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Eddie the Eagle

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Eddie the Eagle

Win or lose, always aim high

20161 h 45 min
Overview

Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael "Eddie" Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself - even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (played by Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.

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Director Dexter Fletcher
Runtime 1 h 45 min
Release Date 26 February 2016
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Movie Rating Good
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This film is about as British as they come, celebrating our love for the underdog in every shape and form.  The unexpected hero of the real-life story is Michael Edwards (played by Taron Egerton), a determined ski-jumper with little chance of succeeding in his dream of winning a gold medal at the Olympics.  However his courage at having a go, even though he was dismissed and criticised by many of those around him is as heart warming as it is inspirational.  Keep trying even if you’re mocked, is the message that comes through loud and clear.   With his unconventional training methods and coach (played by Hugh Jackman) redefining how we measure success this is the embodiment of a ‘feel good’ movie.  There’s even a little cameo from Christopher Walken (in a winter wonderland!).  What’s not to love?

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Hugh Jackman as Bronson Peary

Spotlight

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Spotlight

Break the story. Break the silence.

20152 h 08 min
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The true story of how The Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

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Director Tom McCarthy
Runtime 2 h 08 min
Release Date 6 November 2015
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Movie Rating Good
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To say I really wanted to like this film doesn’t sound quite right but an investigative journalism film that involves the Catholic Church and a cover up is of particular interest.  I couldn’t fault the acting, Mark Ruffalo was particularly excellent, and I’m sure the storyline was accurate as befits a piece of recent and shocking history.  I was also relieved it didn’t sensationalise the persistent clerical abuse of children.  In all those respects it ticked boxes but I felt it was too little, too late.   We know what happened, sadly and at the beginning of the film when the team at The Boston Globe believe that 13 priests are involved we know that the investigation would go on to reveal that this was just the tip of a Titanicesque iceberg.  I wasn’t surprised at the all pervading nature of the church, its ability to cover up and inveigle itself around the great and the good to gloss over its shortcomings.  I lived in rural Ireland during the 80’s and saw first hand how this can work.  Spotlight was a competent, well acted, respectful movie but, for me, there was something missing and it felt about half an hour too long.

Joy

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Joy

20152 h 04 min
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A story based on the life of a struggling Long Island single mom who became one of the country's most successful entrepreneurs.

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Director David O. Russell
Runtime 2 h 04 min
Release Date 25 December 2015
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Movie Rating Very good
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I know I sound like an ageing X-Factor judge but did you know that Jennifer Lawrence is only 25 years old? I had to Google that last night to double check her age after the mature and assured performance I had just witnessed in Joy, the latest and much anticipated offering from David O.Russell.  Lawrence triumphs as the girl who has lost her dream as she struggles with chaos and mundanity and finds it again when she invents, of all things, a mop.  To be more accurate she find it again when she symbolically cuts her hair, puts on shades and goes baddass.

I admit it is quirky, the camera never stops and Lawrence’s bizarre and dysfunctional family are all over the place, occasionally mixed in with a TV soap opera.  It doesn’t do stereotypes for sure and we should be applauding that.    The chemistry between Lawrence and co-star Bradley Cooper wasn’t as electric as Silver Linings Playbook but given the very different roles that was to be expected.   Dascha Polanco (Orange Is The New Black) caught my eye as Joy’s childhood friend, Jackie.  More please!

 

 

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