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The Awakening Review


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A nifty twist on the standard ghost story, this British period drama starts extremely well and then slips into overwrought melodrama. And while the plot feels a little too gimmicky, at least it's complex enough to hold our interest.

In 1921 England, Florence (Hall) makes a fortune debunking fake psychics who claim to talk to the ghosts of Brits who died from war and flu over the previous decade. Her latest challenge is to solve a mystery at a private school in Cumbria, working with teacher Robert (West) and matron Maud (Staunton).

Rumour has it that the ghost of a schoolboy haunts the house, so Florence sets out to find out what's really going on. But she has her scepticism shaken to the core by some genuinely bizarre events.

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After the traumatic events of the First World War, many devastated people are turning to the supernatural, in particular, the ghosts of loved ones. Unfortunately, many of the grief stricken are being conned by swindlers looking to make quick money. Florence Cathcart is a woman who exposes these frauds for what they really are. Her book on the subject is a bestseller, making her well known all over the country.

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Sam (Shaun Evans) lives in Liverpool with his mum Jill (Lesley Manville), an aspiring singer. He dreams of moving to London and making his way in life. A chance meeting with Vince (Bob Hoskins) gives him the opportunity. Soon Sam has moved into Vince's spare flat in London - the only problem being that Jill insists on coming too. Through Vince he gets a job as a waiter and uses it to meet Sheila(Stockard Channing), a powerful woman who runs a PR company. Sam spots his chance - they start sleeping together, and she gives him a job. However life gets complicated when Sam meets a young woman, Kate (Amanda Ryan), and falls for her. He finds that his ambitions have been ambushed by love.

K-19: The Widowmaker Review


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If there's one thing almost all submarine movies do well, it's creating a corporeal sense of tension. It's a product of the genre's fundamental elements: inherent danger, high drama and human conflict in enclosed spaces, with no chance of escape and a requisite potential for war.

But if there's one congenital problem with submarine movies, it's that even in the good ones like "K-19: The Widowmaker," it's impossible to avoid a sense of deja vu.

No matter who plays the captain, he'll be the kind of principled but uncompromising leader who will take "this boat and these men to the edge because we need to know where it is." He will order emergency drills and time the response with a stopwatch. He will take the ship so deep the hull begins to buckle. He will butt heads with his equally strong but loyal Executive Officer who is beloved by his men. And some members of his crew will consider a mutiny when they think the captain is endangering them.

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