Tag Archives: Chris O’Dowd

Cinema Review – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

After his grandfather dies in mysterious and eerie circumstances, Jake (Asa Butterfield) demands to travel from his home in Florida to the island of Cairnholm off the coast of Wales, to find the Children’s Home where his grandfather lived as a child. When he arrives, Jake meets all the people his grandfather told him stories about, including Emma (Ella Purnell) a girl who can float, Olive (Lauren McCrostie) a girl who can control fire, and Horace (Hayden Keeler-Stone). On realising that his grandfather’s peculiar friends are real and seemingly not aging, Jake learns that there is more to these peculiar children and their hidden lives than he ever would have dreamed. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – The Program

Lance Armstrong was once one of the most famous and decorated athletes in the world, with seven Tour De France victories under his belt. All of this came crashing down in 2013, when he finally admitted to the doping allegations that had plagued him for years. Director Stephen Frears takes us behind the scenes of the man, the myth and the cheat. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – St. Vincent

Newly single mum Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) moves into a Brooklyn house with her son Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher), and immediately catches the attention of her grouchy neighbour Vincent (Bill Murray) by accidentally damaging his property. When Oliver is locked out of his home, however, he calls on Vincent, and soon an unlikely friendship grows between man and boy. Continue reading

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JDIFF Review – The Double

Simon (Jesse Eisenberg) is a young man, remarkable in his complete lack of remarkability. Simon works for a data processing company and is completely in love with his co-worker Hanna (Mia Wasikowska), but is probably never going to do anything about it. When James (Jesse Eisenberg) is transferred in from a sister branch, Simon’s carefully ordered life is thrown into chaos; this newcomer looks exactly like him, yet no-one seems to be able to see it. Continue reading

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JDIFF Review – Calvary

Father James Lavelle (Brendan Gleeson) is a good –natured priest working in a small rural Irish parish. When he is threatened during confession, and given a week to get his house in order, James begins to see his parish, and parishioners, more clearly. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Cuban Fury

When he was in his teens, Bruce Garrett (Nick Frost) was a star in the salsa-dancing scene. After a attack from a gang of bullies ruined his career, Bruce turned his back on salsa. 25 years later, Bruce discovers that his boss Julia (Rashida Jones), who he has a crush on, is an avid salsa dancer, so he sets out to win back his feet of flame. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Epic

When her mother dies Mary Katherine (Amanda Seyfried) goes to live with her father; a man obsessed with the idea that there are minuscule people living in, and protecting the forest. MK has little time for her father’s research but finds herself drawn into a battle between good and evil when she stumbles across the Queen of the forest (Beyoncé). Continue reading

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Cinema Review – This is 40

In a sort of sequel to Knocked Up, This is 40 takes a look at the lives of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) as they turn 40 and discover that the challenges they faced 10 years ago may or may not have changed all that much. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – The Sapphires

In 1968 The Sapphires – a singing group made up of four talented young Australian Aboriginal women – tour Vietnam during the war, led by their manager Dave (Chris O’Dowd). Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Bridesmaids

When Annie (Kristen Wiig) is asked to be Maid of Honour at Lillian’s wedding, she really does not know what she is letting herself in for. Fittings, dodgy food, batchelorette parties and the possible end of her relationship with her oldest friend. Continue reading

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