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Ladies In Black : putting color into Sydney in the 1950’s

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  Veteran Australian filmmaker Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy) has evidently taken some 25 years to adapt the the bestselling novel by Madeleine St John to the screen.  The result is a decidedly old-fashioned comedy drama that highlights the gentle world of Sydney in 1959 with just a hint of a message about the settlement … Continue reading



Hampstead : with Diane Keaton thinking she is still Annie Hall

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  It’s been over 40 years since Diane Keaton won an Academy Award for Best Actress in the title role of Annie Hall, but after sitting through her latest film Hampstead it seems like she is still playing the same part. But now this slightly bohemian woman with relationship issues,  still wearing floppy hats that … Continue reading



Amazing Grace : How Aretha Franklin made history

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  It took 47 years for one of the greatest music documentaries ever made to make it to the public. It is here now. Whether you are a die-hard Aretha Franklin fan or just love music do not miss the chance to see and hear “Amazing Grace” on theatrical release in knock down glorious surround … Continue reading



Peterloo : Mike Leigh’s take of one of the UK’s darkest moments from the past

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Veteran British Filmmaker the 7 time Academy Award Nominee Mike Leigh’s latest film takes a look back at a disgraceful part of English history that most people are totally unaware of. This epic length drama is from one of the most lauded auteurs in indie cinema whose work however never really enjoys mush commercial success,.  … Continue reading



Red Joan: Judi Dench plays a spy in this rather leaden drama

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  The most traitorous act about this British spy story would be to admit that one didn’t like (Dame) July Dench’s performance as the octogenarian widow suddenly arrested by the Authorities for what she got up to at University in the 1940’s.  The hesitation is not a reflection of her in anyway, but in the … Continue reading



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