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FILM PREVIEW: PADDINGTON

From the producer of Harry Potter and Gravity, Paddington comes to the big screen for the first time in an epic new adventure. Starring Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi, Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington.

Adapted from Michael Bond’s beloved books, Paddington follows the comic misadventures of a polite young bear with an endearing talent for comic chaos.

Paddington has grown up deep in the Peruvian jungle with his Aunt Lucy who, inspired by a chance encounter with an English explorer, has raised her nephew to dream of an exciting life in London. When an earthquake destroys their home, Aunt Lucy decides to smuggle her young nephew on board a boat bound for England, in search of a better life. Arriving alone at Paddington Station, Paddington soon finds that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family, who find him with a label tied around his neck which reads ‘Please look after this bear. Thank you.’ They offer him a temporary home whilst he searches for the explorer who impressed Aunt Lucy all those years before.

But when Paddington catches the eye of a sinister, seductive taxidermist, it isn’t long before his home – and very existence – is under threat …

Paddington is released in UK cinemas November 28.

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UK JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

Running since the 30th October and finishing up on the 17th November the UK Jewish Film Festival is way under way. The festival itself features screenings of over 80 films and other special events across five cities – London, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester.

If you don’t fancy stepping out you can view films on it’s special player which you can rent or buy HERE 

My pick of the festival so far is Afternoon Delight which screens on the 13th NovemberJill Soloway won Best Director at Sundance, this year, with this acutely observed drama on sexual relationships.

Storyline: Despite the trappings of a successful life (uber cute husband/son and Silver Lake home) Rachel, played by Kathryn Hahn, has lost all sense of self, purpose and libido. To kick-start the latter, she and her husband visit a strip club where she meets mesmeric sex worker McKenna (Juno Temple). Hoping to save McKenna, Rachel takes her home as a live-in nanny.

Although predictable in storyline (go on guess what’s going to happen… ) that’s by the by with this engaging tale of heartache, sexual frustration and relationship boredom. The film is excellent at depicting the psychological behaviours of a woman frustrated with her life “I’m sorry I put a bomb in the middle of our life” states Rachel to her husband. A little depressing, but an excellently engaging film…

Make sure check out the timetable HERE and get involved..

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FILM PREVIEW: THE MONUMENTS MEN

Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men focuses on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys – seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 – possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements.

Set for UK release on January 9thThe Monuments Men is directed by George Clooney, who co-wrote and co-produced alongside Grant Heslov (The Ides of March); Clooney also heads up the all-star cast that includes Matt DamonCate BlanchettBill MurrayJohn GoodmanJean Dujardin and Hugh Bonneville.

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FILM PREVIEW: ROBOCOP TRAILER

Here is the new trailer for RoboCop released via Studio Canal starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish and Samuel L Jackson. Directed by José Padilha. RoboCop is released on February 7th 2014

In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Their drones are winning American wars around the globe and now they want to bring this technology to the home front. Alex Murphy (Kinnaman) is a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilizes their remarkable science of robotics to save Alex’s life. He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities, but with issues a regular man has never had to face before.

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FILM: THE WAY, WAY BACK

14 year old Duncan is on summer vacation with his mother and ‘in your face’ boyfriend Trent and his daughter Steph. The movie “The Way, Way Back” details the low self esteem of Duncan as he struggles to make friends whilst the adults party the summer away having the time of their life. But not without consequences. But Duncan makes an unexpected friend in waterpark manager Owen.. which will change his life.. for the better.

This is feel good fun film, and whilst it touches on some heavy themes it does so light heartedly. I left the cinema (embarrassingly enough) with a tear in my eye..just one… and I didn’t let it fall. So I’m not sure it counts. Ok.. maybe two.

But what did I learn? That people may become more fearful of losing partners the older they get – and that people may be more susceptible to accepting bad behaviour. Also that everyone needs a friend like Owen.. he’s cool. I want a friend like Owen. Owen where are you!

Great film, worth watching, funny script, an ohDearyme thumbs up!

The eclectic cast includes Steve Carell (Despicable Me 2, 40 Year Old Virgin), Sam Rockwell (Moon, Iron Man 2), Allison Janney(The West Wing, The Help), Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine, The Sixth Sense), AnnaSophia Robb (The Carrie Diaries), newcomer Liam James and is directed by Oscar-winning writers Jim Rash and Nat Faxon (The Descendants)

In cinemas now..

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