Close Enemies (Freres Ennemis): Venice Film Review

I will basically watch anything starring Matthias Schoenaerts and that hasn’t always worked out well for me – what with his recent efforts including the Racer and the Jailbird and Red Sparrow. Close Enemies was an improvement on these, but I still wasn’t overly impressed by it.

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Racer and the Jailbird: Film Review

I love me a bit of Matthias Schoenaerts so I was keen to watch the Racer and the Jailbird (original French title: Le Fidele) at the London Film Festival but I unfortunately missed it. It is now set for a limited cinema release and I can’t really recommend – it was not worth the wait.

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Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Lawrence at the Red Sparrow London premiere: My pics

Last night, Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton were joined by their co-stars at the European premiere of Red Sparrow in London’s Leicester Square – and I have all the pics.

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Disorder: Film Review

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I have a big ol’ crush on Matthias Schoenaerts so checking out his latest movie Disorder was a no-brainer. I knew nothing about it except it co-starred Diane Kruger, but I had faith in their collective acting skills and they did not disappoint.

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The Danish Girl: Film Review

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The trailers for The Danish Girl brought tears to my eyes and I expected it to be as powerful and emotional as The Theory of Everything, but I can sadly report that I was disappointed. I went in with tissues, preparing to be seriously moved, so I was very surprised by how little this affected me.

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BFI London Film Festival: What I want to see

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Tickets for the BFI London Film Festival opened today and I have been through the schedule and here are my (pretty obvious) choices for the tickets I want to get my hands on:

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Far From the Madding Crowd: Film Review

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I don’t always love a period drama but this adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s 1874 novel feels so contemporary with its strong, complex female character Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who inherits a farm in a man’s world and is asked for her hand in marriage by three very different suitors – a sheep farmer (Matthias Shoenaerts), her wealthy neighbour (Michael Sheen) and a soldier (Tom Sturridge) – but who will she pick?

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Top Films for May

 

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It’s a new month, which means a whole new set of films to be excited about. Here’s what I’m looking forward to watching:

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A Little Chaos: Film Review

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The title A Little Chaos is very apt because the whole film is a damn mess. Even great performances from Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Stanley Tucci and Alan Rickman cannot save this period drama from being all over the place.

In Rickman’s second directorial effort, Winslet stars as Sabine de Barra, a landscape gardener who is given the coveted job of creating an outdoor dance space in the grounds of the Palace of Versailles by architect De Notre (Shoenaerts) on behalf of King Louis XIV (Rickman).

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Suite Francaise: Film Review

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The poster and trailer make Suite Francaise look like an incredibly powerful and moving romance drama set during the German occupation in France. Only the latter part of that sentence is true and the romance side is neither powerful or moving, which was a total letdown as I had gone in expecting a story which would break my heart.

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