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Logan Review

Excellent

Hugh Jackman returns to his signature role one last time (so he says), reuniting with filmmaker James Mangold, who also directed 2013's The Wolverine. But this doesn't feel like any other X-Men movie; it strikes a sombre, gritty tone from the start to take the audience on a dark and rather brutal road trip. So while it feels rather long and repetitive, the movie also has a strong emotional kick.

It's set in the year 2029, when mutants have been wiped off the planet, and no new ones have been born for years. Hiding out in a drunken haze as a Texas limo driver, Logan aka Wolverine (Jackman) has stashed Charles aka Professor X (Patrick Stewart) across the border in Mexico, watched over by albino caretaker Caliban (Stephen Merchant). Then a nurse (Elizabeth Rodriguez) appears asking for Logan's help to transport the young Laura (Dafne Keen) to North Dakota. And Laura clearly has a genetic connection with Logan. It also turns out that she has escaped from a Mexico City hospital, so as Logan, Charles and Laura hit the road, the ruthless henchman Pierce (Boyd Holbrook) and sinister Dr Rice (Richard E. Grant) are hot on their trail.

Mangold holds all of this in careful control, never tipping over into the usual whiz-bang Hollywood superhero action chaos (the violence is especially grisly). The story moves at a steady pace that adds an involving note of desperation to each sequence. This also makes the movie feel a bit repetitive and even wheel-spinning at times. Since the baddies are able to stay right on the heroes' heels, it's clear that even a nicely offhandedly sojourn with a farmer (Eriq La Salle) and his family will be short-lived. But the gnawing intensity, while never quite building into proper suspense, gets deep under the skin as it fleshes out the characters.

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In an almost fourth-wall-breaking episode, the latest installment of the Wolverine movie series acknowledges the 'X-Men' comic book series. But this time Logan is far from the superhero his fans are reading about. Age has finally caught up with him - as it does with everyone - and he's no longer as fast or as agile as he used to be. His injuries don't heal as quickly as they used to either, but he's not the only one dealing with the crippling effect of old age. He's currently caring for Professor X in a hide-out, but their lives are about to become disrupted once again with the arrival of a new mutant. Laura is an 11-year-old girl with powers and abilities that match Logan's own. There are dark forces closing in on her, however, and as much as she is capable of taking care of herself, she needs guidance, protection and discipline from somebody who knows her struggle.

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Jackie Review

Essential

Rather than make a standard biopic about the most famous First Lady in American history, this film centres on just a few days in her life to offer some telling insights not only into the woman in question but also the culture of celebrity and the nature of political legacies. Yes, it's a complex, provocative film, artfully directed by Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain (Neruda) and anchored by a riveting performance from Natalie Portman.

The story is set in the aftermath of John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963, as Jackie (Portman) retreats to her seaside home in Massachusetts to make plans for her future. She is visited by a journalist (Billy Crudup), who asks her about her experience in the days after her husband (Caspar Phillipson) was shot while sitting next to her in the back of a car. During these days, she has been faced with some big questions. Who is she arranging the funeral for? Herself? Her children? The American public? The future generations who will remember her husband? The only people she can confide in are her brother-in-law Bobby (Peter Sarsgaard), her assistant Nancy (Greta Gerwig) and a straight-talking priest (John Hurt). Her husband may have been a relentless philanderer, but Jackie is consumed by grief and unsure where her life will go now.

More: Natalie Portman Loved The Complex Layers Of Jackie

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Their Finest Trailer


It's the early 1940s and World War II is in full swing. Bombs are raining down on London in the Blitzkrieg threatening to tear the country in two, but the British are made of sturdier stuff. Catrin Cole is a writer who comes to realise that the absence of ambitious young men in the workplace due to recruitment into the army has opened a door for her. She is appointed by the film division of the Ministry of Information to write the supplementary women's dialogue of a new propaganda film about Dunkirk, however she is told that she'll get no screen credit and won't be paid as much as her male counterparts. She goes one step further and writes the whole script, impressing all involved if leaving them a little indignant. Plus, she finds an unlikely ally in an aging film star named Ambrose Hilliard, who longs for the days he had major roles.

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Logan Trailer


Not even a mutant can be powerful forever. Logan aka Wolverine is dealing with the effects that old age are having on his ability to heal, namely the fact that his skin now scars easily and he's constantly in pain. Professor Charles Xavier is also suffering; Alzheimer's has taken over his mind, destroying his memories. But the pair don't even have the X-Men to take care of them anymore, as a new supervillain by the name of Nathaniel Essex with his Essex Corporation is destroying the world as we know it. Logan and Xavier's only chance of defeating Essex lies with a young girl named Laura Kinney who is an exact genetic clone of Wolverine in female form.

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Jackie Trailer


Jacqueline Bouvier was always a highly independent woman, even when she was a debutant; she made a lasting impression on most who she met. Jackie always aspired to be a journalist and in 1947 she was offered a prestigious junior editor position at Vogue magazine, though she decided not to take the position in the end. Having travelled to various countries and lived in Paris for a short time, Jackie was an incredibly worldly lady and it's not so much of a surprise that she caught the attention of many men.

John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline met through social groups and they were both attracted to one another for many reasons and had similar life experiences. John was a rising star of politics and after his election to the Senate, he proposed to his love. Her answer didn't come as quickly as Kennedy might've hoped as she was assigned by the Washington Times-Herald to cover the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in the UK; ever the professional Jackie completed her assignment before taking Kennedy up on his offer. In 1953 the couple were married at one of the social events of the century. Though Kennedy was dedicated to his work, the deep love between the two was evident to all and Jackie was a constant support for her husband who eventually became president in November 1960.

Jackie's style, elegance and grace made her a much loved First Lady but more than that, she was dedicated to President Kennedy's vision and shared his burden.

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Ofcom Rules That ITV's 'Jekyll And Hyde' Was 'Too Violent And Frightening' For Children


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Ofcom has ruled that UK broadcasting rules were broken by ITV, when it aired gory drama 'Jekyll And Hyde' at 6.30pm on a Sunday. The broadcasting regulator received 504 complaints after the series’ debut episode in October, with ITV also being contacted by almost 400 viewers.

Charlie Higson'Jekyll And Hyde' creator Charlie Higson.

“We found this programme broke our rules requiring children to be protected from unsuitable material by appropriate scheduling,” Ofcom concluded. “The cumulative effect of violent and frightening scenes made this programme – the first in the series – unsuitable for children when scheduled to start at 6.30pm on a Sunday, and without a clear warning before it started.”

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ITV Drama 'Jekyll And Hyde' Axed After One Series Following Complaints


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ITV drama ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ has been axed by after after just one series following hundreds of complaints from viewers. The show, which was created by Charlie Higson, premiered in October and immediately drew complaints thanks to its gory scenes.

Richard E Grant‘Jekyll And Hyde’ star Richard E. Grant.

The news was broken last night by Higson on twitter who wrote: ‘Sad day today as ITV announce they don’t want any more #JekyllandHyde It was a grand adventure while it lasted. We had some great stories lined up for series 2…Thanks for all the messages of support I’m moving on to other things.’

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ITV Cancels Tonight's Episode Of 'Jekyll And Hyde' Following Paris Attacks


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ITV has decided to cancel tonight’s scheduled episode of fantasy drama 'Jekyll and Hyde', following the devastating terrorist attack which took place in Paris on Friday. The show has previously faced criticism for its high level of violence and pre-watershed airtime of 7pm.

Charlie Higson‘Jekyll and Hyde’ writer Charlie Higson.

On twitter, writer Charlie Higson announced the news that the planned episode would not air this evening (November 15th). ‘Tonight’s episode of Jekyll & Hyde has been postponed in consideration of recent events in Paris,’ the writer tweeted.

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Everything We Know So Far About ‘Downton Abbey’ Season 5


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Everyone’s favourite period drama of manners, ‘Downton Abbey’ is heading back to our screens for a fifth season. If you’re in the UK the wait isn't too long with the season premiere set for this autumn, but things are slightly more frustrating for the drama’s loyal US fanbase who’ll have to wait until January 4th for the new episodes. But it’s not all bad news, this week the cast and executive producer Gareth Neame have given away some exciting new details about the fifth season, which looks to be as drama packed as ever. So to ease your ‘Downton Abbey’ wait, here’s everything we know so far about season five.

Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey Magge Smith is back again as Violet Crawley

1. The Dowager Countess will take center stage

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Richard E Grant To Appear In New Musical. As A Hologram.


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Richard E Grant is set to appear as a 3-D hologram in new musical Water Babies. The celebrated actor will appear "as live" and interact with the cast in his role as Kraken - Lord of the Oceans. The show is based on Charles Kingsley's classic Victorian fable, though Jon Pertwee voices Kraken in the 1978 children's movie adaptation.

Richard E GrantRichard E Grant Will Appear in 'Water Babies' - Sort of

Grant's appearance would be created using a mix of "cutting edge technology and traditional theatre illusion."

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Does 'Starred Up' Deserve A Place On Our Top Five British Movies List?


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Starred Up is the type of gritty, dark film that shakes you to your core and totally realigns your stance on humanity. It’s a quintessentially British production, difficult to watch but impossible not to. With stellar performances from Jack O’Connell and Ben Mendelsohn, Starred Up is a must see for any lover of British drama.

jack o connell starred up Jack O'Connell stars as a troubled 19 year old inmate in Starred Up

Great Britain may only be the same size as Louisiana but it still manages to churn out a superb selection of films each year. Here’s a quickfire list of our five favourite British movies.

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Richard E. Grant Is A Historian On Downton, And Has His Own Perfume


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Not only is he to star in a nation’s favorite period drama, but Richard E. Grant will have everyone smelling just how he wants them, too.News that Grant was cast in Downton Abbey came earlier on this month on Valentines Day, but now we know who he’ll be playing in ITV’s hit drama. Grant will play Simon Bricker, who visits Downton as a guest of the Granthams.

Richard E GrantRichard E. Grant will turn up to the Downton set smelling of his own product, we predict

It’s been a long road for the British actor, who has been vying for a spot on Julian Fellowes’ popular show. Asked in 2012 why he had not been written in to the show yet, Grant replied: “I have no idea. I know Julian, but I was never asked. I’ve never been up for it. Maybe next series,” according to The Telegraph.

But he’s in now, and will be playing the historian Bricker.

“When you’re born with a 10ft-long face, you don’t get hero roles. But I’m not complaining as I have hugely enjoyed the wide variety of parts I’ve got to play,” Grant has said. “I would love to play your common, everyday guy, but I never get cast as that. It would be fun to play a chav and chav it up, but I can’t see it ever happening.”

But that’s not all for Grant fans, as the headline explicitly suggests: he’s launched his own perfume. "I've obsessively smelt everything all my life,” the 56-year-old actor said.

"Anya Hindmarch, the handbag designer, saw me with my head in a gardenia bush in the Caribbean two years ago, and she said, 'Are you going to do something about that?' And I said, 'What psychiatrically?' and she said, 'No, make a perfume'. So I have done."

Perfumes are usually launched by pop stars, and glamorous Hollywood actors – maybe the odd sports personality. So Grant’s new smell comes as a surprise. "It's self-financed, self-made, everything, it's been my passion for two years, it's a big gamble,” he explained.

"There are 1,100 perfumes released every year, so it's like an old guy releasing a record and hoping people are going to buy it. But it's really good."

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Video - Richard E. Grant Says He Was Surprised By Jude Law In 'Dom Hemingway' At Toronto International Film Festival


Richard E. Grant talks about his new movie 'Dom Hemingway', in which he stars as Dickie opposite lead actor Jude Law, on the red carpet at Toronto International Film Festival.

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'Dom Hemingway' Could Be Jude Law's Tour-de-Force [Trailer + Pictures]


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Jude Law. He's a bankable movie star. He's also a well-respected movie star, with two Academy Award nominations and a BAFTA. The Talented Mr Ripley, Cold Mountain, Road to Perdition and Sherlock Holmes form his finest moments, though all could be eclipsed by Dom Hemingway - a new dark comedy-cum-gangster flick from Peter Watson, the producer behind Sexy Beast, perhaps the last classic of its genre. 

Jude Law Richard E GrantJude Law [L] as Dom Hemingway and the superb Richard E. Grant [R] as Dickie

Law plays a washed up lothario safecracker who refuses to leave behind his life of crime after getting released from prison. He tries to gain revenge on his former boss (the Oscar nominee Demian Bichir) and teams up with his former partner (Richard E. Grant) to do it. He's also trying to reconnect with his daughter, played by Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke, which appears to make for an interesting and comic subplot.

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Bram Stoker Turns 165: In Praise Of Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula


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Bram Stoker, the Irish novelist who created Dracula, was born 165 years ago today (November 8, 2012). Google's latest doodle celebrates the author, who wrote 19 books in total though will always be best known for his vampire creation.

Dracula was actually Stoker's fifth book, published in 1897 after he'd spent several years studying mythological stories and folklore. He took most of his inspiration after staying in the North Yorkshire seaside town of Whitby, where he was trying to establish if the location would be suitable for a family holiday. Though not an initial bestseller, Dracula has since become a key text in vampire literature and the horror fiction canon and has spawned numerous television series and movie adaptations. Overblown in the most positive sense of the word, Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula (1992) put the horror back into Dracula, after decades of camp interpretations. Starring Gary Oldman as the Count himself, the film boasted a stellar cast that also included Sir Anthony Hopkins, Winona Ryder, Richard E. Grant and Keanu Reeves. Writing for the New York Times, Vincent Canby said, "With Dracula it's apparent that Mr. Coppola's talent and exuberance survive," while Todd McCarthy of Variety wrote, "Overall, this Dracula could have been less heavy and more deliciously evil than it is, but it does offer a sumptuous engorgement of the senses."

The movie won a flurry of technical awards, including the Oscar for Best Costume Design, Best Sound Effects Editing and Best Makeup. Coppola and Oldman also won the Saturn Awards for Best Director and Best Actor respectively.

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Game Of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke To Appear In Broadway ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’


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Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen in HBO’s Game of Thrones, is set to star in a new adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany's, which will be shown at the Shubert theater in New York City in February 2013. The world premiere will be directed by Sean Mathias, reports USNews.com

"The goal of this version is to return to the original setting of the novella, which is the New York of the Second World War, as well as to resume its tone — still stylish and romantic, yes, but rougher-edged and more candid than people generally remember," Pulitzer Prize-finalist and Tony Award-winning playwright Richard Greenberg said in a statement. The new stage adaption of Truman Capote’s classic 1958 novella will star Emilia Clarke as the eccentric party girl Golightly, a role Audrey Hepburn played in the 1961 movie. A 1966 adaption famously didn’t quite work out; there were a handful of previews but never it officially opened at the Majestic Theatre. The producers of this show will be hoping it actually makes it to the curtain this time. Alan U. Schwartz of The Truman Capote Literary Trust, said in a statement published on Broadwayworld.com , "I am delighted New York audiences will be the first to see this new adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany's. That (the) story continues to inspire artists and capture imaginations all these years later speaks to the timeless quality of Mr. Capote's unforgettable prose. Mr. Greenberg has beautifully translated everything that is glorious about this story and its characters to the stage."

Clarke is currently filming season 3 of Game of Thrones; the fantasy drama that has won many fans in its first two outings. She will also soon begin filming the UK feature Dom Hemingway opposite Jude Law and Richard E. Grant.


How To Stop Being A Loser Review


Weak
This British rom-com has enough energy to keep us watching even though it's not particularly funny or romantic. Fortunately there are enough bright sparks in the cast to distract us from the simplistic script and over-egged direction.

James (Phillips) is a geeky misfit who has a sign above his head saying "loser". Literally. After his friend Ian (Grant) commits suicide, he receives a message from him that challenges him to learn how to talk to women. His friends (Leonidas and Grezo) encourage him to try, starting with an awkward chat at Ian's funeral with his school crush Hannah (Atkinson). He then starts a mentorship with cocky motivational speaker Ampersand (Conway), a disciple of womanising writer guru Zeus (Kemp). But this will require changing almost everything about himself.

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First Night Trailer


Adam is a wealthy businessman and an amateur opera singer who aspires to a more cultured lifestyle. Despite his love for opera, Adam's friends tease him, saying he's no more than a 'city suit' and to prove them all wrong, Adam decides to put on an opera at his lavish stately home in the country side.

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Horrid Henry: The Movie Trailer


Henry's never meant to be horrid, but that's just what all the adults (and some children) consider him. If there are worms in someone's sandwich or if there's itching powder in your bed, you can bet Henry's the one who's done it.

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Cuckoo Trailer


Penny is a young medical researcher who works in a lab with her boss Professor Greengrass and his assistant Simone , as days go by Penny begins to question if this is the job she really wants to do and also takes a look at her increasingly lonely homelife. When Penny starts to hear the voice of her partner in the house - even though he's not actually in the building - Penny thinks she might be going crazy.

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Hemingway's Garden Of Eden Trailer


David and Catherine Bourne are newlyweds, for their honeymoon they decide to visit the beautiful French Riviera. The couple are inseparable, both willing to try new things and always looking for some excitement. After extending their honeymoon it doesn't take long for Catherine to become restless but she is soon appeased by an attractive Italian girl called Marita.

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Hudson Hawk Review


OK
The good thing about comedies, as a general rule, is that they're too bland to have really bad plots. The search for laughs seldom strays too far off the beaten path established by the social mores of the target market, be that old ladies, stoners, or teenagers out on dates. There are comedies with solid plots, just rarely comedies with complicated plots.

What they generally aren't is full of capers designed by crackheads in search of comic relief, or a dominatrix dying to destroy the gold market with a Da Vinci alchemy machine only a cat burglar from Hoboken could steal.

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The Little Vampire Review


Good
Just when you thought movies couldn't get any more ridiculous, along comes a film that poses the question, "Did Dracula ever have a teddy bear?" I'm talking, of course, about The Little Vampire, a movie about a nuclear family of vampires that feed on cows, live in Scotland, and make friends with the little kid from Jerry Maguire.

In The Little Vampire, Jonathan Lipnicki plays Tony Thompson, recent émigré to the Highlands. Rather than go the traditional route for Scottish fantasy and pick up a wooden sword and proclaim, "There can be only one," Tony begins dreaming of vampires. Night after night, Tony's slumber is disturbed as he dreams of a rite being performed by a clan of vampires. What it means, Tony has no clue. So Tony simply does what any other eight-year old stereotyped by cinema does: Goes to mommy (Pamela Gidley) and daddy (Tommy Hinkley), sleeps in their bed for the night, and then gets ridiculed by everyone he knows for his "wild vampire fantasies" during the day.

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The Portrait Of A Lady Review


Very Good
Jesus, I didn't realize when I went to the movies this morning I was going to have to think!

But seriously, that's what you're going to be doing if you see The Portrait of a Lady -- Jane Campion's follow-up to The Piano, based on Henry James's "classic" novel that you've probably never read. Now, I'm wishing that I had, though, because Portrait is a fantastic movie to watch, exquisitely crafted and painstakingly detailed, gorgeously photographed and full of style -- but it is just plain impossible to follow.

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The Little Vampire Review


Terrible

If Jonathan Lipnicki is washed up at 18 and looking back on his career as a button-cute child star, "The Little Vampire" is will very likely be the picture that embarrasses him most.

A quick, sloppy production of a throwaway script about a little boy who befriends a family of bloodsuckers and helps them recover a magic amulet, it suffers from a pungent collective apathy that wafts off the screen from the cast and crew. The little kids in the picture seem like they're just playing vampire in grandma's dusty attic and not really trying to participate in the plot. The grown-ups in the cast (including respectable actors like Richard E. Grant and John Wood) give let's-get-this-over-with performances and most scenes feel like the director didn't say "Cut!" so much as "Oh that's good enough let's just move on."

Lipnicki ("Stuart Little," "Jerry Maguire") plays Tony, a kid from California who has just moved into a small, renovated Scottish castle with his completely vanilla mother (Pamela Gidley) and father (Tommy Hinkley), a golf course designer hired to build new links for a local lord (Wood).

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