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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MOVIE REVIEW: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Day two of our Halloween movie watching lead us to an absolute horror classic. Unbelievably Mr O had never seen A Nightmare on Elm Street but it’s an old favourite of mine from my teenage horror movie watching years.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018)

As it’s October and Halloween season, Mr O and I have decided to watch a few “scary” movies. It’s not our usual favourite genre but we both love Halloween so we thought, why not? Our first pick was British horror comedy, Slaughterhouse Rulez.

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TV REVIEW: Stranger Things – Season 3

A year has passed and things are relatively peaceful in Hawkins, Indiana. Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) is still in hiding with Hopper (David Harbour) although she is spending most of her time with Mike (Finn Wolfhard). Nancy (Natalia Dyer) and Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) are both working at the local newspaper, which seems to be exclusively staffed by chauvinist pigs. Steve (Joe Keery) is selling ice-cream in the new mega Starcourt Mall with his former classmate, Robin (Maya Hawke). And Billy (Dacre Montgomery) is driving all the MILFs crazy as a lifeguard at the local pool. But things in Hawkins never stay quiet for long….

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MOVIE REVIEW: John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

All former elite assassin, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) wants to do is retire in peace with his dog and his car and reminisce about his lost past with his late wife. Unfortunately Camarro leader, Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio ) has called in a chip that must be satisfied if John will have any chance of a future.

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TV REVIEW: Peaky Blinders – Season 5

The fifth season of Peaky Blinders begins on the eve of Black Tuesday. The Blinders are experiencing prosperity like never before but Michael’s (Finn Cole) failure to sell the family’s shares on time is about to torpedo that. He is forced to return home from New York in disgrace with a new wife (Anya Taylor-Joy).

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TV REVIEW: Glow – Season 2

The second season of Glow focuses on the trials and tribulations of the Glamorous Ladies of Wrestling and their desire to keep their show on air while also delving into the relationships of the performers and their friends and family members.

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TV REVIEW: Dead to Me – Season 1

After Jen Harding’s (Christina Applegate) husband, Ted, is killed in a hit and run accident she is overcome by grief. At a grief counselling group she meets Judy Hale (Linda Cardellini) who she immediately finds weird and over familiar. However Judy seems to be the only person who understands how she feels and its not long before the two become firm friends. But Judy is hiding a terrible secret and it seems Ted might have had a few of his own too. As Judy helps Jen with her obsessive desire to find out who killed Ted more and more is revealed with devastating… and hilarious consequences.

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TV REVIEW: What/If – Season 1

Scientist, Lisa Donovan (Jane Levy) is the CEO of Emigen, a company she has built from scratch to develop her pioneering technique for creating medication personalised to a patient’s genetic code. Lisa is desperate to get funding to keep the company going but is at loose ends until she meets Anne Montgomery (Renee Zellweger). Anne is known for being absolutely ruthless and rejecting all the things she believes hold women back… family, relationships, children. Anne offers Lisa the investment she needs but with a condition. She wants to spend one night with Lisa’s husband, Sean (Blake Jenner) and if Sean discloses what has happened on this night, Anne will take full control of Emigen.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Hate U Give (2018)

Sixteen year old Starr Carter (Amandla Sternberg) lives a double life. She lives with her family in the deprived area of Garden Heights. Her neighbours are mostly black and her corner shop owner father, Maverick (Russell Hornsby) has past connections to the local drug lord. In her other life she attends a private school where her peers are almost exclusively white and wealthy. She changes the way she speaks, dresses and acts depending on which group she is with in an attempt to fit in.

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