Critics’ Choice Awards 2019: My favourite looks

The awards season is well and truly in full swing now. Last night it was the Critics’ Choice Awards and so naturally today’s post is about the red carpet fashion!

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Golden Globes 2019: My favourite looks

You’ve read about the winners, now it’s time to look at the red carpet fashion.

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Top Films for December

It’s the start of December which means it’s time for the next movie preview! Here is my top selection for movies coming out in the UK across December.

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Wonder: Film Review

If you’re after a nice, sweet, heartwarming story that might make you well up, then Wonder is exactly what you need.

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Money Monster: Film Review

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Seeing George Clooney playing a charismatic but douchey TV host who dances and has plenty of gimmicks is something I never knew I wanted but thanks to Money Monster we all get to enjoy those moments, which are the total highlights of this political thriller slash comedy. Yep, you read that correctly. It’s an odd combo but one I loved immensely. Big fan of Jodie Foster’s latest directorial effort.

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Top Films for May

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It’s that time of the month again – where I choose the releases I’m looking forward to in May. There isn’t a huge amount of good ‘uns but my picks below look pretty damn sweet.

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Secret in their Eyes: Film Review

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I had been looking forward to seeing this cop drama because of the stellar cast including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts but I know many people were dubious because the 2009 Argentinian film, which this is based on, was so good. I have not seen that film so that’s probably why I feeling pretty favourable about this remake.

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Top Films for February

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It’s the start of a new month which means my usual ‘what to watch’ list. Most of January’s list was comprised of the U.K. playing catch up with releases that had been out in the U.S. for months – but in February we finally get some actual 2016 movies like Deadpool and Zoolander 2. YAAAAY! Here’s my run-down of February highlights:

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Trailers of the week: Steve Jobs, Creed & London Has Fallen

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Loads of movie trailers seem to have dropped this week so here is my round-up of the ones you really need to see and why.

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August: Osage County Film Review

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I was not immediately drawn to this but the Oscars buzz surrounding it made me have a look and I can understand why Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts have nominated. Their performances are amazing and it is a very high quality film but that does not make it enjoyable.

Meryl stars as Violet, the matriarch of the Weston household, who calls on her daughters when their father goes missing and she has nobody to look after her while she is suffering from mouth cancer and self-medicating with a lot of prescription pills. Barbara (Roberts), Ivy (Julianne Nicholson) and Karen (Juliette Lewis) head back to their old house in the middle of nowhere in Oklahoma and the tensions within the family are evident straight away – which makes for an interesting few days.

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There are some films you watch because you want to be entertained and laugh and enjoy it – this does not come under that category. It is very bleak and looks at the harsh realities of a family who have grown apart and no longer know how to deal with each other. They are mean, bitter, spiteful and shield a lot of deep secrets. It markets itself as a black comedy but found it funny very rarely. This is just a drama if you ask me.

The dialogue is amazing and it is very well written, you cannot deny that. It can be witty and funny one moment then hurtful and scathing the next. The cast is incredible – Sam Shepard, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Dylan Mulroney, Benedict Cumberbatch, Margo Martindale and Abigail Breslin also star. It is an ensemble piece yet Violet stands out due to her pill-popping cancer-riddled condition and her feud with Barbara takes centre stage.

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It is a very real, raw look at the interactions between family who have been harbouring unresolved issues which have festered and caused resentments. The characterisations are very good but you will still be shocked at how they speak to one another. It really makes you appreciate how uncomplicated or loving your own family is because these guys are one f**ked-up bunch. They hate themselves, they hate each other and there is just resentment and bitterness in every direction. Like I said, the quality of cast and dialogue is so, so high but the enjoyment factor is not there at all.