The Children Act is the latest in a long line of Ian McEwan books to be translated into high-minded features and the second to have been adapted by the writer himself. Intensely thought-provoking, if rather arch, it tells the story of a judge who must rule on whether an underage man has the religiously-induced right to reject life-saving treatment.
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Jo Brand has made a career from pairing downbeat comedic barbs with her earlier experiences in psychiatric nursing. The More You Ignore Me sees Brand adapt her own eponymous novel of 2009 to screen, with the aid debutant feature director Keith English. Though well intentioned and touching in its honesty, the film’s perturbed structure exposes inexperience behind the lens, which is compounded by its unduly upbeat soundtrack.
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Hurricane is a worthy World War offering. Competently produced and undemanding on the eye, it tells the lesser told true story of the Polish pilots who helped the RAF win the Battle of Britain. With bigger budget affairs like Dunkirk and Darkest Hour standing accused of monogomising the war effort to a distinctly Anglo-centric perspective, this makes for a welcome, if not quite so remarkable, counterbalance.
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The Jon M. Chu rom-com has been a smash hit across the globe but is only just reaching the UK. We have the lowdown…
Spoilers to follow.
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When Armin Sonntag has an encounter with a nasty alien as a child, he grows up devoting his life to trying to convince the rest of the world that life really does exist in outer space. Unfortunately, he does this at the expense of his half-orphaned son Luis. By the age of twelve, Luis even has to bake his own birthday cake – poor lad.
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As a piece of filmmaking, American Animals is as audacious as the noughties heist it both dramatises and documents. It is, mercifully, a great deal sharper and more intelligent than that foiled plot, weaving a story that compels and excites, whilst reflecting on the very nature of white male privilege. Gripping stuff.
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