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Film Reviews

(Clockwise from left) Scoot McNairy as Joe Stafford, Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez, Rory Cochrane as Lee Schatz, Chris Denham as Mark Lijek, and Tate Donovan

A combination of comic strip imagery and newsreel footage gives us a quick history of Iran, filling us in on the 1953 CIA-backed Iranian coup against the Mohammad Mosaddegh regime and the bringing of the Shah to power. We then see a shocking recreation of the storming of the American Embassy in Tehran that took place on November 4th, 1979, where six Americans managed to escape. Known as ‘the house guests’ they took refuge in the Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor’s house.

Cinema-Scoop.com Rating:
5
The Sapphires Cast

Set in 1968, The Sapphires is based on the real life experiences of the McCrae family, who were a group of ambitious Australian Aboriginal singers known as the Cummeragunja Song Birds, who love nothing more than to sing Country! When they pursue a job for Army Entertainment from an advert in the paper, (and with the help of booze loving Irish piano man in Chris O’Dowd) the girls find themselves refashioned as the sensual soul band,'The Sapphires', and relocate to Saigon to perform for troops in Vietnam.

Cinema-Scoop.com Rating:
3
Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts shine in Jacques Audiard’s undeniably brilliant, Rust and Bone, that just won Best Film at the 56th BFI London Film Festival.

Cinema-Scoop.com Rating:
5
Elle Fanning and Alice Englert

Elle Fanning and Alice Englert are Ginger and Rosa - two 17-year-old best friends who live in London and have been inseparable since birth. With the backdrop of the bombing of Hiroshima, (an event that changed the landscape of warfare, making complete annihilation of the human race a very real possibility), director Sally Potter tells a very personal story of these two girls in the 60s, who are finding themselves.

Cinema-Scoop.com Rating:
4
Sparky

Disney’s Frankenweenie, directed by acclaimed filmmaker, (and a personal favourite of mine) Tim Burton, tells a simple story of the love between a boy and his dog.

Cinema-Scoop.com Rating:
5
Marilyn Monroe

The 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death has stimulated new books, TV shows and films, and Liz Garbus’ beautiful and thoughtful documentary, Love, Marilyn - a wonderful addition the 56th BFI London Film Festival.

Cinema-Scoop.com Rating:
5
Sam (Emma Watson) and Charlie (Logan Lerman)
The Perks of Being A Wallflower is coming-of-age story based on the beloved best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky.
 
Cinema-Scoop.com Rating:
4
Jennifer Lawrence as Elissa, and Max Thieriot in House At The End of the Street

Looking for a fresh start, newly divorced Sarah (Elisabeth Shue) and herteenage daughter Elissa (Jennifer Lawrence) rent the house of their dreams in a small, upscale, rural town. However they soon learn that the town is in the shadows of a dark secret... Years earlier, in the house next door, a daughter killed her parents in their beds, and disappeared – leaving only a brother, Ryan (Max Thieriot), as the sole survivor. Against Sarah’s wishes, Elissa begins a relationship with the loner Ryan.

Cinema-Scoop.com Rating:
2
Tom Hardy in Warrior

A story of brotherhood, determination and cage fighting, Warrior follows two brothers, separated by family strife, but brought uncomfortably close by a common goal, as both men excel in the art of combat. Tommy (Tom Hardy) is a complicated man - confused, angry and a drunk, while Brendan (Joel Edgerton) has a more stable life with a wife, children but an ever-increasing amount of debt. The two brothers share an incredible gift. Gavin O’Connors’ Warrior charts they journey of these brothers as they fight for what they believe and for what they really need.

Cinema-Scoop.com Rating:
4
Bridesmaids Cast

The fabulously outragous team that bought us Knocked Up and 40 Year Old Virgin have now taken it upon themselves to reinvent the 'chick flick'.  Bridesmaids takes the'Apatow-formula' and applies it to a film about women, and bloody funny wom

Cinema-Scoop.com Rating:
5

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