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The Danish Girl

Loosely based on the lives of artists Lili Elbe (Eddie Redmayne) and Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander) The Danish Girl should really have been called The Danish Girls. Because while Redmayne’s Einar come Lili is the focus of this...
 
 
 
 
 
 

American Sniper

There was a point, before Clint Eastwood stepped through the saloon doors, pistol in hand, that American Sniper was a Steven Spielberg film. Within all the flag waving bravado of the film as it exists now is a semblance of Spie...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Testament Of Youth

In a world where World War movies such as Saving Private Ryan, War Horse and Schindler’s List exist it is a struggle to find a valid reason why A Testament of Youth should join the list. Director James Kent navigates us through...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Foxcatcher

Sadly walking away empty handed at this year’s Oscars Foxcatcher was always going to be a tough sell for award voters. But that’s not to say that it isn’t a staggering film but rather it is essentially too dark, too unsettling ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Theory Of Everything

The Theory Of Everything tells the story of the relationship between world famous scientist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and his first wife Jane (Felicity Jones). At a glance you might be put off by the thought of spending ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Unbroken

Languishing in development for years Unbroken was deemed ‘unfilmable’ due to its almost unbelievable true story. Enter Angelina Jolie who had her mind set on adapting Laura Hillenbrand’s non-fiction novel into her sophomore dir...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Big Eyes

Big Eyes isn’t the first time Tim Burton has tackled a ‘Based On True Events’ biography. There was of course his wonderfully entertaining Ed Wood but that film always had a certain Burton-esque quirk inherently ingrained in it....
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Grandmaster

Born in the Chinese province of Guangdong in 1893, Ip Man has recently emerged as one of the most significant figures in Chinese popular culture. Aside from being a master of Wing Chun kung fu and the man who trained the immort...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mr. Turner

No stranger to period dramas, British cinema could hardly have seen Mr. Turner coming. One of the United Kingdom’s most celebrated artists comes to grunting, gruff life thanks to the wonders and determination of another great a...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Imitation Game

Benedict Cumberbatch is no stranger to playing troubled men of great intellect; it is arguably how he made his name with BBC’s Sherlock. So in many ways The Imitation Game seems tailor-made to his talents but what is quite magn...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jack Strong

‘Jack Strong’ was the codename of a senior Polish military officer who spent decades sharing Soviet plans with the CIA in the hope of averting a nuclear confrontation that would have turned Poland and much of central Europe int...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mary Queen Of Scots

Thomas Imbach’s Mary Queen of Scots is anything but special. Delivered in a very unmoving way it is the story of her life and the story of her life alone that drives the film forward. Imbach’s rendition has a dull ‘and then thi...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Devil’s Knot

Based on one of America’s most publicised recent murder trials, and the fall-out thereof, Devi’s Knot tells the true story of the West Memphis Three. A story of this magnitude, having already been made into countless TV special...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fruitvale Station

Darling of The Sundance Film Festival 2013 Fruitvale Station tells a tragic true story that sparked riots in the California Bay Area. Marking the feature debut of writer director Ryan Coogler it paints an intimate portrait of O...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club marks the culmination in the renaissance of Matthew McConaughey.  For too long McConaughey, who had showed award worthy accolades in films such as Lone Star and A Time To Kill, dwelled in the doldrums of by-t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

12 Years A Slave

12 Years A Slave may well have be an Oscar-bating and winning drama but it is substantially more besides.  Coming off the back of other slave themed films, such as the politically minded Lincoln and the comic-book stylings of Q...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Kill Your Darlings

A biographical drama about the college days of legendary poets that made up the legendary Beat Generation, you say – starring Daniel Radcliffe as a young Allen Ginsberg, you say? An audacious debut then from first-timer J...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rush

Rush may be set in the world of Formula One racing but rest assured this is a sports movie with character, story and drama to burn.  Just as 2010’s heartbreaking documentary Senna managed to transcend the sport, so director Ron...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Bling Ring

Between Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers and Sophia Coppola’s The Bling Ring it seems that the youth of today are truly in revolt.  Gone are the warm fuzzy days of John Hughes’ lovable teenagers running a mock in high school to...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Summer in February

Summer in February is the story of a brief period in the life of artist Sir Alfred James Munnings, adapted by Jonathan Smith from his own novel.  In Lamorna on the coast of Cornwall, the artists of the Newlyn School colony led ...