Tag Archives: Cate Blanchett

Cinema Review – Thor: Ragnarok

When Hela (Cate Blanchett), the Goddess of Death, rises and sets her sights on Asgard, it is up to Thor (Chris Hemsworth) to defend his home from this new threat. When he gets lost along the way, however, Thor finds himself having to face an old friend before he can make his way back home. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Knight of Cups

Rick (Christian Bale) is a writer in Hollywood, whose glamorous life of parties and excess holds no thrall for him any more, as he struggles with where his life is going and what his true purpose is, he crosses paths with six women, and has very different relationships with each of them. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Truth

In the run up to the 2004 Presidential election – contested by George W. Bush and John Kerry – Mary Mapes (Cate Blanchett) and the investigative team at CBS’s 60 Minutes, try to uncover the truth about George W. Bush’s service in the Air National Guard, whether he was recommended by someone, and whether he actually completed his service. The fallout from the resulting TV broadcast, based on documents provided to the team, cost producer Mary Mapes and anchor Dan Rather (Robert Redford) their careers. Continue reading

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Cannes Review – Carol

Therese (Rooney Mara) first meets the aloof but curiously magnetic Carol (Cate Blanchett) when she serves her in an upmarket department store. The two women soon become friends and, as Carol’s divorce from Herge (Kyle Chandler) turns ugly, the two grow closer. Herge, however, is unable to let Carol go, and begins to use her relationship with Therese as a weapon in their divorce. Continue reading

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JDIFF Review – Cinderella

In this new take on the classic fairy tale, Cinderella (Lily James) always tries to ‘have courage, and be kind’, as per her mother’s dying wish, but never has kindness shown to her by her wicked stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her stepsisters. Cinderella gets her moment for joy, however, when she meets her fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter). Continue reading

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Cinema Review – How to Train Your Dragon 2

Five years after Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless became fast friends, Hiccup’s father Stoick (Gerard Butler) wants his son to take over as chief of Berk. Hiccup is thrown into chaos by having to make the choice, and is further confused when he meets a mysterious Dragon Rider who turns out to be someone he thought he lost a long time ago. Meanwhile, Drago (Djimon Hounsou) threatens every dragon in the land as he tries to seize power. Continue reading

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Rant – My Oscar Predictions

It’s that time of year again, where movie fans all around the world stock up on snacks and stay up all night to watch the Oscars. I am slightly late in publishing my predictions this year, but I have been caught up in JDIFF and been incredibly sick, so my apologies. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – The Monuments Men

Toward the end of World War II, American art lover Frank Stokes (George Clooney) realised that precious pieces of work were being gathered or destroyed by the Nazi forces. With permission from the President, he sets about forming a taskforce to recover and return the stolen works of art. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Blue Jasmine

When her marriage falls apart, due to some dodgy financial dealing by her husband Hal (Alec Baldwin), Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) finds herself staying with her sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins) in San Fransisco. Ginger, and San Fransisco, may not be the life that Jasmine is accustomed to, but then Jasmine is not quite the woman she used to be. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

 

Warning: Spoilers!

Sixty years before his nephew set out to rid the world of the One True Ring, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) was enlisted as a ‘burglar’ to help the dwarves win back their rightful home from the evil dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch). The first leg of their journey tells the story of goblins, trolls, hobbits and a mysterious creature known as Gollum (Andy Serkis). Continue reading

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