Free State of Jones: Film Review

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I usually quite like American Civil War movies; I find them fascinating and sad all at once so it’s absolutely baffling to me that Free State of Jones was none of those things. It had some very good and emotive scenes, but they were so bogged down by slow pacing that I no longer cared.

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Emmys 2016: Best & Worst Dressed

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I feel like I haven’t done a red carpet round-up in aaaages! But the awards season is creeping up on us slowly but surely and it all kicked off last night with the biggest TV show ceremony – the Emmys. Game of Thrones and People V OJ Simpson cleaned up (see all the winners here) but my main focus is on the red carpet, of course.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Film Review

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To be honest, I was dubious about this. I really liked its predecessor Rise of the Planet of the Apes and I simply didn’t know how it could better it, especially as none of the human characters are returning. I was very surprised by how good this was. It is such an improvement on Rise.

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Top Films For July

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BEGIN AGAIN

Keira Knightley stars as an English singer/songwriter who no longer wants to live in New York as she has split from her unfaithful boyfriend (Maroon 5’s Adam Levine in his movie debut). The night before she flies home, she is forced to sing at an open mic, where music producer Mark Ruffalo happens to be. I have seen this – It is a wonderful, feel-good film with a great soundtrack. The review will be coming shortly. Released: 11th July

 

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BOYHOOD

This looks incredible. Director and writer Richard Linklater shot this over 12 years using the same cast. Beginning in 2002, it follows a boy growing up with divorced parents. It is just a unique way of showing him evolving from a boy into a man. Reviews from its rounds on the Festival circuit have been impressive too. Released: 11th July

 

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DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

I really liked Rise of the Planet of the Apes so I have to see how this continues. This begins 10 years later, after the virus was released and it has wiped out most of civilization, which is at war with the intelligent apes, lead by Caesar (Andy Serkis). It is a shame that neither James Franco or Freida Pinto returned for this but we have the lovely Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke (above) and Keri Russell as leads instead. Released: 17th July

 

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EARTH TO ECHO

This looks like a cute family film in the vein of E.T. A group of four friends find an alien and help it return home. That does not sound particularly original but the reviews have been positive and the found footage style will give it a modern update. Released: 25th July

 

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

The next instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Unlikely superhero lead Chris Pratt stars as Peter Quill, who finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan. To hide from Ronan, he must team up with a group of misfits including a green alien, a humanoid and a talking racoon. Weird, but hey, it’s Marvel and it needs to be seen! Released: 31st July