The Neon Demon follows the journey of its protagonist Jesse (Elle Fanning) when she makes the move to Los Angeles as an aspiring model. Jesse is a young female that has been recruited by a fashion designer, as the typical girl from a small town with big dreams who wants to make it big in the modelling industry. However Jesse is not your typical model as she is described as a dangerous girl in the sense that the narrative soon takes a sinister turn.
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When young Cheryl Strayed loses her beloved mother, her entire world seems to come crashing down around her. With her family members distancing themselves from each other in their mourning, she feels she has no-one left to turn to and starts taking heroin and indulging in promiscuous behaviour to comfort herself - if only temporarily. As expected, she and her husband soon divorce as her antics do not improve and she decides that she needs to find another outlet for her grief. Despite having had no previous experience, she decides to embark on a solitary journey across the Pacific Crest Trail; a 1,100 mile hike from California to Canada across brutal mountains and savagely dry desert. Has Cheryl made the biggest mistake of her life? Or will she finally be able to find peace with the world?
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We roundup the critics thoughts on the new drama.
As we enter the fall season of TV, it’s time to assess the new school of drama. With HBO lining up a January trailblazer in the form of True Detective, the smaller networks are staking their claims for ‘most downloaded’ now.
With a plot akin to Silence of The Lambs, but with the procedural elements that make your everyday crime drama a comforting affair, The Blacklist has been taken in as a promising project by the critics.
IGN say: “Entirely conscious of the exact kind of show he's in, Spader chews up every bit of the scenery he comes into contact with, as the rest of the cast races to keep up with him; which, ultimately, feels just as it should be. Though we can't promise that it will deliver, the potential for a fun and engaging bit of weekly intrigue is there.”
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Bob Muldoon and Ruth Guthrie are a young couple desperately in love but living a dangerous life of crime. When one day they are cornered by a group of cops after Ruth seriously injures one of them, they are arrested and Bob insists it was he who fired the shot. Ruth is let off to carry on with her life, intent on waiting for her lover while pregnant with their first child. Four years later, Bob manages to make an escape, and sets out on a journey to be reunited with Ruth and the daughter he has not yet had chance to meet, while being pursued by every cop in the county. He has had a lot of time to yearn for things to be back the way they were, but life has changed for Ruth; will Bob's return be the repose she's been hoping for, or will it just bring more drama?
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Neil is the subject of a cautionary tale about the dangers of falling in love. He thinks he has met the woman of his dreams when the European Marina flies over to the States to be with him. However, as beautiful and as perfect as their love seems, Neil can't stop seeing Jane; an old flame from the town he grew up in; as a spark is ignited between them once more. He becomes doubtful of his love life, and struggles to make sense of it while Father Quintana is equally struggling with his faith, unable to see past the pain and suffering in the world. Neil must understand that love is not perfect, nor is it easy in execution; you are at constant risk of failure, of betrayal and ultimately heartbreak. But love in its many forms is nonetheless a beauty, even if it can be unpredictable.
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Breaking Bad star appeals to script thief not to leak plot line
A 29 year-old man has been arrested for stealing a script from the Breaking Bad TV series from actor Bryan Cranston’s car. Another of the show’s actors, Charles Baker (he plays Skinny Pete) has pleaded with the thief to return the script and not to ruin the show for others by leaking details of the plotline. Fox News reported yesterday that Xavier Mcafee was arrested and is being held on suspicion of burglary, after the script and other items were taken from Cranston’s car on December 20 last year, whilst the vehicle was parked at Sandia Peak in New Mexico.
The AMC show is filming its fifth and final series and with several awards under its belt, including an Emmy Award from Cranston himself, the show’s producers will be keen that viewers are not subjected to prior knowledge of the final plotlines. Charles Baker pleaded with McAfee not to share the script. “You have the choice to be a better person than that,” said Baker. “You've already made a choice to steal from a person (Cranston) who is loved by millions of people ... don't make it worse by betraying the rest of the cast and crew and fellow fans of the show.”
McAfee, however, doesn’t have good form when it comes to ‘doing the right thing.’ According to TMZ, he already has four juvenile offences, nine felony arrests, one conviction, 11 misdemeanors with six convictions and three pending felonies under his belt. It’s not looking good for Breaking Bad.
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Frankly, a bad Terrence Malick film is better than 90 percent of movies released in cinemas: but if you thought The Tree of Life was indulgent and overly kaleidoscopic, you should avoid this like the plague. Because this film is even looser and more internalised, taking an impressionistic approach to plot and characters that gives us very few specifics. It also leaves the cast to play mere hints of people who are having crises of faith and love.
After a lushly romantic trip to Paris and Mont Saint-Michel, Neil (Affleck) brings his French girlfriend Marina (Kurylenko) and her 10-year-old daughter Tatiana (Chiline) home to Oklahoma to live. The geography and culture are a shock to both of them, but Marina tells Neil, "If you love me, I'm OK here." So they begin to bond as a family, and Marina turns to local Catholic priest Quintana (Bardem) for support. But he's having a crisis of faith, and she's wondering if she's made a terrible mistake. So when her visa expires, she takes Tatiana and returns to France. In confusion, Neil then turns to his old flame Jane (McAdams). But as their rekindled romance begins to get serious, she realises that he's still in love with Marina.
Malick tells this story with snippets of ideas and feelings. Emmanuel Lubezki's sumptuous cinematography finds raw beauty everywhere, including in Malick's trademark sun-dappled leaves, waving wheat fields and rippling water. But there's also raw beauty in the actors' faces, and we understand their thoughts through breathy voiceovers that offer philosophical musings and biblical texts. As a result, only Marina emerges as a properly defined character with passion and yearnings; everyone else is sketchy and vague. Even Affleck and Bardem, who have strong on-screen presence, never quite register here.
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