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"Home Again" (2017)

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Rating:PG-13 Genre:Comedy Directed By: Hallie Meyers-Shyer Written By: Hallie Meyers-Shyer Released: September 8th, 2017 Studio:Open Road Films
Summary: Recently separated from her husband, Alice Kinney decides to start over by moving back to Los Angeles with her two daughters. While celebrating her 40th birthday, Alice meets Harry, George and Teddy, three young filmmakers who need a place to live. Complications soon arise when she agrees to let the men stay in her guesthouse temporarily. As Alice develops a budding romance with Harry, her newfound happiness comes crashing down when her ex shows up with a suitcase in his hand.
Review: I really enjoyed this film. It’s very light-hearted and easy going. It reminded me a lot of The Holiday. It had a similar score and similar atmosphere. No real badness to it at all.

That being said, there’s not great umph to it either. It’s easily forgettable plot-wise and in a sense character-wise. Although, they are all likable, they’re also considerably bl…

"Let The Right One In" (2008)

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Rating:R:15 Genre:Drama, Horror Directed By: Tomas Alfredson Written By: John Ajvide Lindqvist Released: January 26th, 2008 Runtime: 114 minutes Studio:Magnet/Magnolia Pictures
Summary: Oskar, a twelve-year-old boy being bullied at school, meets Eli, a girl who seems to be the same age. As the film progresses, both develop a close friendship. But in the meantime curious and slightly grisly deaths have been taking place around the area and it quickly becomes clear Eli has something to do with them…because she’s a vampire.

Review: This is actually a really beautiful film. I suppose at first glance one could be excused for brandishing it off to the same shelf as Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series with the whole romanticising vampires trend. However, this is very much a darker story.
Most of the film takes place around the huge gray and quite oppressive apartment building that seems to just suck the life out of the residents who live there. The horror aspect of it is not necessarily the main f…

"Side Effects" (2013)

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Rating: R Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense Directed By: Steven Soderbergh Written By: Scott Z. Burns Released: February 8th, 2013 Runtime: 106 minutes Studio: Open Road Films
Summary: For four years, Emily Taylor (Rooney Mara) has awaited the release of her husband, Martin (Channing Tatum), from being imprisoned for insider trading. Finally, Martin comes home, but Emily feels just as bad as she did when he was incarcerated, and she sinks into a deep depression. After her failed suicide attempt, psychiatrist Jonathan Banks (Jude Law) prescribes a series of medications. When those don't work, he gives Emily a new medication -- but the drug leads to ruined lives and death.
Review: This is quite a gripping thriller with an excellent cast.

The film is structured well. Opening with what would turn out to be the pivotal scene of the film where everything changes for everyone but leaving so much to yet be revealed. Having seen a sliver of this moment, we think we can easily guess what’s com…

"P.S. I Love You" (2007)

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Rating:PG-13 Genre:Comedy, Drama, Romance Directed By:Richard LaGravenese Written By: Steven Rogers, Richard LaGravenese Released: December 21st, 2007 Runtime: 127 minutes Studio:Warner Bros. Pictures
Summary: Following her husband, Gerry’s death due to a brain tumour, Holly begins receiving letters from him. As she tries to come to terms with life without Gerry, in time they begin to help her along the way, each one signed “P.S. I love you.”
Review: I remember I loved this movie when it came out first! And even though it's not really my genre anymore, it's still pretty good. I really loved the book. I have to say I think the book is miles better than the movie, but the movie is good too in its own right. There were a number of changes made in the movie compared to the book, the biggest being the book is set in Ireland, while the film of course had to be set in America on account of having an American cast of actors. But they do go to Ireland during the film which was nice too. Holly…

"Inside I'm Dancing" / "Rory O'Shea Was Here" (2004)

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Rating:R (for language) Genre:Comedy, Drama Directed By: Damien O'Donnell Written By: Jeffrey Caine Released: February 4th, 2005 Runtime: 105 minutes Studio:Focus Features
Summary: Set in Ireland, Dublin, Michael Connolly is a long-term resident of the Carrigmore Residential Home for the Disabled with cerebral palsy. However, his life is transformed following the arrival of free-spirited and outspoken Rory O’Shea, who has muscular dystrophy, at the care-home. Michael is stunned to discover that Rory can understand his almost unintelligible speech. The pair strike up an unlikely but immediate friendship, and decide to embark on a chance of living an independent life in an apartment of their own.
Review: I love this movie so much! I love it, I love it, I love it. One of my favourites. It's just...I don't think it's possible to not smile while watching it. Ok, there are some sad moments over which I cried excessively, but...the majority is feel good I think. The characters are w…

"All Good Things" (2010)

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Rating:R:15 Genre:Drama, Mystery & Suspense Directed By: Andrew Jarecki Written By: Marcus Hinchey, Marc Smerling Released: December 3rd, 2010 Runtime: 101 minutes Studio:Magnolia Pictures
Summary: Heir to a real-estate dynasty, David Marks (Ryan Gosling) lives in the shadow of his father, Sanford (Frank Langella). He takes a chance at true love when he meets Katie (Kirsten Dunst), a woman of modest origins who sees David's real worth as a person, not just his family's wealth. David and Katie marry and plan to build a life together, but their once-loving relationship deteriorates after David gives in to his father's demand that he work in the family business.

Review: Hmm…I think this film is good up to a point, and from that point on, unfortunately not all good things can be said about this tragic ensemble. It kind of becomes something mundane, nothing really to get excited about. Then by the final 40 minutes or so it seemed to just turn down the crazy lane a little. I appre…

"Black Swan" (2011)

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Rating:R:15 Genre:Drama, Mystery & Suspense Directed By: Darren Aronofsky Written By: Andres Heinz, Mark Heyman, John J. McLaughlin Released: January 21st, 2011 Runtime: 108 minutes Studio:Fox Searchlight
Summary: Nina (Natalie Portman) is a ballerina whose passion for the dance rules every facet of her life. When the company's artistic director decides to replace his prima ballerina for their opening production of "Swan Lake," Nina is his first choice. She has competition in newcomer Lily (Mila Kunis) however. While Nina is perfect for the role of the White Swan, Lily personifies the Black Swan. As rivalry between the two dancers transforms into a twisted friendship, Nina's dark side begins to emerge.
Review: One word comes to mind – wow.
This is a considerably complex but visually beautiful film. It’s hard to know what is really happening and what isn’t. This makes the film quite confusing. Eventually every scene is questioned. 

Ballet is shown to be an extremely stre…

"Maleficent" (2014)

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Rating:PG Genre:Family, Fantasy Directed By: Robert Stromberg Written By: Linda Woolverton Released: May 30th, 2014 Runtime: 97 minutes Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Summary: As a beautiful young woman of pure heart, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) has an idyllic life in a forest kingdom. When an invading army threatens the land, Maleficent rises up to become its fiercest protector. However, a terrible betrayal hardens her heart and twists her into a creature bent on revenge. She engages in an epic battle with the invading king's successor, then curses his newborn daughter, Aurora -- realizing only later that the child holds the key to peace in the kingdom.

Review: I really enjoyed this film! I thought it was a brilliant take on the infamous Sleeping Beauty tale. We see the evil Maleficent in a whole new light and as is to be expected learning how misunderstood she was. The tables are turning around in this version for everyone involved. Anglina Jolie makes a great Maleficent. She’s great in e…

"Carrie" (2002)

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Rating:R:15 Genre:Horror Directed By: David Carson Written By: Bryan Fuller Released: November 4th, 2002 Runtime: 132 minutes Studio:MGM Home Entertainment
Summary: Based on Stephen King's novel. A high-school pupil suffers both relentless victimisation at the hands of her classmates and bullying from her strictly religious, abusive mother.
Review: I reviewed the original 1976 Carrie and the 2013 remake around three years ago, not knowing then that there was actually this 2002 remake in existence as well. I only came across it recently when my brother and myself re-watched the original.
Having seen both the other two, and having read the book, I think I can confirm that the 2013 one is quite possibly my favourite version. While I like a lot of the original and Sissy Spaceck will always be the best Carrie White, I don’t think it stayed as true to the book as people might be aware of. This 2002 remake of Stephen King’s famous tale, is in my opinion the closest they’ve come to visualising t…