biting, it’s a fabulous movie – 8/10

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Jack Reacher “Scores On Doors”

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If your looking for movie with no special effects, pure entertainment
and a fine story to boot then look no further Jack Reacher is a thriller of the highest order,
well executed by a wonderful cast and kept brutally real throughout. 8/10

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Snow White & Huntsman “Mini-Review”

DIRECTOR
Rupert Sanders
CAST
Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron
Chris Hemsworth, Sam Claflin
Nick Frost, Ray Winstone
Eddie Marsan, Ian McShane

SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMAN
“Mirror Mirror On The Wall”
Rupert Sanders debut movie follows
Charlize Theron’s Evil Queen Ravenna and
her plans to conquer the entire continent.

“Fairest of Them All”
Ravenna learns from the Mirror that only the
Heart of Snow White (Stewart) will keep her from
growing old and give her ever lasting life, so she
sends a Huntsman (Hemsworth) to do her bidding
and bring Snow White before her.

Viggo Mortensen (Lord of the Rings) was
originally in talks to star as the Huntsman
but negotiations fell through

A tale based on the
Brothers Grimm’s “Snow White”

This is not your ordinary Fairy Tale, it’s woven
with dark material, haunting locations and the
Evilest Queen in all the land.

OVERALL
From Theron’s Dark Evil Queen, the beauty of
Stewart’s Snow White, the Brawn of Hemsworth’s
Huntsman & the lighter moments of the Seven
Dwarfs this movie was everything & more I hoped
it would be – pure cinematic endulgence!
8/10

Men In Black III “Mini-Review”

DIRECTOR
Barry Sonnenfeld
CAST
Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones
Josh Brolin, Emma Thompson,
Alice Eve, Jemaine Clement

MEN IN BLACK III is the 3rd & possibly the
final movie (yea right) in this sci-fi franchise
featuring Agents J (Smith) and K (Jones).

J (Smith) has to time travel to the year
1969 and stop intergalactic criminal
Boris the Animal from changing his fate
and in the process re-writing history.

Barry Sonnenfeld’s Men In Black II
was released 10 years ago in 2002.

Along with the 3 Men In Black movies
Sonnenfeld has also directed Smith in
Wild Wild West back in 1999.

OVERALL
I had lots of fun with this movie, the
injection of new characters, the time
travel aspect of the film and watching
the movie on IMAX 3D all contributed
to a fun cinematic experience.

Men in Black III has some fantastic
movie moments – the Chrysler Building
scene was knee trembling, the introduction
of W‘s Josh Brolin was fine casting and
the smaller roles of Bill Hader as Warhol
and The Pussycat Dolls Nicole Scherzinger
turn as Boris The Animal’s sexy cake
bearing Lily Poison was lots of fun.

Men in Black III deserves to be seen on the
big screen – Will Smith’s first film in over
three years is a triumphant return!
7.5/10

Dark Shadows “Mini-Review”

DIRECTOR
Tim Burton
CAST
Johnny Depp, Eva Green,
Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter
Jonny Lee Miller, Chloë Grace Moretz

The tale of Barnabas Collins, a vampire and
resident of Collinwood Manor who falls prey to
the evil witch Angelique who imprisons Barnabas
in a chain bound coffin & buries him deep in the
ground for over two centuries.

DARK SHADOWS is Tim Burton’s eighth film
with Johnny Depp & is based on the TV series
of the same name that aired back in the 60-70’s.

COULD this be a return to form for director
Tim Burton and his muse Johnny Depp
simply put NO!

DARK SHADOWS looked impressive on
the 2 minute trailer, but after excitedly taking
my seat in the cinema I soon found out that
them 2 minutes were the best of what Burton
and Depp had to offer, the rest of the movie was
average at best with the talented Eva Green
and Chloë Moretz the only two stars on show
producing the goods – Depp & Pfeiffer both
incredibly dull, ghostly reflections of themselves.

OVERALL
The story of Barnabas Collins was a missed
opportunity, wait for the dvd or blu-ray release
rather than waste your hard earned money on
an average Tim Burton & Johnny Depp outing!
6/10

Rampart “Mini-Review”

DIRECTOR
Oren Moverman
CAST
Woody Harrelson, Ned Beatty
Ben Foster, Anne Heche, Robin Wright
Sigourney Weaver, Brie Larson

RAMPART follows Dave Brown an
LAPD cop, struggling to face up to the
consequences of a wayward career as
his life spirals out of control.

James Ellroy’s writing credits include
the superb L.A Confidential & putting
it mildly Rampart is no Confidential it’s an
average drama with a good (but not his best)
performance from Woody Harrelson.

OVERALL
Apart from the solid acting from a very
good cast, Rampage failed on so many
levels, from the weak direction to the run
of the mill story, I just didn’t feel anything
for the characters in the movie and the last
quarter of the film fizzled out without really
giving the viewer any conclusion, disappointing!
6/10

This Means War “Mini-Review”

DIRECTOR
McG
CAST
Tom Hardy, Chris Pine
Reese Witherspoon, Chelsea Handler
Abigail Spencer

Two CIA Agents Foster (Pine) & Henson (Hardy)
who are also best friends begin dating the same
woman Scott (Witherspoon), to win the girl both
break protocol and use the agencies technology
to sabotage each others dates, all this whilst
trying to bring the bad guys to justice.

I like McG as a movies director his movies
always have lots of action, high on thrills
and usually have a great soundtrack, take
CHARLIE ANGELS for example – a good
quality movie that has the lot – so I must ask
the question WHAT WAS HE THINKING
when taking on this pile of movie rubbish?

Reese Witherspoon I can accept in this type
of movie but why TOM “RocknRolla” HARDY the
guys who’s appeared in Bronson, Inception and
Warrior would want to appear in this juvenile,
predictable & pointless rom-com is beyond me.

OVERALL
I would highly recommend anyone who reads
this mini-review TO AVOID this movie.
The action scenes are dreadful, McG’s direction
is down right lazy and the dialogue is some of
the worst I have witnessed in a movie for a
long time – & also Chelsea Handler is in it!
4.5/10 

Shame “Mini-Review”

DIRECTOR
Steve McQueen
CAST
Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan
James Badge Dale, Nicole Beharie

Brandon (Fassbender) is a successful
New York businessman, good at his job &
popular amongst his work colleagues, he has
it all except he suffers from an addiction
Brandon is a sex addict.

Although we’re not presented with a lot
of information about Brandon and Sissy’s
background in the movie we realise that both
harbor a troubled past & that the siblings
relationship has been fractured.

The cinematography and sound throughout
the movie is brilliant and the scenes that
cover the subject matter of sex addiction
are both tastefully & realistically performed.

OVERALL
Steve McQueen’s movie is at times a hard watch,
but it’s a must watch! Fassbender & Mulligan are
terrific as the films leads, bringing alive the fear of
their characters afflictions to the screen is painful
yet fantastic to watch. SHAME is a haunting
examination of one’s battle with addiction and
illness A movie truly worth your attention.
8/10