Monthly Archives: December 2012

Les Miserables – Film Review

Audiences are going to be divided, but we need to qualify that statement.  The division will come not so much in the usual way of a cinema audience deciding whether the film is good or not – it’s actually great in the way you would hope a Hollywood production of a hit Broadway musical can […]

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The Impossible – Film Review

On December 26 2004, a devastating Indian Ocean tsunami hit the coastline of Thailand.  Everyone who was there and survived the terrible tragedy has a story of their own to tell. The Impossible tells the true story of a certain Spanish family – here portrayed as British middle-class – who experienced and survived the coastline […]

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Jack Reacher – Film Review

Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher is the kind of male fantasy character that most men would love to be.  He’s cool, confidant and mysterious, with an almost uncanny Sherlock Holmes-like ability to look at someone and know exactly where they’ve been or what they’ve done, plus he fights with the calm assuredness of someone who knows […]

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This Is 40 – Film Review

In the new Judd Apatow comedy This Is 40, the writer/director/producer of raunchy twenty-something comedies has attempted to show a little maturity.  Given that the subject matter is that of a married couple who are both turning 40 in the same week there would have to be a little growing up in the writing, but, […]

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The Guilt Trip – Film Review

The pitch to the studios must have sounded perfect.  Seth Rogen, that likeable schlub of a young comic actor, stuck in the car on a lengthy journey across the country accompanied by his overbearing mother, played of all people by… Barbra Streisand.  It has to be the potential for the occasional moment of comic gold.  […]

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Hyde Park on the Hudson – Film Review

If you think of storytelling as a three act play – in other words, something that has a beginning, a middle and an end – Hyde Park on the Hudson feels like a two act production; it has a beginning and a middle, but the third act is missing.  Just when you think there’s perhaps […]

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