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Film

Netflix, Prime, the silver screen - you name it, we'll watch it. Current favourites are

Gone Girl

Ben

Gone Girl

Ben

Watched this the other night without knowing a great deal about it, but thinking it was a bit like Taken: butch and action-y. Gone Girl turned out to be a really gripping, clever and well-acted psychological thriller.

A recently-married couple's life gets a bit complicated when she (Rosamund Pike) disappears (gone girl..) without warning, leaving behind evidence that the disappearance involved violence. Her husband (Ben Affleck) is a bit of a cold fish and quickly arouses suspicion that he was somehow involved. The truth is rather more complicated.

 

The story is complex but entirely realistic and somewhat understated.

Oh, and it lasts two and a half hours yet my wife stayed awake for the whole thing, which says a lot!

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SPLIT

Paul

SPLIT

Paul

Another great film from M. Night Shyamalan, the guy who directed The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable and more. It's a cracking thriller and it's connected to one of his other films but I won't spoil which one for you.

Three girls get kidnapped right at the start and the film follows four main characters (well maybe 27), the three girls and Kevin Wendell Crumb, the kidnapper (amazingly portrayed by James McAvoy), who has been diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder and has 23 distinct personalities.

 

It's really engaging, scary in parts and as the film progresses it brings in some freaky supernatural elements that keeps you on your toes.

 

A highly recommended watch with some fantastic acting and a really exciting storyline. Watch.

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Star Wars: Rogue One

Kate

Star Wars: Rogue One

Kate

Being an avid Star Wars fan (I grew up in the '70s) I was doubtful that the spin-off would be any good. My son wanted to see it, so I reluctantly took him. I felt sure it would not be up to my nerdy standards and expected gaps in the storyline, details that had been overlooked, etc. None of the main characters were going to be in it and I really couldn't imagine a Star Wars film being any good without Harrison Ford in it (yes, I know his character has been killed off but I'm in denial!)

All I can say is what an epic film! The storyline was brilliant and perfectly led into the original Star Wars New Hope trilogy. It seamlessly fits the gap between the 70s old school and ultra-modern special effects. All the way through the film there are visual acknowledgments to previous Star Wars films and even deceased actors have been revived using digital manipulation (I understand this can be alarming to some people). I don't want to give the storyline away so I'm not mentioning it! But I will say this, nothing is predictable and there are plenty of twists and turns in the plot. The main character 'Jyn' is played by Felicity Jones who is a class act and has all the grit and determination of Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver in the Alien films.

 

A not to be missed film for sci-fi lovers

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La La Land

Mark

La La Land

Mark

We'll just come out and say it from the off - we're not certain what all the fuss was about. Sure it was clever, well acted and extremely well put together, but on the whole a little confusing.

It was a decent spectacle - one of those films you just want to sit and take in, rather than try to understand too much or over-analyse. Once you've got used to the editing style and camera angles (which are a bit of an assault at first) you can sit back and enjoy the musicality of the film, particularly if you're a jazz fan.

 

Enjoyable, even if it took a little getting used to, but we're not sure what actually happened. We left with many questions.

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Sing

Paul

Sing

Paul

Sing is a great family film. I went to see it with my girlfriend who is a sucker for this sort of movie and I really wasn't expecting to enjoy it but I was very pleasantly surprised!

 

The storyline is simple enough for kids but engaging enough for the adults and it relates quite well to what we see nowadays with all these talent show style TV series. It really well voice acted by some big names and the music is pretty good with some pop along with some Stevie Wonder and Elton John along the way.

 

I would absolutely recommend this for anyone that's looking for an easy watch and a good fun day out at the cinema, you'll leave with a smile.

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Building Jerusalem - the journey to RWC 2003

Mark

Building Jerusalem - the journey to RWC 2003

Mark

First released in 2015 but only recently added to Netflix, Building Jerusalem tells the story of rugby union becoming a professional sport in the 90s and England's journey from amateur players with full time jobs to World Cup Winners in 2003.

 

Primarily narrated by Jonny Wilkinson, Martin Johnson and Sir Clive Woodward, the documentary follows the tumultuous transition between amateurs who played eighty minutes beating seven bells out of each other and getting hammered in the bar afterwards to professionals with the best coaches, staff and trainers.

 

You're transported back to 22nd November 2003, which I remember like it was yesterday, and that incredible game which England should have won in normal time - but where's the fun in that?

 

Great documentary - definitely worth a watch, even if you're not a massive rugby fan.

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