Tag Archives: Michael Shannon

Cinema Review – The Shape of Water

Eliza (Sally Hawkins) has friends in her neighbour Giles (Richard Jenkins) and her colleague Zelda (Octavia Spencer), but since she cannot speak, she is a woman who very much lives in her own world. When the secret government facility where she works brings in a top-secret experiment – an amphibian man – Eliza finds a kindred spirit in the creature, but when her new friend is threatened, Eliza must find a way to defend him. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Elvis and Nixon

On December 21st, 1970, Elvis Presley (Michael Shannon) arrived at the White House, asking for a meeting with then President, Richard Nixon (Kevin Spacey). Elvis had a plan to become an undercover agent for the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, but getting a meeting with the leader of the free world is not easy… Even for The King. Continue reading

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Cannes Review -Loving

When Richard Loving (Joel Edgerton) and Mildred (Ruth Negga) marry in secret before returning to their home in Virginia. In 1950s American however, marriage between a white man and a black woman is not accepted by local authorities, and it is not long before the newly wed Lovings are arrested and ordered to leave the State, not to return for 25 years. The Lovings accept their fate until one of their children in hurt while playing on the street; the ensuing court battle to allow the couple and their children to return home changed US law forever. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Freeheld

When New Jersey police detective Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore) is diagnosed with terminal cancer she is determined for her pension to go to her partner Stacie (Ellen Page), so she can afford to stay in the home they shared together. The trouble is that while domestic partnership is legal, they have to campaign the Freeholders of their home county to grant Laurel’s dying wish, a wish they are none too keen to agree with. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – The Night Before

In 2001, Ethan’s (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) parents were killed by a drunk driver at Christmas. Ever since, his friends Isaac (Seth Rogen) and Chris (Anthony Mackie) have made a tradition of keeping their friend company, becoming his new family. This year is different, however. Isaac is about to become a dad and Chris’s football career means he’s too famous to hang out with his friends, so the three decide to make their last Christmas Eve together one to remember. Continue reading

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JDIFF Review – 99 Homes

After the bank forecloses on the home he shares with his mother and young son, Dennis (Andrew Garfield) finds himself living in a motel with his family, and desperate for work. Dennis eventually finds work with Richard Carver (Michael Shannon) the real estate developer who evicted his family from his home. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Premium Rush

Wilee (Joseph Gordon Levitt) is a bike courier in New York City who loves his job. When he is given a job to be done ‘premium rush’, he finds himself up against a dirty cop who pursues him through the city. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Take Shelter

Devoted husband and father, Curtis (Michael Shannon), is plagued by apocalyptic dreams, but he does not know whether to shelter his family from the coming storm or himself. Secrets lead to resentment, and fear leads to despair in Jeff Nichols’s latest film. Continue reading

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