The Girl on the Train

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The Girl on the Train

What you see can hurt you.

20161 h 52 min
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Rachel Watson, an alcoholic who divorced her husband Tom after she caught him cheating on her, takes the train to work daily. She fantasises about the relationship of her neighbours, Scott and Megan Hipwell, during her commute. That all changes when she witnesses something from the train window and Megan is missing, presumed dead.

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Director Tate Taylor
Runtime 1 h 52 min
Release Date 6 October 2016
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Movie Rating Very good
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I had listened to the audio book several months before going to see this at the cinema and was anticipating it in that way you do when you have really enjoyed a book and are wondering how many ways the film can butcher it.  In this case there was also the concern that the British location of the original had been transferred to the USA.

Of course, in a film there is never the luxury of time that a book can give to a story as it meanders through the inner lives of characters, so it’s unfair to judge like for like.  However in this case I was happily surprised, although some parts seemed skimmed (Megan’s backstory, for example) for the most part this was an excellent interpretation.  Emily Blunt did a great job as the alcoholic Rachel and even though the ending wasn’t a surprise this was a much more positive experience than I had anticipated.

 

Sausage Party

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Sausage Party

Adventure is on the menu

20161 h 23 min
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Sausage Party, the first R-rated CG animated movie, is about one sausage leading a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave the grocery store.

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Director Conrad Vernon, Greg Tiernan
Runtime 1 h 23 min
Release Date 11 July 2016
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Where do I start with Sausage Party?  Racial stereotypes and just about every religion insulted in the first 30 minutes – at least this film is an equal opportunities offender.

If you don’t like sweary films and the depiction of sex acts by animated food then this probably isn’t for you (okay, I take your point WHO does like that last one?)  The film is  weird and clever in unequal parts, one minute I was laughing at a cutting one liner and the next I was cringing at “holes” and “meat” gags.  Maybe because we’re so used to mainstream animation being cute and cuddly that an adult rated film seems cruder and ruder than if  the same lines were uttered by a live action character.  The saving grace for me was the overall concept of the movie, the analogy between the Great Beyond promised when food became the ‘chosen ones’ and were taken from the supermarket and the futility of religion.

I might have blushed watching the last ten minutes when it went into food-sex frenzy overdrive and I was grateful that I was alone at this daytime showing, I wouldn’t have wanted to catch anyone’s eye over the popcorn!

 

Bridget Jones’ Baby

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Bridget Jones's Baby

20161 h 37 min
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Breaking up with Mark Darcy leaves Bridget Jones over 40 and single again. Feeling that she has everything under control, Jones decides to focus on her career as a top news producer. Suddenly, her love life comes back from the dead when she meets a dashing and handsome American named Jack. Things couldn't be better, until Bridget discovers that she is pregnant. Now, the befuddled mom-to-be must figure out if the proud papa is Mark or Jack.

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Director Sharon Maguire
Runtime 1 h 37 min
Release Date 15 September 2016
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Movie Rating Very good
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Leaving the cinema, weeping, at lunchtime…it’s many years since I’ve done that and it’s all Bridget’s fault!  This was the kind of film that manipulates emotions more deftly than an X-factor audition, lays on the corn with a trowel and requires a suspension of disbelief way above and beyond… but all that said, I loved it.  There’s something about the vulnerable, awkward nature of Bridget, mixed with a little kookiness that is just so appealing, you can’t help rooting for her.  There were some genuinely funny lines, a little visual humour, good support from the repressed Darcy, what’s not to love?   And who turned out to be the father of Bridget’s baby? I couldn’t possibly say.

Edit – almost forgot, the soundtrack is great too (awkward little cameo from Ed Sheeran) and includes one of my all time favourites, F*ck You by the lovely Lily Allen.

The Deep Blue Sea

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This was a National Theatre production of the Terrence Rattigan play, The Deep Blue Sea, live streamed to Cineworld cinemas.

A flat in Ladbroke Grove, West London. 1952.When Hester Collyer is found by her neighbours in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, the story of her tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge begins to emerge.With it comes a portrait of need, loneliness and long-repressed passion. Behind the fragile veneer of post-war civility burns a brutal sense of loss and longing.

As much as I enjoy the jaw dropping CGI and effects of Hollywood’s best they really can’t touch the electricity generated by a top rate theatre production.  The Deep Blue Sea was a stunning piece centred around Helen McCory as the suicidal Hester Collyer, her relationship with her buttoned up husband and her lover, the broken WWII pilot.  After I booked my ticket I balked when I saw I was likely to be in the cinema for THREE hours (including interval) but the time just flew.    And the egg sandwich…wow….I’ve never seen so much story told in the simple act of eating a fried egg sandwich.  Genius!

Bad Moms

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Bad Moms

Party like a mother.

20161 h 41 min
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A woman with a seemingly perfect life - a great marriage, overachieving kids, beautiful home, stunning looks and still holding down a career. However she's over-worked, over committed and exhausted to the point that she's about to snap. Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms and all go on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities, going on a wild un-mom like binge of freedom, fun and self-indulgence - putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn and her clique of devoted perfect moms.

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Director Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Runtime 1 h 41 min
Release Date 28 July 2016
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The target market for this one is presumably overtired, older Mums who feel pressured to do everything for their families and also shine at work.  The concept of rebellion and the subversion of the traditional ‘good wife and mother’ role seems promising, but really goes nowhere in this film.  The rebellion of these ‘moms’ consists of plotting to take over of the PTA with their campaign consisting of drinking too much and swearing a bit.  It’s all very tame and seems a wasted opportunity of both plot and the not inconsiderable talents of the cast.  On a positive note there were some laugh out loud moments, the soundtrack was cool and Kathryn Hahn stole the show.  The best part of the movie for me were as the credits rolled and the actors were shown having conversations with their own mothers, that was funny.