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Eternal Beauty : is often on the inside

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  In 2010 at the age of 19 years old Welsh Actor  Craig Roberts had a breakthrough role in  Richard Ayoade‘s Submarine one of the most delightful and unexpected hits at Sundance Film Festival that year. He played Oliver Tate who had two objectives in life. To lose his virginity before his next birthday, and … Continue reading



I Am Woman: the story of Helen Reddy

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  There is something very decidedly old fashioned about this biopic in both the story and the way that first time director  Unjoo Moon chose to tell it.  This story focuses on singer Helen Reddy’s life (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) from when she first left her native Australia to come to the US in the  early 1970’s … Continue reading



The Glorias : 4 Actors try to step into Gloria Steinem shoes

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  Theater/film director Julie Taymor adapted Gloria Steinem’s memoir My Life On The Road to make this ambitious and overly biopic on one of the US’s leading feminists.  Using 4 different actors playing the woman herself (and an appearance by Ms Steinem at the end) the screen was awash with Glorias that Taymor even juxtapositioned … Continue reading



Boys State : the making of the next generation of political junkees

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  We have to confess the very concept of the annual American Legion run Boys State Event filled our democratic hearts with horror.  Ite been going on since 1935 and is a week-long exercise at teaching selected high school-students how to play politics and establish a state government. Set in red-neck Texas,  filmmakers  Amanda McBaine … Continue reading



Get Duked : an hilarious teen stoner comedy

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  If as a lad you grew up in the UK ….or Australia … them there is a very good chance that the whole idea of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme horrified you.  Especially if you were an urban kid used to life’s small comforts. HM The Queen’s husband with his long Navy career … Continue reading



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