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Nice try

Excellent acting from Jessie Buckley (plus a well honed English accent from this Irish lady). Johnny Flynn portrays the man in her life. Until I checked him out, I didn't realise he was also a singer. He has great potential with cinematic good looks and great acting skills. Bit of a mish mash of drama, horror and psychological guessing games. I am still not quite sure who was the protagonist and who the antagonist but it was quite enjoyable

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Easy on the eye (and ears)

Quite a nice little movie. The static camera work and lack of background music made it a bit different. Also very naturally acted by the two main leads. I cannot read any more into it than that.

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Nothing too in depth here!

If you can tolerate the too many expletives and the violence, you may enjoy this movie. It is fast paced and pretty much an unbelievable scenario but it is entertaining.

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A real trouper

If you're a McKellen fan you'll enjoy this. From a lowly upbringing 'up North', he managed to realise a life long ambition and get on to the stage and then into films. Dropping his northern accent along the way, he acquired an appropriate thespian voice and became the actor we all know and love. In the interview, he came across as a well balanced and very likeable individual although I do suspect he has more if a wicked sense of humour than he was letting on!

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Olive Kitteridge: Series Online DVD Rental

FMcD shines again

A quiet and morose production but not without humour. It mainly presents the dynamics between Olive and her husband, Henry. Olive is a harsh person who doesn't suffer fools gladly. She is not kind to her husband (or anybody else comes to that) yet you feel there is a soft and loving person very deep inside but she is never able to bring this to the fore. Henry obviously idolises Olive and tends to take everything she verbally throws at him. Although slow moving, the production holds the attention throughout. Frances McDormand can never do any wrong and in my opinion, is the best female actress in Hollywood today. Richard Jenkins as her husband and Bill Murray (who materialises towards the end) are also very natural and excellent players. I should think this production would possibly appeal more to an older audience but I could well be wrong.

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Comme ci comme ca

A strange little movie about a love story which starts after the Second World War and carries on over many years. Akin to historic black and white movies of the last century, this is a bleak presentation without any humour and flits about from one European country to another. The acting by the two leads is faultless as are the authentic scenes of a post war Europe. Although quite gloomy and non uplifting, seamless directing makes this film relatively watchable.

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A real diamond

I can only iterate review by MG. I was not expecting much but was totally blown away by this incredible movie. Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga are without doubt, major talents. Not only did they act in it but they both wrote and performed most of the songs. Mr Cooper also directed and co-wrote the screenplay. Wonderful chemistry between the two leads and superb camerawork. A beautiful, seamless movie and not a minute too long. Apart from one song, how could they have ignored this masterpiece at the 2019 Oscars?!!! Shame on them ??

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Expected too much

An okay movie mainly held together by the acting. Glen Close (looking and acting like an American Judi Dench) and Jonathan Pryce were excellent but Christian Slater, in a supporting role, was even better. Somewhat disappointed after all the highly rated critic reviews.

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Unique

With harrowing opening shots and uncomfortable viewing throughout, this is a movie with a difference. It is extremely well crafted and shows the different perspectives of issues that were around in the old west. There are excellent performances from the two English leads, Christian Bale and Rosalind Pyke. The movie unfolds at a leisurely pace and the scenery is spectacular at times. It is over two hours in length and is thoroughly absorbing.

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Daft I call it

Jennifer Lawrence clomping about on wooden floors with a pained expression and the banging of doors, drawers and cupboards prevailed throughout the first half of this movie. Continuity errors towards the end of it abounded. If you're a seasoned horror film buff, you will probably love this movie. To me, it was just a load of time wasting rubbish.

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Beautiful paint but does take a while to dry!

A quietly unsettling and highly unusual presentation from American shores. I wouldn't want to watch it again but was completely drawn in by the very natural acting and the outdoor scenery. The spiders web at the beginning and end of the movie says it all. Well done director Debra Granik.

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A weird one

Not a lover of Japanese animation. This was recommended but failed to engage. Obviously painstakingly compiled but found it dull and overlong. Also wondered why most of the Japanese characters had European features?

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Riveting

Excellent acting from all the cast in this expose of pressure cooker selling in America. Slightly claustrophobic as dynamics between the characters mainly displayed in their sales office. Second time of watching (2018) but it doesn't date

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An enthusiastic approach to Shakespeare

Obviously a labour of love for Al Pacino directing this docu/play of Richard III. Immensely enjoyable but a lot longer than the specified 107 minutes.

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Did I or Didn't I?

.........like this movie? I found Sam Claflin quite a dull actor in contrast to the lovely Rachel Weisz. I also found some irritating scenarios, like a piece of parchment being folded up onto itself immediately after being written on with pen and ink - where was the blotting paper? I wasn't familiar with the Daphne Du Maurier novel on which it was based and am not sure I am now!

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