MOVIE REVIEW: A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby (2019)

I have this horrible obsession with finishing things I started. Possibly because every personality test I have taken says that it should be something I struggle with. I can only blame this obsession for the reason I decided to watch the third Christmas Prince film on Netflix as part of Mr O and my third annual Christmas watchathon.

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TV REVIEW: Marcella – Season 1

Former detective, Marcella Backland (Anna Friel) returns to work after an eleven year old cold case suddenly seems revived. It’s not the best time though as her husband, Jason (Nicholas Pinnock) has just left her and she’s been having weird unexplained blackouts. Now she’ll have to navigate a team that isn’t sure if they can trust her uncanny gut instincts and her act now think later approach alongside the implosion of her personal life.

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FILM REVIEW: Boy Erased (2018)

Jared Eamons (Lucas Hedges) is the son of a conservative Bapist preacher (Russell Crowe) and his compliant Southern wife (Nicole Kidman). When an assault leads to his parents becoming aware of his sexuality, Jared is sent to a gay conversion camp called Love in Action. Here his initial desire to change turns to horror and anger as he is faced with the brutal and questionable methods employed by the camp’s leader, Victor Sykes (Joel Edgerton) and his “counsellors”.

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TV REVIEW: Good Girls – Season 2

Season 2 of Good Girls sees the three best buds falling ever deeper into the criminal underworld. And as the stakes get higher the impact of their misdeeds spread wider and wider to their loved ones with devastating effects.

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TV REVIEW: Good Girls – Season 1

Three suburban moms all facing money problems decide to rob the grocery store that one of them works in. Beth’s (Christina Hendricks) hapless husband, Dean (Matthew Lillard) has cheated on her a defaulted on the mortgage. Her sister, Annie (Mae Whitman) is facing an expensive custody battle. And Ruby’s (Retta) daughter needs a kidney transplant.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The King (2019)

Hal (Timothée Chalamet) isn’t particularly interested in being king. He is much more interested in boozing, whoring and avoiding his ailing father, Henry IV (Ben Mendelsohn) who is on the English throne. No one is particularly keen for Hal to succeed his father, in fact all eyes are on his brother, Thomas (Dean-Charles Chapman).

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TV REVIEW: American Horror Story – 1984

The latest season of American Horror Story takes us back to the 80’s to a world obsessed with aerobics, rock music and big hair. Camp Redwood has just been reopened years after a terrible massacre that left only one survivor, Margaret Booth (Leslie Grossman), the now camp director. Five counsellors head to the camp to start their jobs but it soon becomes apparent that nothing is what it appears and that the camp holds more secrets and ghosts than you can shake a stick at.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Call Me By Your Name (2017)

Every year professor, Sami Perlman (Michael Stuhlbarg) invites a graduate student to join him and his family in their home in rural Italy for the summer as part of their studies. When Oliver (Armie Hammer) arrives, Sami’s teenage son, Elio (Timothée Chalamet) is stand-offish but as the summer continues the two develop a slow burning mutual attraction that will redefine their concept of love.

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TV REVIEW: The Politician – Season 1

Payton Hobart (Ben Platt) has only ever had one ambition, to be the President of the USA and everything in his life has been done in pursuit of this ambition. Along with his campaign planning team that includes his girlfriend, Alice (Julia Schlaepfer) and friends James (Theo Germaine) and McAfee (Laura Dreyfuss) he’s on the road to student body president, the first step in his plan.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Aeronauts (2019)

Once a fortnight I go up to Leeds and spend a couple of weeks with the team I work with there. As I have gotten to know them all better we have started socialising together in the evenings, which makes being away from home that little bit more pleasant. This week we decided to go to the cinema. The Trinity Shopping Centre in Leeds city centre has an Everyman theatre, which is my fave because you can get a giant burger brought directly to your cinema sofa seat. The theatres are small so there are usually only a handful of movies showing. We had a limited time frame so The Aeronauts was our best pick although none of us really knew anything about it.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Fractured (2019)

On the way home from a seemingly fraught Thanksgiving dinner with her parents, Ray (Sam Worthington) and Joanne Monroe (Lily Rabe) pull over at a gas station so their six year old daughter, Peri (Lucy Capri) can go to the bathroom. Here Peri falls in an open construction site and breaks her arm. Ray rushes them to the hospital and Peri is taking for a CAT scan accompanied by Joanne. When his family fails to re-emerge, Ray becomes convinced that the hospital has done something nefarious to them but there’s no record of their admission.

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TV REVIEW: Unbelievable – Limited Series

In 2008 in Washington Marie Adler (Kaitlyn Dever) is tied up and raped at knife point by a masked man. After this harrowing ordeal she is forced to relive the events over and over with various law enforcement officers whose focus is more on Marie’s troubled past than what she has experienced. It’s not long before the detectives start to question the legitimacy of Marie’s account which sends her life into freefall.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

New York teenager Miles Morales’ (voiced by Shameik Moore) parents want the best for him so they’ve sent him to a private boarding school. He’s not having the best time fitting in so he seeks out his uncle Aaron (Mahershala Ali) who takes him underground to do some therapeutic spray painting. It is here where Miles is bitten by a radioactive spider, after which he experiences strange and uncontrollable new abilities.

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TV REVIEW: Special – Season 1

Ryan (Ryan O’Connell) is a twenty-one year old gay man with mild cerebral palsy who lives with his protective mom, Karen (Jessica Hecht). He decides to take on an unpaid internship Eggwoke (imagine Buzzfeed meets Vice) and shortly after is hit by a car. Seeing this as an opportunity to pass off his disability as an after effect of the accident he decides to reinvent himself with hilarious and life changing consequences.

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TV REVIEW: The Capture – Limited Series

During a celebration of his acquittal on the basis of flawed CCTV former United Kingdom Special Forces Lance Corporal Shaun Emery (Callum Turner) kisses his barrister, Hannah Roberts (Laura Haddock) and sees her off on the bus home. The next morning Hannah has vanished and the CCTV seems to show that Shaun is responsible.

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TV REVIEW: Glow – Season 3

Season 3 of Glow kicks off with our favourite lady wrestlers starting their 3 month show run in Vegas. It is a whole new world for the team, living in the hotel and doing the same show every night. Once again they’re all dealing with their own personal struggles and struggles with each other but this time everything is focused on identity.

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TV REVIEW: More Tales of the City

More Tales of the City charts the continued adventures of the residents of Barbary Lane in San Francisco, once again based on an eponymous novel by Armistead Maupin.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Friday the 13th (1980)

It’s back to classic horror, this time with the first in the very long running Friday the 13th franchise.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Day of the Dead: Bloodline (2018)

Mr O is a real zombie movie aficionado so when it was his turn to choose a horror movie for our Halloween watches, I was not surprised that he went for the undead. This film is supposedly a re-imagining of the George A. Romeo classic Day of the Dead. Supposedly.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Happy Death Day (2017)

On the morning of her birthday, college student Tree (Jessica Rothe) wakes up in a stranger’s dorm room. She can’t remember much from the night before but that’s not unusual for her. So she heads back to her sorority, snubs her roommate’s attempts to celebrate her birthday and continues her illicit affair with her professor. Unfortunately her birthday party doesn’t quite go to plan and she is murdered by someone in a mask. Not such a happy birthday.

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