Review: Brooklyn (2015)

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An adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s bestselling novel, Brooklyn works well as a study of one girl’s resilience, but lacks the underpinning force to uphold interest. Her life in Ireland aimless, Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) relocates to New York, where she falls in love with an assertive Italian-American (Emory Cohen) only to be pulled back to the comfortable simplicity of home. Continue reading “Review: Brooklyn (2015)”

Review: Paddington (2014)

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Ushered lovingly to the screen by Harry Potter producer David Heyman and director Paul King, Paddington – adapted from Michael Bond’s beloved children’s books – is the epitome of a spirited family treat – a film packed with humour, heart and exuberant adventure by the bucket load. After an earthquake destroys his home in Peru, a young bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) winds up in London, where he finds temporary residence with the Brown family. As the bear – christened Paddington after the train station in which he’s found – attempts to assimilate to his new surroundings, he attracts the unwanted attention of an evil taxidermist (Nicole Kidman). Continue reading “Review: Paddington (2014)”

Review: Brave (2012)

Merida (Kelly Macdonald), a versed archer and princess to King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson), lives a stable, yet somewhat imprisoned life within her family’s kingdom of DunBroch. When she becomes older and more free-spirited, she inadvertently defies an ancient custom her mother forces upon her. Finding herself banished due to her erratic behaviour, she visits a calamitous witch (Julie Walters) in a moment of sheer stupidity. Continue reading “Review: Brave (2012)”