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MOVIE REVIEW: The Goldfinch (2019)

On an outing to the Met, thirteen year old Theo Decker’s (Oakes Fegley/Ansel Engelort) mother is killed during an explosion. Confused and disoriented, Theo is convinced by Welty (Robert Joy), a fatally injured elderly man to take and hide a priceless painting called The Goldfinch.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020)

I love Eurovision. I know it is absolute silly trash but that is why I love it. It’s simultaneously ridiculous and awesome and camp and over the top and I live for it. I guess it’s the same reason I live for Drag. This year because of Coronavirus there was no Eurovision Song Contest and hence I was sad. Roll on Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, there to fill the gap for everyone who missed out on seeing Moldovans in crazy hats singing about cheese while glitter canons went off this May.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Hustlers (2019)

At the height of the financial services boom, Destiny/Dorothy (Constance Wu) starts her stripping career to help support her ageing grandmother. She’s a bit unsure of what she is doing at first, but veteran, Ramona (Jennifer Lopez) takes her under her wing. Together the two make a fortune out of idiot city boys who like tits and have unlimited disposable income.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Marriage Story (2019)

New York Theatre director, Charlie Barber (Adam Driver) and his actress wife Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) have been married for several years. However their once strong love has turned to resentment and the two have decided to split. Nicole returns to her native Los Angeles with their son Henry (Azhy Robertson) to pursue a TV pilot, which is the catalyst for a brutal custody battle that will suck in Nicole’s family and their friends and test them both to their limits.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 1917 (2019)

Mr O and I don’t get to see loads of films in the cinema but after seeing a trailer for 1917 and reading all the hype surrounding it, we decided it was worth drumming up some babysitting. Mr O is a bit of a war buff and it is a genre we both enjoy so it seemed like a good choice.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Skin (2018)

Skin follows the story of Bryon Widner (Jamie Bell), a skinhead who tries to escape his fascist gang with the help of a black Antifa member. Having met Julie (Danielle MacDonald), a single mum who herself has escaped the white supremacist lifestyle, Bryon dreams of a new life but his “family” is not going to let him go so easily and he finds himself trapped and fearing for his life.

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MOVIE REVIEW: A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019)

It has been some time since I took Little O to the cinema. A few months ago I look him to see a film (I forget which) and they played a Lion King trailer. It scared the absolute bejesus out of him. Since then we’ve gotten as far as purchasing tickets and getting to the entrance of the theatre and then he’s refused point blank to go in. Recently I discovered that our local cinema does cheap family tickets early on weekend mornings so we decided to give it another go and at least not spend a fortune if he refused again. I picked A A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon because it is aimed at the littlest of humans and hopefully devoid of any scary bits. And it was a winner

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MOVIE REVIEW: Avengers: Endgame (2019)

And onto the final film in our Avengers marathon…

It’s been five years since the snap when Thanos (Josh Brolin) disappeared half of all living creatures out of existence and for most of The Avengers and the world things are not looking great. Some are vigilante-ing, some are drinking, some are healing and some are trying very hard to move on. That is until Scott Lang/Ant-Man reappears from the Quantum Realm where his suit retreated for safe-keeping and suggests time travel might be a viable proposition.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

Mr O and I were lucky to have one day over the Christmas break with no family commitments and where Little O’s nursery was open so we decided to sneak off and see the latest Star Wars film.

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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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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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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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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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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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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: 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: The Dark Crystal (1982)

Recently Netflix released a series as a prequel to the cult classic The Dark Crystal and a load of my most favourite geeky friends who like all the same stuff I do went wild. I have a big gap in my film knowledge from the 80’s and early 90’s because I didn’t grow up in a particularly film focused household so I had never seen it. I decided this was a good opportunity to remedy it.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

Rachel Chu (Constance Wang) and Nick Young (Henry Golding) are both New York based students who have been dating for a while. Rachel knows nothing about Nick’s Singapore based family but she knows she loves Nick. When Nick announces that his best friend, Charlie Wu (Harry Shum Jr.) is getting married and he’d like Rachel to join him for the wedding, she is thrilled. However, nothing can prepare her for what she is about to face.

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